Broadcast Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


Claim handler’s depositions play a significant role in insurance coverage disputes. However, these types of disputes often include several underlying factors that the use of credible witnesses and experts, and the preparation of depositions become prone to risks and damages.

With the risks and challenges lining up on coverage and bad faith litigation, it is imperative to plan a deposition strategy that includes a comprehensive knowledge of the policy and fundamental matters and can manage bad faith and insurance fraud competently.

In this LIVE Webcast, civil litigation lawyers Michelle Burton (Shoecraft Burton, LLP) and David C. Berwin (Evans & Dixon, L.L.C.) will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of coverage and bad faith litigation. Speakers will also present important issues concerning this significant topic and will provide practical deposition strategies to help policyholders and insurers deal with this rapidly evolving field of law.

Key Issues:

  • Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation – An Overview
  • Liability Coverage Disputes
  • Representative Testimony in Coverage & Bad Faith Claims
  • Notable Rules and Cases
  • Risks and Damages
  • Practical Deposition Strategies
  • Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of insurance law


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Michelle Burton, Managing Partner
Shoecraft Burton, LLP

Michelle Burton is the Managing Partner of Shoecraft ♦ Burton LLP, a boutique civil litigation firm specializing in complex insurance coverage, bad faith defense, insurance defense, professional liability, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Burton has obtained numerous jury trial defense verdicts for her clients against multi-million dollar claims throughout California. In addition to her trial practice, Ms. Burton is a Certified Appellate Specialist and has authored and argued numerous appeals addressing insurance-related matters including the leading case on rescission in California.

She has served as the President of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (2018) and has been recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction in Civil Litigation (2015-2020), Super Lawyer (2018-2020), Avvo Top-Rated Lawyer (2018) and in Lawyer Monthly’s Women in Law Awards (2018). She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor open to only one percent of lawyers, for her commitment to the legal profession and her community.

David C. Berwin, Member
Evans & Dixon, L.L.C.

David Berwin is a Member in the Civil Litigation Department of Evans & Dixon, LLC. Mr. Berwin has handled a multitude of complex litigation at the trial and appellate Level, in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Illinois. He has lead and co-chaired multiple trials to verdict throughout his 11 years of practice. He currently represents BMA Management, Ltd. now known as Gardant Management, the largest provider of Supportive Living Facilities in the state of Illinois.

He specializes in the areas of insurance defense, construction law, trucking law, employment law, products liability, premises liability and other complex litigation in Missouri and Illinois. He is known as an aggressive lawyer who thinks “outside of the box” by focusing on the early evaluation of claims which empowers his clients to assess risk and determine a strategic course of action at the early stages of litigation. He works to maximize the efficiency of his client’s time and resources to navigate an inefficient legal process.

Mr. Berwin is an active member, in good-standing, of the Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

He is a current member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.



Michelle BurtonManaging Partner

Shoecraft Burton, LLP

  • Accessing credibility
  • Preparing the witness for your theory of the case
  • Objections and the rules of evidence
  • Interlacing your theme when responding to questions
  • Reviewing the key documents
  • Tricky issues



David C. BerwinMember

Evans & Dixon, L.L.C.

  • Depositions of claimed
  • Bad faith claims (Missouri focus)
  • Difference between 1st and 3rd party as well as the interpretation of a claim file

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Insurance Lawyers
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Insurers and Policyholders
  • Financial Advisors
  • Paralegals
  • Claims Representative
  • In-house Counsel
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Michelle BurtonManaging Partner
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David C. BerwinMember
Evans & Dixon, L.L.C.



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