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Ethical Consideration and Biases to be Aware of in Litigation

Presented by: Peter Barr, Trey Pauley, and Christian Stegmaier

Thursday, May 21st
12:00 PM EDT
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Powerpoint Presentation

This presentation will focus on: (1) defining what constitutes “fairness” towards claimants as it relates to claims handling and resolution; (2) identifying patent and latent biases and attitudes, which claims stakeholders may possess (whether they realize it or not) that may impact fairness in claims management and resolution activities; and (3) strategies for eliminating these biases and attitudes from claims decisions processes.

CLE/CEU Credits

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About Peter Barr
Since 2001, Peter Barr has been General Counsel of Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoes, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. With over 30 years of legal experience, Peter also serves on the Equality North Carolina board. Prior to Rack Room Shoes, Peter handled Real Estate matters for Payless.

About Trey Pauley
Trey Pauley is a litigation and employment attorney by day, and dad/husband (sometimes super, sometimes not) by night. He serves as in-house counsel for Scotts Miracle-Gro in Marysville, Ohio. Founded in 1868, Scotts recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and has grown into the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. Trey has been with Scotts for nearly four years, and previously was a labor & employment attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease in Columbus, Ohio. Trey began his career with a business litigation boutique based out of Dayton, Ohio (Faruki, Ireland & Cox) in 2008. Over the years, Trey has given numerous pro bono hours to the Volunteer Lawyers Project, as well as various high school mock trial programs. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Dayton Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award. Trey lives in Marysville with his wife, four kids, and two dogs.

About Christian Stegmaier

Shareholder Christian Stegmaier is a member of the Management Committee and chair of the firm’s Retail & Hospitality Practice Group. He defends national and regional leaders in the retail, hospitality, and entertainment sectors doing business in South Carolina in claims involving premises liability, loss prevention, food adulteration, third party torts, and alcohol liability. He is also involved in matters pertaining to ADA issues and licensure and other administrative decisions of state regulatory agencies.

In addition to his practice focus in retail and hospitality, Christian is skilled in appellate advocacy and complex litigation. Building on his experience as an appellate law clerk and appearing more than 30 times before various state and federal appellate tribunals as counsel, Christian’s representation includes prebriefing review and analysis of the case with careful research and candid advice, as well as appearing at oral argument.

Christian is founder and contributor of the South Carolina Retail & Hospitality Law Blog, a resource for retailers and hospitality-related entities doing business in South Carolina. In addition to his practice, Christian is a Professor of Hotel & Restaurant Law at the University of South Carolina’s nationally acclaimed College of Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management. He has taught Hotel & Restaurant Law (HRTM 357) to upperclassmen HRTM majors since Spring 2009. Prior to joining Collins & Lacy, Christian served as a law clerk to The Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr., Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

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