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Edward J. Priz, CPCU, APA
President
3230 S. Harlem Ave.
Riverside IL 60546
USA
phone: 708-945-7393
fax: 708-442-6010
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Edward Priz Workers Compensation Expert PhotoEdward J. Priz, CPCU, APA, has worked full-time in the Insurance Industry since 1976. In 1982, he also began consulting on Workers Compensation insurance issues, and in 1987 established his own consulting firm to specialize in this field, as Advanced Insurance Management.

Mr. Priz holds the professional designation Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) from the American Institute of Property and Liability Underwriters, as well as the designation Associate in Premium Auditing, from the Insurance Institute of America.

Litigation Support - Mr. Priz has been retained by policyholders, insurance agents and brokers, insurance companies, and a premium audit firm as an expert witness in his field, both as a consulting expert and as a testifying expert. He serves as an expert witness to counsel for Plaintiff and Defense and has testified in federal and state courts and arbitrations in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. He is a member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association, and currently serves as Vice-President of the Chicago chapter of that organization.

He is also a member of the Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, and the National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors.

Mr. Priz has also consulted on the drafting of legislation pertaining to Workers Compensation insurance in Illinois, and has testified on insurance regulation before the Illinois legislature. He is the author of three books on the subject of Workers' Compensation insurance.

Edward Priz Expert Witness Services
Areas of Expertise:
  • Workers Compensation
  • Insurance Premiums
  • Audits
  • Classifications
  • Experience Modification Factors
  • Retrospective Rating
  • Large Deductible Policies
  • Payroll Audits
  • NCCI Manual Rules
  • Insurance Agent / Broker Standards of Care
  • NCCI classification Rules
  • Experience Rating
  • NCCI Rules and Procedures
  • Retrospective Rating
  • Large Deductible Policies
  • Workers Compensation Appeals
  • Agent Errors and Omissions
  • Insurance Auditor Duties and Errors
  • NCCI Inspections
  • Independent WC Rating Bureau Rules
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    11/11/2015 · Insurance
    Employers generally realize that the initial premium they pay for Workers Compensation insurance isn't the final premium for that coverage-Workers Comp is normally subject to an audit after the policy ends, to adjust premium charges based on actual payroll amounts. When the policy starts, after all, payroll amounts can only be estimated for the coming year. So it's routine for employers of any size to undergo a Workers Compensation premium audit, and to receive an audit statement that often seeks some additional premium.

    8/20/2015 · Insurance
    A growing trend for many businesses has been for their customers and prospects to use their experience modification factor as a safety benchmark, requiring a modifier of 1.00 or 1.05 for those bidding on projects. A higher modifier can disqualify a firm from bidding on many projects, particularly governmental projects.

    7/10/2015 · Insurance
    Recently, a former Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance wrote an Op-Ed piece, decrying recently proposed legislation that would require insurers to file changes in Workers Compensation insurance rates with regulators before using those rates with insurers. The proposed legislation would also allow the Department of Insurance to disapprove rates if it was determined they were excessive.

    Edward J. Priz, et al
    An easy to understand guide, written for a general business audience, that explains in detail how Workers Compensation insurance is priced and audited. The Field Guide explains the classification system used by insurance companies, the audit process, experience modification factors, and how and why overcharges occur. Most importantly, it explains in plain language how employers can protect themselves from the common mistakes the insurance industry makes that cause Workers Comp premiums to be higher than they properly should be.
    Edward J. Priz, Scott Priz
    Everything business owners and managers need to know to understand Workers Compensation insurance for their company, including how to reduce premium costs.
    Edward J. Priz, et al
    Many of the rules which determine premiums are understood only by employees in the audit and underwriting departments of insurance companies. The result is a built-in bias in the system which favors higher premiums. CompControl was written by an industry insider -- a consultant who has saved clients more than $4 million in overcharges. His book reveals how the system really works and how you can make it work for you.
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    Norman Katz
    Managing Partner
    18881 Von Karman, Suite 1175
    Irvine CA 92612
    USA
    phone: 949-263-8700
    fax: 949-263-0770
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    MCS Associates is a nationally recognized consulting group that has provided financial, operations and regulatory/compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real estate and financial services organizations for over 30 years.

    Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting are a primary focus of our services. We undertake expert witness assignments throughout the United States and our clients include several hundred leading law firms around the country, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, investors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, securities/insurance/real estate brokers/agents, regulators and government agencies, and individuals.

    Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, we also draw on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs. Our litigation experts include experienced bankers, lenders, consultants, regulators, managers, brokers & agents in insurance, real estate, and securities; insurance claims and underwriting managers; economists, accountants, appraisers, real estate analysts, and academics.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Banking Operations/Administration
  • Check Fraud
  • Lending Policies, Custom and Practice
  • Loan Underwriting & Credit Administration
  • Sub Prime Loan Originations, Underwriting, Securitizations & Servicing
  • Bankruptcy, Foreclosures and Workouts
  • Trust & Fiduciary Issues / Operations
  • Securities Brokerage & Investments
  • Valuations & Damages Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Employment / Compensation
  • Real Estate Brokerage & Management
  • Title Insurance & Escrow
  • Real Estate Appraisal & Transactions
  • Insurance Industry Custom & Practice
  • Insurance Coverages / Claims Handling
  • Insurance Bad Faith
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    34 Barstow Street
    P.O. Box 981
    Mattapoisett MA 02739
    USA
    phone: 508-644-1074
    fax: 774-377-3856
    Paul F. Amoruso, CPCU, has more than 45 years of experience working for several major insurance carriers as a Senior Vice President of Claims and Operations. As a licensed insurance agent in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, an New Jersey and licensed public adjuster, he is uniquely qualified to assist either plaintiff or defense attorneys on insurance related issues on local or national issues.

    If you are an insurance company, insured, or law firm and need an independent review of an insurance issue regarding litigation, agency or company operations, practices or procedures, he is available to assist.

    Mr. Amoruso has served as an Expert Witness in many states in both State and Federal court . Having worked in all operation areas of the insurance industry he is able to testify to the generally observed and accepted industry practices.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Customs and Practices
    • Company Policies
    • Management Involvement
    • Proper Staffing
    • Coverage Denial
    • Agency and Insurance Company Relationships
    • Case Evaluation
    • Reserve Policies
    • Workers Compensation
    • Liability Personal or Commercial
    • Commercial and Personal Property Losses
    • Authority Level
    • Industry Ethics and Norms
    • Bad Faith
    • Claims Handling Practices
    • Insurance Company Operations
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    Dr. Charles Cowan
    Managing Partner
    11467 Huebner Road, Suite 200
    San Antonio TX 78230
    USA
    phone: 210-641-2817
    fax: 210-641-9892
    Analytic Focus specializes in Financial, Economic, Demographic, and Statistical Research. We're Ph.D.s with decades of experience working in academia, industry, and Federal agencies. We provide exceptional value in interpretation of data, insight regarding business problems, and scholarship on best practices.

    We estimate numbers needed for the best representation of your client. We evaluate flaws in analyses underpinning your arguments or your opponents. We've testified in Federal & State courts.

    Complex Litigation
    Antitrust, Deceptive Sales Practices, Securities & Lost Sales

    Banking & Finance
    Misrepresentation & Fraud, Securitizations, Regulation

    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Breach of Contract, Risk & Pricing Issues

    Environmental/Mass Tort
    Validity of Claims, Damages & Volume of Claims Forecasting

    Class Actions and Class Certification
    Commonality, Predominance, Mass Valuation

    Fair Housing, Fair Lending, Labor & Employment
    Discrimination & Disparate Impact

    Intellectual Property
    Trade Mark, Trade Dress, Patent Infringement
    Confusion, Dilution, Lost Profits, Diverted Sales
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    MBA, CPCU, RPLU, RF, ACI
    6117 Waller Lane
    Colleyville TX 76034
    USA
    phone: 817-481-4561
    fax: 817-488-1577
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    Donald W. Bendure, MBA, CPCU, RPLU, RF, ACI, is an Insurance Expert with a concentration within the areas of Commercial Liability, Professional Liability, Commercial Automobile, and Property Insurance. He has over 30 years of experience and provides services for clients nationwide.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Bendure provides unbiased and impartial expert testimony and litigation support services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. He has currently completed over 250 engagements. Mr. Bendure serves as a Pre-litigation Consulting Expert, a Policyholder Expert Witness, and an Insurance Defense Expert Witness. He is also a Court Certified Mediator and Insurance Arbitrator.

