CHICAGO—When a crime occurs at a business, the owners often find themselves facing civil litigation for negligent security claims. So what can business owners do to help protect themselves, their employees, and their companies?

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Ashley Kutz Kelley addressed those questions at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. Ashley led a CLE program titled “Think Fast—Defending Negligent Security Claims,” which helped attorneys, risk managers and claims professionals identify risks and develop best practices for investigating and litigating negligent security claims.

As a trusted employment litigator, Ashley focused on strategies for employers to implement to prevent and minimize the risks of negligent security claims. For example, she set forth a framework to develop employment policies, training employees, and implement human resources response strategies when situations involving negligent security incidents arise. From a practical perspective, the panel was aimed at counseling employers on approaches to limit potential damages and verdicts.

The discussion was co-sponsored by the ABA TIPS Special Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Self-Insured Risk management Committee. Ashley is Vice-Chair of both ABA committees. The “Think Fast—Defending Negligent Security Claims” CLE program took place August 3, 2018 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Ashley Kutz Kelley represents companies in the manufacturing, shipping, healthcare, financial services, professional services and property management sectors. She is an experienced litigator with a broad-ranging practice in federal and state courts, including employment, business, commercial, financial, product liability, and judgment enforcement matters. Ashley serves as Chair of Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) and the Chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section.