Should a lawyer with plaintiff experience on his resume be ruledout when an insurer hires defense counsel?

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That was one of the many questions pondered at the ACE-SCLAclaims conference last week in Orlando, Fla., during a sessionexamining what factors to consider in choosing outsideattorneys.

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Kevin Quinley, vice president of risk insurance at MEDMARCInsurance, Chantilly, Va., said he did not believe it should be aninstant disqualifier.

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"But I do think it raises some questions," he said.

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Attorney Robert Glick of Garden City, N.Y., said that while hiswork is mostly defending insurance companies, occasionally he willbe on the other side when a case is just too interesting to passup.
"And we do some accommodation work for our clients," he said.

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Plaintiff's bar experience will give an attorney doing defensework key insights into how the opponent thinks, he said.

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For Mr. Glick, the key advice for choosing outside counselremains finding out how responsive they will be. "Keep in mind thatyou are hiring a lawyer and not a law firm," he said.

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"When an attorney promises to deliver a report, it should bethere. These are the teeny things that are so important," hesaid.

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As a buyer of legal services, Peter Hitson, assistant vicepresident of the Hartford Insurance Group, disagreed with Mr. Glickon the necessity of meeting with lawyers before you engage them,feeling that such costs eventually end up on the client bill.

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Mr. Glick took serious issue, asserting that marketing expensesare borne totally by the law firm and not clients.

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