The Monson Law Firm attended the North Shore Claims Association’s November lunch meeting at Friends Coastal Restaurant in Madisonville. We learned from guest speaker, Dr. Chad Domangue, on the topic of Micro Invasive Therapies for Pain Management. Dr. Domangue is one of only 200 neurologists in the country and the only one in Louisiana to be trained in interventional pain management. Pictured are Matthew Monson, Esq., Ann’Lee Earles, CPIA, Marketing Director, Dr. Chad Domangue and Laura Abel, Esq., CWCP. Click here to view pictures!
The Monson Law Firm would like to congratulate Laura Abel, Esq. for receiving her Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional Program (“CWCP”) designation. Laura successfully completed 40 hours of workers’ compensation courses, which encompassed all aspects of effectively handling and litigating a workers’ compensation claim. Congratulations to Laura on this great achievement! Click here to view pictures!
The Monson Law Firm won the “Best of Show” award out of 56 exhibitors at the Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers Annual Conference in Biloxi. We had fun decorating our booth and dressing up to the “Land of Oz” theme. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us. We look forward to seeing you again next year! Click here to view pictures!
There’s no place like home for The Monson Law Firm at “The Land of Oz” themed Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers Conference. Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow want to thank everyone for stopping by our booth last week! Click here to view pictures!
The Monson Law Firm sponsored a hole at the Risk Management Society’s charity golf tournament, which was held at Audubon Golf Course in New Orleans. Funds raised at the tournament are given to five different charities that RIMS selects in December each year. Pictured are Luke Bowman with Young & Associates, Ann’Lee Earles, Marketing Director, Janna Underhill, Esq. and the winner of The Monson Law Firm Fitbit, Mike Montgomery with VeriClaim. Click here to view pictures!
The Monson Law Firm attended the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana’s Big Easy Bash at the Howlin Wolf in New Orleans. We enjoyed dressing up for this fun event as the two worker bees, the bee keeper and the queen bee! Pictured are Janna Underhill, Esq., Ann’Lee Earles, Marketing Director, Matthew Monson, Esq. and Kathy Monson, Matt’s wife.
The Monson Law Firm attended today’s New Orleans Claims Association October Lunch meeting. The Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, Jim Donelon, spoke to the Association about the upcoming election and updated us on the new laws and regulations for the Louisiana insurance industry. Pictured are Matthew Monson, Esq. and Jim Donelon. The Monson Law Firm supports Commissioner Donelon and asks that you show your support for him when you vote in the upcoming election.
The Monson Law Firm attended the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce’s October lunch meeting at Tchefuncte Country Club. We enjoyed hearing from Louisiana Economist and Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University, Dr. Loren C. Scott, who provided a regional perspective of trends in the local economy for the upcoming year. Pictured are Sarah Barro, Esq., Dr. Scott and Ann’Lee Earles.
The Monson Law Firm participated in the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana’s 1752 Club Saints Tailgate Party at the L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge. Pictured are Debbie Harrington with Maison Insurance, Teri Rhodes and Janice Hopkins with National General, Baylie Babin with Imperial PFS, Ann’Lee Earles with The Monson Law Firm, Leeann Manalla (1752 Club President) with Sage Sure and Cloeen Brooks with PIA of Louisiana.
The Monson Law Firm Participated in the Baton Rouge Chapter of Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana’s Fall Social. Pictured on top are Baylie Babin with Imperial PFS, Francine Berendson and Karen Kuylen with IIABL and Ann’Lee Earles with The Monson Law Firm. Pictured below are Christie Babin, Michelle Kahoe and Melissa McMorris with Atlantic Specialty Lines. Inc. and Matthew Monson with The Monson Law Firm.
On September 11, 2015, the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans granted a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by The Monson Law Firm attorney Blake J. Lusk, ruling the insured driver was not negligent in the operation of a motor vehicle. In the case of “Dana R. Williams and Derrick E. Sykes v. Archer Western Construction, LLC, Arch Insurance Company, Imperial Fire & Casualty Insurance Company and Eileen Maldonado,” plaintiffs were guest passengers in a vehicle being operated by Eileen Maldonado when it drove into a large pothole. The pothole was alleged to be the result of road repairs being performed by Archer Western Construction. Plaintiffs made claim against Eileen Maldonado, and her insurer, Imperial, asserting that the accident was caused by Eileen Maldonado’s negligence. Despite opposition from both co-defendants and plaintiffs, the District Court held that Eileen Maldonado was not negligent in the operation of the motor vehicle. Accordingly, plaintiffs’ claims against Eileen Maldonado and Imperial were dismissed with prejudice.
The Monson Law Firm attended the Louisiana Surplus Line Association’s 2015 Mid-Year Conference. We received a legislative update from the Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, Jim Donelon. We also enjoyed learning about Ethics from the DOI’s Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Consumer Advocacy and Diversity, Ron Henderson and Executive Counsel, Arlene D. Knighten. Pictured are Matthew Monson, Ron Henderson and Ann’Lee Earles.
The Monson Law Firm participated in the Southwest Louisiana Claims Association’s Clay Shoot Tournament. All proceeds of the tournament benefited the Special Olympics and the SWLCA. We enjoyed clay shooting with the “Dream Team,” Thomas LaBorde and Beau Saunier with LaBorde Physical Therapy. Also, pictured are Jennifer Engle with MDD Forensic Accountants, Mark Aronson with Electronic Restoration Services, Ann’Lee Earles with The Monson Law Firm, Cliff Royston with Rimkus and Shaundra Schudmak with Lugenbuhl.
The Monson Law Firm participated in the September Member Social of the Greater New Orleans chapter of the International Association of Insurance Professionals. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of networking with the new and seasoned IPGNO members! Pictured are Debbie Orillion with Ellsworth Corporation, Debbie Cuccia with Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurer’s Fund, Kathy Miller with Bituminous, Debbie Lee with Lee Insurance & Service, LLC, Kay Asberry with Burns and Wilcox and Gayle Collins with Deep South. Pictured below, Luke Bowman with Young & Associates, Ann’Lee Earles with The Monson Law Firm, Chad Harrington with Hull and Company Inc., Darlene Nelson with Aparicio, Walker, & Seeling, and Matt Holmes with Young & Associates.
The Orleans Parish Civil District Court recently granted a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by The Monson Law Firm attorneys Sarah Murphy Barro and Rachel Flarity, ruling that Atain Specialty Insurance Company’s policy did not provide insurance coverage for the plaintiff’s claims. In the case of “Anthony Bassett v. Hilton Worldwide, Inc., Global Staffing Solutions, LLC, and Atain Insurance Company,” plaintiff was injured while working for Global Staffing at the Riverside Hilton. Plaintiff ultimately filed a lawsuit against Hilton, Global Staffing, and Global Staffing’s CGL insurer, Atain, asserting that he slipped and fell on water which leaked from a wet bar. Plaintiff alleged that Hilton’s employees were solely responsible for his accident. The District Court held that Atain did not provide coverage for plaintiff’s claims because (1) plaintiff did not assert a negligence claim against Atain’s insured, Global Staffing, and (2) Hilton was not an “additional insured” under the policy because it was solely responsible for plaintiff’s accident, and the policy only insured Hilton for Global Staffing’s negligence.
The Monson Law Firm attended the New Orleans Claims Association’s September lunch meeting at the WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. We enjoyed hearing Stephen Watson, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, speak about this wonderful treasure in our own backyard and how important the insurance industry was in helping to restore the WWII Museum after Hurricane Katrina. Pictured are Ann’Lee Earles, Randy Jackson with Abercrombie, Simmons & Gillette, Inc., Michael Orlando with Emergency Restoration, Inc., Darren Melerine with Anchor Insurance Holdings and Matthew Monson.
The Monson Law Firm participated in the Risk Management Society’s September lunch meeting. We learned from a guest speaker on the legislature’s highly debated topic of “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace.” Pictured are fellow RIMS members, Liz Lotz and Veronica Authement with U.S. Health and Environmental Liability Management, LLC and Seth Leblanc with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
The Monson Law Firm attended the Louisiana Pond’s Honorable Order of Blue Goose International Dinner Meeting. The firm learned from guest speaker, Nick Cammarata with SDII Global Corporation on the topic of “Problems and Failures of Floor Tiles”. Nick is a forensic Civil and Structural Engineer. Pictured are Baylie Babin with Imperial PFS and Ann’Lee Earles with the Monson Law Firm.
Rachel L. Flarity of The Monson Law Firm won a Motion for Summary Judgment in the 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Tammany on behalf of McMath Construction, LLC in the case entitled “Norman Coscino v. McMath Construction Company, Christwood Retirement Community, ABC Insurance Company, and DEF Insurance Company.” In this case, plaintiff, a subcontractor, was injured on a construction site after a fall and filed suit against the general contractor and property owner. In dismissing the claims against the contractor, the court agreed that even as a subcontractor, plaintiff’s claims were governed by the exclusive workers’ compensation remedies of LSA-R.S. 23:1032 and could not be pursued in tort.
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The Monson Law Firm attended the Northshore Claims Association’s September lunch meeting. We learned from guest speaker, Matthew Edwards with Stop Guarantee on the topic of “Lead Poisoning.” Pictured are Vinnie Carbo with AMC Resources, Carol Osborne with Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group and Travis Micelli with TMI.