William F. “Chip” Merlin, Jr., Esq.

877 449 4700

Chip Merlin

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TAMPA, FLORIDA
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd. Suite 950
Tampa, FL 33602

Office: 813-229-1000
Email: cmerlin@MerlinLawGroup.com


Licensed in:

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  • Mississippi
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  • Texas
  • Washington, D.C.

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  • California
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  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • New York
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  • Tennessee
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    Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rated, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, 2007-2017
  • Florida Trend Magazine: Florida's Legal Elite, 2004-2017


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Attorney

William F. “Chip” Merlin, Jr., Esq.

Since 1983, Chip Merlin has served as a plaintiff’s attorney with a focus on Commercial & Residential Property Insurance Claim Disputes and Bad Faith Insurance litigation. Chip is a noted national authority on Insurance Bad Faith, lecturing to national trade groups and publishing a number of papers and articles on the subject for organizations such as The American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, The Windstorm Insurance Network, and Trial Magazine.

As founder and president of Merlin Law Group, Chip has dedicated his practice to the representation and advocacy of insurance policyholders in disputes with insurance companies nationwide.

Chip served as Chair for the Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group and Secretary for the Fire and Property Insurance Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He was also Vice-Chair for the Subcommittee on Property Insurance Law for the American Bar Association.

University of Florida College of Law
Gainesville, Florida

Juris Doctor

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Bachelor of Science
Honors: Moot Court
Honors: Florida Blue Key
Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
Law Review: University of Florida Law Review, Executive Editor

“Practical and Legal Lessons from Hurricane Experts” – Seminar for New York and New Jersey Public Adjusters, 2012

“Practical lessons public adjusters can learn from recent litigation against insurers” – FAPIA Fall Conference, 2012

“Theory of Indemnity and What Constitutes a Loss” – First Party Claims Conference, 2012

“Uncovering Soot and Ash, a Wildfire Claims Seminar” – CE Seminar for California Public Adjusters, 2012

“First Party Property Insurance Cases of Interest to Public Adjusters” – NAPIA Fall Meeting, 2012

“Trends Involving All Risk Coverage and Claims for the Policyholders Perspective” – Willis RE – Managing Extremes, 2012

“Specific Case Studies in the Field of Business Interruption” (Co-Author with Michelle Claverol, Esq. & Kelly Kubiak, Esq.) – FAPIA Spring Conference, May 2012

“What Should be in the Claim File – Public Adjuster Best Claims Practices and the Claims File” (Co-Author with Douglas Grose, Esq.) – FAPIA Spring Conference, May 2012

“Preparation for the Hurricane Season Includes Insurance and Risk Reviews” – Hospitality Lawyer, June 2011

“Contingent Business Income Insurance for the Hospitality Industry: Hedging the Risk of Financial Loss Caused By Catastrophe at Nearby Attractions Gulf Coast Case Law Update” – Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, January 2011

“A Primer on Proving Roof Damage” – NAPIA Summer Meeting, June 2011

“Experience and Specialization Matters When It Comes to Complex Hospitality Insurance” Insurance Journal, Spring 2010

“A Case Providing Far Too Little Because It Was Rendered Far Too Late” – Mississippi Law Journal, April 2010

“Lessons Learned After the Storms” – Journal of the American Association for Justice, August 2007

“Ten Things a Florida Public Adjuster Can do to Raise Professionalism and Become More Successful” – FAPIA Summer Conference, August 2007

“Plugging the Gaps: Dealing with Inconsistent Terms in Your Layered Insurance” – Risk Insurance Management Society Conference, 2007

“Coming Up With Evidence Out of the Blue Creative Bad Faith Discovery” – American Association for Justice Mid-Year Convention, February 2007

“Unfair Claims Practices” – Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Winter CLE Seminar, 2006

“Practical and Legal Lessons from the 2004 and 2005 – Hurricanes for Every Policyholder Representative” National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Mid-Year Meeting, 2006

“Peace of Mind: Getting Adequate Insurance Protection” – APCM’s Regional Conference Florida Region, November 2006

“Dealing With Disaster: How to Survive Being Flooded Out, Burned Up, Or Blown Away!” – Condominium Associations Institute National Conference & Exposition, 2006

“What Else Do We Cover? Extra Coverages” – The American Bar Association Presents: Emerging Issues in Homeowners’ Insurance Seminar, 2006

“How to Apply Coinsurance and Deductible Clauses in Property Insurance Policies” – Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA), 2006

“Condominium Leadership Before and After a Hurricane Catastrophe” – Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, 2006

“The First Party Bad Faith Claim” – (Co-Author with Mary E. Kestenbaum), Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL) Winter Seminar, 2005

“Causation and Sufficient Proof ”

– PPAANJ 2017 Spring Seminar, May 2017

“How to Survive Your Next Deposition”

-GAPIA Spring Educational Conference, May 2017

“Insurance Law Changes in California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada”

-FPCC West Insurance Seminar, March 2017

“How Your Actions, Communications, and Operations Determine your Reputation as an Ethical Professional Public Adjuster” -TAPIA Spring Conference, February 2017

“Concurrent Causation in RMAPIA States”

-RMAPIA Winter 2017 Seminar and Meeting, February 2017

“Merlin vs. Badger- The Great Debate on All Things Appraisal & Hail Related” – WIND Conference, January 2017

“Matching, Line of Sight, and Pre-Loss Conditions” – NAPIA Mid-Year Conference, December 2016

“What is the Unauthorized Practice of Law & How to Avoid It” -First-Party Claims Conference, October 2016

“Effective Use of Experts by Public Adjusters to Resolve Claims; and Hurricane Matthew Tips You Need to Know to Avoid Getting Swamped by the National Flood Insurance Program” -FAPIA Fall Conference 2016

“How to Survive Your Next Deposition” – TAPIA Fall Conference 2016

“Coverage Changes to Property Insurance Policies” -RMAPIA Summer Conference 2016

“Understanding Roofs”-Professional Public Adjuster Association of New Jersey (PPAANJ), Organizational Meeting, April 2016

“Case Law and Reference Materials Regarding Hail Claims Which Everybody Must Have & New Policy Forms” -CE Class for Public Adjusters, March 2016

“Coverage Changes to Texas Property Insurance Policies” – TAPIA Spring Conference 2016

“Mass Disasters, Mass Actions, and the Media” -WIND Conference, January 2016

“Policy Coverage and Exclusions – What Every PA Needs to Know” – FAPIA Conference, November 2015

“After the Catastrophe, What Do I Do Next?” – FPCC, October 2015

“Use of Experts: What to Watch For, How to Vet Them, and How to Marganalize Insurance Company Experts; Advanced Topics in Business Interruption” – 2015 Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (GAPIA) Spring Conference, May 12, 2015

“Actions Speak Lowder Than Words: How Your Actions, Communications and Operations Determine Your Reputation as an Ethical Professional Public Adjuster” – Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjsuters (FAPIA), May 2015

How to Win at EUO, HOA and Unit Owner Claims – Everything You Want to Know” – Rocky Mountain Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (RMAPIA) 2015 Spring Conference, March 13, 2015

Actions, Communications, & Organization Determine Your Reputation” – 2015 Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjustes (TAPIA) Spring Conference, February 2015

Bad Faith Insurance Claims and the Litigation Process” – 2015 Insurance Restoration Constractor Summit, Fort Worth, Texas

23rd Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Pheonix, Arizona

Historical Highlighits, Lessons and Claims Trends from all Hurricanes Starting with Charlie Through Sandy” – 2015 WIND Conference

“Super Storm Sandy Retrospective – The Claims Aftermath” – First Party Claims Conference, October 2014

Rocky Mountain Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (RMAPIA) Educational Conference, August 2014

“Use of Experts: What to Watch For, How to Vet Them, and How to Marginalize Insurance Company Experts” – NAPIA Mid-Year Meeting 2014

Eastern District of New York, Storm Sandy Mediator Training, May 2014

“What Public Insurance Adjusters Ethically Should and Should Not Include in Their Claim File and Vacancy and Occupancy Defenses” – GAPIA Annual Meeting, 2014

“What Public Insurance Adjusters Ethically Should and Should Not Include in Their Claim File and Case Law Statutory and Regulatory Update” – RMAPIA (Rocky Mountain Association of Public Insurance Adjusters) Spring Meeting 2014

“Current Changes to Policies, Coverage and Case Law” – FAPIA Spring 2014

“Texas Measure of Damages for First Party Property Losses” – TAPIA Meeting, 2014

“Gulf Coast & Southeast Insurance Case Law Update” – Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, January 2013, 2014

“Making the Expert Opinion Count & Current  Isues of Concern to Public Adjusters” – NAPIA Mid-Year Meeting 2012

“Practical and Legal Lessons from Hurricane Experts” – Seminar for New York and New Jersey Public Adjusters, 2012

