I serve as the Principal of Insurance Claims and Litigation Consultants, LLC, a firm that provides expert witness services and testimony on claims and lawsuits involving insurance coverage, bad faith, underwriting, agent-broker liability, regulatory issues and good faith claims handling practices. I also provide consultation and oversight of pre-suit and litigated coverage matters that potentially implicate allegations of statutory, common law or institutional insurer bad faith. I have served as an expert on cases pending throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and I am an adjunct professor on insurance law at Loyola University Chicago Law School.
Previously and for more than 30 years, I served as a coverage and bad faith trial attorney for a number of national insurance carriers. My law practice included in-house training and consultation with insurers on a variety of insurance coverage types, including identifying and assessing potential bad faith exposures. As a result, I have personally reviewed and analyzed hundreds of insurance policies, claims and underwriting files, and examined statutory and case laws in numerous states and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States and U.S. territories. I also routinely author articles, publications and lecture on the subject of insurance law and bad faith issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, I was the managerial head of the Illinois Department of Insurance’s Chicago office, manager of their Consumer Division and a hearing officer on a variety of regulatory issues. I also held a managerial position in property claims at Allstate Insurance Company, and previously worked as a full-lines (life, health, property and casualty) insurance producer for the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. I also served as the executive director and legal counsel for a national insurance trade association, the Insurance Committee for Arson Control.
I am Past-President of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, DRI, a Fellow of both the American College of Coverage Counsel and the Litigation Counsel of America, former board and faculty member of the Insurance School of Chicago, former Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) instructor, a certified mediator, serve on the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, and I hold a Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU) certificate. At the onset of the global pandemic, I was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the state’s COVID-19 Task Force on Court Operations, and I was one of two attorneys in the United States selected by the Lexis Nexis Insurance Law Center to receive its “Insurance Lawyer of the Year Award.”
Areas of Expertise
- Claims Handling
- Expert Witness – Litigation Support
- Legal Consulting