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8030 E. Gary Road
Scottsdale AZ 85260
USA
phone: 480-216-1364
fax: 480-367-8479
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Robert E. Underdown, AINS, SIA, AIC, ARM, The Insurance Archaeologist ™, is an Insurance and Risk Management Expert with over 30 years of experience in both private & public risk management.

Selected Background Experience - Mr. Underdown's past experience includes serving as Director of Risk Management for Rural/Metro Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ, where he managed $20 million risk management program and completed due diligence on 60 acquisitions in 48 months. As Assistant Vice President of Imperial Corporation, San Diego, CA, he managed special insurance for a $2 billion loan portfolio and implemented a risk management program for 60 branch offices. Mr. Underdown also served as Risk Management and Employee Benefits Manager for the City of Escondido, CA, where implemented risk management programs and completed self-funded health insurance, saving $750,000.

Litigation Support - Mr. Underdown is a highly qualified insurance expert witness providing testimony in insurance cases across the United States. His services are available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

In the specific area of BAD FAITH, Mr. Underdown has provided expert testimony on many bad faith claims for both Defendants and Plaintiffs. He has provided testimony in a number of cases where the insurance company has successfully eliminated the bad faith count by summary judgement. The key issue is whether the actions of the insurance company were reasonable under the specific circumstances of the case.

Some of the recent cases for which he has provided insurance expert testimony include:
  • Agent / Broker Standards
  • Bad Faith Claims Issues
  • Broker Compensation
  • Claims Handling
  • Coverage Opinions
  • General Liability Policies
  • Insurance Industry Standards
  • Life Insurance Suitability Opinions
  • Risk Management Standards
  • Third Party Claims Standards
  • Tort Litigation Management
  • Workers’ Compensation
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    Tommy R. Michaels, CPCU, AIC, ARe, ARM
    PO Box 5236
    Williamsburg VA 23188
    USA
    phone: 860-656-6430
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    Tommy R. Michaels, CPCU, AIC, ARe, ARM is an Insurance Professional with over 45 years of experience in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry.

    Mr. Michaels has worked in the Home Office of a large insurance company determining coverage obligation, providing coverage interpretation, and performing functions of an insurance archaeologist. He has taught insurance courses through Robert Morris College, University of Connecticut, and Society of CPCU, Memphis Chapter.

    Mr. Michaels' experience in claims includes direct handling, supervision of adjusters and other supervisors, claim office administration and development of a system that integrated various technologies to eliminate paper within the claim office. He has unparalleled claim expertise in property and casualty claims developed from his years of direct handling and supervising claim handlers. Mr. Michaels has handled claims in several states including Arkansas, Connecticut, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. He also directly handled all Fidelity and Surety claims in the State of Oklahoma.

    Litigation Support - Tommy Michaels has had the opportunity to do complex claims analysis and negotiate large settlements totaling more than $250,000,000. He has resolved coverage issues, reconstructed decades old policies, and been involved in coverage litigation throughout the United States.

    As an expert witness, Mr. Michaels has provided deposition and trial testimony, prepared expert reports in compliance with FRCP 26(2)(B), and has been used as a Consulting Witness. He has given testimony in over 30 depositions in State and Federal Court cases as well as testimony given at trial.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Claim Handling Standards
    • Bad Faith Conduct
    • Coverage Interpretation
    • Insurance Carrier Duties
    • Claim Settlement Negotiations
  • General Liability Insurance
  • Automobile Insurance / Uninsured Motorists
  • Homeowner's Insurance
  • Environmental Liability Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
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    Snoaspen Insurance Group, Inc.
    Paul W. Burkett, JD, CPCU, CIC, ARM,CRM, ALCM
    10775 Double R Blvd
    Reno NV 89521
    USA
    phone: 775-682-4380
    fax: 775-682-4301
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    Paul W. Burkett, JD, CPCU, CIC, ARM,CRM, ALCM is an Insurance and Risk Management specialist. President and CEO of Snoaspen Insurance Group, Inc., Mr. Burkett began his career as a Loss Control Representative for SAFECO Insurance Company after serving as an Officer in the United States Air Force. During his career with SAFECO, he served as a Loss Control Supervisor, Loss Control Manager, Commercial Sales Representative, Division Commercial Lines Underwriting Manager, and Regional Workers Compensation Manager.

