Jennifer R. Erickson

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Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Phone:
602-234-7800
Fax:
602-277-5595
Email:

Ms. Erickson’s practice is focused in insurance defense litigation and coverage work representing both personal and commercial line insurance carriers in coverage; first party and bad faith matters; as well as representation of insureds in third party tort matters. For more than twenty years, Ms. Erickson gained vase experience representing insurance companies, private businesses and municipalities in a wide range of tort defense litigation.

An area where Ms. Erickson particularly excels on behalf of her clients is resolving claims without expensive litigation. Clients know her as an attorney who “thinks outside the box,” and finds cost-effective solutions that ultimately protect her clients and their insureds.

Ms. Erickson distinguishes herself as an excellent strategist, particularly in cases where there are many moving parts, and for delivering unparalleled client service with a unique emphasis on education. She regularly partners with major insurers to provide on-going training and education to their supervisors and claims adjusters.

Recently, Ms. Erickson founded and serves as lead instructor for the Claims University, which tailors curriculum of training modules for the issues facing claims handlers to help them to do their jobs better. Ms. Erickson is also a frequent CLE presenter for various State Bar organizations.

Having begun her career in insurance defense as an in-house litigation attorney for a large insurance company, Ms. Erickson is well-versed in handling cases on behalf of insureds, counseling claim adjusters on coverage issues, processing conservatorships for minor settlements and preparing special releases for resolution of various non-standard claims.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Erickson enjoyed a successful career selling life, dental and disability policies and providing benefit consulting services to business owners with regard to their group health insurance plans.

Ms. Erickson joined Jennings, Haug & Cunningham as a partner in 2016.

Ms. Erickson has an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell®.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense & Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona

Education

  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: Pedrick Scholar
  • University of Delaware
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Honors: Honors Program
    • Honors: Dean's List

Publications

Classes/Seminars

  • If You Build it They Will Come - Arizona State Bar Conference. Designed to help lawyers understand the five steps to building a clientele and providing a great client experience. , 2016 - Present
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit – reviews the steps of a 3rd party lawsuit starting with the Complaint and going through arbitration or trial. Includes an explanation of why suits against insurance companies are different.
  • UM/UIM File Handling – discusses the paradigm shift in handling 1st party claims and wearing the investigative v. defensive hat. Highlights the key points for a proper claim investigation and arbitration agreements.
  • Building Strong Settlement Agreements – explains the key terms to every settlement agreement. Includes special issues over wrongful death settlements, minor settlements and when an interpleader may be necessary.
  • Taking the Punishment Out of Punitive Damages Claims – explains the difference between punitive and compensatory damages and what to do when your insured is facing punitive damages. Also reviews recent case law regarding punitive damages against insurance companies.
  • Academy Awards – this seminar provides a review of recent cases that affect the way we handle claims both in the claim stage and in litigation with awards presented for the best and worst with a fun movie based theme.
  • Show Me the Money – explains the various ways in which money changes hands as a result of litigation, including Offers of Judgment, what constitutes a “taxable cost”, sanctions related to appeals from arbitration and the effect of the Assyia case on UM/UIM claim handling.
  • What’s So Scary About a Bad Faith Claim – outlines activities to avoid a bad faith claim and includes an explanation of institutional bad faith. Also discusses the impact of the insurance company as a defendant and the threat of punitive damages.
  • It’s A Party – creates a guest list of all the people who can end up in a lawsuit including clarification of cross and counter claims, non-parties at fault, interveners and what to do if a party dies during the course of litigation.
  • How to Survive the PDX Ride – provides a best practices approach for dealing with claims where there are too many claimants and not enough money to go around, including how to use an interpleader to the advantage of both the insurer and the insured.
  • Tips and Trends in Handling UM/UIM Claims – outlines 4 great tips for handling any 1st party claim and reviews recent trends in case law on the issues of stacking and offsets.
  • Basic Claims Analysis – provides examiners with an explanation of the 3 key questions to ask when analyzing any claim and uses those questions to look at scenarios involving both liability and damages.
  • The Road to Settlement – creates a road map of how to reach a settlement despite the hazards along the way, including a description of Morris and Damron Agreements.
  • Spin the Wheel of Resolution – discusses tactics to ensure efficient file resolution including purposeful discovery and the importance of getting to know your insured.
  • Lay Your Money on the Table – reviews where to get information for setting reserves, keys to negotiating tactics and factors that can influence reaching a settlement.
  • Strike Out Punitive Damages – explains the purposes of punitive damages and outlines how to handle these claims from defenses and evaluation to release language.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona