Defense Counsel Elect Lawler as President

August 3, 2004

Jean M. Lawler, a senior partner at Murchison & Cumming, LLP, of California, has been inaugurated as president of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the first woman to hold this position.

Lawler was first elected to the FDCC Board of Directors in 1996 and will serve as president through July 2005, presiding over the FDCC’s Winter meeting on Marco Island, Florida, and its Annual Meeting at La Costa, in California.

Lawler currently serves on the board of directors of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ). She is a former director of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC). She is a frequent lecturer and author of articles pertaining to insurance issues. In November, she will speak at the DRI’s “International Liability – New Theories of Liability from the USA” programs held in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Within the past year, she has spoken at conferences sponsored by Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB), USLAW Network, and the Excess/Surplus Lines Claims Association.

As chair of Murchison & Cumming’s Insurance Law & Risk Management Practice Group, Lawler handles complex insurance and bad faith litigation, insurance coverage matters and provides underwriting and risk management advice. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (B.B.A.) and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D.).

The FDCC is an international organization whose more than 1,300 members include attorneys who specialize in the defense of civil litigation, general counsel, risk managers and insurance claims executives.

Murchison & Cumming, LLP is one of California’s oldest civil litigation defense firms. It has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Las Vegas and Northern California.

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