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Bob Lawson, Securities Expert & FINRA Arbitrator
Securities Fraud Investigator
3800 American Boulevard West
Suite 1110
Bloomington MN 55431-4460
USA
phone: 800-741-0704
fax: 952-835-1504
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Bob Lawson Wealth Manager Expert PhotoCertified Fraud Examiner LogoBob Lawson, AIF®, CFE®, RFC®, LUTCF is a Securities Expert Witness and Wealth Manager serving both claimants and respondents in FINRA arbitration, mediation and court settings. Bob Lawson has over 32 years of experience with securities, investments, insurance, and commodities as a financial adviser, supervisor, and managing principal. He has conducted over 500 presentations, classes, and workshops on financial matters for industry professionals, adult education, and retail investors. He is an articulate and persuasive presenter with a thorough understanding of FINRA and SEC Rules and Regulations. He proudly serves as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, ERISA (3)-21 Investment Fiduciary, Certified Fraud Examiner and Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. - Arbitration & Mediation.

Bob’s expertise lies in meticulously analyzing compliance manuals, correspondence, exchange rules, industry norms, and internal policies which are relevant to the particular case. He understands the ethical issues that frequently arise and will identify specific rules, laws, and regulations from Federal, State, and SRO’s where violations may have occurred.

Bob is uniquely positioned to to assist investment adviser and broker-dealer clients, as well as State and Federal Regulators, with matters throughout the litigation life cycle from a pre-litigation complaint, mediation, through testifying at a hearing.

Bob is focused on providing exceptional written reports, depositions, direct testimony, cross-examination, and litigation support. He has completed specialized expert witness and fraud training from prominent organizations and experts on relevant subject matter.

Firms that retain him will receive unbiased advice supported by extensive and detailed research and not subjective hypothetical theories.

Areas of Expertise:
  • FINRA & SEC Regulations
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Promissory Notes
  • Securities Fraud Investigations
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Options, Stocks & Bonds
  • Due Diligence
  • FINRA Arbitration
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Economic Damages & Losses
  • Employment Discrimination & Termination
Services:
  • Litigation Consulting
  • Unbiased Case Analysis
  • Discovery Review & Recommendations
  • Portfolio Risk Reports
  • Securities Fraud Investigation
  • Damage Calculations
  • Expert Testimony
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9/23/2015 · Finance
I receive phone calls throughout the year from attorneys who have taken on their first FINRA case and they frequently are unaware how the FINRA Dispute Resolution process differs from other venues. I thought it would be helpful to provide a quick overview for new participants and a refresher for those more experienced securities attorneys on how the FINRA Arbitration and Mediation process works.

8/26/2015 · Finance
In FINRA-related cases many attorneys see discovery requests objected to by opposing counsel. Typically, opposing counsel objects to discovery requests citing that items requested are either "overly broad, vague, or ambiguous", or "impermissible per FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure". However, despite opposing counsel's reasoning, many objections to discovery requests are irrelevant and do not hold up in regard to FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure. Attorneys should not be intimidated or discouraged by these objections, but rather should understand that FINRA's guidelines concerning arbitration allow for most applicable and reasonably obtainable discovery information to be delivered.

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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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Jane Marie Downey, M.Ed, ARM
President
240 Dechert Dr.
King of Prussia PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, CA 19405
USA
phone: 610-825-3705 (Office) or 610-275-9430 (Cell)
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Jane Marie Downey, M.Ed, ARM, has 30 years of experience in Risk Management and Property, Casualty, and Professional Liability Insurance. A well-known risk management consultant, leadership trainer, and frequent public speaker, she provides risk consulting, insurance broker management, outsourced risk management, as well as leadership and team training.

Background - Ms. Downey’s corporate experience includes risk management positions with IU International, PaineWebber Group, Inc., and The West Company. She also worked as an Account Executive in insurance brokerage with the Hobbs Group. She taught Risk Management at Temple University's Fox School and Crisis Management at Penn State's Graduate Program. She currently teaches Continuing Educations courses for agents and attorneys for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.

Litigation Support - Ms. Downey has provided expert opinions on policy language, coverage disputes, brokerage standard of care and other related issues. She has successfully provided litigation support, testimony, and expert opinions in 30 legal actions. Ms. Downey Jane has represented both insureds and insurers and clients and brokers.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Property Insurance
  • Trucking Insurance
  • Insurance Carrier Bad Faith
  • Broker / Agent Liability
  • Financial Institutions Coverage
  • Directors and Officers Liability Insurance
  • Pollution Coverage
  • Workers Compensation / Employers Liability Insurance
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    Charles W. Leggette
    Chief Actuary
    6828 Hyde Park Dr.
    Dallas TX 75231
    USA
    phone: 214-448-7146
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    Charles W. Leggette, Principal and Chief Actuary of Dallas Actuaries, Inc, is an active participant in governmental affairs for his profession, most recently serving on the United States Department of Labor, Regional Advisory Board.

    Mr. Leggette is a Fellow by examination of the American Society of Pension Actuaries. The Treasury Department Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries has admitted him to practice before the Treasury and Labor Departments. In 1978, Mr. Leggette served as the Society’s representative on Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Committee on Pension Policy. He was appointed by the Treasury Department to the Joint Board for Enrollment of Actuaries Advisory Committee on Examinations. Mr. Leggette has served as Chairman of the Pension Actuarial Society’s Education and Examination Committee. In 1980, he was admitted to the American Academy of Actuaries. One year later, he was elected President of the American Society of Pension Actuaries.

    Charles Leggette has provided Litigation Support Services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense for over 35 years. He is qualified to testify in both State and Federal court.

    Main Areas of Litigation Support:
    • Pensions - Design of Plan
    • Pension Admission Regulations
    • Compliance / Tax Issues
    • Pension Schemes
    • Insurance Related Matters
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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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    Mark Johnson, JD, PhD
    President
    1450 Hughes Rd
    Suite 120
    Grapevine TX 76051
    USA
    phone: 817-909-0778
    fax: 817-788-1399
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    Mark Johnson, JD, PhD, is a Pension Expert and an ERISA Benefits consultant with over 30 years of experience. He is also a licensed attorney in Texas and is a Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, as designated by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    Dr. Johnson served as a former Plan Administrator, Fiduciary, ERISA Compliance Officer, and Managing Director of Benefits and Pensions for American Airlines, a unionized Fortune 500 company. During this time, he managed ERISA plans covering more than $14 billion in assets and over 100,000 participants, as well as welfare plans covering 350,000 employees and their dependents. Mr. Johnson understands the nuances of ERISA because he made decisions every day regarding pension, life, health, long term disability, and other qualified and non-qualified benefits.

    Litigation Support - As an active ERISA litigation consultant, Dr. Johnson sees how disagreements ranging from individual benefit claims to class action fiduciary liability litigation are resolved in court. He serves as an expert witness for plaintiff or defense attorneys in litigation relating to:
    • ERISA
    • 401(k) Fiduciary Liability
    • Cash Balance conversion
    • Company Stock Drop
    • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)
    • FINRA Arbitration
    • Group Life & Health Plan Benefits
    • Health Plan Reimbursement Levels
  • Labor Union Pensions
  • Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits
  • Pension Benefits in Bankruptcy
  • Pension or 401(k) Plan Expenses
  • Retiree Medical Plans
  • Severance Benefits
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Third Party Administrator Disputes
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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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    Mitchell Lathrop, JD, C.Arb, FCIArb
    600 W. Broadway
    Suite 500
    San Diego CA 92101
    USA
    phone: 619-985-8262
    fax: 619-226-2762
    Mitchell L. Lathrop, C.Arb., FCIArb has over 45 years of experience in the practice of law, and specialized knowledge in Insurance, Reinsurance, and Lawyers' Professional Responsibility. For the past 30 years, Mr. Lathrop has served as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Expert Witness in his fields of expertise. A seasoned trial lawyer, he brings his many years of practice to alternative dispute resolution.

    Mr. Lathrop is admitted to practice in California, New York and the District of Columbia, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits. He is also admitted in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Southern District of Texas, and the District of Columbia. Mr. Lathrop is a former Presiding Referee of the California State Bar Court.

    Mr. Lathrop, Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is available as a neutral or counsel for domestic and international arbitrations. He serves on the National Panel of the American Arbitration Association and is a Distinguished Neutral of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), and a Certified Arbitrator of the AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society - US (ARIAS-US). Mr. Lathrop is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and also serves on the panels of arbitration organizations in Australia, Austria, Dubai, Egypt, India, Japan, Maylasia and Switzerland.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Reinsurance Law - Property and Casualty insurance
    • Life, Accident and Health Insurance
    • Treaty and Facultative Reinsurance
    • Environmental Insurance
    • Coverage Issues
    • Lawyers' Professional Responsibility
    Mitchell L. Lathrop
    Whether you represent the insurer or the insured, the potential costs can run into the millions if your client is found liable. To help you effectively represent your client, this comprehensive, two-volume treatise will walk you through the complexities of environmental insurance coverage.
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    901-1851 Sherbrooke east
    Montreal H2K4L5
    Canada
    phone: 514-738-6476
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    François Sestier, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACC, CIME, is a Cardiologist and Life Expectancy Calculation expert. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of medicine, 29 years as an Adult Cardiologist in the cath lab and 30 years as an Insurance Medical Officer.

    Education - Dr. Sestier graduated from medical school in Nancy, France, 1967, where he obtained certification in Cardiology, Pneumology, Occupational Medicine, and Aeronautical Medicine. In Canada, since 1973, he obtained a Quebec certification in cardiology (CSPQ), and a fellowship in cardiology of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPc). Dr. Sestier also obtained a PhD in Experimental Medicine (McGill, 1977).

    Experience - Dr. Sestier has been a staff cardiologist at CHUM, Hôtel-Dieu, Montreal, medical director of Quebec Blue Cross since 1985 and medical director and vice-president of OptimumRe since 2002. He received certifications from the American Board of Insurance Medicine (1995) and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (2011). As a medical officer for various insurance companies, he has reviewed over 1,000 applications for life Insurance, giving advice on the Mortality and Life Expectancy associated with the applicant's medical conditions.

    Dr. Sestier - Life Expectancy Calculation


    Litigation Support - Dr. Sestier's medico-legal advice is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has performed life expectancy calculations for litigation purposes on topics as diverse as traumatology, traumatic brain injury, cognitive impairment, spinal cord injury, morbid obesity, diabetes, many different cardio-vascular pathologies, sudden death, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, sleep apnea, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis B and C, and all kinds of cancers.

    Areas of Litigation Expertise:
    • Disability Assessment
    • Permanent Disability Eligibility
    • Medical Liability
    • Insurance Médicine
    • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Life Expectancy Calculations
  • Work Life Expectancy calculation
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    Steven A. Eisenberg
    Consulting Actuary & Owner
    1136 Old Roswell Rd
    Roswell GA 30076
    USA
    phone: 404-307-9861
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    Steven Eisenberg Insurance Actuary Expert PhotoSteven A. Eisenberg, FSA, MAAA has over 45 years actuarial experience. He offers litigation support nationwide with regard to personal injury and wrongful death economic damages, appropriate mortality, life expectancy (note: population tables, that have not been modified by an actuary for lifestyle, chronic illnesses, family history, result in unreasonably long life expectancies), interest (discount) rates, future increases in income (note: historical experience indicates that wage inflation rates are lower than discount rates). His litigation support also includes life insurance product design and pricing, compensation, illustrations, administration and management services, policyholder tax issues, and product appropriateness.

    Background Experience - Throughout his career, Mr. Eisenberg worked extensively in litigation support as an expert witness including actuarial design, administration and illustration of various life insurance and annuity products, both traditional and non-traditional, universal life (or excess interest products), and both general account and separate account variable insurance products. His expert work includes pricing these products and developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (e.g. mortality and life expectancy, interest and discount rates, agent or broker compensation and expense assumptions).

