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What do Mike Mills, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Independent Counsel Have in Common?

As reported a few weeks ago, your favorite Nevada Insurance, Coverage and Trucking law blogger, Mike Mills of Bauman, Lowe, Witt and Maxwell was asked to present at the annual Defense Research Institute (DRI) annual Insurance Claims and Coverage Institute conference.  The conference convened in Chicago in April.

Mike presented “Evolution of Independent Counsel: The Nevada Experience” to almost 500 DRI members and attendees including defense & coverage counsel and insurance claims professionals.  Mike highlighted the recent Nevada case of State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 74, 357 P.3d 338 (2015).  He used Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups© to teach an object lesson about of the foundation behind the idea of independent counsel and how that idea functions in various states.  He explained how Nevada has followed California’s Cumis model of independent counsel and discussed issues yet to be resolved.

Comments from attendees included:

“It will be interesting to see where Nevada goes from here.”

“Thanks for the great, informative presentation.”



Mike will also be presenting much of his well researched material to the Las Vegas Defense Lawyers (LVDL) in the fall and has also created The Nevada Cumis/Independent Counsel Easy Reference Guide.

If your insurance company or professional association might benefit from learning about the Evolution and Implementation of Independent Counsel in Nevada, you may contact Mike Mills at 702-240-6060 or

About Michael Mills

Mr. Mills practices in the area of civil litigation and appeals, with particular experience in matters involving trucking liability, insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, products liability and defense of personal injury. Mr. Mills is a member of the Trucking Insurance Defense Association, the Defense Research Institute Trucking Committee and the Nevada Motor Transport Association. Mr. Mills is licensed to practice before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Utah Supreme Court. He is also licensed to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Nevada and Utah, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Mills has created 3 Blogs for the benefit of the insurance industry. He serves as editor and publisher of the Nevada Insurance Law Blog, the Nevada Coverage and Bad Faith Blog and the Nevada Trucking Law Blog.

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