Steven Plitt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

The Cavanagh Law Firm
 | 1850 North Central Avenue, Suite 2400
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-322-4038
Fax: 602-322-4100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (80%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Steven Plitt, Insurance Expert, is an attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, with over three decades of experience handling cases of insurance coverage, professional liability and personal injury defense. A consultant for both insureds and insurance companies, Steven Plitt is extensively experienced in litigation and trial and has taken numerous cases to verdict. He has also served as coverage counsel for many insurance companies.

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance has certified Mr. Plitt as a Certified Litigation Management Professional, and he is a licensed insurance broker in the state of Arizona in accident, health, life, property and casualty insurance. A past adjunct law professor teaching insurance law curriculum for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, he currently teaches insurance law at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He is also the senior author of the COUCH ON INSURANCE 3D series.

Mr. Plitt graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science and major in political science, then went on to earn a Juris Doctor in 1982 from The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. At the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2012, he earned an LL.M. with a major in insurance law.

Admitted to practice in Arizona and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Mr. Plitt also provides insurance companies with in-house training and direct instruction. He is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Chairman of that association’s Young Lawyers Section.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Insurance Coverage (80%): Insurance, Insurance Defense

Professional Liability (10%): Professional Malpractice - Other

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Insurance, Insurance Defense, Professional Malpractice - Other, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Steven Plitt

Admitted: 1982, Arizona

Professional Webpage: https://www.cavanaghlaw.com/team/steven-plitt/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recipient, Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Legal Education Award, Arizona State Bar Association, 1999
  • "PHOENIX MAGAZINE®" as one of Phoenix's Top Lawyers, November 2006
  • "CORPORATE COUNSEL ALMANAC" as one of the top lawyers in the field of insurance law in the United States, 2006
  • "Who's Who in American Law", 5th Edition
  • "THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®", 2007* - 2015 *First year insurance law was considered for inclusion within Arizona
  • "ARIZONA'S FINEST LAWYERS®", 2011* *inaugural year
  • "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges", 1978 - 1979.
  • Phoenix Insurance Lawyer of the Year by BEST LAWYERS® *First year awarded in Arizona, 2012
  • AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Arizona State Bar Association, CLE Committee, 1990 - 1993, 2001 - 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1989
  • American Law Institute
  • Chairman, CLE Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Arizona State Bar Association, 1990 - 1992
  • Arizona, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Executive Council CLM Claim College, Extra-Contractual School
  • Director, Arizona State Bar sponsored Annual Insurance Institute
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Ohio Supreme Court Ruling: Context Is Everything. Claims Journal (February 3, 2015)
  • "Insurance Litigation in Arizona", Topic: Morris Agreements and Third-Party Bad Faith Sponsored by Lorman Education Services, October 20, 2000
  • A Roadmap For NAIC's Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act. Claims Journal, March 3, 2011
  • Indiana Supreme Court Considers Enforceability Of Workers’ Compensation Setoff Provisions In UIM Context. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 48 (September 5, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 3, Vol. 10, No. 11 (October 1, 2014)
  • Oklahoma Determines That Anti-Annulment Statute Applies To Claims-Made Policies. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 46 (August 20, 2015)
  • Let's Make A Deal: A Requiem for Reservation Of Rights Defenses In Arizona. Arizona Bar Journal, Vol. 23, No. 6, 1988
  • Disability Under A Judicial Microscope: The Struggle To Define The Rights And Remedies For Claims Brought Under The Rehabilitation Act. 47 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 269, 2003
  • “28th National Advanced Forum On Bad Faith Claims & Litigation” (July 29, 2014, San Francisco, CA) (Topics: Removal Issue in Bad Faith Cases, Adjuster Negligence, Aiding & Abetting Claims) Sponsored by American Conference Institute
  • New York Case Is Assault And Battery Plain And Simple. Claims Journal (May 18, 2016)
  • A Survey Of Ingenix As An Evaluative Tool In Assessing Usual, Customary And Reasonable Medical Charges For Insurance Companies. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 17, October 2008
  • Montana Weighs In On The Obligation To Provide Co-Counsel To Assist Another Insurer Defending Mutual Insureds. Claims Journal (January 27, 2014)
  • Insureds’ Agreement To Read Insurance Policy (What Is An Insurance Agent To Do?). Insurance Journal (January 23, 2014)
  • Reimbursing Defense Costs Under Alaska Law: A Request For Clarity. Claims Journal (January 29, 2015)
  • "Advanced Litigation Techniques Seminar", Topic: Bad Faith and Coverage Issues Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, December 10, 1999
  • What Every Claim Adjuster Should Know About Bad Faith. Claims Journal, February 3, 2011
  • Indiana Supreme Court Affirms Importance Of Reading Policy. Insurance Journal (August 26, 2014)
  • Fifth Circuit Predicts Texas Law Will Validate Wasting Limit Policies. Claims Journal (August 18, 2015)
  • When Is A Standardized Insurance Contract Binding: The Development Of The Reasonable Expectation Doctrine In Arizona. Arizona Bar Journal, Vol. 23, No. 5, 1988
  • Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Alabama vs. Garrett: Is Constitutional Authority For Sale And Is State Sovereign Immunity The Purchase Price? 13 Geo. Mason. U. Civ. Rts. L. J. 151, Spring 2003
  • “Annual CLE Meeting” (May 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT) (Topic: Discipline Without Assumptions: A Systematic Approach To Insurance Coverage Analysis) Sponsored by the Utah Defense Lawyers Association
  • Cracking The Known-Loss Doctrine. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 31 (May 13, 2016) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 12, No. 3 (June 8, 2016)
  • The Modernization Of Arizona's UM/UIM Written Offer Requirement. e-Common Defense, September 2008
  • Lennar Corp. v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co., Expanding Coverage For Faulty Workmanship Claims. e-Common Defense, September 2008
  • Colorado Court Requires Insurer To Prove Prejudice To Raise Voluntary Payment Defense. Claims Journal (January 15, 2014)
  • South Carolina Court Rules “Your Work” Exclusion Applies To Costs To Remove And Rebuild Brick Wall To Meet Contract Compliance. Claims Journal (January 8, 2015)
  • "The Most Advanced Insurance Seminar of the Year", Topic: Morris/Damron Agreements - How to Avoid the Often Subtle and Serious Pitfalls Sponsored by the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, October 1, 1999
  • Are You Crazy?: Determining Mental Capacity As A Pre-Requisite To The Attachment of an Intentional Act Exclusion. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 20, December 2010
  • The Effect Of No-Contest Pleas On D&O Coverage Exclusions. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 46 (August 22, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 10, No. 10 (September 17, 2014)
  • Rejection Of Adjuster Negligence Claims Affirmed. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 45 (August 14, 2015)
  • The Mode Of Operation Rule: A Slippery Issue For The Arizona Trial Bar. Arizona Bar Journal, Vol. 21, No. 4, 1986, republished by West Publishing Company, WestLaw National Text and Periodicals -Torts Database, 1986
  • The Changing Face Of Global Terrorism And A New Look Of War: An Analysis Of The War - Risk Exclusion In The Wake Of The Anniversary Of September 11, And Beyond. 39 Willamette L. Rev. 31, Winter 2003
  • “27th National Advanced Forum On Bad Faith Litigation” (March 31, 2014, Philadelphia, PA) (Topics: Federal Removal Challenges In Bad Faith Litigation; Claim Adjuster Negligence) Sponsored by American Conference Institute
  • Settling Without Insurer Consent While Being Defended Under A Reservation Of Rights In Pennsylvania. Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 12, No. 1 (May 11, 2016)
  • The Impact Of Certificates Of Insurance in Determining The Availability Of Coverage For Additional Insureds. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 14, August 2008
  • When Is A Sexually Molested Hotel Guest Within The Care, Custody And Control Of The Hotel. Claims Journal (December 23, 2013)
  • 8th Circuit Reaffirms Missouri’s Cause Test, Rejects “Time And Space” Test For Determining Number of Occurrences. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 10 (December 12, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 10, No. 19 (January 22