“Practical Lessons Public Adjusters can Learn From Recent Litigation Against Insurers” – FAPIA Fall Conference, 2012

“The Theory of Indemnity and What Constitutes a Loss” – First Party Claims Conference, 2012

“Trying Your Catastrophe Claim in the Court of Public Opinion” – FJA Meeting, 2012

“Appraisals, Ethics, and Bad Faith Issues” – TAPIA Spring Conferenece, 2012

“Uncovering Soot and Ash, a Wildfire Claims Seminar” – CE Seminar for California Public Adjusters, 2012

“First Party Property Insurance Cases of Interest to Public Adjusters” – NAPIA Fall Meeting, 2012

“Trends Involving All Risk Coverage and Claims for the Policyholders Perspective” – Willis RE – Managing Extremes, 2012

“What Should Be in a Claim File”
– FAPIA Spring Conference, May 2012

“Business Interruption” – FAPIA Spring Conference, May 2012

“Appraisals, Ethics & Bad Faith” – TAPIA Spring Conference, April 2012

“The Ultimate Seminar for Public Adjusters – CALIFORNIA CLAIMS, Business Interruption, Wildfires, Ethics & the Public Adjuster’s Role in Litigation”
– April 2012

“Turning Disaster Into Opportunity – What Restoration Professionals Can Do to Help Catastrophe Victims, Contribute to Economic Recovery and Make a Profit” – Restoration Contractors Symposium, Modesto, California, March 2012

“Don’t Get Burnt Adjusting Wildfire Claims!” – TAPIA Fall Conference, November 2011

“What Should Be in a Claim File”
– FPCC, October 2011

“Anticipating Manmade and Natural Disaster Trends That Impact Business” – SAFOB, September 2011

“Ethical Requirements of Public Adjusters and What Experienced and Advanced Public Adjusters Should Have Included in Their Claim”
– FAPIA Summer Conference, July 2011

“The Ultimate Seminar for Public Adjusters™: Ethical Issues for Presenting Claims” – CE Seminar for Public Adjusters, May 2011

“The Legal, Ethical and Practical Adjustment Issues From Windstorm Claims to Walls, Windows and Roofs” – FAPIA Winter Conference, 2010

“Learning From Those on the Other Side of Claims Negotiation: Persuasive, Professional, and Ethical Techniques of Adjustment for the Policyholder” – FAPIA, June 2010

“Understanding the Valuation Issues of the Gulf Oil Spill” – HB Litigation Conferences Presents Oil in the Gulf – Litigation and Insurance Coverage, June 2010

“Fantastic Adjustment Results Through Professionalism and Ethical Conduct: Tips From the Masters and Lessons From the School of Hard Knocks” – NAPIA Annual Meeting, June 2010

“What Texas Public Adjusters Should Be Doing Ethically and Professionally Regarding Hurricanes Dolly and Ike Claims” – TAPIA Annual Meeting, 2010

“The Ultimate Roofing Seminar” – CE Seminar for Public Adjusters, April 2010

“The Ultimate Seminar for Public Adjusters: Ethical Issues for Presenting Claims”
– CE Seminar for Public Adjusters, April 2010

“Learning From Those on the Other Side of Claims Negotiations: Persuasive, Professional, and Ethical Techniques of Adjustment for the Policyholder” – FAPIA Summer Conference, 2010

“Proofs of Loss, EUOs, & Requests for Documentation” – FAPIA Winter Conference 2010

“Gulf Coast Case Law Update” – WIND, January 2010

“Gulf Coast Case Law” – WIND and Texas WIND, 2010

“The Legal, Ethical, and Practical Adjustment Issues from Windstorm Claims to Walls, Windows, and Roofs” – WIND, 2010

“Subrogation – Do’s and Don’t’s” – First Party Claims Conference, 2009

“Science of Roof Damages” – First Party Claims Conference, 2009

“Hospitality Industry Insurance Litigation Update” – The Hospitality Law Conference, 2009

“Speed Adjusting: A Fast and Furious Look at the Concerns and Considerations of Insurance Claims and How They Can Affect Public Adjusting”
– FAPIA Summer Conference, 2009

“The Merlin Guide: How to ethically and efficiently adjust claims in Texas” – Seminar for Texas Public Adjusters, 2009

“The Process Matters: Appraisals, Prompt Payment and Bad Faith in Texas” – Seminar for Texas Public Adjusters, 2009