    From Safeco Insurance Company, Mr. Burkett worked for Frank B. Hall & Company as a Vice President in charge of Risk Management Services. He was responsible for design and implementation of alternative insurance programs such as pools, self-insurance, and captives. From Frank B. Hall, Mr. Burkett assisted in establishing the Meadowbrook of Colorado office and focused on developing specialized group programs. Paul assisted in establishing TUITIONGard which specialized in coverage for private student loans provided through banks in the United States.

    Mr. Burkett currently provides litigation support services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been deposed and/or testified approximately 10 rimes in the last five years.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Company Good and Bad Faith
    • Agent / Broker Standard of Care
    • Insurance Industry Customs and Practices
    • Risk Management
    • Business Contract Insurance Clause Analysis and Application
    • Insurance Coverage Analysis
    • Insurance Claims Disputes Analysis
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    Scott Stein, ARM
    5550 Glades Rd.
    Ste. 509
    Boca Raton FL 33431
    USA
    phone: 561-495-790
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    Scott Stein, ARM, is an Insurance Industry Expert and Professional Liability Insurance Broker with over 24 years of experience. He has served the last 16 years as an Agency Owner preceded by 7 years at two of the world's largest insurance brokers

    Throughout his career, Mr. Stein has been negotiating and placing the broadest and most comprehensive Professional Liability Insurance with specific emphasis on Legal Malpractice Insurance and Directors and Officers cover; to also include Architects E&O, Accountant Malpractice Insurance, Employment Practice Liability Insurance, Medical Malpractice and Medical Defense coverage, and nearly every other specialty within the Professional Liability Insurance spectrum, as well as Worker's Compensation Insurance.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Stein provides expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has been engaged in excess of 110 cases as an insurance industry expert in the past 10 years. Never disqualified or challenged as an expert by any Court, Mr. Stein has extensive deposition history and trial testimony experience. His cases involve all areas of Broker and Insurance Carrier Standards of Care and his services include depositions, Written reports, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Agent and Broker Procedures
    • Insurance Agent and Broker Liability
    • Insurance Errors and Omissions
    • Broker and Agency Standards of Care
    • Failure to Procure Insurance
    • Claims Management and Handling
    • Insurance Coverage and Placement Issues
    • Insurance Disputes-Sales Practices and Bad Faith
    • Risk Management Practices and Procedures
    • Insurance Contract Review
    • Insurance Proposals- Brokers, Agents, and Agencies
    • Umbrella Liability Exposure and Placement
    • Insurance Compliance- Brokers and Agents
    • Intermediary and Broker Procedures
    • Risk Management Analysis
    • Insurance Company Claims Management and Processing
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    Daryll W. Martin, JD, MBA
    President
    115 Bingham Ridge Drive
    Pittsboro NC 27312
    USA
    phone: 512-940-5140
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    Daryll W. Martin, JD, MBA has a unique professional experience as a Lawyer, Insurance Broker, and Insurance Brokerage Executive. Mr Martin has over 30 years of insurance experience, serving nearly half of that time as corporate counsel for two international brokers, and the other half of that time as a senior insurance brokerage executive.

    Broad Coverage Experience: Property & Casualty; Employee Benefits / Life & Health (qualified and non-qualified); D&O / Employment Practices Liability / Fiduciary; Property / Business Interruption / Boiler & Machinery / Inland & Ocean Marine; Casualty: General Liability / Professional Liability / Workers Compensation / Umbrella / Excess.

    Broad Brokerage Customer Industry Experience: Construction; Energy; Transportation; Manufacturing; Financial Institutions; Health Care; Public Entity / Not For Profit; and, Technology

    Extensive Insurance Industry Operational Experience: Executive officer of nationally ranked insurance brokers; Managed and handled a variety of international, national, and middle market accounts; Self Insurance / Large Retentions / Alternative Risk Transfer Vehicles; Foreign Placements; Wholesale Brokerage; Insurance Underwriting; Reinsurance; Technical Services / Loss Control / Actuarial/Risk Management Consulting; Actuary Services / Actuary Liability; Insurer Solvency / Market Security; Finance and Accounting; Mergers & Acquisitions; Insurance Sales; Client Service Standards; Technology Infrastructure; Human Resource Management; and, Insurer / Broker Relationship Management.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bad Faith
    • Business / Employment Insurance
    • Insurance
    • Insurance Agency
    • Insurance Agent / Broker
  • Insurance Customs & Practices
  • Insurance Excess & Surplus Lines
  • Life Insurance
  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • Risk Management
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    Olie R. Jolstad SCLA, FACFEI

