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Scott E. Bushnell

Mr. Bushnell is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience providing Forensic Accounting services through national and global professional services firms. Know as the “numbers guy” his professional expertise covers Business Interruption Claims, Economic Damage Analysis, and Fraud Investigations. Mr. Bushnell has advised clients in mediation, arbitration and appraisal as a third…

The Business Behind Business Interruption, A Forensic Accountant’s Approach to BI Claims.

Preparing business interruption claims takes thoughtful planning and insightful
analysis, clearly communicated to all of the parties involved in the claims process. One
of the most important factors is the breadth and depth of analyzing relevant financial
information related to interrupted business operations. Although this may seem like an
intuitive step, there is often a gap between the internally prepared financial information
and the analysis to determine lost profits. Application of due diligence results in a
smooth claim process, quicker payment from the insurer and a fair and equitable
recovery.

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Akos Swierkiewicz

Akos Swierkiewicz has over 47 years of experience in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance underwriting, management, company startup, marketing and product research and development. He founded IRCOS, LLC in 2000 to provide property and casualty insurance and reinsurance consulting and outsourcing services, including company startup and runoff, arbitration, mediation and expert witness services, feasibility…

Danette Leonhardi

Ms. Leonhardi is a highly accomplished claim professional with proven success in both insurance and reinsurance claim management. Presently, she owns and operates two claim management services: Puget Sound Claim Consulting (PSCC) and Puget Sound Risk & Insurance Consulting (PSRIC), both based in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Leonhardi provides expert witness testimony on claim handling industry…

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David Mandt

Dave has been retained in over 150 cases as a consulting or testifying expert on insurance claim handling standards and practices in both state and federal courts in a variety of jurisdictions, both at deposition and trial. He has been qualified to testify in Washington and Oregon state courts and the United States District Courts…

The Problem of Relationship Inertia with the Reinsurance Broker

For many small to mid-sized companies there is the overriding element of misplaced trust in the broker and a gross misunderstanding of their own duties.

Looking Behind the Curtain

I have not figured out why reinsurance is not fully regulated, as is insurance. I have heard the logic that the parties to the contract are equally sophisticated, and therefor no regulation is necessary. The problem with that logic is that it assumes a premise that is false. Many of the parties do not have equal bargaining power; they are not equally qualified to enter into the transaction and there are no real arms length negotiations. Many small companies spend more on reinsurance each year then they could possibly receive from the sale of the building they occupy.

Dale Crawford

Dale is a 35+ year veteran of the insurance industry, from an underwriter trainee to president of an insurance company.  Along the way, he was also an officer at 2 reinsurance companies for 14 years.  The reinsurance experience provided an exceptionally broad view of the industry, dealing with numerous insurance company clients in standard lines,…

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