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Martin & Seibert has been identified as a leader in the field of extracontractual liability defense. The firm has dedicated a team of experienced litigators to this emerging area, defending carriers, claims personnel and agents statewide. The "bad faith" law team analyzes manuals and the claim handling processes of insurers, routinely defends first and third party claims and also advises on litigation avoidance. The team members also provide training to claims personnel and agents with respect to applicable claim handling statutes and regulations. The firm has successfully litigated several issues of first impression in West Virginia in this area including national discovery of claim files, economic testimony concerning punitive damages, personnel files of adjusters and the attorney-client privilege between defense counsel and the carrier.

Recognizing the potential exposure to its clients, Martin & Seibert can offer in-depth analysis of claim handling procedures and compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. State of the art technology significantly reduces discovery costs to clients and affords the team the ability to provide detailed reporting of issues as they develop.


Walter. M. Jones, III
Clarence E. Martin, III
E. Kay Fuller
Michael M. Stevens


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