    USA
    phone: 214-632-2788
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    Olie R. Jolstad, SCLA, FACFEI, has worked in the Insurance Industry for more than 37 years. Over the span of his career, Mr. Jolstad has worked with various types of civil litigation involving coverage disputes, claims handling practices, bad faith, unfair and deceptive practices, duties and standards of care regarding the procurement of insurance. In addition, he has worked on forensic insurance policy reconstruction projects on behalf of policyholders.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Jolstad has been providing litigation support services for approximately 20 years. He has been retained as an expert witness in approximately 200 cases and has been qualified to testify in various state and federal courts. He offers services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Mr. Jolstad has been retained as an expert and consultant where insurance coverage at issue involving:
    • General Liability Insurance
    • Commercial Property Insurance
    • Commercial Property Time Element and Extra Expense Coverage
    • Builders Risk / Construction
    • Construction Wrap-Up
    • Directors & Officers / Employment Practices Liability
    • Umbrella and Excess Liability and Duty Triggering Events
    • Aviation
    • Workers' Compensation
    With specific attention focused on:
    • Insurance Industry Customs, Practices, and Standards
    • Good Faith / Bad Faith Claims Handling Practices
    • Insurance Agent and Broker Standard of Care and Duty to Procure Insurance
    • Excess and Umbrella Duties / Exhaustion
    • Excess and Surplus Lines Coverage and Claims Handling
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    Key Coleman, CPA, CFA, CPCU, ARe
    Director
    1600 Market Street 32nd Floor
    Philadelphia PA 19103
    USA
    phone: 215-297-2325
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    Key Coleman, CPA, CFA, CPCU, ARe is a Director in the Insurance Disputes practice of Marcum LLP in Philadelphia. Mr. Coleman focuses on forensics, dispute analysis, damages and expert testimony in the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry. His clients include insurance companies, reinsurers and insurance attorneys.

    Professional Background - Mr. Coleman has over 25 years of experience providing business and financial analysis in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to joining Marcum, he spent the bulk of his career in Chicago where he held high level positions with Grant Thornton LLP and LECG/Smart in their disputes practice. Prior to that, he was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where for more than 11 years he provided forensic and dispute analysis in matters involving insurers, reinsurers, brokers, Third Party Administrators (TPAs) and Managing General Agencies (MGAs).

    Litigation Support - Having developed skills in underwriting, claims, reinsurance and accounting, Key Coleman is often called upon to perform expert analysis relating to Damages in Insurance or Reinsurance Disputes. He is one of the few experts nationwide who holds both the CPA and the CPCU designations. Mr. Coleman performs expert testimony as an insurance economic damages expert witness both locally and nationwide. In addition, he performs inspections of MGAs, TPAs, ceding companies, and insureds.

    An abbreviated list of his insurance expert and damages specialties include:
    • Forensic Accounting and Investigations
    • Agencies, Brokers
    • Claims Analysis
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Force Placed Insurance
    • Professional Liability / E&O
  • MGA Inspections
  • Reinsurance
  • Run-off, Insolvency
  • Underwriting
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Professional Employment Organizations (PEOs)
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    Guy O. Kornblum
    1388 Sutter Street
    Suite 505
    San Francisco CA 94109
    USA
    phone: 415-440-7800 x2226
    fax: 415-440-7898
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    Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a Trial and Appellate Lawyer for 40 years. He has handled over 4,000 litigated matters to conclusion and has several million dollar cases to his credit. Mr. Kornblum has represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations during his 40 plus years of practice. He is highly regarded for his courtroom and appellate skills, and his representation of his clients in mediations, where he has a strong track record of successful settlements.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Kornblum serves as a mediator and expert witness and has qualified as an expert in federal and state court. His testimony on insurance claims handling was cited by a California Court of Appeal in upholding a jury verdict in favor of a plaintiff in an insurance bad faith case.

    Expertise Includes:
    • Insurance Company Claims Practices - personal and commercial, property and casualty, employment coverage, director‘s and officer‘s coverage, professional liability coverage, general commercial coverage, life, health and disability insurance, bad faith, serious personal injury, professional liability, real estate, employment matters, and fraud claims involving employee welfare benefit plans, wrongful death, and actions claiming punitive damages
    • Standard of Care in Legal Malpractice Cases Involving Civil Litigation Issues
    • Case Settlement Value
    Mr. Kornblum is Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys. He is also a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar and Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, for those attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar awards or settlements for their clients.

