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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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T.R. Michaels Claim Consulting, LLC is a Property and Casualty Insurance firm offering:

Complex Claims Analysis, Negotiation, and Mediation for:
  • Law Firms that have asbestos, environmental, toxic tort or other long tail claims
  • Insured to determine the potential insurance coverage for claims against them
  • Insurance companies or insured to attend mediation
  • Mediation of claims between insurance companies or insurance companies and policyholders
Insurance Policy Interpretation and Retrieval:
  • Review of Insurance policies to determine coverage available
  • Search for and Assemble documents that provide evidence of insurance coverage
Claim File Audits for:
  • Reinsurance companies for pre-quote and at-risk claim audits
  • Corporations of third party administrators or insurance companies
  • Insurance companies of managing general agents or underlying carriers
Principal, 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.

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Dale R. Wheeler
PE
4910 Quality Drive
Fredericksburg VA 22408
USA
phone: 703-477-5928
fax: 703-794-1744
Dale Wheeler is licensed in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering, and is certified in Basic Code Enforcement / Building Inspection by the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA). He is published on fire safety in Atrium Buildings and in Exhibition Halls.

Mr. Wheeler's Areas of Expertise include:
  • Fire Protection System Design, installation and operation:
    - Fire detection
    - Smoke detection
    - Fire alarm
    - Central Station
    - Sprinkler systems
    - Fire suppression systems
    - Smoke control
  • Fire and Smoke Barriers
  • Building Code, Life Safety Code, and Fire Code Compliance
  • Fire Hazard, Building Materials, Fire Resistance Ratings
  • Fire Cause and Origin
  • Arson
  • Means of egress, egress signage, emergency lighting
  • Forensic Fire and Fire Systems Investigation
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David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA
Principal Consultant
#6 Office Park Circle, Suite 100
Birmingham AL 35223
USA
phone: 855-255-5353
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David Stegall is Principal Consultant of Risk Consulting & Expert Services, a nationwide, fee- for-service only, insurance and risk management consulting practice providing analysis, advice and professional services to commerce, industry and government.

Mr. Stegall holds a B.A. in Communications from Auburn University. He is President of the Society of Risk Management Consultants, Insurance Practice Director and Faculty Member of 86 Pillars, Member of the Board of Directors of Alabama Captive Association, Inc., an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, a Member of the Defense Research Institute, a Member of the Association of Registered Professional Adjusters and a Member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association.

He has been Designated as an expert on over 90 forensic case assignments, in over 32 State and 32 Federal Districts. He has provided over 70 Expert Opinion Reports, been Deposed over 40 times and testified in four Trials. Approximately 60% of cases were for the Defense and 40% for the Plaintiffs.
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Joe L. Williams, CPCU
Partner
4550 Post Oak Place Drive
Suite 227
Houston TX 77027
USA
phone: 713-275-4003
fax: 713-275-4004
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PozmantierWilliams Insurance Consultants, LLC is an Insurance / Risk Management firm that offers clients negotiating expertise and depth of knowledge to optimize their coverage while in many cases reducing costs.

Services Include:
  • Design / Implement / Audit Insurance / Risk Management Programs
  • Contractual Review and Recommendations
  • Lease Analysis
  • Broker Selection / Broker Services Review Advice
  • Competitive Marketing of Insurance Programs
  • Merger and Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Executive Insurance Review
  • Claims Services
  • Captive / Alternative Risk Planning Services
Joe L. Williams, CPCU, partner in PozmantierWilliams Insurance Consultants, LLC, has over 49 years of experience as an Insurance Agent / Broker and Insurance Consultant. From 1970 until 2007, he was a principal shareholder in a large Houston firm, Wisenberg Insurance + Risk Management, and was Chairman and CEO when the firm was sold to a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank.

Mr. Williams is very familiar with all phases of the insurance industry, including consulting on bad faith, customs and practices, and standards of care. He has particular expertise in property coverage, business interruption, non-subscription, and risk transfer techniques.

During the past several years, Mr. Williams has been a media contact for radio, television and news publications as an authoritative source of information about various insurance and risk management topics. He has taught numerous seminars on Business Insurance at the University of Houston. He has lectured and been a seminar leader on various insurance topics.