    He is also a co-inventor of several patents dealing with financial derivatives(swaps) relating to longevity and mortality mitigation.

    In 1986, Mr. Eisenberg pioneered the development of large case COLI and BOLI and unwind strategies that are still used today. He is a renown expert in designing, developing, and evaluating Bank owned life insurance (BOLI) and Corporate owned life insurance (COLI) programs for insurance companies, banks, other financial institutions, brokers and litigation clients. This includes developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (mortality and longevity, lapses and surrenders, expenses, taxes, interest and discount rates, compensation, policy dividends and life insurance company profitability and investment exposure (disintermediation)). He also developed administrative procedures, sophisticated illustration systems (for example, utilization of policy loans and partial surrenders) and insurable interest issues. His expertise includes policy owner tax issues (e.g. Section 264, 7702, 7702A, 1035) and legislative changes. He has evaluated the appropriateness of these products (general or separate account including stable value) for corporate and bank policy owners, including the accounting and financial impact to the policy owners.

    Mr. Eisenberg is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1973) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (1975). He has served as an Instructor of Actuarial Science at Georgia State University and delivers lectures and seminars to associations throughout the United States.

    His services are offered to clients nationwide.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Eisenberg currently provides expert litigation support for all aspects of life insurance and personal injury. He is a renowned expert in:
    • COLI / BOLI Product Design
    • Assumptions & Contracts
    • Tax History
    • Broker
    • Consultant
    • Third Party Administrator
  • Marketing and Administration
  • Compensation and Standards of Practice
  • Benefit Funding and Financial Analysis
  • life settlement
  • Loss Determination
  • Personal Injury economic Damages
  • Life Expectancy and Mortality
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    Theodore E. Affleck, CLU
    403 Cedar Street
    Newington CT 06111
    USA
    phone: 860-667-7232
    fax: 860-667-7292
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    Theodore E. Affleck, CLU has over 40 years of experience in the Life Insurance Business, including 3 years as an agent and agency supervisor. Mr. Affleck has seen every aspect of life insurance product design, sales illustration, marketing strategy, and competitive analysis.

    Mr. Affleck provides consulting services and expert witness testimony to attorneys who are involved in legal actions relating to life Insurance Illustrations, Product Performance, Design Features, and Sales Practices. For 14 years, he has analyzed legal cases from the perspectives of both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Affleck has been retained as an expert in 65 cases.

    Expert Witness Cases Include:
    • Product Design Issues - Incorrectly Issued Policy, Insufficient Disclosure of Complicated Survivorship Product Design, Faulty Operation of Policy’s Disability Waiver Benefit
    • Class Actions - State and National Misrepresentation of "Vanishing Premiums"
    • Sales Illustration Misrepresentations - "Minimum Deposit," Impact of Policy Loan on Section 1035 Exchange, UL Policy Illustrated under Controversial Split Dollar Premise, Survivorship Variable UL, Inadequate Disclosure of Lapse Provision
    • Policy Replacements - Excessive Multiple Replacements, Improper Replacement & Counterintuitive Lapse Provision, Grossly Distorted Premium Requirement
    • Risk Classification Issues - Juvenile Insureds Treated as "Smokers," "Uninsurable" Survivorship Replacement
    • Company Communication Issues - Failure Update Universal Life Additional Premium Requirements, Insufficient Notice of Policy Status in Annual Reports, "Vanishing Premium" Plan
    [NOTE: In view of his past employment with Connecticut Mutual (and with MassMutual after the merger in 1996), Mr. Affleck will not accept employment on behalf of plaintiffs in any cases brought against MassMutual or any of its affiliated or predecessor companies.]

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    Scott J. Witt, FSA, MAAA
    6010 Preston Lane
    New Berlin WI 53151
    USA
    phone: 414-525-8212
    fax: 414-433-1864
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    Scott J. Witt, FSA, MAAA has over 18 years of experience as an Actuary in the Insurance Industry. He maintains the highest actuarial designations, FSA (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries) and MAAA (Member of the American Academy of Actuaries).

