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The Monson Law Firm Wins MSJ

The Monson Law Firm attorney Josh Dierker recently won a Motion for Summary Judgment in the case of “Vanessa Humphrey v. Higbee Lancoms, L.P. et al” in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Plaintiff alleged that she slipped and fell on a wet concrete handicap ramp outside Dillard’s department store in Gretna, Louisiana.  Dillard’s filed a Third Party Complaint against R. Siebert Construction (“Siebert”), who painted the ramp at issue, for contribution and indemnity.  In our Motion for Summary Judgment, The Monson Law Firm successfully argued that Siebert did not owe either contribution or indemnity to Dillard’s under Louisiana law.   The Honorable Susie Morgan granted the motion by judgment signed on October 31, 2019, dismissing Dillard’s claims, with prejudice. Please click here for a copy of that judgment. Many thanks to Emmanuel Manuelidis and Atain Insurance Companies for this assignment and opportunity!

Visit The Monson Law Firm Booth at LASIE!

Make sure to stop by The Monson Law Firm, LLC‘s booth at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers.  Christopher Landry and John Mineo will answer any questions you may have!

#workerscompensationclaims #lasie #claims #selfinsured #insuranceclaims #insurance

Visit with The Monson Law Firm at LASIE!

The Monson Law Firm attorneys Christopher Landry and John Mineo will be in that number at the  Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers Annual Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Workers’ Compensation No Call: Time to Change the Rules”.  Make sure to stop at our booth and say hello!

#insurance #LASIE #insurancelaw #insuranceclaims #workerscompensation #workerscomp #workerscompensationclaims #selfinsured

London Calling!

Matthew Monson of The Monson Law Firm and Darryn Melerine of MD Claims Group are in London for a busy week of meeting clients and friends.  Cheers!

#insurance #London #Claims #insurancelaw #insuranceclaims #lloyds #lloydsoflondon #underwriters

The Monson Law Firm Attends Texas Surplus Lines Mid-Year Meeting

The Monson Law Firm is excited to be in attendance at the 2019 Texas Surplus Lines Association’s Mid-Year Meeting in Lake Tahoe, California.  We look forward to seeing our clients and friends and attending classes regarding the latest developments in our industry!

#Insurance #Texas #TSLA #WSIA #SurplusLines


The Monson Law Firm Attends Southern Fidelity Agents Conference

The Monson Law Firm is a proud attendee of Southern Fidelity Insurance Company’s Annual Agent’s Conference in Washington, D.C.  Southern Fidelity is one of the original clients that made the founding of The Monson Law Firm possible!  Many thanks to the Graganella family for our long term relationship!

The Monson Law Firm Welcomes Joshua Dierker

The Monson Law Firm is pleased to announce the hiring of Joshua Dierker to the Louisiana office.  Josh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University Law Center and is in his seventh year of practicing law.    Josh practices primarily in the area of insurance coverage litigation.  He is skilled in the interpretation of insurance policies, including but not limited to commercial general liability policies, commercial property policies, homeowners policies, professional liability policies, and directors and officers liability policies.   Josh is experienced in litigating, mediating and arbitrating insurance coverage and bad faith disputes.  His experience includes advising and representing clients in complex insurance matters. Please join us in welcoming Josh to the firm!

The Monson Law Firm Attends Spotlight on Solutions

The Monson Law Firm attorneys Matthew Monson and Chris Landry recently attended the second annual Spotlight on Solutions tech symposium, presented by Louisiana Comp Blog at the House of Blues in New Orleans.  The event explored a variety of emergent challenges facing our industry through the lens of technological advancement and investment.  The sessions addressed wearables, artificial intelligence, cyber security and insurtech investment.

The Monson Law Firm Attends Louisiana Claims Association Conference

The Monson Law Firm is in attendance at the Louisiana Claims Association’s Annual Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.  As the premier claims association in Louisiana, the Louisiana Claims Association is dedicated to promoting the highest ethical and professional claims handling standards in the insurance industry through leadership in education, member/chapter coordination and support.

Did you know that Matthew Monson is a past president of the Louisiana Claims Association, the New Orleans Claims Association and a founder of the Northshore Claims Association?

#Claims #Insurance #LCA2019



The Monson Law Firm Attends FIFEC in Orlando

The Monson Law Firm is in Orlando, Florida for the 2019 Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee Conference.  For the past 26 years, FIFEC has offered  annual training seminars for DIF and SIU investigators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, insurance carrier adjusters and management, insurance defense attorneys and others in the ongoing fight to combat all forms of insurance fraud.  We are having a great time seeing our clients and friends!