  • "Arizona Liability Insurance Coverage", Topic: Insurance: Developments in Judicial Rulings on Reservation of Rights Defenses and Morris Agreements Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, April 30, 1999
  • Do Standard Automobile Liability Insurance Policies Cover Drive-By Shootings? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 21, December 2010
  • Court Holds That Companies Do Not Need To Disclose Use Of In-House Counsel To Defend Insureds At The Time Of Insurance Purchase. The Voice, Vol. 13, No. 33 (August 20, 2014)
  • Sixth Circuit Court Predicts Kentucky Will Reject The Adoption Of Reverse Bad Faith. Claims Journal (August 12, 2015)
  • "Bad Faith Insurance Law," Chairperson, Topic: Panel Member Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, August 30, 2012
  • The Changing Landscape Of The Eleventh Amendment Immunity In The Context Of The Americans With Disabilities Act And The Rehabilitation Act After Garrett: Are Arizona School Districts Beyond Suit? 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 873, Fall 2002
  • First Annual “Insurance Law Institute” (January 30-31, 2014) (Topics: Building a General Understanding of Directors & Officers Insurance Policy Architecture and Damron/Morris Agreements, Panelist/Moderator for Judges Panel, Damron/Morris Panel, and Mediators Panel) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • A Practical Approach To Pollution Exclusions. Claims Journal (May 10, 2016)
  • Strict Statutory Compliance Required To Enforce Named Insured Exclusion In Connecticut. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 30 (May 5, 2015) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 12, No. 2 (May 25, 2016)
  • Advertising Injury Coverage For Fax Blasting And Lanham Act Claims. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 13, August 2008
  • Rhode Island High Court Establishes Statue Of Limitations For UM/UIM Claims. Claims Journal (December 19, 2013)
  • "Insurance Coverage Litigation: An Overview of Key Areas of Concern to Lawyers", Topic: The Concurrent Causation Doctrine and the Standard Automobile Liability Policy Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, November 18, 1993
  • Arkansas Faulty Workmanship Statute Does Not Have Retroactive Application. Claims Journal (December 11, 2014)
  • "The Phoenix Mini-Bar", Topic: How to Understand and Litigate Insurance Coverage in Arizona Sponsored by Continuing Legal Education Options, CLE-Ops, June 19, 1998
  • Annulment Of Liability Policies Post-loss, Policy Buy-Back/Release. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 19, November 2010
  • It’s A Fine Line: Interpreting Status-Based Exclusions. Claims Journal (August 18, 2014)
  • California Court Finds That Fire Caused By Vagrant On Premises Is Not Excluded. Claims Journal (July 30, 2015)
  • "2012 Annual Convention," Speaker for Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group/Insurance Law Section, July 28-August 1, 2012, Chicago, IL, Topic: Effective Strategies for Avoiding Federal Court Removal in Insurance Cases Sponsored by the American Association for Justice
  • Coverage For Diminished Value Following Post-Crash Repairs Debate. Claims Journal, August 28, 2012
  • “Arizona Tort Law Handbook Seminar” (August 27, 2013) (Topic: Product Liability/Product Liability Exclusions in CGL Policy) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Publicizing DNA Results Does Not Fall Within TCPA Exclusion. Claims Journal (May 3, 2016)
  • Effectively Using E-Sign To Underwrite UM/UIM Coverage. Claims Journal, July 1, 2008
  • Methamphetamine Is Not A Narcotic For Purposes Of Accidental Death Coverage (South Carolina—Accidental Death Coverage/Exclusion For Narcotics). DRI, Covered Events Newsletter, 2013, Issue 11 (December 5, 2013)
  • A Jurisprudential Survey Of Bad Faith Claims In The Workers' Compensation Context And A Call For A Unified Statutory Remedy. Conn. Ins. L.J., Vol. 18.2, p. 451, 2011 - 2012
  • Florida Appeals Court Provides Guidance On When An Insured’s Bad Faith Lawsuit Is Ripe. Claims Journal (December 5, 2014)
  • "Sing a Song of Six Torts", Topic: First Party Bad Faith Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, April 18, 1997
  • A Requiem For Ingenix. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 15, September 2010
  • Payment of Prior Claims May Not Estop Denial Of Future Claims. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 44 (August 8, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 10, No. 9 (September 3, 2014)
  • A Homeowner Policy’s Vacancy Exclusion Includes Arson In Florida. Claims Journal (July 27, 2015)
  • "22nd Annual CLE by the Sea," Speaker, July 18, 2012, San Diego, CA, Topic: Witness Issues Arising in Civil Cases-Experts Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Stepping Outside Of UM Coverage: Assaults By An Insured Outside A Vehicle. Claims Journal, August 22, 2012
  • “25th National Advanced Forum On Bad Faith Litigation” (July 30-31, 2013, San Francisco, CA) (Topic: Bad Faith Set Ups) Sponsored by American Conference Institute
  • “Effective Strategies For Avoiding Federal Court Removal In Insurance Cases” (May 21, 2013) Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • Eleventh Circuit Criticizes District Court For Focusing On Bad Faith Set-Up Conduct. Claims Journal (April 29, 2016)
  • Analyzing The Innocent Co-Insured Exception To Intentional Acts In Community Property States. Claims Journal, June 10, 2008
  • Excess Insurance And Equitable Subrogation: Oklahoma Clarifies Its Equitable Subrogation Rule. Claims Journal (December 3, 2013)
  • "Auto Insurance", Topic: Arizona's Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund Sponsored by Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, November 15, 1991
  • Choosing Your Punishment May Foreclose UM (UIM) Coverage. Claims Journal (December 1, 2014)
  • "Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation: Environmental Coverage, Common Negligence and Bad Faith", Topic: Bad Faith Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, June 13, 1996
  • A Critical Review Of The Practice Of Setting Up Insurance Companies For Bad Faith. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 10, July 2010
  • New York Court of Appeals’ Stunning K2 About Face. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 13 (August 8, 2014)
  • An Overview OF What Constitutes Collapse For Purposes Of Property Insurance Coverage Involving Hidden Decay. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 10 (July 9, 2015)
  • "Litigation Basics II CLE", April 26, 2012, Topic: A Young Associate's Guide to Preparing for Bad Faith Litigation Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers Division
  • Do Insurance Brokers Have An Obligation To Offer The Cheapest Coverage Available? Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 90, No. 15, August 2012
  • Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Expands Insurer's Duty To Settle Under California Law. Claims Journal, July 31, 2012
  • “Discipline Without Assumptions: An Essential Exploration Into Coverage Analysis” (April 23, 2013) (Topic: Systematic Insurance Coverage Analysis) Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • Strict Statutory Compliance Required To Enforce Named Insured Exclusion In Connecticut. Claims Journal (April 27, 2016)
  • Limiting Bad-Faith Exposure: Blindly Accept Colossus Recommendations At Your Own Risk. Claims Magazine, Vol. 56, No. 6, June 2008
  • The Practical Ramifications of Dual Sovereignty In Prosecuting Declaratory Judgment Actions Against State And Federal Governments. Conn. Ins. L.J., Vol. 14.2, p. 445, 2007 - 2008
  • Defending Against Bad Faith: A Nuts And Bolts Review Of The Fair Debatability Doctrine And California’s Genuine Dispute Doctrine. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 19 (November 13, 2014)
  • "Essentials in Insurance and Bad Faith", Topic: Insurance Bad Faith from the Defense Perspective Presented at the Arizona Statewide Minority Lawyers Bar Convention, March 31, 1995
  • A Recent Challenge To UM/UIM Offering Requirements For Excess And Umbrella Coverage Has Revived An Old Debate. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 7, May 2010
  • California Court Finds That Bad Cooking Odors Did Not Result In Property Damage. Claims Journal (July 31, 2014)
  • Sexual Assault On The Job: The Duty Of Insurers To Defend Employees Under California Law. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 42 (July 23, 2015) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 11, No. 8 (August 19, 2015)
  • "Arizona Insurance Law", January 27, 2012, Topic: Directors & Officers Coverage Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Minnesota High Court Blurs Line Between Coverage Determination And Amount Of Loss In Appraisal. Claims Journal, July, 17, 2012
  • “Texas 20th Annual Insurance Symposium,” (April 5, 2013, Dallas, TX) (Topic: Problems with Complex Coverage Analysis) Sponsored by Cooper & Scully as approved by Texas State Bar and Texas Department of Insurance
  • Insurer’s Controlled Substance Exclusion Didn’t Relieve Obligation To Defend Methadone Intoxication Death Case. Claims Journal (April 18, 2016)
  • Is The Race Really On? Application Of Racing Exclusions Within Standard Automobile Liability Policies. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 9, June 2008
  • "Insurance Coverage Issues", Topic: Reservation of Rights Defenses and Morris Agreements Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, March 1, 1994
  • Towing The Line On “Expected And Intended.” Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 4 (October 31, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 3, Vol. 10, No. 15 (November 26, 2014)
