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Jordan Lipp Publishes Second Edition of Product Liability Law & Procedure in Colorado Book

Monday, January 13, 2020

IADC member Jordan Lipp recently published the second edition of his seminal book, Product Liability Law & Procedure in Colorado. » Continue Reading

 

Matthew D. Keenan Publishes Article with Law360 on Witness Note Taking

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Matt Keenan authored an article on witness note taking that was recently published with Law360. » Continue Reading

 

John M. Nunnally Selected to Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" List

Monday, January 6, 2020

John Nunnally was selected to Business North Carolina's magazine 2020 edition of "Legal Elite" honorees. » Continue Reading

 

Michael M. Skram Named Managing Shareholder of O'Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P. A.

Monday, January 6, 2020

IADC member Michael Skram has been elected Managing Shareholder of O'Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P. A. » Continue Reading

 

Diane Pradat Pumphrey and Julye Johns Bailey Comment on Nurses Requiring Malpractice Prevention Education

Thursday, January 2, 2020

IADC members Diane Pradat Pumphrey and Julye Johns Bailey comment in a recent article on nurses requiring their own malpractice prevention education. » Continue Reading

John M. Nunnally Selected to Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" List

Monday, January 6, 2020

John Nunnally was selected to Business North Carolina's magazine 2020 edition of "Legal Elite" honorees.» Continue Reading

 

About the Association Test 2 Clm

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The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has been serving a distinguished membership of corporate and insurance defense attorneys 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.

History of the Association

The history of the IADC is one of prestige, achievement and commitment to excellence, not only for its members but also for the civil justice system and those who participate in its process.The Association was created in 1920 by a group of general counsels, calling themselves the General Counsels’ Association of the United States. Its purpose was to foster good will and cooperation among general counsel who shared common interests and challenges. In 1928, the members invited leading lawyers to join, seeking to gain broader insight into the various legal issues affecting the insurance industry. The Association changed its name to the International Association of Insurance Counsel (IAIC) to reflect the new membership and focus.

Membership expanded greatly during the 1930s, with lawyers and executives coming from both the United States and Canada. By World War II, there were 2,000 members, each of whom was invited to join the Association through an in-depth committee review process. It was the committee structure of the Association at that time, eventually diversifying into specific areas of substantive law, professional development, and administration, which would become the foundation for the innovative work and activity of the Association.

In the post-war years, a rapid growth in the number, complexity, and geographic scope of civil lawsuits made the IAIC a premier training ground for lawyers internationally. This commitment would become a mainstay for professional development and legal reform for the Association. At the same time, the quality of membership rose as a result of higher criteria for peer reviewing of prospective members.

The Association also began to expand its international membership, recognizing the globalization of business and the law. The Association continues today to adjust and adapt to the needs of the members in an expanding international marketplace.

In 1960, it created the Defense Research Institute (DRI) to provide broad-based support and education for the defense bar. The IADC later founded Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) to address rapidly accelerating litigation costs, runaway jury verdicts and routine awards of punitive damages. By the mid-1970s, with many corporations now self-insuring, the membership began representing more and more corporations directly. In 1985, to mirror this change in focus, the Association changed its name to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

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A Distinguished Membership

The IADC membership is comprised of the world’s leading corporate and insurance lawyers. They are partners in large and small law firms, senior counsel in corporate law departments, and corporate and insurance executives. Members represent the largest corporations around the world, including the majority of companies listed in the FORTUNE 500.

IADC members handle cases in all jurisdictions and have been involved in many precedent setting decisions and appeals. They have been appointed to federal and state judgeships and elected to numerous local, state, and federal government positions. Members are leaders of hundreds of important legal, corporate, industry, and non-profit organizations.

Their responsibilities include chairmanships of national and state committees of the American Bar Association; presidents of Inns of Court and state and local bar associations; presidents of trade and law associations and chambers of commerce; and board members of corporations, academic institutions, charities, and special legal organizations.

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to be part of the IADC

The core purpose of the IADC is to enhance the development of skills, professionalism and camaraderie to serve and benefit the members, their clients, as well as the civil justice system, the legal profession and society in general.

Members of the IADC are part of a powerful and select group with advanced skills in defense law who look to each other to further promote their skills, their business, and the profession in general. Members often look to each other to assist with cases or offer counsel.

Being part of the IADC means you have experienced success in your career and are committed to supporting your profession. But beyond that, the IADC is unique in the truly lifelong friendships and business relationships it facilitates. Its small size, high quality events, and activities create an environment for lawyers of similar caliber to get to know each other and become not only business colleagues but friends.

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