    Mr. Kornblum is also a Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary, a Platinum Member of The Verdict Club, recognizing his “professional excellence in litigation,” and a Legends Society “Top Lawyer” in the personal injury field, and a Silver Member of the Elite Lawyers of America. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year since 2006.

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    8/30/2017 · Insurance
    One of the best techniques for settling cases at mediation is to take a consultant or expert witness with you to the session or at least have them available by telephone. I have used this approach in many cases with considerable success. The manner in which this is done varies depending on the complexity of the case, the extent of the consultant's or expert's involvement and what disputes or unresolved issues depend on expert testimony.

    Guy O. Kornblum
    A Guide For Those Who Are Victims of Wrongdoing Resulting in Injury or Death
    Guy O. Kornblum
    This book serves as a comprehensive guide to effective settlement techniques in the context of personal injury litigation. It helps you determine a settlement amount, choose the most appropriate form of settlement, and work with clients, mediators, and others to get the best settlement.
    Guy O. Kornblum, William A. Cerillo
    Written by renowned experts, this practical book details analysis and litigation of causalty policies. Explains specific insurance coverage for intellectual property claims, advertising injury, environmental losses, personal injury in business claims and duty to defend. Contains step-by-step strategies for insurance litigation and discusses how to use experts and investigators. Includes a copious amount of useful checklists and practice tips from expert litigator
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    Steven Plitt
    Senior Member
    The Cavanagh Law Firm
    1850 N. Central Avenue
    Suite 2400
    Phoenix AZ 85004
    USA
    phone: 602-322-4038
    fax: 602-322-4100
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    Steven Plitt Liability Insurance Expert PhotoFor 32 years, Steven Plitt has represented policyholders / insureds in litigation and trial as well as representing insurance companies in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith matters. During his career, he has reviewed more than 6,000 claim files from more than 100 insurance companies. He has regularly consulted with all levels of claim department management from claim adjusters, supervisors, branch claim managers, claim-legal personnel and executive level insurance company management.

    Mr. Plitt has also consulted with underwriting departments and participated with insurance company product development units and claims-legal to draft insurance policy language. He has reviewed and analyzed a broad spectrum of testimony from claims adjusters, claims management, claims attorneys, underwriters and other insurance company management as well as other insurance experts. He has reviewed an extensive variety of claims manuals, claims guidelines and other claims directives and practices.

    Mr. Plitt is a nationally recognized expert witness in insurance claim handling and bad faith cases and has been retained as an expert in more than 480+ cases venued in 30 states. He has qualified in both state and Federal Courts as a claims handling and insurance expert. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Arizona where he teaches insurance law.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Extra-contractual
    • Bad Faith Claims / Breach of Contract Claims
    • Claims Handling Practices
    • Unfair Claims Practices
    • Policy Interpretation
    • Coverage Denials
  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • Personal & Commercial Lines
  • Surplus Lines
  • Excess & Umbrella Insurance
  • Insurance Agent / Broker Errors & Omissions
  • Miscellaneous Coverage
  • Mr. Plitt has an LL.M. in Insurance from the University of Connecticut. He is the current successor author to COUCH ON INSURANCE 3D where he and his team are rewriting and revising the entire treatise. He has written other books on insurance law. He has published in excess of 320 law reviews and other professional publications on insurance law in addition to his books. Mr. Plitt has been cited by the Supreme Courts of 29 states, the Intermediate Appellate Courts in 20 states, 10 of the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, 37 Federal District Courts, and the Federal Court of Claims. He has been cited in 87 scholarly articles.

