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Tommy R. Michaels, CPCU, AIC, ARe, ARM
PO Box 5236
Williamsburg VA 23188
USA
phone: 860-656-6430
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Tommy R. Michaels, CPCU, AIC, ARe, ARM is an Insurance Professional with over 45 years of experience in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry.

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

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

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

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

Areas of Expertise:
  • Claim Handling Standards
  • Bad Faith Conduct
  • Coverage Interpretation
  • Insurance Carrier Duties
  • Claim Settlement Negotiations
  • General Liability Insurance
  • Automobile Insurance / Uninsured Motorists
  • Homeowner's Insurance
  • Environmental Liability Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
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    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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    Daryll W. Martin, JD, MBA
    President
    115 Bingham Ridge Drive
    Pittsboro NC 27312
    USA
    phone: 512-940-5140
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    Daryll W. Martin, JD, MBA has a unique professional experience as a Lawyer, Insurance Broker, and Insurance Brokerage Executive. Mr Martin has over 30 years of insurance experience, serving nearly half of that time as corporate counsel for two international brokers, and the other half of that time as a senior insurance brokerage executive. 

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

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:

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

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

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

    Mr. Jolstad has been retained as an expert and consultant where insurance coverage at issue involving:
    • General Liability Insurance
    • Commercial Property Insurance
    • Commercial Property Time Element and Extra Expense Coverage
    • Builders Risk / Construction
    • Construction Wrap-Up
    • Directors & Officers / Employment Practices Liability
    • Umbrella and Excess Liability and Duty Triggering Events
    • Aviation
    • Workers' Compensation
    With specific attention focused on:
    • Insurance Industry Customs, Practices, and Standards
    • Good Faith / Bad Faith Claims Handling Practices
    • Insurance Agent and Broker Standard of Care and Duty to Procure Insurance
    • Excess and Umbrella Duties / Exhaustion
    • Excess and Surplus Lines Coverage and Claims Handling
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    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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    Carla A. D'Andre, MBA, CPCU, CLU, ARe
    President
    3540 Loquat Ave
    Miami FL 33133
    USA
    phone: 305-200-3151
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    Carla A. D'Andre, MBA, CPCU, CLU, ARe, has over 42 years of experience. The past ten years as founder of two independent P&C and L&H independent insurance agencies, licensed in 50 states; and 32 years prior to that, as a Large Insurance Brokerage, Reinsurance, and Risk Management Specialist. She has worked with such companies as Aon, Willis, XL Capital, and Swiss Reinsurance Group in senior management, global sales and account management responsibilities with multiline experts in coverage, compliance, and regulation.

    Principal at D’Andre Insurance Group, Inc., the holding company of two independent insurance agencies, Ms. D'Andre provides litigation support services in the areas of Insurance, Risk Management and Industry Standards. She is available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense for review of complex insurance policies and processes, and industry standards including bad faith.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Alternative Risk transfer
    • Bad Faith
    • Captives
    • General Liability Underwriting
    • Global Account Exposure
    • Fire Claims/ Underwriting
    • Fraud
    • Managing General Agent/ Underwriter
    • Industry Standards and Practices
    • Insolvency
    • Insurance and Program Audits
    • Insurance Business Company Management
    • Policy Rescission
    • Stop Loss Structures
    • Producer Compensation / E&O
    • Product Development
    • Professional Liability
    • Program Business - claims, Underwriting
    • Property Claims, Underwriting
    • Workers Compensation- claims and underwriting
    • Property Coverage Interpretation
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Reinsurance
    • Restructuring
    • Risk Management
    • Run-off
    • Self–funding/ Self Insurance

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    Burl Daniel
    President
    4200 South Hulen, Suite 150
    Fort Worth TX 76109
    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
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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, Captive Underwriting, Professional Liability, Commercial Automobile, and Property Insurance. He has over 40 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 350 engagements. Mr. Bendure serves as a Pre-litigation Consulting Expert, a Policyholder Expert Witness, and an Insurance Defense Expert Witness. Mr. Bendure's particular area of expertise in the areas listed below is within the discipline of Underwriting and Insurance Coverage. He possesses specialized knowledge of Captive Insurance and commercial insurance as they relate to coverage issues, particularly within 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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    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