  • "Law of Insurance Bad Faith: A Beginning, but Not the End", Topic: Third Party Bad Faith Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, March 10, 1995
  • Splitting Claim Files: Managing The Concern For Conflicts Of Interest Through Use Of Insurance Company Conflict Screens. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 6, April 2010
  • South Dakota High Court Rules That Continuous And Progressive Damage Exclusion Does Not Violate Public Policy. Claims Journal (July 28, 2014)
  • Virginia Attorney Seeks Coverage For Accident Because He Was Thinking About Work. Claims Journal (July 23, 2015)
  • The Medical Protective Company, National Claim Department Annual Conference, July 21, 2011, Fort Way, IN, Topics: Bad Faith; Claim Handling
  • "21st Annual CLE by the Sea," Chairperson and Speaker, July 14-16, 2011, San Diego, CA, Topic: Settlement Agreements Sponsored by the State Bar Arizona
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act And Violations of Seclusion. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer 2012
  • “Arizona Tort Law Handbook Seminar,” (February 1, 2013) (Topic: Dram Shop/Assault & Battery Exclusion/Intoxication Exclusion) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Intentional And Criminal Acts Or Omissions Bar Coverage. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 26 (April 7, 2016)
  • A Different Perspective On Payment Of Profit And Overhead When Insureds Do Repairs. Claims Journal, May 5, 2008
  • PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR HANDLING INSURANCE CASES. (1777 pages) (2 Volumes, Thomson Reuters 2011)
  • Public Policy Prevents Family Step-Down Clauses In South Carolina Auto Policies. Claims Journal (October 28, 2014)
  • "Tort Reform: The November 8 Vote, What's Law? What's Not", Topic: Insurance Bad Faith, the Defense Perspective Sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, November 10, 1994
  • Mortgage Demands For Homeowner Coverage: When The Insured Property Has Been Stripped During Foreclosure. In-House Defense Quarterly, Winter 2010
  • The Meaning Of “Incurred” In The Medical Payments Coverage Context. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 40 (July 11, 2014)
  • Montana Supreme Court Adopts Notice-Prejudice Rule. Claims Journal (July 21, 2015)
  • "Arizona Insurance Law", January 27, 2011, Topic: Insurance Coverage - Analysis & Interpretation Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Evaluating Medical Payment Coverage Questions. Claims Journal, May 7, 2012
  • “2013 Arizona Insurance Law,” Chairperson/Speaker (January 31, 2013) (Topic: 2012 Amendments to 28 USCA § 1446) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • What’s In A Name? Insurance Coverage? Claims Journal (April 4, 2016)
  • Federal Preemption Of State Statutory Requirements: Written Offers/Rejections Of UM/UIM Coverage In The Modern Age. DRI For The Defense, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2008
  • PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR HANDLING INSURANCE CASES. 2016 Annual Cumulative Supplement (605 pages)
  • Louisiana’s Direct Action Statute Doesn’t Substantively Modify Claims-Made Policy Notice Provisions. Claims Journal (October 22, 2014)
  • "Insurance Coverage Litigation: An Overview of Key Areas of Concern to Lawyers", Topic: Multiple Coverage Problems and the Standard Automobile Liability Insurance Policy, March 9, 1990-Phoenix; April 20, 1990-Tucson
  • Wrap-Ups And Agent E&O Exposures. Claims Journal, December 22, 2009
  • When In Doubt – Consider An IME. Claims Journal (July 1, 2014)
  • Does Policy Provision Stating The Insurer Will Not Withhold Its Consent To Settle Unreasonably Vitiate The Consent To Settlement Requirement? Claims Journal (July 17, 2015)
  • An Overview OF What Constitutes Collapse For Purposes Of Property Insurance Coverage Involving Hidden Decay. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 10 (July 9, 2015)
  • "Insurance Coverage Litigation", October 11, 2010, Topics: Interpreting Coverage Under the Insurance Contract and Bad Faith Litigation Sponsored by the National Business Institute
  • Understanding the Right of Reimbursement for Defense Costs When Reserving Rights. Claims Journal, May 1, 2012
  • “Bad Faith Insurance Law,” Chairperson (August 30, 2012) (Topic: Panel Member) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Some Knowledge Isn’t Enough To Trigger Known-Loss Exclusion. Claims Journal (March 29, 2015)
  • Reasonable Expectations For Agents' E&O. Ins. Journal-National, West Region, Vol. 86, No. 6, March 2008
  • THE CLAIM ADJUSTER’S AUTOMOBILE LIABILITY HANDBOOK. (West Publishing 2009). 2015 Cumulative Supplement (267 pages)
  • Extricating Injured Passenger From A Crashed Auto Constitutes Use Of That Auto. Claims Journal (October 21, 2014)
  • "Arizona Bad Faith Insurance Law: What Every Practitioner Should Know", Topic: Third-Party Bad Faith Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, December 14, 1990
  • Shifting Attorneys' Fees To The Losing Party: Is It Covered Under The Policy? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 20, November 2009
  • What Constitutes Collapse For Purposes Of Property Insurance Coverage. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Summer 2014)
  • N.J. High Court Finds That Res Judicata Barred Plaintiff’s UM Bad Faith Claim, Not The Entire Controversy Doctrine. Claims Journal (June 25, 2015)
  • "Arizona Insurance Law", January 22, 2010, Topic: Automobile Liability Coverage Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Policy Buyback Limitations. Claims Journal, April 23, 2012
  • “2012 Annual Convention,” Speaker for Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group/Insurance Law Section (July 28-August 1, 2012, Chicago, IL) (Topic: Effective Strategies for Avoiding Federal Court Removal in Insurance Cases) Sponsored by the American Association for Justice
  • Massachusetts Court Adopts Standard For Business Pursuits Exclusion. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 24 (March 24, 2016) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 11, No. 25 (April 13, 2016)
  • The Justiciability Of Increased Insurance Premium Claims: A Uniformity Of Dismissal? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 2, March 2008
  • CATASTROPHE CLAIMS: INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS (fka CAT CLAIMS). (Thomson West 2008)
  • Demanding Arbitration Is No Excuse For Bad Faith Conduct. Claims Journal (October 17, 2014)
  • "Contemporary Problems in Insurance Related Litigation", Topic: Developments in the Law Regarding Uninsured and Underinsured Automobile Liability Insurance Policies Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, May 5, 1989
  • Determining Permissive User Status In Automobile Liability. Claims Journal, November 16, 2009
  • Landlord Beware: Criminal Acts Causing Property Damage Are Not Covered By Homeowner Policy. Claims Journal (May 22, 2014)
  • District Court Finds Policy Required Matching Color For Replacement Panels That Were Damaged. Claims Journal (June 23, 2015)
  • "Insurance Coverage Litigation", October 12, 2009, Topic: Common Types of Insurance Coverage Disputes Sponsored by the National Business Institute
  • Examinations Under Oath. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 2012
  • “22nd Annual CLE by the Sea,” (July 18, 2012, San Diego, CA) (Topic: Witness Issues Arising in Civil Cases - Experts) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Oregon Supreme Court Finds Covenants Not To Execute Are Not Releases. Claims Journal (March 23, 2016)
  • Use Of Independent Medical Examinations: Analyzing Bad Faith Exposures Arising In First-Party Coverage Determinations. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 2008
  • Quihuis v. State Farm Mutual Automotive Insurance Company: A Potpourri Of Insurance Issues Resolved? 9 ARIZ. SUMMIT L. REV., Issue 1 (Spring 2016)
  • The Pitfalls Of Rejecting A Defense Under Texas “Same Facts” Test. Claims Journal (October 14, 2014)
  • "The Law of Insurance Bad Faith: A Balanced Perspective", Topic: Third-Party Bad Faith, Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, April 24, 1998-Tucson & May 1, 1998-Phoenix
  • A Basic Understanding Of Lloyd's Of London Which Every Insurance Lawyer Should Have. Common Defense, Fall 2009
  • Cleveland Indians Baseball vs. New Hampshire Insurance: An Agent’s Duty To Additional Insureds. Insurance Journal Magazine, Vol. 92, No. 10 (May 19, 2014)
  • A Reminder On Managing Agency E&O Risk. Claims Journal, November 10, 2009 and Ins. Journal, November 11, 2009
  • Theft Alone Is Not A Publication For Personal Injury Coverage. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 32 (May 16, 2014)
  • Right To Intervention Upheld By Montana Supreme Court. Claims Journal (June 17, 2015)
  • "American Conference Institute's 19th National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation," Compendium Of References To Insurance Company Bad Faith Set Up Situations, San Francisco, April 29-30, 2009, Topic: Manufacture, Claims: Strategically Avoiding and Properly Defending Against “Bad Faith Set-Ups”) Sponsored by American Conference Institute
  • Incomplete Claim Investigations May Create Coverage Where No Coverage Exists. Claims Journal, March 12, 2012
  • “Litigation Basics II CLE” (April 26, 2012) (Topic: A Young Associate’s Guide to Preparing for Bad Faith Litigation) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers Division
  • Washington High Court Decides What Constitutes “Use” For UIM Coverage Attachment. Claims Journal (March 15, 2016)
  • Understanding Federal Bankruptcy Court Stays And How To Procedurally Reach Available Insurance Coverage Of The Bankruptcy Debtor. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 21, December 2007