    Steven Plitt has been continuously listed as a top 50 lawyer in Arizona (2007-2014) by SOUTHWEST SUPER LAWYERS®, has been listed in BEST LAWYERS® since 2007 (insurance), and was named the Insurance Lawyer of the Year by BEST LAWYERS® in 2012 for Phoenix. He is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and a Member of the American Law Institute where he is a consultive member on the development of the RESTATEMENT OF LIABILITY INSURANCE.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    Written by leading attorneys in insurance practice around the country, this book provides leading-edge discussion of insurance ramifications of major disasters. It provides varied perspectives on handling insurance coverage cases, with tips for almost any kind of situation that arises.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    This guide to the investigation and successful evaluation of automobile coverage and injury claims provides practical information in three ways. First, it provides a comprehensive discussion, with extensive case citation regarding policy interpretation, liability coverage, bad faith, unfair claims practices, and negligence.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    This is one of the most comprehensive, practical guides available for handling insurance liability cases. It explains essential legal concepts for handling basic insurance liability coverage questions.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    This new edition reflects law and practices governing insurance issues today. It offers definitive treatment on practically all types of insurance, including life, property, health and accident, liability and indemnity, automobile, fidelity guarantee, contract guarantee, group, reinsurance, annuities, governmental life and disability, ERISA, and COBRA.
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    ALL States
    USA
    phone: 215-736-2980
    fax: 215-736-2986
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    Insurance Expert Network, LLC (IEN) is a network which provides access to over 500 highly qualified, reliable Insurance Experts with Litigation Management, Insurance Industry, Mediation, Arbitration and Expert Witness experience. Staffed by Insurance Industry Professionals, they easily discern requisite skills necessary to properly and fully support the Client. IEN is the only referral service providing insurance experts exclusively.

    IEN provides experts for both plaintiffs and defendants

    The experts in IEN are dedicated to their critical role in litigation, whether it be educating counsel on nuances of insurance, assisting attorneys in determining the merit of a case, testing potential evidence or testifying in a deposition or trial.

    IEN provides in-depth knowledge of the Insurance Industry and maintains a listing of over 120 Specialized Insurance Areas. The following is a sample of these areas:
    • Actuary
    • Automobile Insurance
    • Bad Faith
    • Binders
    • Business Interruption
    • Captives
    • Construction Defects
    • Credit Insurance
    • Directors & Officers
    • Excess & Surplus Lines
    • Fidelity
    • Fraud
    • General Liability
    • Insurance Accounting
    • Insurance Business Processes
    • Life & Health Insurance
    • Marine Insurance
    • Misrepresentation
    • Producer Errors & Omissions
    • Producer Standards & Practices
    • Production Development
    • Professional Liability
    • Property Insurance
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Reinsurance
    • Surety
    • Workers Compensation
    View the Complete List of Specialized Insurance Areas

    The IEN Advantage:
    1. There is no charge for referrals.
    2. Generally, a nationwide search and subsequent referral can be completed within 48 hours.
    3. To assist the attorney with the selection process, IEN provides a case-specific statement of qualification from each potential expert.
    4. IEN personnel are highly experienced and knowledgeable about insurance.
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    Insurance Education Corporation
    Ivan E. Cohen, RF, ARM, CRM, CIC, AAI, MLIS, CRIS,CPIA
    President
    72 Gleneida Avenue
    Carmel NY 10512
    USA
    phone: 845-225-4100
    fax: 845-225-1978
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    Ivan E. Cohen RF, ARM, CRM, CIC, AAI, MLIS, CRIS, CPIA, has 38 years of experience in the Insurance Industry serving as an agent and broker. In 1979, he opened his own agency where he still serves as president.

    Mr. Cohen is a member of the Global Risk Management Institute, an associate member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society and holds the distinction of being a RIMS Fellow and a contributing insurance columnist for Risk Management Magazine.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Cohen serves as an expert witness and litigation consultant on insurance related matters and currently serves as a subject matter expert for the New York State Department of Financial Services on the Insurance Exam Review Committee. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Errors & Omissions
    • Insurance Standard of Care
    • Insurance Agent / Broker Duties
    • Insurance Policy Interpretation
    • Property Insurance
    • Liability Insurance
  • Insurance Custom & Practice
  • Auto Insurance
  • Home Insurance
  • Personal Insurance
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Insurance Company Bad Faith
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    Ty R. Sagalow
    Professional Liability Expert
    2 World Financial Center
    30th Floor
    New York NY 10281
    USA
    phone: 917-620-2174
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    Ty R. Sagalow is a 30-year veteran of the Insurance Industry who specializes in Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and Professional Liability Insurance (including cyber). Mr. Sagalow has held senior executive positions in underwriting, legal, and product development for major insurance companies including AIG (25 years) as General Counsel, Chief Underwriting Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, as well as Zurich and Tower Group (both as Chief Innovation Officer).