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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
Principal
USA
phone: 214-632-2788
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Olie R. Jolstad & Associates L.L.C. is an independent insurance and claims consulting firm representing both policyholders and insurance carriers in approximately 200 lawsuits. Our guiding principals are based on a careful review of the facts and evidence of individual cases, consistent with insurance industry customs, practices, and standards.

Olie R. Jolstad & Associates L.L.C. specializes in:
  • Commercial Insurance Coverage Analysis and Disputes
  • Insurance Claims Handling
  • Broker/Agent Standards of Care
Principal, 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 and forensic insurance policy reconstruction projects on behalf of policyholders.

His areas of skill, knowledge, and expertise include coverage disputes, unfair and deceptive claims, claim settlement acts and practices concerning general liability, property, commercial auto, personal lines, business interruption, builders’ risk, excess and umbrella liability, aviation, workers’ compensation, loss sensitive rating plans, professional liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, third-party claims administration, and Lloyd’s of London coverage and analysis.

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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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Marcum LLP is a dedicated Accounting, Tax, Business Advisory, Forensic Accounting, and Litigation Support firm that helps both private and public companies across a variety of industries manage their risk, litigation, compliance, financial reporting and productivity to achieve success in their markets.

Key Coleman, CPA, CFA, CPCU, ARe is a Director in the Insurance Disputes practice of Marcum. Serving the insurance and reinsurance industries, he is one of the few experts nationwide who holds both the CPA and the CPCU designations. Mr. Coleman's consulting services include:
  • Insurance Advisory Services
  • Reinsurance Services
  • TPA / MGA / MGU Audits
  • Ceding Company Audits
  • Forensic and Litigation Services
  • Financial Advisory and Risk Services
  • Business Advisory
  • Key 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). Mr. Coleman began his insurance career in industry where he worked more than eight years in reinsurance and direct underwriting management.

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    Richard J. Long, P.E.
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    Corporate Headquarters:
    5265 Skytrail Drive
    Littleton, CO 80123-1566
    CO, FL, GA, TX, KS, NC, DC, TN, KS, NV
    USA
    phone: (303) 972-2443
    fax: (303) 200-7180
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    Florida Office:
    Andrew Avalon, PE, PSP
    President
    8633 Willow Kane Court
    Orlando, FL 32835
    T: (407) 445-0825
    F: (407) 445-0821

    Long International provides expert claims analysis, dispute resolution, and project management services to the Process Plant Engineering and Construction industry worldwide. Our primary focus is on petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas production, mining/mineral processing, power, cogeneration, and other process plant and industrial projects. We also have extensive experience in hospital, commercial and industrial building, pipeline, wastewater, highway and transit, heavy civil, microchip manufacturing, and airport projects.

    Richard Long Richard J. Long, PE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long International has over 40 years of U.S. and international consulting experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration/litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering/construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. He has presented and published numerous articles on the subjects of claims analysis, entitlement issues, CPM schedule and damages analyses, cumulative impact claims, and claims prevention. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for 30 years, Mr. Long has served as the lead expert on over 300 projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$2 billion.



    Andrew AvalonAndrew Avalon, PE, PSP is President of Long International and has over 30 years of engineering, construction management and claims consulting experience. He is an expert in the preparation and evaluation of construction claims, insurance claims, schedule delay analysis, arbitration/ litigation support, and dispute resolution. Mr. Avalon has prepared more than 30 CPM schedule analyses, expert witness reports, and testified in deposition, mediation, and arbitration proceedings. In addition, he has published numerous articles on the subjects of CPM schedule delay analysis and entitlement issues affecting construction claims and is a contributor to AACE® International’s Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 for Forensic Schedule Analysis. He has served as a Project Manager on numerous claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$1 billion.



    W. Tom ThweattW. Tom Thweatt is a Senior Principal with Long International and has over 40 years of engineering, construction, and management consulting experience. He has extensive experience in major U.S. and international refining, chemical, petrochemical, offshore oil & gas development, pipeline, infrastructure, and thermal / hydroelectric power generation projects ranging from US$40 million to US$12 billion. He has worked extensively in projects that were executed by multi-national joint ventures on both the owner’s and the contractor’s sides. Mr. Thweatt has served on Joint Venture and Consortium Executive Committees and has participated directly in claims negotiations and settlement agreements in excess of US$100 million.