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Insurance Law, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Fall 2010 - Present
  • Arizona Courts Are Grappling With Fixing The Correct Punitive Damages Ratio: A State Specific Measure Of Due Process. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 17 (October 13, 2014)
  • The Battle To Define The Scope Of Attorney-Client Privilege In The Context Of Insurance Company Bad Faith: A Judicial War Zone. U.N.H. L. REV., Vol. 14, No. 1 (January 2016)
  • It's Time To Review Essential Procedures For Managing E&O: Systems, Checklists, Guidelines, Manuals Among Tools Useful In Reducing Agency Errors. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 87, No. 21, November 2, 2009
  • Seventh Circuit Court: Alcoholic Energy Drinks Excluded From Coverage. Claims Journal Magazine (April 28, 2014)
  • Employee Exclusion Applies To Both Actual And Statutory Employees Under Florida Law. Claims Journal (June 10, 2015)
  • "Arizona Insurance Law", January 23, 2009, Topic: Third-Party Bad Faith in Arizona Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • To Sue Or Not To Sue: Allowing Private Litigation Over Insurer Bad Faith In The Workers' Compensation Context. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2012
  • Provided in-house training seminars on claim handling, bad faith, insurance regulations, Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act, and Advice of Counsel to 22 insurance companies with adjusters attending from 11 different states), Direct Instruction to Insurance Companies
  • Getting The Lead Out Of The Pollution Exclusion. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 16 (January 28, 2016) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 11, No. 21 (February 17, 2016)
  • Directors And Officers Entitlement To D&O Policy Benefits When The Corporation They Served Files Bankruptcy. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 20, December 2007
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, Insurance Law & Regulation, Liability Insurance, Advanced Coverage Research and Analysis, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2000 - 2005
  • Known Loss Exclusion Trumps Common-Law Known Loss Doctrine. Claims Journal (October 9, 2014)
  • Evaluating The Relationship Between Independent Insurance Adjusters And Insureds: The Case Against Imposing An Independent Duty Of Care. CREIGHTON L. REV., Vol. 48, No. 2 (March 2015)
  • Delay, Manipulation, and Controversy: The Impact Of The 2012 Amendments To 28 U.S.C. § 1446 On The Battles For Removal Of Cases To Federal Court. PHOENIX L. REV., Vol. 6, No. 2 (Spring 2013)
  • Insuring The Emerging Markets In Bio And Nanotechnology. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 17, October 2009
  • Historical Tour Of The Contra Proferentem Doctrine. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 2014)
  • Amplifying Louisiana’s Anti-Annulment Statute. Claims Journal (June 5, 2015)
  • "Litigation Basics for the Civil Defense Associate", December 2, 2008, Topic: Fundamentals of Insurance Coverage Analysis Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers Division
  • Vandalism, Vacancy And The Absence Of Property Coverage. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 18, November 2011
  • Developed an online, continuing education compliant course for claim adjusters on the NAIC Model Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act, state-specific UCSPAs, and accompanying insurance department regulations, Claim Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Covering The Disgorgement Of Legal Fees. Claims Journal (January 27, 2016)
  • Attorney's Fees And Declaratory Judgment Actions In Arizona. DRI National State-by-State Compendium Regarding the Awardability of Attorney's Fees in Declaratory Judgment Actions, December 2007
  • Senior Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Member– Insurance Litigation Reporter (2006-Present)
  • Conspiracy To Abduct Not Covered. Claims Journal (October 8, 2014)
  • When Constitutional Challenges To State Cancellation Moratoriums Enacted After Catastrophic Hurricanes Fail: A Call For A New Federal Insurance Program. BYU J. OF PUB. LAW, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Fall 2012)
  • Timely Claims Reporting: A Serious Obligation For Agencies. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 87, No. 18, September 21, 2009
  • The Potential Liability Rule Inapplicable In A Priest Molestation Case. Claims Journal (April 16, 2014)
  • Defaming A Former Law Partner May Not Be Covered. Claims Journal (June 1, 2015)
  • Guest Lecturer, March 6, 2008, Topic: Discovery Issues in Bad Faith Litigation Arizona State University College of Law, LAW 691
  • A Framework Of Adjusting Medical Claims Involving Possible Experimental Treatment. Claims Journal, October 27, 2011
  • The Mutual Mistake Doctrine And The Purchase Of Insurance. Insurance Journal Magazine, Vol. 91, No. 23 (December 2, 2013)
  • Assigning Breach Of Contract Claim In Florida Doesn’t Violate Policy’s Anti-Assignment, Loss Payment Provisions. Claims Journal (December 16, 2015)
  • A Survey Of Professional Liability Coverage For Claims Brought Under The Federal False Claims Act. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 17, October 2007
  • CLAIMS JOURNAL, Editorial and Advisory Board Member (2012-2014)
  • A Review Of Insurance Broker Duties Under California Law. Insurance Journal Magazine, Vol. 92, No. 19 (October 6, 2014)
  • ARIZONA LIABILITY INSURANCE LAW, 2006 Cumulative Supplement (426 pages), the State Bar of Arizona
  • Understanding Basic Principles Of Biomechanical Engineering In Low Speed Rear-End Collision Scenarios. Claims Journal, September 10, 2009
  • Odor From Hog Farms Is Not A Pollutant. Claims Journal (April 8, 2014)
  • Named Insured’s Decision To Reject Higher UM Limits Was Not Binding On An Additional Insured. Claims Journal (May 27, 2015)
  • "Arizona Insurance Coverage", January 25, 2008, Topic: Complex Coverage Analysis Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Interpreting Immunity: Why It's Wise To Use Caution With Insurance Fraud Cases. SIU Today, Vol. 25, No. 3, Fall 2011
  • Paying For Rescission. The Voice, Vol. 12, No. 46 (November 20, 2013)
  • When Is A Claim For Reimbursement Of Defense Costs Ripe? Claims Journal (December14, 2015)
  • A Developing Body Of Law: Daubert And The Insurance Bad Faith Expert. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3, Summer 2007
  • Senior Author, Couch on Insurance 3d (re-writing and revising entire treatise)
  • Product Disparagement Claims Do Not Include “Close Enough” Or “Better Than” Assertions. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 52 (October 3, 2014); West Law Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 10, No. 13 (October 29, 2014)
  • Practical Tools for Handling Insurance Cases, 2 Volumes, Thomson Reuters, 2012 Supplement, 159 pages, 2011
  • When Does Directing Traffic Constitute Vehicle Use? Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 2014)
  • Offensive Odors Are Pollutants According To South Carolina Court. Claims Journal (September 12, 2016)
  • Coverage Issues Associated With Federal Clean Water Act Violations For Discharging Land Fill Into Waterways. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 13, August 2009
  • Washington Follows Qualcomm. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 26 (April 4, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 9, No. 26 (April 30, 2014)
  • Severance Of Bad-Faith Claims Under Texas Law When Coverage Issues Are Unresolved. Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 1, Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 27, 2015) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 1, Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 27, 2015)
  • "Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute", April 11-13, 2007, Chicago, Illinois, Topic: Expert witnesses and Insurance coverage litigation Sponsored by DRI
  • The Extension Of Insurance To Cover The Plaintiff's Financial Risk Of Litigation: "Bodily Injury" "Property Damage" And "Attorney's Fees" Caused By An Occurrence? Common Defense, Fall 2011
  • Is Negligent Misrepresentation A Covered “Occurrence”? Claims Journal (November 13, 2013)
  • Florida High Court: Citizens Property Insurance Immune From First Party Bad Faith Claims. Claims Journal (December 8, 2015)
  • Colossus Under Attack: The Legal Efficacy Of Computerized Evaluation Of Bodily Injury Claims. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 8, May 2007
  • The Claim Adjuster's Automobile Liability Handbook, 2011 Supplement, 11 Pages, West Publishing, 2009
  • Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, Insurance Law, Arizona Summit Law School, 2014, 2015
  • Oregon Supreme Court Says Covenants Not To Execute In Insurance Disputes Are Not Releases. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 45 (August 19, 2016)
  • A Critical Analysis Support A Proportional Methodology For Determining Covered Damages Where Continuous And Progressive Injury Is Involved. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 11, July 2009
  • North Dakota Law Upholds Insureds Step-Down Clauses. Claims Journal (April 1, 2014)
  • Innocent Insured Doctrine Doesn’t Preclude Policy Rescission For Misrepresentation In The Application. Claims Journal (April 15, 2015)
  • "Arizona Insurance Coverage", Topics: Complex Insurance Coverage Analysis and Directors & Officers Coverage Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, January 25, 2007
