In few jurisdictions is the threat of bad faith or extra-contractual liability claims more serious than in Missouri. The frequency with which bad faith claims are asserted is increasing at an alarming rate as claimants and policyholders look for ways to manufacture extra-contractual exposures for insurers. In this perilous environment, Foland Wickens is the “go-to” firm for a broad array of insurers, including regional, national, and international carriers under general liability and personal lines policies.
Foland Wickens regularly partners with insurers to successfully navigate potential bad faith setups to avoid such claims from arising. In those instances where a bad faith claim is ultimately asserted, Foland Wickens aggressively defends the cases using cutting edge strategies.
Foland Wickens is a thought-leader in the defense of bad faith claims. Its attorneys are frequently invited to speak at national educational conferences on strategies for avoiding and defending bad faith claims. In 2015–2016, its attorneys spoke on the defense of bad faith claims at national conferences hosted by the Defense Research Institute, the Property & Liability Research Bureau, the International Society of Primerus, and ExecuSummit. Foland Wickens also routinely counsels claims and underwriting professionals through in-house seminars on bad faith law and practice, the development of strategies for promptly and properly responding to claims, and the vigorous defense of bad faith litigation.