“Fact or Fiction: Expert analysis of Hurricane Ike” – Seminar for Texas Public Adjusters, 2009

“Maximizing Recovery: Best practices and surrounding Law and Ordinance coverage, ACV, RCV, Matching, and Building Codes” – Seminar for Texas Public Adjusters, 2009

“Successful Solicitations and Salutations: Sell and Close Right to Succeed” – FAPIA, 2009

“Electronic Discovery Concerns for Adjusters, Insurers, and Policyholders: What you May Not Know Can Hurt You” – WIND, 2009

“How Ethical and Knowledgeable Claims Handling Adds Value to Your Clients Claim”
– NAPIA Mid-Year Meeting, 2008

“Completing and Complying With the Technical and Practical Requirements of Proofs, Loss, Examinations, Under Oath, Request for Documents, Inspection of Premises, and General Requests for Cooperation” – FAPIA, mid-year 2009

“Discovery of Insurer Misconduct – Uncovering Pattern & Practice” – Insurance Bad Faith and Settlement Institute 360 Advocacy Institute, 2009

“Fully Understanding How Windstorms Affect Buildings is Crucial to Proper Adjustment and Valuation” – NAPIA FPCC Conference, 2009

“The Rules of the Game, A discussion comparing and contrasting the rules, regulations, and requirements for Northeastern U.S. and the Gulf Coast states” – NAPIA/MAPIA, October 2008

“Is Your Association really Ready for Another Hurricane in 2008?” – CAI North Gulf Coast Chapter, 2008

“Who’s on First? Excess Policies and Multiple Insurers” – Windstorm Insurance Conference, 2008

“What Even Seasoned Attorneys Need to Know About Current Techniques of Persuasion When Discussing Issues of Insurer Misconduct”
– Florida Justice Association, 2008

“How Ethical and Knowledgeable Claims Handling Adds Value to Your Client’s Claim”
– NAPIA, 2008

“Delay of Game” – Panel discussion of specific types of business interruption claims, NAPIA/MAPIA, 2008

“The Perfect Game, Best practices for claims handling when it comes to maximizing the recovery for a client”
– NAPIA/MAPIA, 2008

“Hurricane Coverage and Litigation Issues, Including Florida’s New Valued Policy Law and the Question of Concurrent Causation” – Florida Justice Association Annual Workhorse Seminar, Orlando, Florida, February 14, 2008

“Rules of the Road: A Different Methodology For Proving Duty and Breach”
– Florida Justice Association Winter CLE Seminar, December 2007

“Establishing the Right Trial Theme for Your Bad Faith Case” – Miami, FL., National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation, November 11, 2007

“Ten Things a Florida Public Adjuster Can do to Raise Professionalism and Become More Succesful” – Captiva Island, FL. FAPIA Summer Conference, August 10, 2007

“Plugging the Gaps: Dealing With Inconsistent Terms in Your Layered Insurance” – New Orleans, LA., Risk Insurance Management Society Conference, February 11, 2007

“Coming Up With Evidence Out of the Blue – Creative Bad Faith Discovery” – Miami Beach, FL., American Association for Justice Mid-Year Convention, February 11, 2007

“Unfair Claims Practices” – Snowmass, CO., Academy of Florida Trial LAwyers Winter Seminar, December 15, 2006

“Practical and Legal Lessons from the 2004 and 2005 Hurricanes for Every Policyholder Representative” – San Fransisco, CA., National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA), December 1, 2006

“Peace of Mind: Getting Adquate Insurance Protection” – Lake Buena Vista, FL., APCM’s Regional Conference, November 10, 2006

“Dealing With Disaster: How to Survive Being Flooded Out, Burned Up, or Blown Away” – Palm Springs, CA., Community Associations Institute, Inc. National Conference, May 4, 2006

“Property Insurance 101: What Else Do We Cover? Extra Coverages” – Carlsbad, CA., American Bar Association’s Tort and Trial Section Presents Emerging Issues in Homeowner’s Insurance, April 27, 2006

“How to Apply Coinsurance Deductable Clauses in Property Insurance Policies”, Tallahassee, FL., Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) Semi-Annual Meeting, April 4, 2006

“Condominium Leadership Before & After a Hurricane Catastrophe” – Orlando, FL., Seventh Anuual Windstorm Insurance Conference, February 10, 2006

“The Return of the Hurricane Panel: Part II” – Orlando, FL., Seventh Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, February 9, 2006