    One of the nation's only fee-only life insurance advisors, Mr. Witt serves clients throughout the U.S. including attorneys, financial planners, individuals, banks, business owners, accountants, and trustees of insurance trusts. He is compensated on a fee-only basis, allowing him to serve in a true fiduciary capacity for his clients. Because he has no financial stake in the decisions his clients make, there is no conflict of interest in his recommendations.

    Mr. Witt's litigation support services include expert analysis, reports, and testimony regarding a vast array of life insurance topics. He performs Monte Carlo simulations to demonstrate the impact of volatility on any statistical process. Mr. Witt has been retained multiple times as an expert for Plaintiffs and multiple times as an expert for Defendants in cases that were settled after the completion of his expert report and prior to his testimony. His services are also available for mediation and arbitration.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Policy Suitability
    • Variable Life Analysis
    • Evaluation of Statements by Salespeople
    • Replacement Appropriateness
    • Life Settlement Decisions
    • Insurance Schemes
    • Damage Calculations
  • Policy Valuations
  • Insurance Appraisals
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Financial Analysis
  • Life Expectancy & Mortality
  • Risk Management
  • Marketing
  • Recent Case Sample:
    • 2010, French et al. v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., Case No. 06-CV-00869, US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. Defense expert. Case alleged improper replacement of life insurance policies
    • 2012, First Command Financial Services, Inc. and First Command Financial Planning, Inc. v. James S. Agostini et al., Cause No. 48-259234-12, 48th Judicial District, Tarrant County, Texas. Defense expert. Case involved insurer attempting to block agents from selling in same territory; involvement was focused on sales techniques and quality of permanent life insurance policies that were impetus for agents’ departure
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    4/24/2015 · Insurance
    I recently worked with an elderly woman (who I will call Beatrice) to evaluate whether or not the variable annuity she purchased less than a year ago was a good buy.

    6/16/2014 · Insurance
    When thinking about life insurance, consider three realities:

    5/16/2014 · Insurance
    Wanting a second opinion from someone that doesn't have an inherent conflict of interest - independence is the single greatest asset that a fee-only insurance advisor brings to the table, and because such an advisor is only compensated directly for the advice given and not based on the decisions the consumer makes, there is not an inherent conflict of interest - those conflicts are evident with anyone that is compensated on anything other than a fee-only basis for the advice given.

    4/21/2014 · Insurance
    Despite the best efforts of companies and agents throughout the industry, Long-Term Care insurance (LTC) policy sales have yet to blossom as much as the industry had hoped and predicted. As the Baby Boomers continue to move through the "sweet spot" of the target market for LTC, companies will no doubt redouble their efforts in pushing LTC. Two obvious questions arise. First, is LTC right for you or your client, given the particular financial circumstances, family circumstances, and family history? Second, even if it is determined that LTC makes sense, how do you wade through the myriad of companies and policy options that are available and determine the best fit?

    3/13/2014 · Insurance
    Fee-only insurance advisors serve in a true fiduciary capacity for their clients, providing independent, unbiased advice. These advisors receive no other form of compensation other than the hourly fees paid by their clients. They do not receive compensation from insurance products that their clients may decide to purchase, nor do they receive any financial incentives from steering clients toward a particular agent or company. Other than providing clients with the most knowledgeable and expert advice possible, fee-only advisors have absolutely no vested interest in the insurance decisions their clients make.

    2/10/2014 · Insurance
    Without an advocate that is looking out for their best interests, life insurance consumers are at the mercy of their life insurance agents and the companies they represent. Even the most well-intentioned agents suffer from an inherent conflict of interest, as agents derive their compensation from the products they sell. A closer look at a number of areas reveals how damaging this can be to life insurance consumers:

    1/8/2014 · Insurance
    Do you reside in Garrison Keillor's fabled Lake Wobegon? Those who own a cash value life insurance policy probably do - and probably don't even realize it! In Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." And any life insurance policy purchased in Lake Wobegon is no doubt better than average as well!