    Mr. Bendure's particular area of expertise in the areas listed below is within the discipline of Underwriting and Insurance Coverage. He also possesses specialized knowledge of Captive Insurance as it relates to issues with pollution, environment, construction, oil and gas exploration, risk mitigation, enterprise risk management, self-insured and retention programs, and claims made policy language.

    Expertise:
    • General Liability
    • Automobile Liability
    • Forensic Underwriting
    • Workers' Compensation
    • Umbrella and Excess Liability
  • Errors and Omissions Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability
  • Reinsurance
  • Captive Insurance
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    Brumbaugh Insurance & Annuity Agency
    Willard R. Brumbaugh, LUTCF
    Victorville CA 92392
    USA
    phone: 760-963-2016
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    Willard R. Brumbaugh, LUTCF, has been specializing in Life Insurance for over 40 years. He has been licensed in California since 1969 and holds the professional designation of Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow.

    Background - Mr. Brumbaugh entered the life insurance business in 1968 through New York Life in Oakland, CA. He became an independent life insurance agent in 1976 upon leaving Prudential Life. Since that time, he has served as an officer of two chapters of NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He also served as a moderator of the Life Underwriters Training Council.

    Consulting - Mr. Brumbaugh has served as an Insurance Consultant, answering questions on Life Insurance and Retirement Issues on the internet since February 2000. In his 48 years in the life insurance business, he is still actively engaged in the process of restoring financial freedom by removing the shackles of Qualified Plans. His articles on the subject have been published in InsuranceNewsNet Magazine.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Brumbaugh offers expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. His recent cases, settled out of court, involved Variable Insurance Policies and Agent Broker Standard of Care. Mr. Brumbaugh's services include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when necessary.
    6/14/2016 · Insurance
    Having spent over 45 years in the life insurance business, I had become frustrated with the books that I had been reading that promote permanent life insurance in a manner that I considered exaggerated or flawed. I shared my frustration with several people who responded by challenging me to write a response that says what should have been said by these other authors.

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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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    Vera F. Dolan, MSPH, FALU
    Principal
    6238 Belgium Drive
    Las Vegas NV 89122
    USA
    phone: 702-476-8500
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    Vera Dolan is an epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience in the life and health insurance industries. She is one of the leading mortality experts in the life insurance industry. She writes underwriting manuals and policy and procedure manuals for life and health insurance companies.

    Vera has testified in both state and federal court, and has been retained in over 100 cases since 2006 for plaintiffs and defense on an equal basis. She is very credible testifying in deposition and on the stand.

    * Life expectancies that are personalized and accurate to the standards of the life insurance and life settlement industries. Addresses the cases when life expectancies that are simply taken from a life table or estimated by a doctor, actuary or biostatistician are not sufficient or credible. Addresses the cases when a complete insight into the individual's medical conditions and/or personal history of high-risk behaviors is needed to assist the judge or jury in their decision. This information often decides the case, see article for details.

    * Expert in bad faith/wrongful denial of life/health insurance claims.

    * Expert in life/health insurance underwriting material misrepresentation.

    * Expert in medical risk assessment and underwriting issues.

    * Expert in life insurance underwriting policies and procedures.

    * Expert in epidemiology. Previous cases include infectious diseases, occupational and environmental exposures, pesticides and tobacco.

    * Approved life expectancy expert with the U.S. Department of Justice.

    * Active consultant to the life insurance industry conducting cohort mortality studies, and writing underwriting and policy and procedure manuals.

    * Over 100 articles published on mortality research and underwriting.

    * Friendly, clear, concise, objective and quantitative.

    * There is no charge for the initial phone consultation.

    * There is no charge for travel time.

    2/21/2013 · Life Expectancy
    The advantages of a life expectancy using life insurance underwriting and life settlement methods include:

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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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    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.

