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Burl Daniel
3880 Hulen, Suite 410
Fort Worth TX 76107
phone: 817-980-4897
fax: 817-887-5231
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
    • 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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    phone: 215-736-2980
    fax: 215-736-2986
    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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    Don Green, Commander, USCG (Retired)
    8876 Gulf Freeway, Suite 120
    Houston TX 77017
    phone: 713-944-0966
    fax: 713-944-2546
    Donald J. Green, Commander, USCG (Retired) spent 23 years actively engaged in U.S. Coast Guard operations. Over the last decade, he has brought that experience to bear as a marine consultant, and expert witness. His company, KDON Marine Consulting is a network of qualified individuals with specialties that can address virtually any need.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation & Reconstruction
  • Commercial Damages
  • Contract Disputes
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death (Including Collisions, Grounding and Sinkings)
  • Commercial Vessel Operations (Including Investigations & Evaluation)
  • KDON, co-operating with the Houston Exam-Prep Center, offers training to help you prepare for Marine Licensing and Certification. Together, they provide courses in Coast Guard Safety Rules & Regulations, Safe Operating Practices, Navigation Rules & Regulations, Radar Use, and Vessel Manning.
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    Jim Leatzow
    1265 Pine Isle Road
    Three Lakes WI 54562
    phone: 715-546-3300
    fax: 715-546-4445
    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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    Capt. Mike Jacobs
    S. Douglas Devoy
    4544 Post Oak Place, Suite 160
    Houston TX 77027
    phone: 800-231-2375 or (713) 622-1633
    fax: 713-622-1644
    douglas devoyS. Douglas Devoy has over 30 years experience in Marine and Offshore Oil and Gas Industry acting as Senior Vice President / Director of Matthews-Daniel Company, Houston, Texas with worldwide group responsibility for Marine Surveys. He supervises staff and performs all types of Marine related Surveys including Wet and Dry Ocean Transport of Rigs, Structures, Modules and Equipment, Trip-in-Tow Surveys, Loss Investigations, Safety and Valuation Surveys or Marine Equipment and Warranty Surveys, and Location Approvals.

    Mr. Devoy has Coordinated Salvage Efforts and Negotiated Salvage Contracts on behalf of Underwriters and Owners. He has also supervised all aspects of Ocean Tows / Voyages including all Engineering Aspects. Adjusting Marine and Energy Related Losses.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Surveying of Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Marine Accident Investigation Naval Architecture
    • Marine Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
    • Accident Investigation and Loss Adjustment for Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Valuations for Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Assets

    mike jacobsMichael A. Jacobs has over 40 years experience in the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Industries including an Active Seagoing Career as an Deck Officer on Tankers and Bulk Carriers, Terminal Controller in a Container Terminal responsible for the Loading and Discharging of Ocean-Going Container Vessels, and Master / Offshore Installation Manager of Semi-Submersible Drilling Rigs. Capt.Jacobs is also a Marine Surveyor involved with all types of surveys in the offshore industry including Towages, Heavy Lift Transportation, Damage Surveys, Installation of Oil Related Structures, Modules and Equipment, Rig Move Attendance and Rig Location Approval.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Operations in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Admiralty; Accidents Involving Dock, Shipboard and Offshore Cranes
    • Anchor-handling, Towing and Mooring Incidents
    • Swing Rope and Personnel Basket Worker Transfer Accidents
    • Cargo and Cargo Container Damage
  • Pipeline Damage
  • Hurricane and Heavy Weather Damage
  • Mooring System Failures
  • Anchor-handling Operational Failures
  • Towing System failures
  • Rig Moves
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
  • Collision
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    David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA
    Principal Consultant
    #6 Office Park Circle, Suite 100
    Birmingham AL 35223
    phone: 855-255-5353
    David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA, has been in the property and casualty insurance industry for 35 years. He has been a local agent, a regional, national and international broker, a wholesale broker, an underwriter and a reinsurer. In 2007 he began serving as an insurance and risk management consultant to commerce, industry and government and as an expert witness in litigation.

    He holds a BA in Communications from Auburn University. His professional designations include: Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) since 1988, an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) since 1991, an Associate in Reinsurance (Are) since 1999 and a Registered Professional Adjuster (RPA) since 2008. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Risk Management Consultants, a member of Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters and the Registered Professional Adjusters Association.

    David is also a faculty member of 86 Pillars LLC, a Gerson Lehrman Group Consultant, a Thomson Reuters Westlaw Round Table Group Expert, a Guidepoint Global Advisor and a Defense Research Institute Expert Witness.
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    David R. Blancett
    8840 Shining Oceans Way
    Columbia MD 21045
    phone: 757-650-2488
    Dave BlancettDavid R. Blancett is an Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFCPE) who specializes in Yacht Lending . As a past president of the National Marine Bankers Association with over 30 years of experience in the marine industry, he has directed the purchase and sale of yacht loan portfolios, developed credit review procedures for yacht lenders, coordinated the foreclosure and liquidation of large yachts and managed yacht loan credit analysts and originators. Mr. Blancett retired from Wachovia Bank as a Senior Vice President and President of their First New England Financial yacht lending subsidiary in 2002.

    Mr. Blancett's experience includes the design and management of national marine lending programs for First National Bank of Chicago and John Deere Credit, direction of due diligence and bid formation for the acquisition and disposition of several multimillion dollar yacht loan portfolios, formation of audit and credit review procedures, and coordination of the foreclosure and liquidation of large yachts. While at John Deere Credit, he held credit authority for loan requests up to $750,000 and regularly presented and sponsored yacht loans up to $5,000,000.

    Mr. Blancett provides litigation support to insurance companies and to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His services are available both nationally and internationally. Mr. Blancett's areas of specialization include:
    • Loan Documentation and Insurance Issues
    • Sales Due Diligence Issues
    • Foreclosure, Repossession, and Liquidation Issues
    • Yacht Broker Standard of Care Issues
    • Vendor Negotiation Issues
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    11/4/2013 · Banking
    One of your best clients calls and says "I am buying a large yacht. Because you have all of my other banking relationships, I would like you to finance it for me. Will there be any problems with that?"

    "Esteemed member, David R. Blancett is an Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFCPE) with over 30 years of experience in the Banking Marine industry focusing on Yacht Lending & Valuation. Principal at Yacht Risk Management, LLC, he provides Expert Witness and Consulting services to lenders, attorneys, insurance companies, and other professionals"