Merlin Law Group is devoted to not only helping policyholder navigate the sometimes complex legal system, but we also put forth legislation that will protect policyholders from having to be involved in litigation in the first place.
While each of our attorneys is committed to insurance law legislation, one of our members, Sean Shaw, is particularly devoted.
Sean Shaw believes in being an advocate inside and outside the courtroom. He understands the issues from all sides; as a regulator, as an attorney, and as a legislator – with a single focus on consumer advocacy.
As Florida’s former Insurance Consumer Advocate, Sean has made a substantial contribution to Merlin Law Group’s depth of knowledge regarding insurance policyholder advocacy. Sean’s written and oral advocacy have made significant differences in the State’s legislative process. In order to advance that mission he founded an active advisory group, Policyholders of Florida. Those concerned about the future of insurance law from a regulatory and legislative standpoint, seek out Sean to learn more about what he and his coalition hope to achieve.
Sean currently serves District 61 in the Florida House of Representatives and also serves on the Insurance and Banking subcommittee. He was also recently appointed to the Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness by the State of Florida.
In addition to his advocation for consumers, Sean is very proud of the fact that his father was the first African American Chief Justice of Florida.
Florida Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness
The Committee was formed in response to the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Its purpose is to gather information, solicit improvement ideas, and make key recommendations to the Executive Branch for appropriate emergency actions when in threat of a hurricane. The Committee will also work to develop proposals to address hurricane preparedness to be considered during future Legislative Sessions.
The Committee created a list of key considerations to improve that State’s response to hurricane threats. The list covered issues from Public Safety to effective Evacuation procedures to Reconstruction. Specifically, the Select Committee identified these six issues to be considering on the topic of Insurance and Banking:
- Examine insurance solvency by reviewing reserve and reinsurance levels for the Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (CAT fund), Citizens Property Insurance, and insurance carriers in Florida.
- Examine Florida property insurance claims exposure by region and coverage.
- Review access to sufficient insurance adjusters and alternatives to ensure rapid adjusting of claims.
- Review potential alternatives to help policyholders finance insurance deductibles over longer time periods.
- Consider requiring all property and casualty insurance companies licensed in Florida to report any instances of suspected price gouging by independent adjusters and to report any suspected violations of Florida’s insurance codes, including activity by unlicensed adjusters.
- Consider authorizing the Commissioner of the OFR to permit banks and credit unions to change their main office locations or establish additional branches in declared disaster areas for a specified period of time.
Merlin Law Group is dedicated to helping policyholders protect themselves in complex legal battles as well as fighting for the best possible laws to protect the insured nationwide.