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2017 PLDF Annual Meeting

Featured Members
Brett A. SmithFee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP, Dallas, TX
William A. Scott Jr.Scott, Sullivan, Streetman & Fox, P.C., Birmingham, AL

Committees: Directors/Officers Claims

Corporate Governance Claims

Committee Chair

Committee Co-Vice Chair



Joshua M. Auxier, Esq.

Halloran & Sage LLP
315 Post Road West
Westport, CT  06880

Jennifer K. Saunders, Esq.

Haight Brown & Bonesteel
555 South Flower Street, Suite 4500
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Overview of the Committee’s Focus:

Errors and omissions claims made against corporate directors and officers, labeled by some as "managerial malpractice,” affect for-profit businesses, non-profit corporations, and charitable organizations from the largest industrial firms to the smallest condominium boards. Economic conditions may generate these claims; the aggressiveness with which these claims are brought before more informed and sympathetic jury panels requires equally aggressive defense responses.

"D&O” claims may be asserted, for example, in situations involving:

• Shareholder Derivative Actions

• Employment Discrimination Claims

• Securities Class Actions

• Accounting Result Outcomes

• Due Diligence Controversies

• Financial Condition Representations

• Managerial Competence Criticism

• Minority Shareholder Disputes

• Conflict of Interest Disputes

• Trade Secrets Appropriation

• Investment Decision-making

Breach of the director’s or officer’s common law standard of care proof may be alleged by claimant counsel along with breach of fiduciary duty claims and breach of statutory duty claims when things go wrong in corporate governance. The Corporate Governance Claims Committee of the Professional Liability Defense Federation™ works on issues important to this defense constituency. The work may include review of substantive law defenses to these claims, as well as procedural rule and trial advocacy strategies such as e-discovery management, juror animus dilution, use of trial graphics to clarify advocacy, and similar subjects.

Committee members are asked to contribute to article publication, to monitor the PLDF news and respond to member inquiries for assistance, and to assist in annual meeting seminar presentation planning. 



Group Feed
Thomas D. Jensen posted a new entry in the Corporate Governance Claims blog in the group Committees: Directors/Officers Claims.
Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017
Thomas D. Jensen posted a new entry in the Corporate Governance Claims blog in the group Committees: Directors/Officers Claims.
Posted Thursday, August 24, 2017
Jennifer K. Saunders joined the group Committees: Directors/Officers Claims.
Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017
Andrew Carroll, Goldberg Segalla, LLP joined the group Committees: Directors/Officers Claims.
Posted Friday, December 2, 2016
Peter J. Biging wrote on the Committees: Directors/Officers Claims wall: On behalf of my Co-Vice Chairs Tim Sullivan and Gary Shendell, I want to express my genuine excitement about this year's Annual Meeting and encourage everyone who is a member of this committee to attend. I am looking forward to meeting with you all again, and seeing you at our committee lunch on Thursday. In advance of the meeting, please let me know if you have any topics you would like us to focus on. Thanks, Peter
Posted Monday, August 1, 2016
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Upcoming Events
2017 PLDF Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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