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Bad Faith Property Insurance Litigation (FL) (AV)
Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)
First Property Bad Faith Insurance Cases are tricky, whether you are approaching them as counsel for the insured or the insurer.
And with the recent hurricanes, the rise in first party property insurance claims is staggering.
Your experienced faculty at this seminar will discuss the law, your (and your client’s) responsibilities, deadlines, rules and procedures. They will provide you with concrete strategies, tactics and advice as well.
And they will cover the good, the bad and the ugly.
Both sides of the aisle are represented by our faculty and you are sure to come away with new tools you can put to use immediately.
This program will be recorded live on April 17, 2020 in Miami. The audio packages, including seminar materials, will be available within two-three weeks after each live program date.
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What You Will Learn
This agenda is in the planning stages, please check back soon for updates.
The following testimonials are from our previous program, Insurance Bad Faith Cases: Litigation from Start to Finish, which had similar topics and most of the same speakers.
“The information pertaining to the duty of the insured and the insurer explained as they relate to bad faith claims was particularly helpful. Gary Guzzi’s information was up to date and useful in everyday insurance defense situations. I very much enjoyed the segment by Edward Blumberg. He was captivating and inspirational. The content was easy to understand and useful. Thank you for providing this CLE opportunity. I will recommend Pincus to my colleagues and I look forward to the next CLE seminar with Pincus.” – Sandra Brown, Esq.
“Thorough, dynamic presentation by Stephen Marino. Amy Koltnow was very helpful and informative and she had good organization of the material.” – Yelilya Swaím, Esq.
“Amy Koltnow did a great job! Michael Olin was very good and on point! Very informative.” – Steven Croskey, Esq.
“Good.” – John Eversole, Esq.
“Loved CRN section. Amy Koltnow was great!” – Amanda L. Rosa, Esq.
“Gary Guzzi cared about giving us practical examples, despite being on the carrier side. He was thorough and I would hear him speak again and actively look for his next speaking engagement. Amy Koltnow was the other best presenter because she gave the most practical information.” – David Shaheen, Esq.
“Great presentation by Edward Blumberg.” – Viktorya Croskey, Esq.
“Antonio Morin was engaging and gave great examples.” – Daniel Dresch, Esq.
“Cosme Caballero is an excellent speaker.” – Leonard Valdes, Esq.
“Very informative presentation by Antonio Morin!”
Gary Guzzi, Esq.
Chair, Insurance Litigation Practice
Gary Guzzi serves as chair of Akerman’s Insurance Litigation Practice, a national team of 45 lawyers representing leading domestic and foreign carriers, self-insured corporations, municipalities, and related entities in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He protects the interests of national and international insurance carriers in bad faith disputes, coverage claims, rescissions and ERISA-governed policies.
With comprehensive experience in insurance disputes, Gary litigates life, disability, commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, homeowner, business interruption, and auto claims. His bad faith experience includes both first-party claims such as wrongful denial, delay, improper appraisal invocation, and lowballing, as well as third-party claims such as failure to tender limits, failure to proactively negotiate, and improper settlement communications.
Gary also represents carriers in litigation pertaining to carriers’ rescissions of policies, including misrepresentations in applications, failure to update applications, and Stranger-Owned Life Insurance. Gary litigates cases involving life, disability, and similar policies governed by ERISA, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and claims for benefits. Additionally, Gary advises carriers on proper techniques for claim handling, rescissions, and other aspects of carriers’ businesses.
Amy Koltnow, Esq.
Amy L. Koltnow focuses her practice on business, contract and insurance disputes, real estate, trust and probate litigation. From trial through appeals, she has represented individuals and companies in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration and administrative forums.
A member of The Florida Bar, Ms. Koltnow oversees complex litigation matters and has successfully defended numerous class actions and insurance bad faith cases. She also has handled non-compete cases, partnership and corporate dissolutions, professional negligence claims, complex matters involving statutory interpretations, covenant and lien enforcement issues, foreclosures and collection matters, and enforcement of judgments.