  • Be Careful What You Say When Issuing A Binder. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 17, September 2011
  • Is A Coinsurance Penalty Based Upon ACV Or RCV? Claims Journal (November 4, 2013)
  • Can An Insurer Seek Reimbursement For Uncovered Defense Costs Directly From Cumis Counsel? Claims Journal (December 1, 2015)
  • Bad Faith Cases: A General Overview Of The Advice Of Counsel Defense. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 2007
  • Regulating Insurance Company Claim Handling Practices: Rethinking The Unthinkable, Abandonment of the Common Law Tort of Bad Faith. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 29, No. 1, 2007
  • CAT Claims: Insurance Coverage for Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Thomson West, 2008
  • Adjuster Negligence Claim Rejected By Vermont Supreme Court. Claims Journal (September 29, 2014)
  • Stacking UIM Coverages Under Missouri Law. Claims Journal (August 9, 2016)
  • Compendium Of References To Insurance Company Bad Faith Set Up Situations. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 11, July 2009
  • Do Insurers Have To Disclose Their Investigative File Before An EUO? Claims Journal (March 26, 2014)
  • Fair Debatability Defense Can Be Supported By Unpublished Court Decisions. Claims Journal (April 7, 2015)
  • "Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium", New York, NY, Topic: Dirty Sox and Clean Directors: The Impact of Enron on D&O Issues Sponsored by DRI, December 7-8, 2006
  • Read The Policy. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 15, August 2011
  • Florida Supreme Court Says That Replacement Cost Includes Profit And Overhead. Claims Journal (October 30, 2013)
  • Punitive Damages In A Bad-Faith, Failure-To-Settle Case: Are They Recoverable? Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 6 (November 12, 2015)
  • Claims For Embezzlement Of Client Funds. DRI For The Defense, Vol. 49, No. 3, March 2007
  • Arizona Liability Insurance Law (705 pages, hardbound), (2001 Supplement, 115 pages), (2006 Supplement, 426 pages, hardbound), the State Bar of Arizona, 1998
  • New York Strict Timelines Standard Doesn’t Apply To Environmental Claims. Claims Journal (September 24, 2014)
  • Kentucky Court Finds Tort Accrual Trigger For UM Claims Reasonable. Claims Journal (August 5, 2016)
  • The Fifth Amendment To The U.S. Constitution Is No Bully To A Carriers' Right To An Examination Under Oath. IASIU, SIU Today, Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer 2009
  • Analyzing Concurrent Causation: Independence Is The Key. Claims Journal (March 24, 2014)
  • Texas Court Draws The Line On Allowing Broad Discovery Of Other Claims In Bad Faith Litigation. Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 1, Vol. 10, No. 24 (April 1, 2015)
  • "Western Regional Claims Counsel Conference", San Diego, CA, Topic: Effective Use of "Colossus" Injury Analysis and Advice of Counsel to Avoid Bad Faith Liability Exposures Sponsored by Progressive, October 25, 2006
  • Exploring Experimental Treatment Exclusions. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 10, July 2011
  • Florida Court Reaffirms Extrinsic Evidence Is Not Permitted To Resolve Ambiguity In An Insurance Contract. Claims Journal (October 24, 2013)
  • Hawaii High Court Adopts Equitable Subrogation In The Primary/Excess Insurance Context. Claims Journal (November 3, 2015)
  • Discipline Without Assumptions? A Systematic Approach To Coverage Analysis. In-House Defense Quarterly, Vol. 2, No.1, Winter 2006
  • Senior Contributing Editor, Arizona Tort Law Handbook, the State Bar of Arizona, 2012
  • Objecting To The Golden Rule During Trial. Claims Journal (September 19, 2014)
  • The “Inferred Intent” Doctrine And Emotional-Distress Claims Arising From Housing Discrimination. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 42 (July 28, 2016)
  • Counting The Number Of "Occurrences" Where The Predicate Tort Involves A Pattern Of Conduct Or Interrelated Process. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 7, May 2009
  • Excluding Stigma Damages In The Underinsured Motorist Context. Claims Journal (March 19, 2014)
  • Workers’ Compensation Exclusive Remedy Bars Bad Faith Claim In North Carolina. Claims Journal (March 24, 2015)
  • "Complex Insurance Coverage Analysis", Hartford, CT Sponsored by Thomson/West Publishing, September 20, 2006
  • A Review Of ISO's Fungi And Bacteria Exclusion. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 8, May 2011
  • Negligent Infliction Of Emotional Distress Claims And Uninsured Motorists/Under Insured Motorists Coverage. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Fall 2013)
  • Louisiana High Court Addresses Insurance Spoliation Issue. Claims Journal (October 21, 2015)
  • 10th Circuit Finds Oklahoma Law Doesn’t Require Excess Insurer To Proactively Seek Settlement. Claims Journal (October 15, 2015)
  • A Methodical Approach To Analyzing The Application Of The Absolute Pollution Exclusion. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 28, No. 19, December 2006
  • Construction Defects: Claims and Coverage: "Progressive Losses-Triggers of Coverage, Numbering of Occurrences and Allocation Among Successive Policies", DRI Defense Library Series, Ch. 3, Part II
  • Faculty Instructor, CLM Claim College, Extra-Contractual School (Subject: Insurance Company Claim Handling Regulations and Practices), Claim Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Determining Accrual Date For Minnesota UM/UIM Claims: Recent Case Decision. Claims Journal (July 20, 2016)
  • The Discoverability Of Reserve Information In Bad Faith Cases. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 3, March 2009
  • Determining The Number Of Occurrences From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Claims Journal (March 13, 2014)
  • Number of Courts Rejecting Insurance Adjuster Negligence Claims Grows. Claims Journal (March 20, 2015)
  • "Federalizing Catastrophic Insurance Losses" and "The Evolution of Disclosure Obligations Regarding Disseminating Health Information to Applicants by Life, Health & Disability Insurance Companies", Hartford, CT, Sponsored by Thomson/West Publishing, September 20, 2006
  • Bad-Faith Cases: Preserving Affirmative Defenses. DRI For the Defense, Vol. 53, No. 5, May 2011
  • Seeking Reimbursement Of Defense Costs In The Context Of Reservation Of Rights: The Washington Supreme Court Weighs In. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 17 (October 1, 2013)
  • Rejection Of Adjuster Negligence Claims Affirmed. Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 11, No. 12 (October 14, 2015)
  • Medical Payments Coverage: A Policy Inside A Policy. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 28, No. 14, November 2006
  • Are State Court Garnishment Actions An Effectual Impediment To Federal Declaratory Judgment Jurisdictions: Is Timing Everything. Conn. Ins. L.J., Vol. 15.1, 2008 - 2009
  • "2016 Claims College: School of Extra-Contractual Claims” (September 7-9, 2016, Baltimore, MD) (Teaching Topic: Insurance Claim Handling Regulations, Statutes and Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Acts) Sponsored by CLM/Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Ohio High Court Rejects Inferred-Intent Doctrine In Fair Housing Discrimination Case. Claims Journal (July 15, 2016)
  • How to Avoid Agency Errors And Omission Claims: Advising Clients On Specific Dollar Values Of Coverages They Need To Consider May Create Unnecessary Exposures. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 87, No. 3, February 2009
  • Standard Mortgage Clause Effects on Vacancy Restrictions In Homeowner Policies Under Minnesota Law. Claims Journal (March 13, 2015)
  • "2005 NDDLA/SBAND Seminar", Topic: Discipline Without Assumptions, A Systematic Approach To Coverage Analysis Sponsored by State Bar Association of North Dakota, September 23, 2005
  • Communicable And Transmission Of Disease Exclusions. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 7, May 2011
  • Is The Risk Of Relapse Into Substance Abuse Enough To Constitute A Current Disability For Doctors? The Voice, Vol. 12, No. 36 (September 11, 2013); DRI Today (September 17, 2013)
  • Alternate Intentional Loss Exclusion Defeats Coverage for Wrongful Death From A Single, Criminal Blow. Claims Journal (January 21, 2016)
  • Texas Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Concurrent-Causation Clauses In Property Policies. Claims Journal (October 8, 2015)
  • Building A General Understanding Of Directors & Officers Insurance Policy Architecture. DRI For the Defense, Vol. 48, No. 5, May 2006
  • Prohibiting De Facto Insurance Redlining: Will Hurricane Katrina Draw a Discriminatory Redline In The Gulf Coast Sands Prohibiting Access To Home Ownership? 14 Wash.& Lee J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 199, Spring 2008
  • “Extra-Contractual & Bad Faith Liability” (June 2-3, 2016, New York, NY) (Topic: Creative Bad Faith Set Ups: Preventative Strategies and Techniques with Regard to Open Limits, Policy Limit Demands and Time Limit Demand Letters) Sponsored by American Conference Institute
  • Does Parental Discipline Suspend The Automobile “Regular Use” Exclusion? Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 40 (July 14, 2016)
  • A Jurisprudential Survey Regarding Submission Of Coverage Questions To Appraisal In The Homeowner Policy Context. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 30, No. 21, December 2008
  • When Does The Obligation To Pay Cumis Counsel End? Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 20 (February 21, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 9, No. 22 (March 5, 2014)
