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New York, NY 10038
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Springfield, New Jersey 07081
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Wade Clark Mulcahy
Results speak for themselves
When WCM takes on a case, we take the long view. It starts with critical thinking in how best to make a record to protect our clients. As skilled trial advocates, we know that ultimate success depends upon vindicating our position in Motions and Appellate Practice. We have earned a reputation for excellence in our written work and in our many successes in state and federal appellate courts.
Our skill in the appellate arena is manifest in a weekly law blog in which we keep our clients current in developments and emerging legal trends in our practice areas. WCM attorneys also contribute to insurance and defense scholarship by writing articles for Insurance and bar association journals, as well as conducting continuing education seminars for claim professionals and attorneys.
When confronted with a "heavy" casualty case, our clients often ask us, "What do you know about plaintiffs' attorney?" Just as reputation is an important factor in risk assessment, so, too, is the reputation of defense counsel. WCM enjoys a reputation as a firm of trial lawyers prepared to go the distance. And it is that very reputation among the plaintiff's bar that fosters excellent results in negotiations, court-order settlement conference and private mediations. WCM lawyers don't push paper or "process" files, we think strategically and how best to advance our client's position at every stage of the litigation. Our relentless advocacy begins at case intake and continues until the matter is closed.
As a regional firm, we try cases across the entire casualty spectrum, from products to premises, in state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. And, in fact, our reputation as skilled advocates has prompted the admission, pro hac vice, of WCM lawyers in many jurisdictions across the country. WCM acts for national and international insurers and self-insurers in matters ranging across the broad reach of tort liability. Partnering with our clients, we have achieved unparalleled success in developing creative approaches to defending actions across all significant risk categories: Premises, Auto, Trucking, Construction, Dram Shop/Liquor Liability, Restaurant/Tavern Owners, Hotel, Security/Loss Prevention, Elevator, Sports and Recreation, Entertainment/Facilities Management, Day/Elder Care, Waste Management, Sick Building Syndrome and Toxic Exposures.
The courtroom savvy of WCM lawyers is matched by a comprehensive understanding of the complex interplay between statutory (Labor Law, OSHA, BOCA) considerations and common law practices. In addition, the firm's well-recognized insurance expertise gives our clients the comfort of knowing that risk transfer, additional insured, and indemnity issues are understood and appropriately managed. But regardless of the contest, WCM puts our clients first and we always seek the cleanest and most efficient solutions to the risks they face.
Our commercial practice is built upon the results achieved for our insurance clients.
Having seen our work in insured cases, many of our corporate clients have hired us to fight their battles outside the zone of insurance protection. They know we are a firm of trial lawyers rather than "litigators." We see discovery as a means to an end, either a successful negotiation or a trial victory. Our clients like that approach and have retained us in cases across the spectrum of commercial disputes, including Breach of Contract, Intellectual Property, Employment, Construction, Regulatory, Compliance and Licensing Issues, Corporate and Fiduciary, and Directors and Officers.
Construction accidents often involve catastrophic injuries, significant wage claims, and extensive life care plans for future medical treatment. To properly defend these high stakes cases, counsel needs to be expert in more than the applicable legal defenses. Counsel needs to know the dynamics of the specific industries, the substantive worksite defenses, and, most important, how to transfer the risk to the proper party pursuant to contract or liability position.
WCM lawyers have represented business owners, investment groups, general contractors, and all types of sub-contractors in construction accidents involving asbestos remediation, scaffolding collapses, fire losses, and the like. We know how to navigate complex contractual provisions and statutory claims, such as the "grave injury" in New York, in order to both pursue and defend claims for contribution and indemnification. WCM teams with physicians, engineers, accountants, economists, and employment experts to mitigate high value damage claims. And we work with construction professionals in drafting contracts and agreements in order to help them manage risk before accidents occur.
Education and Not for Profit Law
The legal issues arising out of the operation of schools and not for profit entities are often unique to their missions. We have worked with public and private universities, private, independent and charter schools, and day care centers who need experienced legal counsel who understand the challenges they face.
WCM has assisted clients who have faced claims ranging from the failure to supervise a student, routine premises liability exposures, and in more sensitive matters involving instances of sexual harassment, abuse or assault. Whether the matter implicates the Clery Act reporting requirements, New Jersey's Charitable Immunity Act, or otherwise, we stand ready to guide you through these complex problems.
At Wade Clark Mulcahy, our litigators regularly defend employers in lawsuits brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and other federal, state and local equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. We represent employers in actions charging wrongful termination or breach of employment contract and against claims of defamation, infliction of mental or emotional distress, and other alleged workplace torts.
WCM's employment attorneys are skilled at investigating and litigating employment claims. We regularly appear in federal and state courts and before local, state and federal agencies handling charges or complaints of discrimination.
WCM also works hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure that the majority of employment issues are resolved before litigation. We conduct management and employee training in sexual harassment, discrimination and other employment related areas. We write and review employee manuals, employee contracts and other employment policy documents. We work with employers to ensure compliance with the ever-expanding legal body of law regulating workplace behavior.
Fine Art and Specie
For 20 years, foreign and domestic insurers have looked to WCM to represent their interests in controversies involving fine art and specie. Our claims and defense work in this niche market is international in scope and has taken WCM lawyers to many parts of the globe--London, Paris, Antwerp, Rome, Dubai and Hong Kong. Our work embraces claim investigation and litigation relating to fraud, theft, physical damage, authenticity and recovery of stolen property.
