ATTORNEY BIO
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880 Montclair Road Suite 100 Birmingham, AL 35213
Assistant
Venetia Varden
Legal Assistant
Practice Areas:
bio image Carleton (Put) Ketcham, III
associate

Put is a member of LGWM's Insurance Coverage and Professional Liability Practice Groups. He litigates cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including insurance coverage and bad faith actions and professional liability matters.

Put has experience litigating first and third party insurance claims and coverage issues ranging from general liability claims to professional liability claims, errors and omissions claims, and property and casualty claims.

Professional Profile
  • Member, Alabama Bar Association
  • Member, Birmingham Bar Association
Admitted
  • All Alabama State Courts
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
Education
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. (2002)

Maryville College (TN), B.A. in History, summa cum laude (1999)
CASES OF NOTE
  • Obtained early dismissal of insurance agent in a negligent procurement of insurance claim brought by the insured where a $675,000 claim was denied by carrier due to insured’s alleged misrepresentations in the insurance application.
  • Obtained early dismissal of insurance brokerage in a negligent procurement case where the insured restaurant chain alleged the broker and retail agent failed to procure a certain form of automobile liability coverage. Evidence proved that the retail agent failed to request binder of the additional coverage quoted by the Insurance Broker.
  • Obtained early dismissal of insurance brokerage in a fraud case where the insured alleged the broker and retail agent converted premiums and failed to procure liability coverage. Evidence proved that the broker procured the correct coverage from the carrier under a direct bill setup and did not convert premiums.
  • Obtained dismissal of attorney in a legal malpractice claim brought by former client where it was alleged Attorney breached the standard of care in obtaining a divorce judgment awarding former client less than half of the marital estate.
  • Obtained dismissal of attorney in a case where one party from an underlying divorce proceeding alleged the Attorney violated wiretap laws while representing the opposing party in the divorce proceeding.
  • Obtained summary judgment for mental health professional in a claim brought by patient’s parent where it was alleged client breached the standard of care by reporting potential child abuse under state’s mandatory reporting law.
  • Represented carrier in a multi-million dollar bad faith claim by the insured where coverage for storm damage to the insured’s chicken house was denied due to engineer’s determination the damage was not caused by the storm.
  • Represented insurance agency in a negligent procurement case brought by condominium association alleging inadequate coverage for $200,000 in damages to property’s outlying structures caused by a tornado. Evidence proved that agent properly informed insured of gaps in coverage prior to the loss.
  • Represented a worker’s compensation self-insured fund located in Alabama in a claim brought by the insured fund member alleging it was owed defense and indemnity in a multi-million dollar tort suit filed in another state by the family of worker killed in the line and scope of his employment.
  • Represented insurance agency in the pre-suit phase of litigation involving an alleged failure to procure cargo insurance coverage on the insured’s newly-purchased tractor-trailer. Evidence proved that insured failed to request endorsement adding new vehicle to policy, so Insurance Agency avoided subsequently-filed lawsuit.
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