Defusing Nuclear Verdicts®

Exceptionally high jury verdicts that surpass what should have reasonable and rational amounts have become commonplace in recent years. What is driving this trend known as Nuclear Verdicts®? 

Plaintiffs’ attorneys are motivated and have found innovative ways to drive up damages. What has the Defense Bar done to combat these efforts?  What can be done?  

This panel will discuss strategies that claims professionals and defense lawyers can use to mitigate the chances of a nuclear verdict® and level the playing field for all in the courtroom.


Jerry D. Hamilton, Managing Partner, Hamilton, Miller & Birhtisel, LLP
Schuyler A. Smith, Partner, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP
Marilyn Valenciano, Sr. Claims Counsel, ESIS
Traci McGuire, CCO, AmeriTrust