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Chad R. Hutchinson to Speak at IADC 2018 Midyear Meeting

We are pleased to announce that Chad R. Hutchinson will speak at the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) 2018 Midyear Meeting Feb. 10-15 in La Quinta, Calif.

The 2018 Midyear Meeting will highlight:

  • Human Trafficking: Legal and Regulatory Pitfalls for Corporations
  • Civil Litigation in the “Post Truth” Era: Defending Against Motivated Reasoning
  • Judicial Hellholes: How They Are Selected and How They can be Remedied
  • Law Practice Exit Strategies and Preparing a Corporate Witness for Deposition – Perspectives from a Corporate Witness and from Defense Counsel.

Chad will serve on a panel during the Drug, Device and Biotechnology/Insurance and Reinsurance program, Punitive Damages Update: The Impact on Insurers and their Insureds.

Punitive damage awards in drug, medical device and other categories of cases are soaring in both volume and amounts. Reducing the risk of these judgments is a challenge that both insurers and policyholders must confront on a daily basis. This panel will explore the relevant issues: from a variety of vantage points, including strategies for minimizing the likelihood of a punitive damages verdict; the impact that allegations of punitive damages may have on an insurer’s defense obligations; the current status of constitutional challenges to punitive damage awards; and new developments into whether such losses are covered under insurance policies.

Chad focuses his practice on pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation and has spent the majority of his career defending clients in this industry.  He has tried cases successfully to verdict and assisted trial teams for pharmaceutical and medical device cases in various jurisdictions across the country.  Chad is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recently named to The Best Lawyers in America® listing for personal injury litigation.

Chad received both his undergraduate degree and masters of taxation from the University of Mississippi. He earned his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law. Prior to his legal career, Chad worked as a CPA with an international accounting firm.

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has been serving a distinguished membership of corporate and insurance defense attorneys and insurance executives since 1920. Its activities benefit the approximately 2,500 invitation-only, peer reviewed members and their clients, as well as the civil justice system and the legal profession. Moreover, the IADC takes a leadership role in many areas of legal reform and professional development.