Earlier this month, I was asked by Elizabeth Lorell, an excellent defense lawyer, to speak at a CLE conference sponsored by her law firm.  (You can read Elizabeth’s bio here.) The audience consisted of other defense lawyers, and insurance company claims representatives.  In other words, I was basically a snake at a mongoose convention.

Recently, one of my friends in the insurance defense bar told me that he’d been given a very strict standing order by his insurance company client.  In any case involving a potential conflict-of-laws situation, he was prohibited from EVER arguing for the application of New Jersey law. 

This attitude stems from cases like the New