    3/12/2018 · Construction
    Contractor’s claim submittals and expert reports are often deficient in proving causation, i.e., the cause-effect linkage. These claims generally outline the owner-caused impacts and separately calculate quantum; however, the two are often not linked in any meaningful way. Most claims are settled prior to a decision by a panel, court, or board, and therefore these deficiencies are not made apparent. Yet, a well-prepared claim document which includes a persuasive and accurate causeeffect analysis can greatly improve the contractor’s chances of a successful recovery, either through negotiations or in arbitration/litigation. This analysis is difficult and often costly to prepare, and is therefore not performed in many disputes, which may be the reason why the claims fail.

    1/15/2018 · Construction
    The leader of a corporation or project is the individual who must ultimately be willing to take responsibility for results. Within the context of an organization or team made up of individuals, it is the collective performance of the individuals, as a team, that defines the results of the whole. While it can be said that the best motivation is internal motivation as opposed to external motivation, the leader is ultimately the one responsible for creating the conditions where motivation can thrive.

    11/13/2017 · Construction
    Time is money especially on engineering and construction projects. Because delays in the completion of the project usually result in increased owner, engineer, and contractor costs, the overall time of performance is vital to the financial success of the project. The importance of time is evidenced by the significant role played by CPM schedules, completion dates, and milestones in the bidding and awarding of engineering and construction contracts. The desire to minimize costs and the time of performance often causes the occurrence of acceleration.

    10/4/2017 · Construction
    In the construction industry, it is largely agreed that overtime work adversely affects labor productivity. However, there is no universally accepted method for estimating the resulting loss of productivity, and many of the studies commonly used to estimate such losses have been subject to criticism by industry experts and the courts.

    8/2/2017 · Construction
    The Collapsed As-Built Windows Schedule Analysis (AACE® International Recommended Practice 29R-03, Method Implementation Protocol 3.9) is a modeled, subtractive, multiple-base method. It is a retrospective CPM schedule analysis which is typically used to prove entitlement for compensable delay and assess concurrency of delay within a window of time. The analysis simulates the as-built conditions within a schedule window and then delays are removed from the CPM model. If the forecasted project finish date “collapses” but-for or absent compensable delays, then entitlement for compensable time-related costs can be demonstrated. This article addresses the usage of the Collapsed As-Built Windows protocol and the advantages and disadvantages of the methodology.

    9/27/2013 · Construction
    The "discrete damages/cost variance analysis method" for quantifying construction claim damages involves the specific distribution of all costs incurred on the project rather than quantifying only certain parts of the cost or damage analysis as may be used in the other methods.

    9/4/2013 · Construction
    ABSTRACT - This paper provides guidelines to commercial construction cost engineers for the development of a plan for obtaining and utilizing subcontractor cost information for use in bidding, procurement, scheduling, change order management, and claim management. The paper is based upon personal field experience gained in cost engineering, scheduling, bidding, planning, contracting, and claim analyses.

    8/13/2013 · Construction
    A component of a construction claim often relates to the cost, quantity, and quality of the materials that the contractor installed on a project. The contractor frequently purchases these materials and agrees to install the quantities of materials on a unit price basis, i.e., a unit price that includes both the cost of the materials and the cost to install them.

    12/17/2012 · Construction
    Most construction contracts, whether they are standard or customized forms, usually contain specific provisions related expressly to the process of giving "notice." The notice generally refers to an obligation on the part of the Contractor to notify the relevant party administering the contract, normally the architect, resident engineer, or owner's representative, of a claim or change event that gives rise to possible additional entitlement for time and/or cost.

    4/13/2012 · Construction
    The equitable allocation of responsibility for project delays is essential to the resolution of many construction disputes. Contractors frequently assert that they have been delayed for reasons beyond their control. Owners often remain unconvinced that the Contractor is legitimately entitled to a time extension or delay, acceleration and loss of productivity damages.

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    Lieberman Financial & Consulting Services, LLC
    Maurice Lieberman, CLU, ChFC, RHU, LUTCF
    127 Diablo Vista Court
    Concord CA 94520
    USA
    phone: (925) 685-5444
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    Lieberman Financial & Consulting Services, LLC provides high quality Financial Planning services and Insurance Investment to advice to clients in all walks of life. Principal, Maurice Lieberman, CLU, ChFC, RHU, LUTCF, has over 40 years of experience specializing in Life Insurance, Annuities, and Health Coverage.

