Mr. Pettinato represents policyholders in first and third party insurance claims and subsequent Unfair Claims Handling Practice litigation (bad faith). His practice areas include large property losses, business interruption, insurance coverage, and international insurance disputes. If the insurance dispute is unable to be resolved amicably without litigation, he is an experienced policyholder advocate in both state and federal courts. Additionally, he handles any appeals as may be necessary to protect his clients’ rights, having dozens of reported decisions. He is experienced in complex insurance coverage disputes and claims in litigation, as he began his insurance career more than 20 years ago as insurance defense counsel.
Mr. Pettinato is an aggressive, thorough, persistent, and diligent attorney in his relentless pursuit of justice on behalf of his clients. He is licensed to practice in in the state courts of Florida, Texas and Georgia, and the following federal courts: the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, and Southern District of Florida; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court of Colorado; and the U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia. He litigates in other states as well, associating himself with local counsel. He is the former chair for the Insurance Section of The American Association of Justice (AAJ), and held multiple former chairs and vice chairs for the Bad Faith Litigation Group (BFLG) for the AAJ since 2000 to 2012. He is the past co-chair of the BFLG. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Wiedemann & Waysocki Award, which honors attorneys for their commitment to their profession and support for improving the civil justice system. In 2010, he was selected by his peers as one of the Florida Legal Elite (Florida Trend Magazine). He is also an AV rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell. He has spoken before professional associations and groups such as the Windstorm Insurance Network, AAJ, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, the First Party Claims Conference, the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Home Owners Associations, Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Rocky Mountain Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Georgia Association of Public Adjusters, and Condominium Associations. Additionally, Mr. Pettinato has made numerous media appearances to discuss first party insurance claims, bad faith and other related insurance issues.
Mr. Pettinato has tried multiple cases, one of which was in Modesto California involving a homeowner insurance claim where the insurance company denied the claim because the fire was accidentally caused by an extension cord being used as a grow light for medical marijuana; the insured was growing with a proper California medical provider recommendation. The second trial success for the policyholder was when an insurer denied a homeowner’s kitchen fire based upon tainted samples of alleged gasoline in the frying pan. The third involved a verdict for a policyholder in regard to her Hurricane Wilma homeowner’s claim. Mr. Pettinato handles insurance claims in many different states, including but not limited to, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, and Pennsylvania, among others. He has significant experience in dealing with hurricane and wind, fire, water damage, sinkhole, weight of snow, and hail claims.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Honors: Dean’s List
Honors: 14th Edition of Who’s Who: American Law Students
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts