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FWPA Scholarship Committee Chair, Donna Patterson (left), presents Macey Hillrichs (middle) with the Susan Dean Scholastic Achievement Scholarship alongside FWPA Second Vice President/Membership, Trisha Klement (right) at the July General Monthly Meeting.
PARKER, LLP'S MACEY HILLRICHS RECEIVES SUSAN DEAN SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
August 1, 2018, Fort Worth, TX – Macey Hillrichs, a file clerk at Parker, LLP Attorneys at Law and paralegal student, is the 2018 recipient of the Susan Dean Scholastic Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship, awarded by the Fort Worth Paralegal Association (FWPA) at their July General Membership Meeting, will assist Hillrichs financially as she completes her paralegal studies in the upcoming school year. Read full article.
FIGHTING CHILD ABUSE IN TARRANT COUNTY
June 11, 2018, Fort Worth, TX – Since 1992, more than 50,000 children have benefited from the Tarrant County children’s advocacy center, Alliance For Children. Supporting this outstanding non-profit’s work in the community, Michael Parker, managing partner of Parker, LLP Attorneys at Law, and friends participated in the Sporting Clay Tournament at Caney Creek Lodge on Saturday, June 9, 2018. All funds raised from the tournament help Alliance For Children continue to bring hope and healing to child abuse victims in Tarrant County. Read full article.
HURRICANE SEASON BRINGS GREATER RISK OF FRAUDULENT CLAIMS
June 11, 2018, Fort Worth, TX – Hurricane season is officially upon us and the coastal states are gearing up for the unpredictability of tropical weather. Homes are often flooded, severely damaged, or completely destroyed by the strong storms that accompany hurricanes which leads to an influx of insureds filing claims. The probability that an insurance carrier will run into fraudulent claims increases dramatically after a natural disaster, and Michael Parker discussed how to successfully identify and prosecute these claims at the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference in Orlando on June 7, 2018. Read full article.
PARKER, LLP PROVIDES DIRECTION WITH AN EVER-EXPANDING FOCUS ON CLIENTS
June 7, 2018, Fort Worth, TX – With a focus on providing legal direction to their clients from coast to coast, the legal team of Parker, LLP Attorneys at Law is pleased to unveil a new logo and name this month. Formerly known as Parker Straus, LLP, the attorneys of Parker, LLP remain dedicated to providing cost-conscious legal counsel to their valued clients. Read full article.
ETHICAL USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP INVESTIGATIONS
May 10, 2018, Grapevine, TX - Scrolling through social media multiple times per day has become the norm for most people in today’s society. Social media has proven to be a valuable tool for people and businesses alike, but especially for those using it as a form of investigation, such as insurance adjustors, paralegals, and more. However, there are important legal and ethical boundaries to consider when using social media as an investigative tool. Michael Parker dove into these social media dos and don’ts at the North Texas International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Spring Fraud Seminar in Grapevine on May 9, 2018. Read full article.
PREVENTING A DATA BREACH IS CRUCIAL WITH TODAY'S CYBER ACCESSIBILITY
April 30, 2018, Edmond, OK - The accessibility to Wi-Fi in today’s electronic age is both convenient and a recipe for disaster. By simply connecting to public Wi-Fi, you could be putting you and your entire company at risk of a major data breach. IBM’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study calculates that United States organizations lose an average of $225 per record that has been compromised. Andrew Robertson discussed the need for a shift in the corporate culture surrounding privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) at the Rimkus Oklahoma Crash and Learn Seminar in Oklahoma City on April 27, 2018. Read full article.
WINTER WEATHER IN THE SPRING CAN POTENTIALLY LEAD TO GREATER CLAIMS, FRAUD
April 25, 2018, Ankeny, IA - With record low temperatures across the northern United States for the month of April, many have experienced the negative effects of a prolonged winter. This includes collapsed roofs, fallen trees, and other property damage resulting in insurance claims. With this volume comes the potential for fraud, and Michael Parker addressed issues surrounding disaster and weather-related claims at the 2018 Iowa-Nebraska International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Training Seminar in Ankeny, Iowa, on April 24, 2018. Read full article.
A relationship built on common ground. Robert Kingsford and Michael Parker (left to right) have joined forces in the past on national speaking engagements and joint lectures, such as the 2016 Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee Conference, as shown here.
TRUSTED ATTORNEYS, NOW COAST TO COAST
March 21, 2018, Fort Worth, TX - Longtime friends and respected colleagues Robert Kingsford and Michael Parker are excited to announce their respective firms have entered into an Of Counsel Agreement. This national relationship will provide the clients of Parker Straus, LLP and Alfano Kingsford, P.A., founded by Parker and Marvin Straus, and Lynn Alfano and Kingsford respectively, with trusted attorneys from coast to coast, delivering the same cost-effective and expert legal representation which clients have come to expect and appreciate. Read full article.
WATCH FOR DISASTER FRAUD THIS TORNADO SEASON
March 19, 2018, Oklahoma City, OK - Tornado season is fast approaching. In the aftermath of significant storms, potential claims are ripe for fraudster picking. Addressing potential fraudulent claims as a result of tornados and other disasters, Michael Parker presented on these threats at the National Tornado Summit on February 28, 2018 in Oklahoma City. Read full article.
GIVING BACK TO THOSE WHO GAVE FOR US
February 24, 2018, Fort Worth, TX - Showing support for local veterans, several of the Parker Straus, LLP team and their guests attended the 2018 Cowtown Warriors Ball at the Fort Worth Club on Feb. 24, 2018. Read full article.
EUOs ARE COST-EFFICIENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES
February 23, 2018, Irving, TX - An Examination Under Oath, or EUO, is a cost-efficient opportunity for insurance companies to avoid paying fraudulent claims and settle legitimate claims early. Read full article.
PRE-SUIT NOTICES NOW REQUIRED BY TEXAS HAILSTORM LAW
February 8, 2018, Dallas, TX - Falling hailstones dent roofs and smash windshields. After the wreckage, honest people seek assistance, but frauds see opportunity. A report of the Texas Department of Insurance, or TDI, revealed that insurers paid $1.9 billion for residential hail property losses in 2015, which was the highest annual amount until insurers paid $4.3 billion in 2016 for the first nine months alone. Read full article.
HELPING MAKE HOLIDAY DREAMS COME TRUE
December 15, 2017, San Diego, CA & Fort Worth, TX - Shining a joyful light on those in need, the attorneys and staff of Parker Straus, LLP joined together to make the holidays a little brighter this year with the 2017 Parker Straus Toy Drive. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS SUPPORTS THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
September 8, 2017, Fort Worth, TX - Having a WILD time, and helping those in their time of need, some of the Parker Straus, LLP team joined a full house at The Fort Worth Club Outdoor Sports Club Wild Game Dinner on Sept. 8, 2017.
The annual dinner, auction and raffle raised more than $320,000 to support the Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth.
For more information on how to help the Ronald Mcdonald House Fort Worth provide support and shelter for families of children undergoing medical treatment, please visit www.rmhfw.org.
PARKER STRAUS PARTNERS PRESENT AT THE THIRD ANNUAL CARGO THEFT SUMMIT
August 25, 2017, Monrovia, CA -- Michael Parker and Andrew Meyers presented at the third annual Cargo Theft Summit on Wednesday, August 23. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS, LLP MANAGING PARTNER PROMOTED TO MAJOR
August 24, 2017, Austin, TX – State Judge Advocate, Texas State Guard and Tarrant County Judge, Lt. Col. Charles Vanover, promoted Capt. Michael R. Parker to the rank of major last weekend. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS SPONSORS OK IASIU MEDICAL ISSUES TRAINING CONFERENCE
August 10, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK— The Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigations Unit’s (OKIASIU) Medical Issues Training Conference was held on August 10, 2017, in Oklahoma City. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS PRESENTS AT EMAT SYMPOSIUM
March 9, 2017, San Marcos - On March 6th to the 8th, the Emergency Management Association of Texas held its 10th Annual Symposium in San Marcos, Texas. The Emergency Management Association of Texas is a statewide group of Emergency Management professionals that seek to advance the profession within Texas. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS TO PRESENT AT THE MILITARY AND VETERANS LAW SECTION OF STATE BAR OF TEXAS FALL CLE
August 31, 2016, Galveston - On October 20th to the 21st, the Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas will be holding its Fall CLE in Galveston, Texas. Military and Veterans Law Section members include active duty, reserve, and retired judge advocates of all branches of the military, as well as civilian lawyers who have interest in issues affecting the military and veterans. The section meets three times per year at locations throughout the state, in order to give members the opportunity to experience valuable continuing legal education on relevant topics at an affordable price. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS ATTEND THE ANNUAL JUDICIARY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
June 23, 2016, Dallas - On June 23rd, three of our Associate Attorneys from our Fort Worth office, David M. Sarnacki, Molly F. Smith, and F. Terrell Fenner, had theopportunity to attend the annual Judiciary Appreciation Luncheon, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and the Judiciary Committee of the Dallas Bar Association. The luncheon was held at the Pavilion of the Belo Mansion. The event offered 1.0 hour of continuing legal education credit and was very informative pertaining to the amendments to the changes to local rules going into effect on September 1, 2016.
PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS ATTEND THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS ANNUAL MEETING
June 16, 2016, Fort Worth - On June 16th and June 17th, one of our Partners, Jeffrey Valliere, and Associate Attorney, Rachel Roland, attended the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. This year the event was held at the Fort Worth Omni and Convention Center. The Annual Meeting is the State Bar's largest conference of the year. The event takes part over the span of two days and featured a multitude of networking opportunities, speaker events and CLE sessions led by some of the nation's top legal professionals. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE THE STATE MOOT COURT COMPETITION
June 15, 2016, Fort Worth - On June 14th and June 15th, four of our Associate Attorneys from our Fort Worth office volunteered to judge the preliminary rounds of the State Moot Court Competition. The State Moot Court Competition is open to all ABA-accredited law schools in Texas and held in connection with the State Bar Annual Meeting. The Texas Supreme Court or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals presides over the final round (depending on whether it is a civil or criminal problem).This year’s problem was a civil cause before the Texas Supreme Court; you can find the problem here. The problem was inspired by Justice Willett, Justice Lehrmann, and Justice Devine’s dissent to the denial of the petition for review in El-Ali v. State, 428 S.W.3d 824, 825 (Tex. 2014). Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS & PRESENTS AT THE 24th ANNUAL FIFEC CONFERENCE
June 10, 2016, Orlando - From June 8th to June 10th, our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker and Associate Attorney, Rachel C. Roland, attended the 24th Annual Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Conference in Orlando, Florida. FIFEC began its formal existence as the DIF/SIU Annual Training Seminar representing the Florida Department of Insurance’s Division of Insurance Fraud and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) community in 1992 at Altamonte Springs. In 1997, it was determined that the DIF/SIU Seminar had grown far too large an endeavor for a single SIU and FIFEC was formed. Over the years, FIFEC has offered continuous annual training seminars for DIF and SIU investigators, other law enforcement officers, prosecutors, insurance carrier adjusters and management, insurance defense attorneys and others in the ongoing fight to combat all forms of insurance fraud. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS THE SDIAA ENDLESS SUMMER GOLF TOURNAMENT
June 3, 2016, San Marcos - On June 3rd, Marvin J. Straus and Andrew S. Meyers, Partners in our San Diego Office, attended the SDIAA Endless Summer Golf Tournament at Twin Oaks Golf Course. The event is put on annually by the SDIAA. SDIAA stands for San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association. The San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association (SDIAA), founded in 1945, is San Diego's oldest and largest professional adjuster organization. With over 450 members, their mission is to promote harmony and cordial business relations among the claims profession and those businesses associated with the insurance industry. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS THE NTIASIU ONE DAY FRAUD CONFERENCE
May 18, 2016, Grapevine - On May 18th, 11 Attorneys, from our Fort Worth office attended the North Texas Chapter of IASIU’s One Day Fraud Conference in Grapevine, Texas at Grapevine Convention Center. In addition to attending the event, Parker Straus, LLP sponsored the event on the Silver level and also was an exhibitor. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS SUPER LAWYERS RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE PARTNER J. ANDREW ROBERTSON
May 4, 2016, Dallas - On May 4, 2016, Texas Monthly, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, hosted a networking reception to celebrate the attorneys selected to the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list. The event took place on Wednesday, May at the Museum of Modern Art - Hamon Atrium in Dallas. Guests mixed and mingled, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Read full article.
MARVIN J. STRAUS, ESQ., PRESENTS INSURANCE ETHICS CLASS TO SDIAA
April 14, 2016, San Diego - Marvin J. Straus, Partner in the San Diego office, presented a class on insurance ethics to the San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association (SDIAA) on April 14, 2016 in San Diego, California. Straus’ class, titled Insurance Ethics: What’s In It For Me?, focused on the importance of staying honest and principled in all matters concerning insurance law, insurance fraud defense, and insurance investigations. With a successful legal career dedicated to complex fraud litigation and bad faith insurance defense, Straus, who is also the Legal and Legislative Chairperson for the Board of Governors for the SDIAA, was able to provide unparalleled insight and unique knowledge to those in attendance. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS ATTEND & PRESENT AT IASIU SEMINAR
April 11, 2016, Ankeny - The Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) hosted its 19th Annual Training Seminar and Annual Meeting in Ankeny, Iowa on April 11th to the 13th. Our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker, Partner Jason D. Tomlin, and Associate Emily G. Cottingham all came out from the Fort Worth office to attend the event. While there, all three gave a presentation pertaining to the current trends in Chiropractic Fraud and how to improve investigation techniques.