    Mr. Lieberman also offers Financial Planning Workshops and conduct large and small group seminars. He provides individual and family financial counseling sessions to active duty members of the United States Military (all branches.)

    Mr. Lieberman holds three professional designations from the American College, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Registered Health Underwriter. He is a Life Insurance Training Council Fellow, and a member of the American College of Financial Services Professionals, Forensic Expert Witness Association, and the American College of Forensic Examiners International.

    Background Experience - Mr. Lieberman started as an insurance agent for Metropolitan Life and then advanced in his career to manage brokers. He successfully built agencies for Aetna, and Principal Financial Group. He was later promoted to Regional Director for New England Financial, and CSAA Life. Over the years he mentored hundreds of insurance agents, brokers, financial planners and agency managers to build their own successful careers and agencies. He was also a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and utilized his selling and management experience to train insurance agents, brokers and financial planners in advanced areas of estate, business insurance, and financial planning.

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    Jim Leatzow
    President
    1265 Pine Isle Road
    Three Lakes WI 54562
    USA
    phone: 715-546-3300
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    Jim Leatzow has 43 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:

    • 43 years national Property/Casualty insurance industry experience
    • 30 years national, Property/Casualty insurance Agency Owner
    • 23 years national, Property/Casualty Managing General Agent (MGA)
    • 21 years national, Third Party Administrator (TPA) insurance claim adjuster
    • 16 years Reinsurance Company Founder/President
    • Certified insurance Arbitrator (U.S. / U.K. / Bermuda)
    • Licensed in all states for 20-25 years until 2005 (agency sold)
    • Rule 26 Report specialization on complex cases
    • History of representing plaintiff & defense equally
    • No charge for travel time "coast to coast"


    Leatzow's specialties include: Agent-Broker-MGA standards of care / Bad Faith / Coverage    / Agent-Broker E&O Claims / Agent-Broker custom & practice / Professional (E&O) Liability / Claims adjusting Standard of Care / Claims-made coverage / Surplus Lines issues / Underwriting / Licensing / Property / General Liability /Aviation Insurance

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    Guy O. Kornblum
    1388 Sutter Street
    Suite 505
    San Francisco CA 94109
    USA
    phone: 415-440-7800 x2
    fax: 415-440-7898
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    Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for 40 years. He is certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a Fellow of the American College of Certified Attorney Specialists.

    Mr. Kornblum has handled over 4,000 litigated matters to conclusion and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit. He has represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations during his 40 plus years of practice in his 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.

    Areas of Practice:
    • Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Insurance Law
    • Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith Claims
    • Medical and Legal Malpractice
  • Punitive Damage Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Class Actions
  • Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Guy Kornblum is 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. He is also a Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary, a Platinum Member of The Verdict Club, recognized for his “professional excellence in litigation,” and is a Legends Society “Top Lawyer” in the personal injury field and a Silver Member of the Elite Lawyers of America.

    Mr. Kornblum is the author of: Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement, published by the Thomson West Publishing Company and American Association for Justice, Second Edition, 2013; and co-author of Litigating Insurance Claims: Coverage, Bad Faith and Business Disputes (Wiley & Sons, 1991); and the California Practice Guide: Bad Faith (The Rutter Group, 1986). He also is a contributing author to the California Continuing Education of the Bar’s “Alternative Dispute Resolution in California,” which was published in 2005. He has authored over 200 published articles on trial practice, discovery, civil procedure, and insurance law and related topics.

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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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    Keith C. Madigan, PE
    100 West Road, Suite 300
    Towson MD 21204
    USA
    phone: 410-527-1983
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    K.C. Madigan & Associates, LLC is a service company, dedicated to providing specialized Engineering, Construction Management, and Facilities Management services to design, construction, real estate, banking, and legal firms.

