Events & Seminars

Transforming Competence into Expertise

The Seventh Annual Graduate Program of the Litigation Management College

Speech Category

Insurance Law

Sponsored by

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel


Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia






IN RESPONSE TO THE DEMAND in the insurance industry for advanced skills training in litigation management, fifteen years ago the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel began an annual five-day intensive course devoted to the advanced study of litigation management. Due to the overwhelming success of the Litigation Management College, requests from alumni of the College, and inquiries from supervisors of litigation departments of both insurance companies and corporations, in 2004, the FDCC introduced the Graduate Program. Each year, the elite student body, with great geographic and employer diversity and with more than 15 years litigation management experience, are asked to rate the Program and each faculty member on a scale of poor, average, good, or excellent. The graduates routinely rate the program as "excellent" (for example, 100% of the students in 2009 provided such a rating) and, in 2009, like in the prior years, 100% stated that they would recommend the program to colleagues.

The FDCC is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Graduate Program of the Litigation Management College. Alumni of the Litigation Management College, as well as any students certified by their employers as having experience equivalent to the rigors of the College, are invited to register. Alumni receive first preference for registration.

The mission of the Graduate Program is to build upon the solid foundation provided by the Litigation Management College to refine the student's understanding of advanced insurance coverage issues, strategic litigation tactics, preparation of the handling of litigation, and alternatives for resolution of disputes on favorable terms, while gaining further understanding of the process to allow application of these skills in a cost effective manner to any type of litigation challenge that may be presented.

The Graduate Program is an intensive 32-hour classroom and workshop curriculum to increase, hone, and expand the litigation management, evaluation, and negotiation skills learned in the College. In addition, the demanding training includes homework assignments to be completed in advance of the program and during the session. The Graduate Program is designed to focus on the complex, advanced issues commensurate with the responsibilities of claims professionals with more than 15 years experience who have management responsibilities and claim resolution authority. The limited class size and very low student to faculty ratio (5:1) facilitates student participation and individualized skills training.

The insurance industry and many other corporations have reached a time when training is in high demand, but economic realities and shrinking budgets leave companies with less opportunity to provide advanced training internally. For the claim professional, being competent is no longer sufficient to meet the ever-changing demands of litigation management and the organizational demands of reporting, supervising, and training in the litigation environment. Today, senior claims professionals need not only an unprecedented higher level of knowledge and skill among all those who participate in the litigation process, but also a higher level of independence, self-reliance, and the capacity to exercise initiative to achieve favorable outcomes in disputes.

The Graduate Program is the opportunity for the litigation management professional to acquire knowledge and skills to reach the next level of his or her career.

For more information and details on how to register, please see the below PDF.

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