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Elizabeth S. Skilling
Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman
Richmond

Title: Shareholder
Other legal specialties: Insurance coverage and commercial litigation
Birthplace:  Roanoke
Education: Bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude), Mary Baldwin College; law degree, University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law
Spouse:  James C. Skilling
Children: Katherine Curie Skilling
Hobbies or pastimes: Bikram hot yoga, cooking, reading
First job as a lawyer: McGuireWoods
Fan of:  Professional tennis
Favorite vacation spot:  Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
Recently read books:  “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson and “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
Career mentor:  John Claytor has been a constant and positive influence in my practice for over 20 years. John is a gifted lawyer whose diligent and methodical approach to resolving legal issues served as a wonderful example for me as a young lawyer. Even now, John remains my “go-to” confidant for difficult issues and my loyal friend.     

What trends are you seeing in your insurance practice? 
In the last few years, I have seen an increase in the number of insurance issues that are resolved as part of the underlying tort litigation through “global” mediation. Such “global” mediations provide the parties with a venue for addressing and weighing all issues at once and a way to minimize the potential risks to both insureds and insurers of proceeding to trial in either the coverage matter or the tort case. 

Insurance is largely regulated by states. Should it come under more federal regulation?
No. Less is more.

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