    Background: - Mr. Sagalow is the former general counsel and chief underwriting officer for the largest provider of management and professional liability insurance (AIG). In his 30 years of insurance experience, he has drafted multiple insurance policies in the management liability and professional liability space. He is widely credited as the chief architect of the modern D&O as well as Cyber insurance policy forms. He was charged with creating and training of underwriting intent and industry custom and practices in these lines of insurance.

    Mr. Sagalow provides expert witness services in Management and Professional Liability. He has been engaged by numerous lawfirms representing both insurance carriers and policyholders. According to the U.S. District Court, “Mr. Sagalow’s diverse professional experience demonstrates a breadth of experience drafting and interpreting policies, making underwriting decisions, and claims handling… The Court that Sagalow's experience, training and education provided a sufficient foundation of reliability for his testimony. His specialized knowledge in the insurance field may be helpful to the trier of fact in understanding the evidence or determining facts in issue...Mr. Sagalow is qualified under Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

    Ideal Client Engagement:
    • Law firms needing expert witness for D&O or E&O coverage disputes (either party)
    • Insurance Claims departments needing expert witness for D&O or E&O
    • Investment firm seeking expert opinion on most areas of P&C insurance
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    10/30/2017 · Insurance
    A director or officer being sued or investigated for allegations of mismanagement is facing one of her or his worse nightmares. His reputation is at stake (often fueled by a stream of adverse news articles in the local press) and, because a director's or officer's liability even for "corporate decisions" is a personal liability, such a claim can be a financial nightmare as well. The situation is made all the worse when the director receives notification that the D&O insurer may be denying coverage. This article will lay out the top ten steps for a director to take to put him back in control. It all starts with

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    Guy C. Hatfield, CPCU, CIC
    1735 Post Rd
    Unit 5
    Fairfield CT 06824
    USA
    phone: 203-256-5660
    fax: (203) 256-5666
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    Guy-Hatfield-Insurance-Management-Expert-Photo.jpg Expert PhotoGuy C. Hatfield, CPCU, CIC, Guy Hatfield has been a Principal at his Firm since 1977. Prior to his insurance career he was a senior loan officer at Citicorp in New York City where he coordinated syndicated commercial loans with correspondent banks in the Continental United States, Canada, and Hawaii. Mr. Hatfield serves on the Technical Committee of the Ct. Insurance Agents Association and as District Insurance liaison for Rotary International. He is a graduate of Bucknell University (B.S.), Boston University (MBA) and the American Institute of Insurance (CPCU).

    Litigation Support - President of the Hatfield Group, a consulting firm specializing in Property and Casualty issues and expert witness case assignments, Mr. Hatfield has actively worked as an expert witness for attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He is well-prepared to opine on the duties and conduct of insurance agents and brokers as well as the operations of insurance companies. His analysis and testimony is concise and persuasive.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Claims Handling
    • Insurance
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Insurance Errors & Omissions
    • Insurance Practices & Standards
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    8/28/2017 · Insurance
    I have been active as an insurance agent/broker for 40 years. 20 years ago I was referred to an attorney by a fellow CPCU colleague to be a so called "expert". The case involved an agent who failed to provide workers compensation benefits to an ongoing commercial concern. I was hired by the plaintiff's attorney to opine on the conduct of the agent. Since this was a fundamental error on the part of the agent, the case was soon settled in favor of the plaintiff. This was my introduction to being an expert. I found I enjoyed the experience and it was a nice contrast to sales and insurance administration.

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    Fisher Consulting Group
    Frederick J. Fisher
    Professional Liability Consultant
    214 Main Street
    Ste 181
    El Segundo CA 90245
    USA
    phone: 310-413-6200
    fax: 310-356-3355
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    Frederick J. Fisher, JD, is the President of Fisher Consulting Group, Inc., a Professional Liability firm. Since his career began, Mr. Fisher focused on one vision: providing financial security to the client. The result was a successful 40 year career in Specialty Lines Insurance.