  • Supplementing The NAIC’s Model Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act: Accompanying State Regulations. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 3 (March 11, 2015)
  • "Insurance Coverage Topics", Topic: Use of Demonstrative Exhibits for Bad Faith Trials Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, February 9, 2005
  • Bragging About An Agent's Book Of Business May Create A Greater Legal Duty Of Care. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 9, May 2011
  • Implied Consent To Representation Is Not Enough. Common Defense, Spring 2011
  • “Arizona Insurance Law” (January 27, 2012) (Topic: Directors & Officers Coverage) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Louisiana’s Anti-Annulment Statute Doesn’t Prohibit Agreement Eliminating Insurer’s Obligation To Defend. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 52 (October 1, 2015)
  • All Things Being Considered Equal: Third Party Bad Faith In Arizona. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 27, No. 6, 1991
  • Charting A Course For Federal Removal Through The Abstention Doctrine: A Titanic Experience In The Sargasso Sea Of Jurisdictional Manipulation. 56 DePaul L. Rev. 107, Fall 2006
  • Third Annual “Insurance Law Institute” (February 4-5, 2016) (Panelist/Damron and Morris Agreements) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Washington Supreme Court Determines Test For Vehicle Use In UIM Context. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 38 (June 30, 2016) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 2, Vol. 12, No. 6 (July 20, 2016)
  • The Pedigree of USAA v. Morris: How To Answer Clients When They Call To See If The Morris Decision Can Be Challenged. e-Common Defense, November 2008
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Redefined The Boundary Lines Of Occurrences. Claims Journal Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Winter 2014)
  • New Hampshire Court Finds Illegal Drug Activity Inherently Dangerous, Harmful Thus Liability Can’t Constitute A Covered Occurrence. Claims Journal (March 5, 2015)
  • "Arizona Liability Insurance Coverage", Topic: Analyzing and Litigating Insurance Coverage Cases Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, May 14, 2004
  • The Perils Of Testing The Contours And Boundaries Of Morris Agreements. Common Defense, Spring 2011
  • “Daubert and Use of Expert Witnesses in the Insurance Bad Faith Content” (April 4, 2007) Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Colorado’s Highest Court Says Notice-Prejudice Rule Doesn’t Apply To Claims-Made Policies. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 51 (September 25, 2015) and Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 3, Vol. 11, No. 14 (November 11, 2015)
  • Darner's Neglected Tenant: Abandonment Of Ambiguity Doctrine. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 27, No. 4, 1990
  • The Punitive Damages Lottery Chase Is Over: Is There A Regulatory Alternative To The Tort Of Common Law Bad Faith And Does It Provide An Alternative Deterrent? 37 Ariz. St. L.J. 1221, Winter 2005
  • “ACI’s 32nd National Forum on Bad Faith Claims & Litigation” (November 19-20, 2015, Miami, FL) (Topic: Bad Faith Set-Ups) Sponsored by American Conference Institute
  • Is A Foreign Exchange Student A “Ward” For Purposes Of UM/UIM And Medical Payments Coverage? Claims Journal (June 28, 2016)
  • Triggering Coverage in Construction Defect Cases. e-Common Defense, November 2008
  • Are UM/UIM Insurers Obligated To Advance To Their Insureds Undisputed Partial Payments Before Total Claim Value Is Determined? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 2 (February 18, 2014)
  • Offsetting Third Party Recoveries Against UIM Benefits. Claims Journal (February 25, 2015)
  • "Learn at Lunch", Topic: Waiver of Attorney Client Privilege and Advice of Counsel in the Context of Insurance Bad Faith Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, January 14, 2004
  • "Tort Law", Topic: Insurance Bad Faith Analysis and Litigation Sponsored by State Bar of Arizona, December 5, 2003
  • Vigilance Guards Against Short Fuse, Third-Party, Bad Faith Set-Ups. Claims Journal, April 7, 2011
  • “Insurance Coverage Litigation: An Overview of Key Areas of Concern to Lawyers” (November 18, 1993) (Topic: The Concurrent Causation Doctrine and the Standard Automobile Liability Policy) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • 9th Circuit Finds Anti-Concurrent-Causation Clauses Unenforceable In Arizona. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 50 (September 17, 2015)
  • Does Your Insurance Stack Up? Multiple Coverage Problems And The Standard Automobile Liability Insurance Policy. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 26, No. 5, 1990
  • Judicial Abstinence: Ninth Circuit Jurisdictional Celibacy For Claims Brought Under The Federal Declaratory Judgment Act. 27 Seattle U. L. Rev. 751, Issue 3, Spring 2004
  • “Complex Insurance Coverage Analysis & Interpretation, A Systematic Approach” (March 24, 2015) Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • Passing The Duty To Defend To The Excess Carrier. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 26, No. 37 (June 24, 2016)
  • Strategic Planning For An Increasing Direct Writer Marketplace. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 86, No. 22, November 2008
  • Pennsylvania Court Rejects UM Claim Because Of Delay. Claims Journal (February 13, 2014)
  • Notifying Additional Insureds Of Coverage Denials Under New York Law. Claims Journal (February 25, 2015)
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating Insurance Coverage Questions", Topic: Discipline Without Assumptions, A Systemic Approach to Coverage Analysis Sponsored by Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, January 8, 2003
  • Agency E&O Liability For Failing To Procure Coverage. Ins. Journal Magazine, Vol. 89, No. 6, March 2011
  • When Considering A Prior Publication Exclusion, Does “Close Enough” Count? Claims Journal (September 12, 2014)
  • Insurer’s Reliance On Unpublished Appellate Decision Constitutes Fair Debatability, New Jersey High Court Rules. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 48 (September 3, 2015)
  • Guaranteeing Personal Injury Recoveries: A Practical Guide To Arizona's Property And Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 26, No. 2, 1989
  • The Evolving Boundaries Of Damron/Morris Agreements: A Search For The Missing Link, A Judicial Determination Of The Length Of A Reasonable Person's Arm, And Other Progressive Issues. 35 Ariz. St. L.J. 1331, 2003
  • “ACI’s 30th National Forum on Bad Faith Claims & Litigation” (March 16-17, 2015, Philadelphia, PA) (Topic: Claims Management Best Practices and Bad Faith Avoidance) Sponsored by American Conference Institute
  • Plaintiff’s Prayer For Coverage Is Answered In Illinois. Claims Journal (June 1, 2016)
  • Claim Investigation When The Insured Raises The Fifth Amendment Privilege. Claims Journal, November 3, 2008
  • Stipulations And Concessions That Forged The Framework Of Arbitrability Of Class Actions Under The Federal Arbitration Act. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 24, No. 18 (February 7, 2014); Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith 3, Vol. 9, No. 22 (March 5, 2014)
  • Texas High Court Finds No Direct Action Rule Can Apply to Declaratory Judgment Actions Brought Against Insurers In Some Cases. Claims Journal (February 13, 2015)
  • A Jurisprudential Survey Of UM/UIM Statutes of Limitation. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 5, 2015)
  • "Arizona Liability Insurance Coverage", Topics: Damron/Morris Agreements and Third-Party Bad Faith Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, September 20, 2001
  • Voluntary Intoxication And The Application Of Intentional Act Exclusions. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 3, March 2011
  • Insurance Experts: Does It Really Take One To Know One? Insurance Journal Magazine, Vol. 92, No. 17 (September 8, 2014)
  • Pleading A Lost-Policy Case: 1st Circuit Ruling Offers Guidance. Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage 1, Vol. 25, No. 47 (August 28, 2015) and Westlaw Insurance Journal Bad Faith 2, Vol. 11, No. 10 (September 16, 2015)
  • Insuring Against An Evil Mind: Punitive Damages Awards And The Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist. Arizona Attorney, Vol. 25, No. 9, 1989
  • The Elastic Contours Of Attorney - Client Privilege And Waiver In The Context Of Insurance Company Bad Faith: There's A Chill In The Air. 34 Seton Hall L. Rev. 513, 2003
  • Second Annual “Insurance Law Institute” (January 29-30, 2015) (Panelist/Moderator for Bad Faith Panel Discussion) Sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona
  • Primary Insurer Must Exhaust Policy Via Payment To Pass Defense Obligation To Excess Insurer In New Hampshire. Claims Journal (May 23, 2016)
  • The Inherent Tension Between The Fifth Amendment Right Against Self-Incrimination And The Insurance Company's Contractual Right To Cooperation: Can A Jurisprudential Balance Be Achieved? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol 30, No. 18, October 2008
  • Connecticut Embraces The Make Whole Doctrine. Claims Journal (January 30, 2014)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Fire explosion at waste reclamation plant resulting in $12 million property loss and catastrophic multi-million dollar bodily injury claims
  • First and third-party coverage claims arising from major warehouse fire to FDA certified pharmaceutical warehouse involving toxic chemicals resulting in a toxic tort class action litigation and property loss claims with a disputed value ranging between $60 million to $100 million dollars
