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An attorney employed by a defendant in a lawsuit when there is an insurance policy supposedly covering the claim, but there is a conflict of interest between the insurance company and the insured defendant. such a conflict might arise if the insurance company is denying full coverage. in some states (notably california) the defendant can demand that the insurance company pay the fees of his/her own attorney rather than use an insurance company lawyer. often the insurance company will require that the attorney for the defendant be approved by the company.

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