Insurance Panel Defense Counsel
Our attorneys assist insurance companies facing any legal challenge
Insurance companies understand the importance of choosing the right lawyer to handle legal cases involving policyholders. That’s why many insurance providers hire a panel counsel to represent their company in such legal matters.
Our panel counsel attorneys at Eller Tonnsen Bach, LLC can work with you every step of the way. Our lawyers have years of experience working with insurance providers, self-insured organizations and other types of insurance companies in South Carolina and North Carolina. As a result, we thoroughly understand how the process works and can provide your company with the legal representation you rightfully deserve.
What is a panel counsel?
Many insurance companies designate certain attorneys or law firms as outside panel counsels to represent their companies in legal matters. In order to become a panel counsel defense lawyer or law firm, an attorney must demonstrate an in-depth understanding of insurance law and experience handling such cases.
Becoming a panel counsel attorney can be a very rigorous process. As a result, only a select number of firms and lawyers receive this designation and the right to represent insurance companies in legal matters involving other insurance companies or policyholders.
Many of the cases handled by panel counsels on behalf of insurance companies involve insurance policy disputes, including cases involving third party insurance claims. That’s why it’s critical that insurance providers consult with a panel-approved attorney who knows how to build the strongest possible legal case.
What options are available to insurance companies?
Insurance companies often have many different options when it comes to lawsuits filed against the company or other litigation matters. In particular, some of the different ways insurance companies can resolve such legal matters with the assistance of a panel counsel include:
- Negotiate a settlement offer to resolve the dispute.
- File a motion with the presiding court for declaratory relief on behalf of the insurance company being sued or facing other legal action.
- Represent the insurance company at trial.
Other options often exist depending on the nature of the legal matter. Different rules and regulations often apply in different states as well. That’s why it’s critical to consult with an approved panel counsel familiar with the state and federal insurance regulations in your state.
How does the process work?
Many insurance companies often have their own unique process for selecting an outside panel counsel to assist with a legal matter. This process may simply involve an insurance company selecting a lawyer from a pre-approved list of attorneys.
Other times, the policyholder taking legal action against the insurance company may be involved in choosing a panel counsel depending on how an insurance policy is worded. This is especially true if an insurance policy contains language involving the “duty to defend.”
Whatever the process, it’s important for insurance providers to carefully consider the attorney they hire to represent their company’s best interests.
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Insurance companies need skilled legal guidance in order to navigate their way through legal challenges. Our panel counsels can serve as your guide and provide the legal knowledge and expertise you need to address complex legal cases.
We’re also aware of the financial pressures and urgency often associated with such cases. That’s why we work with insurance companies to create cost-effective solutions that produce results in a timely manner.
Discover what we can do for your insurance company. Contact our law firm and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced panel counsel attorneys. We have three office locations in South Carolina and North Carolina.