Co-Managing Partner Nick Roxborough and co-counsel Jeffrey D. Farrow of Michelman & Robinson, recently won a motion to disqualify Nixon Peabody LLP from representing a plaintiff in an ongoing worker’s compensation dispute after the firm hired opposing defense counsel in the case. The decision, which was made by a Superior Court Judge in Orange County last Friday, was featured in the Daily Journal [subscription required].
Roxborough noted it’s extremely rare for a defense attorney to switch to the plaintiff’s side. He said in the article, “It is unimaginable that law firms think they could take a managing partner in a health care field and switch sides in the middle of an ongoing case when this lawyer was involved in representing the Michelman clients and working with defense.”
The case, California Self-Insurers’ Security Fund v. Healthcare Industry Self Insurance Program, has been in litigation since 2013. It seeks more than $50 million damages and originally involved some 300 health care defendants.
RPNA specializes in providing self-insured employers and self-insured groups (SIG’s) with strategic, tactical and legal expertise. This includes representing self-insureds in dispute resolution, appeals, coverage, including excess and primary insurance disputes, and regulatory issues.
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