Bruce Williams was selected to represent the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association on the Grant Review Committee of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, which awards funding to deserving non-profits who are providers of legal services and/or improve the administration of justice in Tennessee.
This service will be for a three-year term.
Shuttleworth PLLC attorney Dennis Hawkins recently obtained a defense verdict in a property damage premises liability case. The matter was tried before a judge with allegations that a sign blew off of a pole and damaged the business invitee’s vehicle. At issue was whether the defendant premises owner knew or should have known of the alleged defective condition of the sign.
After cross examination of the plaintiff, Hawkins moved for and was granted a directed verdict for the defendant.
Shuttleworth PLLC attorney John R. Cannon, Jr. was a seminar panel member for the Memphis Bar on Mediating High Risk, High Value cases this month. Topics for the seminar included preparing for mediations to help avoid impasse.
Shuttleworth PLLC member Bruce Williams spoke on October 4, 2013, to the Annual Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association Conference to claim managers, human resource officers and nurse case managers on the topic “Avoiding Common Claim Management Mistakes: Denial, Delay and Disorder.”
The presentation provided strategies for properly denying claims with medical evidence, providing proper Physician Panels, identifying the hazards of Utilization Review, use of strategic second medical opinions, employment of nurse case managers, good communication techniques with the claimant and doctors, and ways to avoid the upcoming increases in penalty assessment from the Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Shuttleworth PLLC partner John R. Cannon, Jr. attended the fall conference of the International Academy of Mediators in Paris, France September 19-21. Mediators from more than fifteen countries attended sessions that included dealing with decision fatigue, insurance companies suggestions for improving mediation and the sharing of effective techniques. The Academy promotes the study and understanding of the mediation process.