    Mr. Fisher provides Expert Witness services and Litigation Strategies to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. He testifies regularly as an expert witness in cases dealing with:
    • Insurance Broker Standards of Care
    • Real Estate Broker Standards of Care
    • Third Party Administrator Standards (TPA)
    • Claims Handling and Bad Faith
    • Wholesale Broker Policies with "gotchya's"
    Background Experience:
    • For almost 20 years, Mr. Fisher was the Founder of E.L.M. Insurance Brokers, a Wholesale & MGA facility specializing in Professional Liability and Specialty Line Risks. In 1995, he formed what is now known as ELM insurance Brokers, a firm that has acted as an MGA and Wholesale Broker of Professional Liability Insurance and Specialty Lines. From nothing, the firm grew rapidly to a $30 Million dollar facility when sold in 2008
    • Mr. Fisher began his career on the service side, as an Independent E&O claims adjuster. In 1982, he bought the Company. In only 4 years, the annual billings increased by 400%
    • In 1989, Mr. Fisher became a Founding Member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), and was elected to the PLUS Board of Trustees in 1993. After serving in all Officer capacities, he was elected President in 1997. He remains a Special Materials Expert for several RPLU courses and is the Senior Technical Advisor for The Professional Liability Manual, first published by the International Risk Management Institute in 1990
    For more information on his Litigation Support Services, Email Frederick Fisher at: fjfisher@fishercg.com

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    4/28/2017 · Insurance
    Insurance defense attorneys inhabit a confusing world in which even the "routine case" may need an expert witness for trial or a consultant to help with an early evaluation for settlement purposes. The legal precedents, regulations, and such don't often say what the profession's standard of care in the community is in the exact situation.

    3/12/2015 · Insurance
    Rarely are clients immediately aware of the wrongful or erroneous actions of the "professional" they trusted to perform specific duties or services; mainly because "professional" acts or errors do not or only seldom cause immediate injury. A "professional's" wrongful acts or errors may not manifest in client injury until long after the act is perpetrated or the error is committed.

    1/28/2015 · Insurance
    Two mutually exclusive goals are beginning to result in apparently unintended results within the executive and professional liability markets. The quest for underwriting profits and the desire to develop clear (to whatever extent possible) coverage language have rapidly changed the coverage landscape within these two lines of coverage.

    12/22/2014 · Insurance
    The 35-year history of the claims-made policy form has not brought it stability or standardization. In fact, claims-made forms have begun to incorporate with increasing frequency additional and exclusionary language that is unfavorable to the policyholder.

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    Burl Daniel
    President
    3880 Hulen, Suite 410
    Fort Worth TX 76107
    USA
    phone: 817-980-4897
    fax: 817-887-5231
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    Burl Daniel, CPCU, CIC, CRM entered the Insurance Industry in 1973 and was an Insurance Agency Principal for twenty three years. He is retained as a Property and Casualty Insurance Expert Witness by attorneys representing policyholder insureds, carriers and third parties. Wide expertise in a majority of Property and Casualty insurance lines was developed over 40+ years. In the legal community he is well-known as responsive to attorney inquiries, depth of insurance experience and attention to detail. Credibility results from methodical analysis, independent research, concise reports and clear-cut answers to deposition and trial questions.

    Mr. Daniel maintains the professional designations CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor), and CRM (Certified Risk Manager) and holds a BBA-Insurance from the University of Texas. His teaching credentials include serving as Adjunct Professor of Insurance with two Texas universities; he holds Property-Casualty and Risk Manager licenses.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Agent Error & Omission
    • Insurance Bad Faith
    • Claims Handling Practices
    • Surplus Lines Insurance
    • Commercial Auto Insurance
    • Commercial General Liability
    • Products Liability Insurance
    • Commercial Umbrella Insurance
    • Professional Liability Insurance
    • Directors and Officers Liability
    • Employment Practices Liability
    • Workers Compensation
  • Property Insurance Expert
  • Business Interruption Insurance
  • Boiler & Machinery-Equipment Breakdown
  • Flood Insurance
  • Ocean Marine Insurance
  • Inland Marine Insurance
  • Crime Insurance / Fidelity Bonds
  • Personal Auto
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Watercraft / Boats
  • Personal Umbrella
  • Mr. Daniel has four decades insurance experience with a diverse set of industries:
    • Contractors - General & Artisan
    • OCIP-CCIP
    • Real Estate
    • Manufacturing
    • Wholesale / Warehousing
    • Retailers
    • Import / Export
    • Oil jobbers
    • Transportation / Truckers
  • Utilities
  • Professional Services
  • Science and Tech Services
  • Computer & Information Technology
  • Non -profit organizations
  • Insurance Companies
  • Banks
  • Agriculture
  • Wildlife Parks
  • 1/23/2012 · Insurance
    Insurance attorneys are busy people! No two cases are the same! Attorneys face weekly court filings, deposition schedules, and courthouse deadlines. Not to mention phone calls and counseling clients on a daily basis.

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