Although Cipriani & Werner has grown into a firm with numerous practice areas, its roots are in the representation of insureds on behalf of insurance companies. Within this very general heading, our firm’s attorneys provide representation to a wide range of clients – individuals accused of negligence (for example, automobile cases), corporations sued for negligence (for example, premises liability) or D&O/E&O actions or breach of contract/warranty or strict product liability, and professionals accused of malpractice.
Our firm’s attorneys are well-versed in the unique requirements of insurance defense work. C&W attorneys strive to provide the insured/client with the complete legal defense to which they are entitled. At the same time, our attorneys are aware of the demands placed on insurance professionals regarding timely reporting and efficient and cost effective claims handling. In dealing with both clients and claims managers, our firm believes in a ‘no surprises’ approach. Every attempt is made to provide early and accurate claim assessment, while at the same time careful attention is paid to changes in facts or in legal precedent that may alter the evaluation of the case. If desired by the insurer, budgets, scheduling or other such litigation planning devices are utilized.
Cipriani & Werner, P.C. has never been a high volume/low overhead firm. We charge fair, competitive rates and will consider, in appropriate cases, alternative fee arrangements. More importantly to the ‘bottom line’, our firm controls costs by its internal continuity and efficiencies. Cases are assigned to the attorney with the proper mix of experience and ability. The firm does not hire a large number of associate attorneys whose job is to bill hours nor does the firm ‘double-team’ or ‘hand off’ cases to other attorneys. Where extra help or a change in personnel is required, this is discussed ahead of time – no surprises.
Clients find that this approach leads to certain satisfaction. We are proud to have maintained longstanding working relationships with many companies. We are proud that some insured clients who have been introduced to our firm through assignments from insurance companies have retained our firm’s attorneys after adopting a self-insured program, or when changing carriers have required Cipriani & Werner, P.C. to be used by the new carrier. We are also pleased that clients and carriers have recommended our firm to others in their field or industry. We intend to maintain this precedent.