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Attorney Achieves Certified Litigation Management Professional Designation

Jacquelyn Beatty, CPCU, ARM, and a Karr Tuttle Campbell shareholder, whose litigation practice focuses on general business disputes, insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation, and includes construction defect and environmental claims, legal malpractice defense and complex personal injury recently successfully completed the Litigation Management Institute (LMI) course at Columbia Law School in New York. She earned the designation CLMP, which stands for Certified Litigation Management Professional.

The best part of the experience, she said, was the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with a broad spectrum of insurance professionals from across the country and as distant as Taiwan.

The rigorous program is offered by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). CLM is a national organization with more than 15,000 members consisting of employees and officers of insurance companies and self insureds, attorneys, and vendors who support the litigation management industry. CLM was created in 2007 to meet the educational and training needs of these professionals, and to provide a forum for networking and career development.

As part of the training program, senior insurance company executives, risk and senior claim officers of large self insured corporations, and leading counsel taught classes on risk transfer; loss development; financial considerations; case and claim management strategies; alternative fee agreements; and client relations. Particular emphasis was placed on case assessment and early resolution, creative approaches to settlement, risk-transfer, understanding expectations, and alternative fee agreements. Participants were evaluated based on project presentation skills, classroom presentation, and peer reviews.

Ms. Beatty currently serves as a Washington State co-chair for CLM.