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Seminar: "When the Regulators Come Knocking"
From the 2012 ICCFA Annual Convention
While most cemetery and funeral home operators understand the need for counsel and guidance when a lawsuit is threatened, few understand the importance of retaining counsel in the case of a regulatory investigation. Many believe the regulatory agencies exist to support the industry, when in fact such an investigation can become a very adversarial process resulting in serious fines and licensure issues. Perhaps even more damaging, an adverse finding can cripple the defense of a civil lawsuit, which could result in liability into the millions of dollars.
In this session, Christopher Farmer will share advice on how to respond to an investigation, including how to handle requests for inspection and documentation, when to "lawyer up” and when to "just say no.”
Christopher Farmer is an attorney with Sheehy, Ware & Pappas P.C. in Houston, Texas. He is general counsel for the Texas Funeral Directors Association and formerly served as in-house counsel for Service Corporation International. He received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University and his juris doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. He has served as vice-chair of the Business Litigation General Committee for the American Bar Association.