“The First Party Bad Faith Claim” – Vail, CO., Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Winter Seminar, December 15-18, 2005

“Limiting – or Expanding – the Scope of Discovery in the Bad Faith Case Post Campbell and Saldi” – Miami Beach, FL., American Conference Institute 12th Advanced Forum on Litigating Bad Faith and Punitive Damages, November 15 & 16, 2005

“Recovering From Catastrophe: A Lesson in Leadership” – Atlanta, GA., Community Associations Institute, Inc. Community Leadership Forum, October 20, 2005

“The Unlicensed Practice of Law and Unlicensed Public Adjusting” – Tampa, FL., Sixth Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, February 2005

“Insurance Companies’ Obligations to Arrive at Good Faith Evaluation of Damages” – Farmington, PA., National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) Annual Convention, June 2004

“Case Law Up-Date on Insurance” – Boca Raton, FL., Florida Bar Annual Convention, June 2004

“Perfected Bad Faith? Instructions for Filing a Civil Remedy Notice of Insurer Violation” – Tallahassee, FL., Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA), April 2004

“Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” – New Orleans, LA., Windstorm Conference, February 2004

“How to Handle a Mold Claim” – Tampa, FL. Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, February 2004

“Insurance Company Obligations to Arrive at Good Faith Evaluations of Damage” – Hollywood, FL., Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) Convention, August 2003

“Utilizing Computer Software in the Claims Evaluation Process: Can it be Done in Good Faith?” – San Fransisco, CA., American Conference Institute 9th Annual Advanced Forum on Litigating Bad Faith and Punitive Damages, April 2003

“The Perspective From the Plaintiff’s Bar: Is it Always Bad Faith if You Can’t Agree on Amount?” – New Orleans, LA., ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, CLE Program/Seminar Property Insurance Law, March 2003

“Insurance Company Obligations to Arrive at Good Faith Evaluations of Damage” – Tallahassee, FL., FAPIA Convention, March 2003

“Dispelling the Mysteries of the Deductable Clause: The Policyholder’s Perspective” – Orlando, FL., Florida Windstorm Conference, February 2003

“Practical Considerations for Plaintiff Attorneys Handeling Mold Claims” – Miami, Fl., Harris Martin’s Mold Litigation: Beyond the Basics Conference, October 2002

“Claims Adjustment Rules: What Insurance Companies Recognize, Lawyers Need to Learn and Judges Must Recognize” – Atlanta, GA., American Trial Lawyers Association Convention, July 2002

“Withholding Overhead and Profit is Wrong if Insurance Companies Are Trying to Act Right” – Uncasville, CT., NAPIA Convention, June 2002

“Practical Considerations for Plaintiff Attorneys Handeling Mold Claims” – New York, NY., American Conference Institute, April 2002

“The Rules of Claims Adjustment: What Insurance Companies Recognize and What Lawyers Need to Learn” – Toronto, Canada, Ontario Trial Lawyers Convention, April 2002

“Withholding Overhead and Profit is Wrong if Insurance Compnaies Are Trying to Act Right” – Orlando, FL., Florida Windstorm Conference, February 2002

“Practical Considerations for Plaintiff Attorneys Handleing Personal Injury and First Party Mold Claims” – Miami, FL., American Conference Institute, December 2001

“Bad Faith Bullies, DUI Drivers, Bankrupt Insureds, Insolvent Insurers and PIP Bad Faith” – Tampa, FL., Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, September 2001

“Practical Considerations for Public Adjusters Recovering Mold Claims” – St. Petersburg, FL., Florida Association Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA), August 2001

“Allstate and Colossus: How to Deal With Them in 2001” – Burlington, VT., Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, July 2001

“Florida Condominium Loss Adjusting Symposium” – Orlando, FL., Florida Windstorm Conference, June 2001

“How to Hammer Allstate” – Novi, MI., Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, March 2001

“The Myth, Truth and Role of the American Trial Lawyer” – Brisbane, Australia, Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association, February 2001

“Fees, Fees and More Fees” – Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and Tampa, FL., DCA Seminars, November 2000

“Breaking the Grip of the Good Hands People From Allstate” – Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, September 2000

“Colossus: What We Know Today” – Chicago, IL., Association of Trial Lawyers of America, August 2000

“Collision Course With the Colossus Program: How to Deal With it” – New Orleans, LA., American Trial

“Unfair Claims Actions in the Aftermath of Talat” – Tallahassee, FL., Meeting of Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, April 2000