With first-chair jury trial experience in both federal and state trial courts, from pre-suit through final judgment and related appeals, she also has represented clients in administrative proceedings before state and county regulatory boards, administrative law judges, and in arbitration forums.
She is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance—a national, invitation-only organization committed to furthering high standards of litigation and claims management in pursuit of client defense. Ms. Koltnow is certified by the Florida Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services as a Continuing Education Instructor in Adjuster Law and Policy.
Formerly an attorney for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Division, she also served five years as an Assistant State Attorney for the State Attorney’s office in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where she was appointed by then-State Attorney Janet Reno.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2005, Ms. Koltnow worked for several prominent South Florida law firms, gaining considerable experience handling complex commercial litigation cases on behalf of individuals and corporations.
In 2004, she was awarded the Child Advocacy Award by the Dade County Bar Association for her pro bono efforts in the South Florida community.
Ms. Koltnow is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.
She graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Communications. She received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1991.
While in law school, Ms. Koltnow was a member of the Stetson Law Review and Moot Court Board. She was also a member of Stetson’s nationally acclaimed American Bar Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America mock trial teams. She won numerous state, regional and national accolades and scholarships for excellence in advocacy, including Best Oral Advocate in the state of Florida. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Victor O. Wehle Award for excellence in trial advocacy.
For Stetson, she later served as a Teaching Fellow, instructing law students about the fundamentals of trial practice.
She is a Miami native who is bilingual in Spanish.
Stephen A. Marino, Jr., Esq.
Ver Ploeg & Marino
Stephen Marino is a 1990 graduate of Columbia University and a 1995 cum laude graduate of the University of Miami Law School. He is admitted to the Florida Bar; U.S. District Courts, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States. A former architect, he brings technical and applied science knowledge to his litigation practice, which focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He is the past president of the Miami-Dade Justice Association, a board member of the Florida Justice Association, an appointed governor of the American Association for Justice, and the Chairman of the Board of the Overtown Youth Center. Mr. Marino is a frequent state-wide and national speaker on insurance coverage and bad faith issues.
Antonio Morin, Esq.
Partner, Insurance Litigation
A go-to resource for complex insurance matters, Antonio Morin represents primary and excess insurance carriers in the defense of breach of contract, statutory and common law bad faith matters, as well as the prosecution and defense of declaratory judgment actions. In addition to matters in litigation, Antonio routinely advises carriers regarding insurance coverage, claims handling and bad faith matters outside of litigation.
Antonio represents leading carriers regarding insurance coverage and bad faith issues under automobile liability, PIP, CGL, property, directors and officers, errors and omissions, professional liability, aviation, worker’s compensation, employer’s liability, professional liability and other business insurance policies. Clients rely on Antonio’s comprehensive knowledge and experience addressing issues regarding the duty to defend, additional insureds, insured contracts, the Claims Administration Statute, and order of coverage. In addition he serves as a client resource specifically in the context of statutory and common law bad faith claims, time limit settlement demands, failure to proactively initiate settlement negotiations, multiple claimant and/or multiple insured scenarios, improper appraisal invocation, “lowballing,” and wrongful denials of coverage.
Antonio also has extensive experience litigating choice of law issues, as well as addressing the entitlement to, and the reasonableness of, attorney’s fees claimed by plaintiffs in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.
Additional faculty to be announced.
Register by February 28th and save with the Early Bird rate!
Audio Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $425
Early Bird Pricing $399
For CDs, please add $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.
(Audio packages are available approximately two to three weeks after the seminar is held.)
FL General: This program is pending approval for general CLE in Florida.
FL Board Certified: This program is pending approval for Board Certified CLE in Florida.
CA General: This program is pending approval for 6.5 units of general CLE in California.
This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above. Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above. Many attorneys ask for this and are approved in other states.
Terms and Policies
Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.
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Substitutions may be made at any time.
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