Scope of Practice
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. has been involved in insurance defense litigation for most of its existence. Due to the firm’s extensive experience with all aspects of insurance litigation, we are often called on to assist insurance companies with their own defense in court. This includes questions of whether an insurer actually has coverage for a particular claim against the insured. Often these coverage issues may be complex or revolve around unusual fact patterns. The attorneys at Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. pride themselves on keeping up to date on the latest changes in insurance law and can help clients untangle the constant and confusing legislative changes in insurance requirements.
The firm has represented insurance companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in coverage cases. Our experience also extends to the issue of bad faith litigation. Not only have we successfully defended numerous insurers against bad faith claims from their own insureds, we have taken a proactive approach to this type of litigation. That means protecting claims files from burdensome, and frequently premature, discovery requests from aggressive personal injury lawyers determined to harass the insurer into an unwarranted settlement.
Sometimes clients approach us before suit is filed so that we can give coverage advice that may help them avoid lawsuits. However, our firm can provide representation for these claims at any level of the litigation process. We have been involved in such claims in state court, federal court, and the appellate courts. Several of the firm’s cases have even gone up to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce their firm's Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of 2018. Super Lawyers: William Abbott, Ann Emmerich, Patricia Putney, David Joanis, David McFarlane, John Moore, Ward Richter and Sheila Sullivan. Rising Stars: Laura Lyons and David Ress. (Read More)
David G. Ress - New Shareholder at BMR
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce that David G. Ress became a Shareholder at the firm on January 1, 2018.
Wisconsin Defense Counsel Receives the 2017 Rudolph A. Janata Award
The Rudolph A. Janata Award was presented at the DRI Annual Meeting in Chicago on October 5, 2017. (Read more)
David McFarlane - Fellowship in the American College of Trial Attorneys
Bell, Moore & Richter is very pleased to announce that on September 16, 2016, David McFarlane was sworn in as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.
David G. Ress Recognized as a 2016 "Up and Coming" Lawyer
David G. Ress has been recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a 2016 "Up and Coming" Lawyer (Read more).
Ann C. Emmerich - Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
BMR is pleased to announce that Ann Emmerich was elected into membership in the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. (Read more)
Sheila Sullivan - Wisconsin Insurance Law
In deciding a significant duty to defend case June 30, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court cited BMR’s Sheila Sullivan four separate times (on her work supplementing the "Wisconsin Insurance Law") as authority for its decision.