“The Allstate Uninsured Motorist Claim” – Waterbury, CN., Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, April 2000

“Bad Faith and Punitive Damages” – San Fransisco, CA., American Conference Institute, March 2000

“Overcoming Allstate’s Trade Secrets and Work-Product Objections” – Louisville, KY., Kentucky Trial LAwyers Association, March 2000

“Protecting the Blown-Away Policyholder: Good Faith Claims Handling After Hurricanes and Other Windstorms” – Orlando, FL., Florida Windstorm Conference, February 2000

“Overcoming Allstate’s Trade Secrets and Work-Product Objections” – Little Rock, ARK., Arkansas Trial LAwyers Association “How To Hammer Allstate Seminar”, February 2000

“Allstate Telephone Seminar: Taking the Driver’s Seat Against Allstate, State Farm, and Others ‘When You’ve Been Dolfed'” – ATLA National Telephone Seminar, December 1999

“Diego & Chip’s Excellent Bad Faith Seminar” – Ft. Lauderdale, FL., DCA Seminars, December 1999

“Allstate Bad Faith Conduct and the Uninsured Motorist Claim” – Trumbell, CONN., Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Seminar “How to Hammer Allstate”, October 1999

“Legally Speaking” -Tampa, FL., Television Appearance, August 1999

“Claims Professional, Unfair Claims Practices, and Claims Negotiation” – Key Biscayne, FL., Florida Association of Public Adjusters (FAPIA) Meeting, August 1999

“How to Maximize Bad Faith Claims From the Plaintiff’s Perspective” – San Fransisco, CA., American Bar Association, April 1999

“Discovery of Bad Faith Claims From the Plaintiff’s Perspective” – San Fransisco, CA., American Bar Association, April 1999

“The Plaintiff’s Perspective”- Published Interview, Mealey’s Bad Faith Reporter, February 1999

“First Party Casualty Claims From the Plaintiff’s Perspective” – Miami & Tampa, FL., DCA Seminars, Inc., January 1999

“Unfair Claims Practices” – Orlando, FL., National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) Meeting, December 1997

“Overcoming Allstate’s Trade Secret and Work-Product Objections” – Missoula, MN., Montana Trial Lawyers Association, February 1997

“Does This Insurance Policy Cover Anything? An Insured’s Perspective of the Late Twentieth Century All-Risk Policy” – Orlando, FL., American Bar Association National Institute on Insurance Coverage, 1994

“The Plaintiff’s Attorney; Champiion of the Oppressed or Modern Day 49er” – Tampa, FL., Cajun Club, 1993

“Discovery From the Insured’s Viewpoint” – New Orleans, LA., National Institute on Arson, American Bar Association, 1993

“Actual Cash Value and the Broad Evidence Rule in the Wake of Hurricane Andrew” – Miami, FL., National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) Annual Convention, 1992

“Collecting From Your Insurer in the Wake of Hurricane Andrew” – Miami, FL., National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) Annual Convention, United Policy Holders, 1992

“The Role of the Civil Attorney Following Fire Damage and Inquiry” – St. Petersburg, FL., Pinellas County Junior College, 1991

“Cross-Examining the Fire Expert” – Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention and Association of Arson Investigators, 1991

“Examinations Under Oath and the Proof of Loss” – Carmel, CA., National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) Annual Convention, 1985

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters 2017

Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters Business, 2007-2017

Florida Trend Magazine: Florida’s Legal Elite, 2004 – 2017

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rankings

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubble since 2011

The National Law Journal® – Top Rated Lawyers 2011-2014

Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay’s best Lawyers, 2010

Lexis Nexis Insurance Law Center Person of the Year 2008 Policyholder Attorney of the Year, Honorable Mention, 2008

National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA), Co-Person of the Year, 2007

 

Outstanding Amicus Brief of the Year, United Policyholders, 2002

Eagle Talon Award, The Florida Justice Association (formerly the academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), 1990

Florida Film Commission

Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Board Member

United Policyholders Board Member

American Association for Justice, President’s Member

Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation Mission Review Task Force 2008

 

National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) Associate Member

Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) Associate Member

Community Associations Institute (CAI) Associate Member

Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Associate Member

Windstorm Insurance Network President

The Poynter Institute Board Member

American Association for Justice, 1996 – 1998, Chairman, Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group

American Association for Justice, Fire and Property Insurance Litigation Group, 1993 – 1995 Secretary

American Bar Association, 1988 – 1998, Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Property Insurance Law