Mark A. Boyle, Program Co-Chair, is the managing shareholder of Boyle Leonard & Anderson PA. His current areas of practice include civil litigation, with a concentration in first and third party insurance disputes, including extra-contractual and bad faith matters. He represents corporate and individual policyholders in insurance and risk management counseling, claims presentation and litigation.
Wm. Cary Wright, Program Co-Chair, is Chair of Carlton Fields' Construction Practice Group and has extensive experience representing clients in construction disputes, including construction claims, defective products, water intrusion, construction liens, insurance coverage matters, risk management, bond claims and other contract disputes.
Rebecca C. Appelbaum is an attorney in the Tampa office of Gartner + Bloom PC. She primarily practices in the area of third-party liability coverage. She routinely addresses coverage issues found in construction defect, personal and advertising injury, professional liability and bodily injury matters.
William S. Berk is founding member of Berk, Merchant & Sims PLC, a Coral Gables firm concentrating in 1st and 3rd party coverage claims and litigation. He has tried myriad insurance cases in state and federal courts, and has handled state and federal appeals, including several seminal cases.
Jason Bloom, partner with Hamilton Miller & Birthisel LLP, has extensive experience representing insurers throughout the U.S. He has been involved in many significant coverage matters in all phases including during the pendency of the underlying lawsuit, defense and prosecution of declaratory actions, summary dispositions, and appeals of cases involving policy interpretation, coverage disputes, claims involving bad faith and/or extra-contractual exposure, as well as Uninsured and Underinsured motorists.
Amanda B. Buffinton is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Construction Litigation Practice Group. She specializes in the litigation and arbitration of complex claims related to professional negligence and design errors and omissions. She also regularly represents design professionals, contractors, owners and developers in various types of construction disputes.
Devon G. Coughlan is a partner with Conflict Solutions Inc. He specializes his mediation practice in the areas of national and international construction and insurance coverage disputes, with a focus on large, multi-party cases. He is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and credible large-case construction and insurance coverage mediators in the country.
Robert H. Friedman, founder of Friedman PA, is nationally-recognized as one of the leading Florida insurance lawyers exclusively representing policyholders. He acts as outside coverage counsel to some of the largest and most respected corporations in Florida and elsewhere in the United States and the world.
Christine A. Gudaitis is a shareholder in the law firm of Ver Ploeg & Marino PA, with offices in Miami and Orlando. She concentrates her practice in the area of insurance recovery and complex insurance coverage litigation, representing corporate policyholders in state and federal courts in Florida and nationwide.
Holly S. Harvey is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. She focuses her practice on insurance coverage and bad faith. She has more than 23 years of practice serving as coverage counsel in hundreds of high-risk claims, including construction defect cases, catastrophic losses and mass disasters.
Bruce C. King is a shareholder with Carlton Fields. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation and appeals and specializes in construction and surety cases. He has extensive experience representing owners, contractors, design professionals, insurers and sureties on complex construction projects.
Christopher T. Kuleba, attorney with Reed Smith LLP, is a commercial litigator whose nationwide practice focuses on insurance recovery litigation on behalf of corporate policyholders and insurance-related counseling.
Alex J. Lathrop, partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, is an accomplished litigator and skilled negotiator who helps corporate policyholders facing large and complex losses recover from their insurers. Representing companies in a wide array of industries with claims under every major form of insurance, he handles all phases of policyholder-side insurance litigation, from pre-suit investigation through trial.
Joseph R. Miele, Jr. is a partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP. For over 25 years he has represented insurers in coverage and claim handling disputes with particular expertise in construction defect, first-party losses, employment and environmental/toxic tort policy disputes.
Michel A. Morgan is a Senior Associate General Counsel at Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company where she oversees the resolution of various types of property damage claims within its Legal Department.
Scott P. Pence is a shareholder in the Tampa office of Carlton Fields where he is a member of the Construction Practice Group and the Real Estate and Finance Practice Group. His practice focuses primarily on representing developers, owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals.
Gary L. Smith, CPCU, AAI, is Vice President of the National Construction Accounts Division with Insurance Office of America, Inc. He directs the overall risk management resources for national account clients and is also one of the lead consultants in the consultant practice group.
Justin M. Thomas is a principal with Boyle Leonard & Anderson PA. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage disputes, insurance claim presentation, bad faith matters, commercial and business litigation, and real estate matters.
Lawrence M. Watson, Jr., a principal with Upchurch Watson White & Max, has practiced exclusively in litigation and alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis in complex multiparty, commercial problems and construction claims. He maintains a practice as a mediator and third-party neutral, designing, administering and executing a wide range of dispute resolution procedures.
Matthew B. Weaver is a partner at Reed Smith LLP. He is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on insurance coverage, unfair insurance practices, and insurer bad faith. He has represented corporate, municipal, and individual policyholders in insurance disputes of all types.