    11/20/2014 · Insurance
    The claims audit is the anathema of day-to-day claim operations. Nothing is more disruptive. Yet, if properly defined, nothing is more informative and helpful in improving a claim management program. This article will examine the need for a regular auditing program and provide a recipe for a three-dimensional approach to the process in order to maximize the accuracy of the audit results.

    Professional liability claim management is a unique area of insurance claim responsibilities. Indeed, there are as many ways to supervise, manage, and investigate professional liability claims as there are different lines of professional liability coverage. This article will address the key issues that are involved in the investigation and resolution of nonmedical and non-D&O claims under professional liability policies.

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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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    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
    View Ty Sagalow's Consulting Profile.

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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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    Janice A. Ramsay, JD
    Property Insurance Expert
    5 Saros
    Irvine CA 92603
    USA
    phone: 949-854-9375 or 949-400-5040 (cell)
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    Janice A. Ramsay founded the law firm of Ramsay and Johnson, ALC in 1984. She merged her practice and that firm with Berger Kahn LLC in 1999. Since the late fall of 2007, she has primarily worked independently as an expert witness and consultant to other attorneys.

    During her career, Ms. Ramsay has given advice on coverage questions, underwriting procedures, rescission rights, claims handling, and insurers legal and policy obligations. She is experienced with both commercial and personal lines policies. Ms. Ramsay is familiar with the business of insurance and the legal framework of that business and has performed the procedures that are unique to the claims process such as examinations under oath, and appraisals. She has drafted or revised insurance policies for several insurance companies and has handled coverage litigation.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Ramsay has been retained in over 150 matters as an expert work during her law practice beginning as early as 1989. She has testified frequently in both deposition and trial on the standards and practices of the insurance industry. She has testified for insurers, insureds,brokers, and agents.

    Types of Losses:
    • Fire Losses
    • Organized Insurance Fraud
    • Landslides
    • Earthquakes
    • Water Damage / Mold
    • Defective Construction
  • Latent Defects
  • Riots
  • Acts of Civil Authority
  • Business Interruption
  • Suit Limitation Issues
  • Mortgagee Rights
  • Speaking Engagements - Ms. Ramsay has frequently been a speaker and/or panelist for the Orange County Bar Association, PLRB Annual Conference, the Combined Claims Conference, and many more. She has also given in-house seminars for several insurers.
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    Jim Leatzow
    President
    1265 Pine Isle Road
    Three Lakes WI 54562
    USA
    phone: 715-546-3300
    fax: 715-546-4445
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    Jim Leatzow has 36 years of "hands-on" practical, property / casualty insurance agency experience. Leatzow has literally worn "every hat there is to wear in the P/C insurance business.

    He provides expert & arbitration services nationally & internationally with no charge for travel time. He is articulate, efficient & equally comfortable within the U.S. & in foreign venues.

    His experience includes:
  • 36 years of insurance industry experience
  • 30 years as a national, property/casualty insurance agency owner
  • 26 years as a national, property/casualty Managing-Underwriting General Agent MGA
  • 21 years as a national, Third Party Administrator (TPA) insurance/construction claim handler
  • 16 years as an active Reinsurance Company officer
  • Certified insurance & reinsurance arbitrator (U.S. / U.K. / Bermuda)
  • Certified commercial arbitrator globally (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators U.K.)
  • Licensed nation-wide for 25 years until 2005 (agency sold)
  • Recognized for the quality of his Rule 26 Reports on complex cases
  • History of representing both plaintiff & defense
  • No charge for travel time "coast to coast"
  • Leatzow's specialties include:

    Agent-Broker-Agency-MGA standard of care / Bad Faith / Broker E&O Claims / Coverage / Insurance placement / Agent - Broker custom & practice / Surety / Professional Liability / Adjudicating construction industry E&O claims / E&O / D&O / Claims-made coverage / Fronting / Claims-made trigger / Surplus Lines coverage / "Program" business / Underwriting / Licensing / Claims handling standard of care / Property / General Liability / Premises Liability / Products Liability / Off-shore placements / Arbitration
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