  • Coverage claim in excess of $7 million and alleged bad faith as part of $32 million overall loss asserted by international mining company under an environmental impairment liability policy regarding a catastrophic tailings impoundment failure and resulting environmental damage
  • Potential coverage claim alleging damages in excess of $30 million arising from manuscripted environmental remediation policy for reclamation project being remediated under the Brownfield's Revitalization Act
  • Listeria infestation of national meat processing facility resulting in disputed total coverage claim alleged in excess of $30 million and ensuing bad faith litigation
  • Coverage litigation where the underlying claims involved one of the nation's largest international hotel chains and claims asserted in four class action lawsuits, seeking in excess of $200 million alleging that the hotel chain systematically designated and charged its patrons fees improperly designated as taxes
  • Arizona counsel for priest/clergy malpractice coverage regarding claims of sexual abuse perpetrated by Roman Catholic priests
  • Coverage litigation arising from sale of tainted/infected meat products which resulted in a $9 million judgment against the wholesaler/distributor policyholder
  • International product liability claims arising from chemical induced delamination of computer circuit boards resulting from Taiwanese manufacturing operation
  • A claim brought by a major national airline for business interruption coverage resulting from an electrical data glitch causing an electrical shut-out of the airline's ability to perform reservations for flights for seven days resulting in a business interruption claim in the $10-$15 million range
  • Multi-million dollar intellectual property/drug licensing coverage claim and alleged bad faith involving claims in excess of $200 million by major medical research and drug companies
  • Coverage dispute arising from class action litigation brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act where a $40+ million judgment was entered against the policyholder

Representative Clients:

  • Everest Indemnity Ins. Co. v. Rea (Arizona) (Bad Faith/Advice of Counsel Defense) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 2 (February 19, 2015)
  • Neighborhood Investments, LLC v. Kentucky Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. (Kentucky) (Property Insurance/Criminal Acts Exclusion) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 8 (May 21, 2014)
  • De Smet Farm Mutual Ins. Co. of South Dakota v. Busskohl (South Dakota) (Rescission). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  • Yan Fang Du v. Allstate Ins. Co. (California) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  • Continental Cas. Co. v. North American Capacity Ins. Co., 5th Cir. 2012 [Texas], Contribution/Defense Costs. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13, August 13, 2012
  • Remodeling Dimensions, Inc. v. Integrity Mutual Ins. Co., Minnesota, Insurance Defense Counsel. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 14, September 9, 2011
  • Moore v. GEICO General Ins. Co. (11th Cir., Florida) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 4 (March 20, 2016)
  • RSUI Indemnity Co. v. American States Ins. Co. (Louisiana) (Bad Faith/Excess Insurance) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 19 (November 13, 2014)
  • AAA Mid-Atlantic Ins. Co. v. Ryan (Pennsylvania) (Underinsured Motorist Coverage) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 3 (March 4, 2014)
  • O&G Industries, Inc. v. Aon Risk Services Northeast, Inc. (Connecticut) (Agents & Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 4 (March 18, 2013)
  • Illinois Union Ins. Co. v. NRI Construction, Inc. (Georgia) (Liability Insurance/ Reimbursement). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8 (June 11, 2012)
  • In re XL Specialty Ins. Co., Texas, Bad Faith/Discovery. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 12, July 30, 2012
  • Wood v. New Jersey Manufacturers Ins. Co., New Jersey, Bad Faith/Procedure. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 10, July 8, 2011
  • Rent-A-Roofer, Inc. v. Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Ins. Co. (Nebraska) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 16 (October 6, 2015)
  • Indiana Ins. Co. v. Kopetsky (Indiana) (Liability Insurance/Known Loss-Claim) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 15 (September 10, 2014)
  • Country-Wide Ins. Co. v. Preferred Trucking Services Corp. (New York) (Liability Insurance/Duty to Cooperate) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 3 (March 4, 2014)
  • American Building Supply Corp. v. Petrocelli Group, Inc. (New York) (Agents & Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 21 (December 23, 2012)
  • Amerex Group, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co., New York, Appraisal. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10, July 9, 2012
  • Langwith v. American National General Ins. Co., Iowa, Agents and Brokers. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 4, March 25, 2011
  • SRM, Inc. v. Great American Ins. Co. (10th Cir., Oklahoma) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 14 (September 11, 2015)
  • Howe v. MMG Ins. Co. (Maine) (Duty to Defend/Dog Bites) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 14 (August 20, 2014)
  • Corn v. Farmers Ins. Co. (Arkansas) (UIM/Trigger of Coverage). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 1 (February 3, 2014)
  • Bannister v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., (10th Cir. [Oklahoma]) (Bad Faith/Failure to Investigate/Causation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 18 (October 26, 2012)
  • Vision One LLC v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co., Washington, Property Insurance/Ensuing Loss. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8, June 11, 2012
  • Martin v. Auto Owners Ins. Co., (Missouri) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 2 (February 17, 2016)
  • Purscell v. TICO Ins. Co. (8th Cir., Missouri) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 13 (August 24, 2015)
  • KeySpan Gas East Corp. v. Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (New York) (Denial of Coverage/Time Limits) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 11 (July 9, 2014)
  • State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Schwan (Montana) (Duty to Defend). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 17 (October 1, 2013)
  • Pedicini v. Life Ins. Co. of Alabama (6th Cir. 2012 [Kentucky]) (Bad Faith/Narrow Policy Interpretation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13 (August 13, 2012)
  • Universal Underwriters Inc. Co. v. LKQ Smart Parts, Inc., Illinois, Liability Insurance/Spoliation of Evidence. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 2, February 17, 2012
  • Country Mutual Ins. Co. v. Dahms (Illinois) (Criminal Acts Exclusion) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 10 (July 1, 2016)
  • BankInsure, Inc. v. Highland Bank (8th Cir., Minnesota) (Fidelity Insurance/Causation) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 7 (May 8, 2015)
  • Groce v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co. (Indiana) (Agent & Brokers/Statute of Limitations) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 8 (May 21, 2014)
  • American States Ins. Co. v. LaFlam (Rhode Island) (UM/UIM/Contractual Time Limits). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  • Goheagan v. American Vehicle Ins. Co. (Florida) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  • Emerson Electric Co. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Missouri, Agents & Brokers/Fiduciary Duty. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 18, November 4, 2011
  • State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. v. Riggs (Kentucky) (UM/UIM Time Limits) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 6 (April 20, 2016)
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc., et al. v. Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. (Illinois) (Duty to Defend) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 2 (February 19, 2015)
  • In re Allstate County Mutual Ins. Co. (Texas) (Bad Faith) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 19 (November 13, 2014)
  • Wright v. Turner (Oregon) (UIM/Policy Limits/Number of Accidents) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 4 (March 21, 2014)
  • Colony Ins. Co. v. Human Ensemble, LLC (Utah) (Bad Faith/Duty to Advise). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 9 (June 5, 2013)
  • Quade v. Secura Insurance (Minnesota) (Appraisal). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  • Hoover v. Maxum Indemnity Co.,, Georgia, Estoppel/Duty to Defend. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13, August 13, 2012
  • Stuart v. Pittman, Oregon, Agents and Brokers. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 10, July 8, 2011
  • Christy v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of America (10th Cir., New Mexico) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 2 (February 17, 2016)
  • Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Ins. Co. (Florida) (Bad Faith) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 17 (October 13, 2014)
  • Maddox v. Florida Farm Bureau General Ins. Co. (Florida) (Policy Limits/Per Occurrence) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 3 (March 4, 2014)
  • Pistalo v. Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. (Indiana) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 1 (February 4, 2013)
