Insurance: How to Successfully Mediate Coverage and Liability Matters Together

When:  Jul 28, 2021 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM (ET)
Join us on July 28 at 4 p.m. for this free Zoom webinar as our panel of mediators and attorneys give us tips on how to successfully mediate coverage and liability matters together.

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Our Panel:
Ven Johnson has been representing personal injury victims against insurance companies, big business, and government for over 35 years. After working for Kohl Secrest for nine years primarily as a defense attorney, Ven joined Fieger, Fieger, and Schwartz in 1995. In 2001, Ven was named senior partner and worked there for 16 years. In 2011, he opened his own personal injury law firm, Ven Johnson Law, in Detroit’s historic Buhl Building. He expanded his practice to include offices in Grand Rapids and Flint. Recently, Ven received the “Respected Advocate Award.” This award is given by the Michigan Association of Justice and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel to recognize and honor an individual’s history of successful representation of clients and adherence to the highest standards of ethics. Ven is a past president of MAJ and was chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section. He lectures on numerous litigation issues in Michigan and across the United States, as well as supports young lawyers through speaking engagements, internships, and more. An expert in the field of personal injury law, Ven is often called upon by news organizations, including Fox 2’s “Let it Rip” to speak on legal matters.

John Eads is managing partner of the Detroit office of Gordon & Rees. Mr. Eads has defended high-exposure cases for more than 25 years, focusing his practice in medical, accounting and legal malpractice; transportation; product liability and general liability as well as large Michigan no-fault cases. He also handles environmental matters, business and employment disputes, contract actions, E&O liability, and municipal/school liability cases. John presents to national and regional associations and organizations on issues pertaining to trial rules, large-case exposure, mediation strategies, trucking, medical malpractice, Michigan no-fault, errors and omissions, and professional liability. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only organization dedicated to elevating the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession.

Elaine Pohl is a partner in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office where she maintains a national practice counseling insurers in complex property and casualty disputes, including litigated and non-litigated matters involving professional liability, construction defects, bodily injuries, environmental contamination, and personal and advertising injury issues.  Elaine serves as a co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group, which includes nearly 30 attorneys practicing insurance coverage law. She has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star in Insurance Coverage, a Michigan Super Lawyer, and as a “Women in the Law” honoree.  Elaine also previously served as chair of the Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Daniel Makarski has earned a solid reputation over his 48 years in practice, and has been with Secrest Wardle since 1979. Dan is routinely appointed as an arbitrator, case evaluator, facilitator, and mediator in a wide variety of cases involving personal injuries and medical malpractice, as well as property and business disputes. He has received numerous awards including the Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, the Civility Award from the Macomb County Bar Association, and was named Best Lawyers® 2020 and 2021 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy, Michigan. He’s been included in DBusiness Magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit” from 2010-2014, 2016, and 2018 through the present and named in Super Lawyers Magazine’s list of Michigan Super Lawyers from 2018 through the present in the area of alternative dispute resolution.

Bill Jack is a shareholder with Smith Haughey and for a number of years defended professional liability matters. In the last 10 to 15 years, he transitioned his practice entirely to alternative dispute resolution. He has received numerous recognitions/awards for his work as a mediator/facilitator.

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