Three of The Monson Law Firm’s attorneys were recently nominated and selected to the 2016 Louisiana Rising Stars list for the Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 2.5% of attorneys are selected to Rising Stars. We are proud that 43% of The Monson Law Firm’s attorneys are officially Super Lawyer Rising Stars. Sarah Murphy Barro was selected for the practice area of Employment Litigation Defense. Donald Latuso and Laura Abel were each selected for the practice area of Insurance Coverage. Congratulations! Click here to view pictures!
Archive | January, 2016
Risk Management Society
The Monson Law Firm was represented at the Risk Management Society’s luncheon at Mr. B’s Bistro. The topic of the RIMS meeting was how to prepare claims adjusters and client representatives for depositions. Pictured are Chris Wilson with Midlands Management, Ann’Lee Earles, CPIA with The Monson Law Firm and Brittany Davis Stoudt with Emergency Restoration, Inc. Click here to view pictures!
Louisiana Pond’s Honorable Order of Blue Goose
The Monson Law firm attended the Louisiana Pond’s Honorable Order of Blue Goose dinner meeting at Don’s in Metairie. We enjoyed learning what the future generation’s workplace will look like in the insurance industry for Generation X and Millennials. Pictured are Lyndsey Manalla Graham with Servpro Industries, Inc. and Ann’Lee Earles, CPIA, Marketing Director of The Monson Law Firm. Click here to view pictures!
National Big I Chairman, Randy Lanoix
The Monson Law Firm attended the Baton Rouge Chapter of Independent Insurance Agents January Installation Luncheon at Ruffino’s. We enjoyed hearing guest speaker, IIABA Chairman, Randy Lanoix, give an update on what the IIABA is working on this next year and what his goals are as the National Chairman. Randy is the owner of Lanoix Insurance located in Lutcher and Port Allen. Pictured are Randy Lanoix, CIC, Ann’Lee Earles, CPIA and Matthew Monson, Esq. Click here to view pictures!
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Elect Randy Smith
The Monson Law Firm attended the Northshore Claims Association’s January lunch meeting at The Chimes in Covington. We enjoyed hearing St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Elect, Randy Smith, speak on his future plans for the parish when he takes office in July. Randy is a 28-year veteran law enforcement officer and a lifetime resident of St. Tammany Parish. He has served as Chief of Police for the City of Slidell since 2010. Pictured are Matthew Monson, Esq., Randy Smith, Sheriff Elect, Ann’Lee Earles, CPIA and Randy Jackson with Abercrombie, Simmons & Gillette, Inc.
New Orleans Chapter of Professional Insurance Agents
The Monson Law Firm attended the New Orleans Chapter of Professional Insurance Agents January luncheon at Impastato’s restaurant in Metairie. We learned from guest speaker, Brady Holley, on the topic of Personal Protection with Firearms. Brady is the owner of Holley Tactical Training Institute located in Abbeville, Louisiana. Pictured are Brady Holley, Ann’Lee Earles, CPIA and Alicia Stanley, N.O. PIA President. Click here to view pictures!
The Monson Law Firm Wins Writ on Animal Liability Exclusion
The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal recently granted a writ filed by The Monson Law Firm attorneys Sarah Barro and Laura Abel in relation to an insurance coverage dispute. In “Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation v. Bertha Cooper, et al.,” Gloria McKee was bit by Bertha Cooper’s dog while delivering meals on behalf of her employer. Capitol Preferred Insurance Company (“CPIC”) was sued in its capacity as Ms. Cooper’s homeowners’ insurer. CPIC filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, asserting that an Animal Liability Exclusion in Cooper’s policy excluded coverage for the plaintiff’s claims. The district court denied CPIC’s motion because the Animal Liability Exclusion in Cooper’s policy had a signature line, but was unsigned. However, the First Circuit overturned this decision, ruling that the Animal Liability Exclusion was enforceable, despite the lack of a signature on the exclusion page. In support of the decision, the First Circuit cited Reaux v. Moresi, 120 So.3d 959 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 8/28/13), a case in which The Monson Law Firm attorneys Donald Latuso and Laura Abel successfully argued the same issue before the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal in 2013. Pursuant to the First Circuit’s decision, all claims against CPIC were dismissed, with prejudice.
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