  • Yan Fang Du v. Allstate Ins. Co., California, Bad Faith/Duty to Settle. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10, July 9, 2012
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Herron, Alaska, Bad Faith/Duty to Settle. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 6, April 22, 2011
  • Fidelity National Title Ins. Co. v. Centerpoint Mechanic Liens Claims, LLC (Arizona) (Duty to Settle/Control of Settlement) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 16 (October 6, 2015)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes v. AXIS Ins. Co. (Missouri) (Liability Insurance/Policy Limits) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 14 (August 20, 2014)
  • Deeter v. Indiana Farmers Mut. Ins. Co. (Indiana) (Property Insurance/Intentional Acts) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 1 (February 3, 2014)
  • Jones v. Farmers Ins. Exchange (Utah) (Bad Faith). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 18 (October 26, 2012)
  • Illinois Union Ins. Co. v. NRI Construction, Inc., Georgia, Liability Insurance/Reimbursement. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8, June 11, 2012
  • Ballesteros v. American Standard Ins. Co. of Washington, Arizona, UIM/UIM. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 3, March 7, 2011
  • One Call Property Services, Inc. v. Security First Ins. Co. (Florida) (Property Insurance/Post-Loss Assignments) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 13 (August 24, 2015)
  • Expedia, Inc. v. Steadfast Ins. Co. (Washington) (Duty to Defend/Extrinsic Evidence) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 13 (August 8, 2014)
  • Bardsley v. Government Employees Ins. Co. (South Carolina) (Policy Interpretation/Other Insurance). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 18 (October 18, 2013)
  • Continental Cas. Co. v. North American Capacity Ins. Co. (5th Cir. 2012 [Texas]) (Contribution/Defense Costs). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13 (August 13, 2012)
  • Ennen v. Integon Indemnity Corp., GMAC,, Alaska, Bad Faith/Standing. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 6, April 16, 2012
  • Bamford v. Regent Insurance Co. (8th Cir., Nebraska) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 12 (July 26, 2016)
  • C. Brewer and Co., Ltd. v. Marine Indemnity Ins. Co. of America (Hawaii) (Liability Insurance/Designated Premises Endorsement) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 7 (May 8, 2015)
  • Metropolitan Property & Cas. Ins. Co. v. McCarthy (Maine) (Liability Insurance/Sexual Misconduct Exclusion) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 11 (July 9, 2014)
  • Tweton v. Country Preferred Ins. Co. (North Dakota) (UIM/Stacking). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  • In re XL Specialty Ins. Co. (Texas) (Bad Faith/Discovery). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 12 (July 30, 2012)
  • Employers Mutual Cas. Co. v. Holman Building Co., LLC, Alabama, Procedure/Intervention. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 1, February 3, 2012
  • Hegseth v. American Family Mutual Ins. Group (Minnesota) (UM/UIM Time Limits) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 6 (April 20, 2016)
  • Badiali v. New Jersey Mfrs. Ins. Group (New Jersey) (Bad Faith/Fairly Debatable Claims) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 4 (March 11, 2015)
  • Quihuis v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. (Arizona) (Bad Faith/Duty to Settle) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 5, 2015)
  • Nodak Mutual Ins. Co. v. Bahr-Renner (North Dakota) (Auto Insurance/”Step Down” Endorsement) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 4 (March 21, 2014)
  • Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. v. SGS Petroleum Service Corp. (Texas) (Excess Insurance/Notice-Prejudice). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 14 (August 20, 2013)
  • Amerex Group, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co. (New York) (Appraisal). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10 (July 9, 2012)
  • Pedicini v. Life Ins. Co. of Alabama, 6th Cir. 2012 [Kentucky], Bad Faith/Narrow Policy Interpretation. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13, August 13, 2012
  • Weingarten Realty Management Co. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., Texas, Duty to Defend. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 12, August 12, 2011
  • Dairyland Ins. Co. v. Mitchell (Connecticut) (Auto Insurance/Exclusions) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 4 (March 20, 2016)
  • Williams v. Government Employees Ins. Co. (South Carolina) (Auto Insurance/Policy Limits) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 17 (October 13, 2014)
  • City Center West, LP v. American Modern Home Ins. Co. (Colorado)(Property Insurance/Assignments) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 3 (March 4, 2014)
  • Fedderson v. Columbia Ins. Group (South Dakota) (Property Insurance/Innocent Co-Insureds). Ins. Lit Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 1 (February 4, 2013)
  • Vision One LLC v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co. (Washington) (Property Insurance/Ensuing Loss), Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8 (June 11, 2012)
  • Goheagan v. American Vehicle Ins. Co., Florida, Bad Faith/Duty to Settle. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10, July 9, 2012
  • Lennar Corp. v. Transamerica Insurance Co., Arizona, Bad Faith/Defenses. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 8, May 23, 2011
  • Mesa v. Clarendon National Ins. Co. (11th Cir., Florida) (Duty to Settle/Multiple Claims) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 16 (October 6, 2015)
  • Murphy v. Patriot Ins. Co. (Vermont) (Adjusters) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 15 (September 10, 2014)
  • United Services Automobile Ass’n v. Speed (Washington) (Liability Insurance/Accident) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 3 (March 4, 2014)
  • Prest v. Louisiana Citizens Property Ins. Corp. (Louisiana) (Agents & Brokers). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 21 (December 23, 2012)
  • Quade v. Secura Insurance, Minnesota, Appraisal. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 10, July 9, 2012
  • Westport Ins. Corp. v. VN Hotel Group, LLC, Florida, Liability Insurance/Legionnaires Disease. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 4, March 25, 2011
  • Garcia v. GEICO General Ins. Co. (11th Cir., Florida) (Bad Faith) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 14 (September 11, 2015)
  • Springer v. Erie Ins. Exchange (Maryland) (Liability Insurance/Business Pursuits Exclusion) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 13 (August 8, 2014)
  • State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Brechbill (Alabama) (Bad Faith). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 18 (October 18, 2013)
  • Stancil v. ACE USA (New Jersey) (Bad Faith/Workers’ Compensation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 18 (October 26, 2012)
  • Sprague v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, Washington, Property Insurance/Ensuing Loss. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 8, June 11, 2012
  • American Family Mutual Ins. Co. v. Hansen (Colorado) (Policy Interpretation) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 12 (July 26, 2016)
  • Atlantic Casualty Ins. Co. v. Greytak (Montana) (Liability Insurance/Notice) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 12 (August 14, 2015)
  • Cich v. National Life Ins. Co. (Minnesota) (Disability Insurance) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 36, No. 11 (July 9, 2014)
  • Caron v. Horace Mann Ins. Co. (Massachusetts) (Policy Interpretation/Reformation). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 35, No. 17 (October 1, 2013)
  • Hoover v. Maxum Indemnity Co., (Georgia) (Estoppel/Duty to Defend). Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 13 (August 13, 2012)
  • Rogue v. Allstate Ins. Co., Colorado, Automobile Insurance/Road Rage. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 34, No. 2, February 17, 2012
  • Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf (Washington) (Insurance Counsel/Conflict Of Interest) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 38, No. 10 (July 1, 2016)
  • Lodholtz v. York Risk Services Group, Inc. (Indiana) (Adjuster Liability) Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 37, No. 4 (March 11, 2015)

Educational Background:

  • Arizona State University, B.S., Major: Political Science, Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Honors: Barrett Honors College Graduate, Honors: With Honors, Honors: Honors Thesis - The Panama Canal: A Question of Sovereignty, 1978
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, LL.M., Major: Insurance Law, Honors: With Honors, Honors: CALI Award of Excellence – Workers’ Compensation, Honors: Recipient 2012 Insurance Law Center LL.M. Award (Awarded to the outstanding LL.M. graduating student), Honors: Honors Thesis — A Practical Exploration Into The Policy Architecture Of Directors & Officers Insurance Coverage

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  • “Steve Plitt is an outstanding insurance coverage attorney. His practice includes acting as an expert on a national level concerning insurance coverage issues. He is also quite generous with his time by being a speaker at numerous seminars on insurance coverage.”
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