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PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS ATTEND & PRESENT AT FARM BUREAU SEMINAR
April 4, 2016, Scottsdale - From April 4th to the 6th, our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker and Partners Andrew S. Meyers, San Diego, and J. Andrew Robert, Fort Worth, attended the 2016 Farm Bureau Fire-Fraud Seminar Agenda in Scottsdale, Arizona. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving and improving the Agriculture industry through member involvement in education, political activities, programs and services. AFBF is highly supported by Farm Bureau Financial Services, a company designed to meet the unique liability insurance needs of farmers. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE NATIONAL TRIAL COMPETITION
March 31, 2016, Fort Worth - On March 31st and April 1st, four of our Associate Attorneys from our Fort Worth office volunteered to judge the preliminary rounds of theNational Trial Competition finals. The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. This year the top 28 law school teams from across the country were invited to compete in the mock trial competition in Dallas, Texas at the George Allen Courthouse, on March 31st to April 2nd. Read full article.
PARKER STRAUS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERS
March 25, 2016, Fort Worth - Parker Straus, LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of four Senior Associates to Partner in our Fort Worth Office. The new partners are: Eric A. Laue, J. Andrew Robertson, Jason D. Tomlin, and Jeffrey S. Valliere. Read full article.
2016 ANNUAL COWTOWN WARRIORS BALL
March 5, 2016, Fort Worth - On March 5, 2016, Parker Straus, LLP attended the 3rd Annual Cowtown Warriors Ball in Fort Worth, TX. The Cowtown Warriors Ball is a function of the Metroplex Marines Coordinating Council (MMCC) operating under the 501(c)3 Metroplex Military Charitable Trust. In January 2013, the leadership of MMCC was notified that the active duty unit in Quantico, The Wounded Warrior Regiment, was being cut short of funds. In an effort to raise money for these Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Wounded Warrior Ball, now branded Cowtown Warriors Ball, was born to raise funds and cover costs not taken care of by the Department of Defense. Read full article.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK CLAY SHOOT EVENT
February 20, 2016, Fort Worth - On February 20th, our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker, and several Associates of our Fort Worth team joined the North Texas Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) at Elm Fork Shooting Sports for their Clay Shoot Fundraising Event. The mission of the RMEF is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Since its establishment in 1984, RMEF has protected and enhanced over 6.7 million acres of wildlife habitat. Additionally, the organization has helped open access to more than 852,000 acres for public hunting and other recreation. Read full article.
NTIASIU SOCIAL HOUR HOSTED BY PARKER STRAUS, LLP IN OCTOBER
In advance of the NTIASIU Fraud Conference in October, Parker Straus, LLP will host a social hour on October 15 from 6pm-8pm at Tolbert’s Grapevine. Open to all attendees of the conference, the social hour will feature Texas Wines, locally made craft beers and appetizers. To rsvp for the event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NTIASIU FRAUD CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER
August 18, 2014, Grapevine - As a part of the North Texas IASIU One-Day Fraud Conference in October, Managing Partner Michael Parker will give a presentation on the “Effective Use of Rule 202 Depositions in Bodily Injury Claims Fraud.” The conference will be held in Grapevine, Texas at the Grapevine Convention Center on October 16 from 8am - 5pm. To register for NTIASIU Fraudtoberfest, visit www.nitasiu.org.
PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS SPEAK AT AASIU CONFERENCE
August 14, 2014, Phoenix - Partner Andrew S. Meyers and Senior Attorney Simon P. Kennedy were guest speakers at the Arizona Association of Special Investigation Units (AASIU) Annual Conference held in Phoenix. Their presentation, “Staged Accidents, EDR Data and Evidence Spoliation” was given to the collective group of special investigators from a variety of major insurance carriers.
ARE NEW TAXI SERVICES DRIVING AROUND IN INSURANCE LIMBO?
May 27, 2014 - Original content provided by Parker Straus, LLP for the NTIASIU and TASIU newsletters.Over the past few years, transportation networks companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft have emerged throughout major cities in the United States, and some even worldwide. TNCs are defined as organizations that provide prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled application or platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles.Read full article.
MANAGING PARTNER MICHAEL PARKER SPEAKS AT LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
March 26, 2014, Los Angeles - The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA) hosted a training day specifically designed for law enforcement. Michael Parker, Managing Partner of Parker Straus, LLP, and Chiropractor Philip D. Rake provided technical expertise to investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies in attendance. Detectives representing the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles Polices Department and the State of California Department of Insurance were present.