    K.C. Madigan & Associates has extensive experience on a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and multi-family assignments. Their technical staff averages over 30 years of industry experience and has completed assignments on a nationwide and international basis.
      Construction Management Services: Cost Estimating / Budget Reviews, Project Management / Contract Administration, Construction Monitoring, Value Engineering / Constructability / Peer Reviews, LEED Commissioning, Expert Witness and Litigation Support

      Facilities Management Services: Property Condition Assessments, Building Envelope / Roof Evaluations, ADA / Fair Housing Act Compliance Assessments, Construction Defect - Forensic Engineering Investigations, Expert Witness and Litigation Support

      Energy Services: Energy Benchmarking, Energy Star Evaluations/Certifications, Energy Audits, Retro-Commissioning, LEED Engineering Support
    Principal, Keith C. Madigan, PE, is an Engineering and Construction Management expert with over 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry including roles with consultants, contractors, developers, and building owners.

    Mr. Madigan holds the following certifications: CSI-Construction Documents Technologist, ASHRAE-Building Energy Assessment Professional, ASHRAE-Building Commissioning Professional, LEED AP-BD+C, and LEED AP O+M. He is a licensed professional engineer in NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, TX, IL, MI, FL, CT, and CO.

    Mr. Madigan provides engineering, construction, and facility management consulting services for commercial, industrial, and multi-family properties. He is experienced in construction management support, property condition assessments, building envelope evaluations, feasibility studies, forensic investigations and expert witness support, building code consulting, and LEED / green building consulting.

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    Maritime / Marine Insurance Expert
    Available Nationally and Internationally
    Richmond VA 23233
    USA
    phone: 804-929-2224
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    James D. Jones, MBA, ARM, is a Maritime and Marine Insurance Expert with over 48 years of domestic and international experience in Insurance Underwriting, Risk Management, Marine Brokerage, and Marine Claims Resolution and Negotiated Settlements.

    Background Experience - Mr. Jones graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, held third mate license for any tonnage any ocean, as well as rank of Ensign in USNR. He has sailed merchant vessels to over 50 ports in over 20 countries, including break bulk vessels and tanker vessels. He has spent over four decades years serving as a senior marine insurance underwriter, risk manager, marine insurance broker, general insurance agency principal, consultant, sales manager, and as Executive Marine Claims Examiner for major firms. See full resume at www.MarineExpertWitness.com

    Mr. Jones created and taught several insurance, underwriting, and claims courses at two major insurance firms. He has delivered dozen of speaking presentations at regional and national venues for the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, National Association of Marine Surveyors, both of the Ft. Lauderdale & Tampa Bay Mariners Clubs the American Conference Institute Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims & Litigation, as well as creating numerous training videos and in-house workshops for major insurance firms. He is currently an active member of both NYC professional organizations - The Maritime Law Association of the United States and The Society of Maritime Arbitrators.

    Litigation Support - James D. Jones provides expert witness, mediation, and arbitration services relating to both General and Maritime Exposures and available on both a national and international basis. His services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has recently testified successfully in 5 out of 5 complex maritime cases.

    Mr. Jones is experienced in Marine and Vessel Insurance issues as well as general Personal and Business Exposures related to claims such as: Slips and Falls, Bodily Injury, Amputations, Scaring, Disfigurements, Death, Maritime Disability, Marine Insurance Terminology, Drilling Rigs, Tugs and Barges, Blue and Brown Water Vessels, Research Vessels, River and Ocean Maritime Exposures, US Coast Guard Rules of the Road, Ferries, RORO and Passenger Vessels, Crew Service Boats, Yachts, Pleasure Craft, Sailboats, Marine Exhibitions, Regattas, Special Maritime Events, Naval Battle Re-creations, Fishing Tournaments, Sea Scouts Organization events, and Vessel refurbishment and overhaul exposures.
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    Janice A. Ramsay, JD
    Property Insurance Consultant
    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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    Steven Plitt
    Senior Member
    The Cavanagh Law Firm
    1850 N. Central Avenue
    Suite 2400
    Phoenix AZ 85004
    USA
    phone: 602-333-4038
    fax: 602-322-4100
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    Steven Plitt Liability Insurance Expert PhotoFor 34 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 thousands of 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 hundreds of cases nationally. 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 in 32 states, the Intermediate Appellate Courts in 23 states, 10 of the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, 54 Federal District Courts, the Federal Court of Claims and Federal Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Plitt has been cited in the Code of Federal Regulations. Mr. Plitt has also been cited in 91 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.
    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.
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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.
    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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