Industry News | July 24, 2008

National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Formed

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Professionals involved in risk management and legal defense pertaining to the retail and restaurant industries will benefit from membership in an independent, non-profit retail and restaurant networking association. The National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) is comprised of retail and restaurant industry representatives, insurance professionals, in-house counsel, attorneys, and vendors devoted to the defense of these industries.

NRRDA provides educational live and web-based seminars focusing on cutting-edge issues relevant to the retail and restaurant industries and maintains a qualified roster of attorneys and industry professionals. The organization is committed to developing strategies to reduce the number and severity of claims, managing common risks, and enhancing the defense position in litigated matters.

“The National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association is proud to announce its formation and serves as the first organization of its kind,” says Brian Cafritz, president of NRRDA.

He continues, “Our Board of Directors is comprised of shareholders of established law firms across the country who are dedicated to the defense of our industries, and our Advisory Board is comprised of representatives of some of the largest national retail and restaurant chains. By combining the two groups, we have created a formidable panel of retail and restaurant industry experts who possess incredible insight and professionalism.”

Cafritz finished, “NRRDA’s commitment to providing our members with a forum for collecting information, exchanging experiences, and developing common discovery and litigation strategies is unwavering and our members will benefit greatly.”

Benefits and privileges of NRRDA membership include:

•Access to a national network of dedicated and experienced professionals;

•Regular updates on relevant legal and regulatory issues;

•Regular updates on trends and developments in case law impacting our industries;

•Access to educational live and web-based seminars and conferences focusing on cutting-edge issues relevant to our industries; and

•Access to our members-only website containing valuable resources relevant to the retail and restaurant industries, and a question / answer forum.

NRRDA’s membership is maintained at a high level to ensure that the most qualified professionals are working together to share resources. Its membership is restricted to retail and restaurant professionals, in-house counsel, insurance professionals, defense attorneys, and vendors committed to the defense of the retail and restaurant industries. It is required that a minimum of 40 percent of NRRDA's membership consists of industry leaders.