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Each of Reminger’s offices has a strong core of lawyers with expertise in retail and hospitality liability claims. We vigorously defend against all types of claims including the traditional adulterated food, ‘slip/trip and fall’, and ‘falling object’ cases, as well as the high exposure false arrest, pharmaceutical negligence, negligent security, and dram shop liability matters. In addition, we counsel these same clients about risk management, safety concerns and post-accident investigation.

Our attorneys work with self-insured retailers, general liability insurance carriers, and units of liability insurance carriers dedicated to specific insureds. We, at no charge, participate in safety and risk control seminars for the clients, and are available, again without charge, for periodic 'I have a question' calls from clients. Our goal is not just to be the premier defense counsel on these types of claims, but also to work with clients to minimize these claims.

An innovative and unique aspect of this practice group is its familiarity with and interaction with other practice areas that clients with premises liability exposure also have: employment and workers compensation claims. Several members of this group are members of other relevant groups because of the cross training important to our retail clients.

Our Service and Philosophy of Case Handling

  1. Dedicated client service. Our Practice Protocol™ requires our attorneys to acknowledge receipt of an assignment by phone, e-mail or fax, depending upon the client's wishes, within 30 minutes of receipt of the assignment. After contact with the client/insured and opposing counsel, we provide an initial analytical report, game plan and projected budget within 7 days of receipt or completed investigation.
  2. Philosophy of Practice. Reminger attorneys are trial lawyers, rather than 'litigators'. Once we determine the basic facts, we collaborate with the client consensus on a case handling strategy for the case. We become proactive in resolving the matter in the least amount of time, with the least amount of expense, and at the most favorable result to the client possible. Our philosophy is that the 'only good file is a closed file, and closed on our terms'.
  3. We are a good value. Our firm is a pioneer in 'alternative fee' arrangements with clients. If a client chooses to be charged by the hour, our rate is simple and straightforward. We use a singular, blended, net hourly rate, applicable to all handling attorneys. Our net rate is inclusive of all in-house, out-of-pocket expenses. Thus, there are no extra charges for such things as long distance telephone, mailings, mileage, computer usage research charges, fax, copies, etc. We are ready, willing and able to discuss alternative fee arrangements, such as flat fee per case, phase billing or reverse contingencies were we share in the ultimate savings on a particular case from an agreed upon 'value' if a matter can be resolved for less than that amount. You will find no firm more innovative in fee structuring than Reminger.
  4. Value-added components. Our Retail and Hospitality Liability Group members are available for complimentary consultation with both insureds and claim representatives for input and counsel in areas of loss prevention, case evaluation, substantive law, expert retention, and claim management. Our attorneys also make themselves available on a complimentary basis to assist agents and carriers in marketing presentations to professional groups and associations. Our aim is to be your counselors, not just your defense counsel. Our in-house videoconferencing facilities and total firm electronic integration allows us to conduct interviews, discovery, and presentations with economic efficiency and unlimited reach.

Representative Clients

Representative Clients: Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Darden Restaurants, Menard, Inc., Macy’s Corporate Services, SuperValu Inc., Cinemark. 

Insurance Carriers/TPAs: Zurich-America Insurance Group, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

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