Our reputation for excellence and deep understanding of the issues that confront the Underwriters who insure the world's valuables give our clients a distinct advantage in this highly competitive arena, and we are often called upon to conduct seminars on emerging trends and to give advice on policy wordings. WCM lawyers know this world and we achieve consistently superior outcomes for our clients.
First Party Property
From the initial claim notification through trial, WCM attorneys have helped to guide insurers with property claims ranging from the simple to the complex. Our vast expertise spans the gamut of losses, including damage to buildings, infidelity, damage to works of art, and the theft of millions of dollars of diamonds.
WCM lawyers provide legal advice during the claim investigation and conduct examinations under oath when necessary. We also participate in appraisals, arbitrations, and mediations to assist with the resolution process. And when litigation has been filed, we have represented insurers in cases across the country in declaratory judgment actions, breach of contract suits, and bad-faith claims. WCM attorneys have tried first party matters and have participated in appeals in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Fraud Investigation and Prosecution
The cost of insurance fraud has been estimated at $80 billion per year. As former prosecutors and government counsel, WCM attorneys are uniquely qualified to combat this ongoing problem that impacts insurers across the world.
We work with Special Investigative Units and claims specialists to perform sophisticated fraud investigations that may include conducting examinations under oath, liaising with state and federal law enforcement agencies, and employing forensic experts in identifying and preventing fraud.
Our fraud practice includes assisting insurers in first party insurance claims involving property damage and personal injury, including claims of arson and theft; prosecuting and defending litigation arising out of fraudulent claims for coverage; and conducting internal investigations and audits to determine the presence, source and extent of fraudulent activity.
WCM offers time-tested skill and experience in representing domestic and international insurers in coverage disputes. Our expertise extends to contract interpretation, compliance, misrepresentation, fraud and reinsurance issues. We have achieved consistently superior outcomes in major coverage disputes.
Sometimes our victories come in the courtroom. But often, our advocacy results in early resolution, yielding great savings to our clients. Working with a network of local counsel, WCM frequently is called upon by its clients to represent their interests in jurisdictions throughout the United States when substantial legal or financial risks are involved.
Theories of claimed premises defects resulting in injury or death have virtually no limits, save for the creativity of the plaintiffs' bar. WCM attorneys have an unmatched reputation for challenging those theories and developing creative defenses to avoid or mitigate liability. WCM lawyers have defended cases across the entire spectrum of premises liability--cranes, scaffolds, elevators, explosions, defective mechanisms, slippery surfaces, cracked sidewalks, and more.
WCM is also expert in security cases. We have successfully defended many businesses, including hotels and shopping centers, against claims that patrons suffered attacks for want of adequate security. We may not have seen everything (yet) but our deep experience gives us an edge in meeting the challenges of what is around the corner.
Privacy, Cybersecurity and E- Discovery
The digital world continues to expand in complexity and scope. At WCM we recognize that emerging technologies change the face of crisis management and litigation. And so, we created a Privacy, Cybersecurity and E-Discovery practice group to help navigate the privacy, security and discovery challenges of the digital age..
Our team has obtained International Association of Privacy Professionals accreditation (e.g., CIPP US and CIPM) and has deep experience with the e-discovery challenges of complicated mass tort litigations. WCM stands ready to answer the call when you need a guide through the digital labyrinth.
WCM lawyers have successfully defended actions related to products liability claims in both state and federal courts throughout the country. We regularly represent national and international manufacturers and distributors of products including, for example, temperature sensing devices, copiers, saws, printers, binders, gas valves, machine presses, and bicycles.
We have lectured before local bar associations and industry groups on developments in this ever changing area of the law and we have proposed legislation affecting the products liability area of our practice. Given the experience, our lawyers are uniquely qualified to advise our clients on risk management and assessment before a product ever becomes the target of a lawsuit.
Professionals need to be confident that the attorneys retained to defend them know more than law; they must also know the nature of the business of the professional in order to mount a successful defense to malpractice or errors and omissions claims. WCM has that edge. Drawing on our background in property, casualty and insurance litigation, WCM attorneys have firsthand experience with the risks faced by professionals such as architects, accountants, attorneys, directors and officers, engineers, financial service professionals and insurance brokers and agents.
WCM takes great pride in the fact that our practice in this area has grown from referrals within the professional network, many of whom have the choice of counsel in their professional insurance policy. And the successful outcomes that WCM attorneys have achieved fully justifies that choice.
Sports and Recreational Liability
WCM has litigated virtually every type of sports and recreational liability matter ranging from a tragic drowning in a school pool or a lake at a summer camp, to the failure to use an automated external defibrillator at a youth sports game.
We've worked with infectious disease experts when needed to identify the source of an outbreak of herpes gladiatorum in a wrestling program and successfully tried cases focused on the duties owed by a sports center owner to players injured during indoor soccer games. You name the sport or recreational activity and we have handled a matter involving that exposure. Let us put that experience to work for you.
Subrogation and Recovery
Prosecuting a successful subrogation case requires more than just an insurance background. WCM attorneys have extensive experience interviewing witnesses and assessing documentary proof in order to assess whether a claim will withstand judicial scrutiny and ultimately appeal to a jury. Creativity and aggressiveness are the hallmark of WCM as subrogation counsel.
In addition to handling fire and flood losses and construction mishaps, WCM lawyers also have expertise in bringing subrogation actions to recover for damage to fine art, including suits against galleries and storage facilities. WCM attorneys also have significant experience representing clients located across the world to recover stolen property, particularly jewelry, art and other valuable collectibles.