I have a great deal of experience mediating claims for personal injury. During my more than 25 years as a trial lawyer, I represented people who had been hurt in car crashes, bitten by dogs, injured by defective products and by professional negligence/malpractice.. Because these cases almost always involve insurance, they present unique challenges for the mediator; my experience as a litigator and a mediator make me eminently qualified to help resolve these often difficult cases.
In 2004 and again in 2005, Florida was hit by major hurricanes that resulted in more than 1.5 million total insurance claims. As a result, the State of Florida looked to the non-profit Collins Center for Public Policy to develop a mediation program to give homeowners, condominium associations, commercial property owners and the insurance industry a process that would help resolve their disputed claims. I was selected to join the Collins Center’s panel of mediators and mediated more than 500 claims in South and Southwest Florida. Those claims involved complex insurance issues, claim adjusting disputes and powerful emotions. Despite the inherent difficulties, the program had a settlement rate of nearly 90%. I am a certified umpire for the Windstorm Insurance Network.
I have served on the National Panel of Mediators In re: The Prudential Insurance Company of America Sales Practices Litigation, Class Action ADR Process, another program administered in Florida by the Collins Center. I have also mediated a significant number of insurance bad faith claims.