#insurance #claims #fraud #Florida #FIFEC2019


The Monson Law Firm Adds Attorney John Mineo

The Monson Law Firm is pleased to announce the hiring of attorney John Mineo, who is working from our Louisiana office.  John’s practice focuses on insurance defense with an emphasis on handling worker’s compensation claims for both insured and self-insured companies.   John has successfully litigated claims before the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Office of Louisiana Law Judges and is already providing our clients with a high level of service.  Please join us in welcoming John to the team!

#insurance #claims #workerscomp #growing

The Monson Law Firm Attends National Flood Conference

The Monson Law Firm is in attendance at the National Flood Conference in Washington, D.C.  The National Flood Conference is the major gathering of all partners and stakeholders in the National Flood Insurance Program.  In addition to spending time with clients and friends, The Monson Law Firm looks forward to meeting with FEMA representatives, insurance company executives, adjusters, agents and other key decision makers.



The Monson Law Firm Provides Training to Eastern Alliance

The Monson Law Firm attorneys Christopher Landry and John Mineo recently traveled to Madison, MS to provide in-house training for handling workers’ compensation claims in Louisiana for our client, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group.  Eastern Alliance is a best-in-class workers’ compensation provider, with industry-leading products and services designed to help its policy holders and their employees – and make their lives easier.  Pictured are: The Monson Law Firm attorney John Mineo; Eastern Alliance team members Darlene Gray, Kim Meyer, Becky Hillhouse and Amy Hardin; and The Monson Law Firm Special Partner, Chris Landry.

The Monson Law Firm is always ready to provide in-house training and continuing education.  If you are in need of training, please contact us today!

The Monson Law Firm Attends Lloyd’s Rugby 7s!

The Monson Law Firm is in attendance today at the Lloyd’s Rugby 7s at the Richmond Athletic Association.  There are now 40 teams playing in this fun festival of rugby, which is watched by over 3000 spectators. The day out is enjoyed by players and spectators alike.  We look forward to spending time with our friends, both old and new, in the London market.


The Monson Law Firm attends PICG Conference

Matthew Monson will be representing The Monson Law Firm at this year’s PICG Conference in London.

The PICG Conference addresses and discusses salient issues that are relevant to the Property sector both in London and on an international basis and provides an educational and networking opportunity for claims practitioners within the Property sector.

The Property Insurance Claims Group (PICG) is a Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) Claims Committee, providing a representative forum which allows discussion of common issues and concerns within the property market.

#PICG2019 #Insurance #LMA #LloydsofLondon

London Calling The Monson Law Firm

The Monson Law Firm is headed to London this coming week and looks forward to great meetings and fellowship with clients and friends!

Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

– SAMUEL JOHNSON, The Life of Samuel Johnson


#Lloyd’s #London #Insurance #Underwriters

The Monson Law Firm Adds Chris Landry as Special Partner

The Monson Law Firm is delighted to announce the addition of Chris Landry as Special Partner to the firm.  Chris will lead The Monson Law Firm’s workers’ compensation section.

Chris is primarily engaged in the defense of Louisiana State Workers’ Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (including Defense Base Act) claims. He is also engaged in insurance defense and the defense of products liability, medical malpractice, nursing home, and employment claims.  Chris has been elected as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

Chris has tried numerous cases in Louisiana Judicial District Courts throughout the State of Louisiana and Louisiana Federal Courts. He also has extensive experience trying numerous State Workers’ Compensation claims and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation claims before Administrative Law Judges. He also has experience litigating cases before the Social Security Administration and other administrative agencies.

Chris has been a speaker at seminars in Louisiana Workers’ Compensation law, United States Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation law and other general casualty issues. He has also co-authored several informative publications on both the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  Chris has also received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

The Monson Law Firm Defeats Bad Faith MSJ and Wins MSJ on ALE

In the case of Americas Insurance Company v. Brian Jarreau, et al, currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, The Monson Law Firm attorney Laura Abel defeated a bad faith Motion for Summary Judgment filed by the insured and won a Motion for Summary Judgment on the issue of Additional Living Expenses (“ALE”).  The insured alleged unsuccessfully that Americas was in bad faith because it challenged the appointment of Nader “Anthony” Odeh as their appraiser on the grounds that Odeh was not impartial.

The Monson Law Firm won summary judgment on behalf of Americas by showing that Americas voluntarily paid the ALE limits of the policy.  The court dismissed the insured’s claims that additional amounts for ALE were due because the limits of ALE were tendered prior to the completion of the appraisal process.

Please click here for a copy of the judgment. Jarreau Order

#winning #summaryjudgment #insurance #ALE