- Brian McElreath, Partner, Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC
- David Widener, Director of Claims Advisory Services, AEU
Original recording date: May 5, 2020
Duration: 9:47 minutes
The ultimate goal of any longshore claim is resolution. One option that has a lot of advantages for both employers and claimants is mediation, which allows all parties agree on the final outcome. In the middle of a global pandemic, virtual mediations
are on the rise. In this episode, Dave Widener of The American Equity Underwriters sits down with Brian McElreath, a partner at the law firm of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter and an expert in both longshore and state workers’ compensation systems.
Dave and Brian discuss the benefits and pitfalls of virtual mediations, and the possibility of growing in popularity even after the country re-opens for business.
By viewing this webcast, you will learn:
- The benefits and pitfalls of virtual mediations
- The possibility of mediations growing in popularity even after the country re-opens for business
About the Presenters
Brian is a Partner at Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC. He is the chair of the Longshore practice group. His practice primarily focuses on the nationwide defense of Longshore claims and subrogation. Brian represents a variety of insurers, employers, shipping
companies, stevedoring companies, shipyards, and staffing companies. Brian has tried numerous cases to verdict before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, the Benefits Review Board, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation and the
South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Brian maintains an A.V. Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized from 2016 to date in Best Lawyers® as among the leading attorneys in the country and is listed
with Super Lawyers on the Rising Stars list, which recognizes no more than 2.5% of attorneys in each state. Brian is also an adjunct professor teaching Workers’ Compensation at the Charleston School of Law.
David Widener joined AEU in 2019 as Director of Claims Advisory Services. David began his longshore career in 2003 with F.A. Richard/American Equity Risk Services, where he was a claims supervisor for eight years. He joined the U.S. Department of Labor
as a claims examiner in 2011, and was promoted to District Director six months later, overseeing operations for the Houston District Office. He is a frequent speaker at Loyola Law School’s Annual Longshore Conference, Longshore Claims Association
meetings, and Defense Base Act seminars. He has developed and conducted continuing legal education seminars in conjunction with Loyola Law School and the U.S. Department of Labor. David has a B.S. in finance from Louisiana State University and is
a credentialed mediator for the state of Texas.