Policyholder Attorney of the Year 2008 - Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Kevin McCarty and Chip Merlin, who were recently honored by the LexisNexis Insurance Law Center‘s Person of the Year Awards. Chip received Honorable Mention in the category of Policyholder Attorney of the Year. Explaining the basis for the award, the Insurance Law Center noted:

“Chip Merlin’s dedicated and ethical work on behalf of policyholders is a true measure of success that merits an honorable mention in this Policyholder Attorney category.”

Kevin M. McCarty, Florida’s Commissioner of Insurance Regulation, won the award for Regulator of the Year. As you might remember from previous blogs (A Fantastic Regulatory Settlement; State Farm’s Fitness and Trustworthiness to Conduct Business Questioned), Chip predicted that McCarty would not cow to State Farm and other big insurers. This is one of the reasons Lexis chose to honor McCarty:

“Kevin McCarty’s impact on Florida and the nation’s insurance marketplace is undeniable. He has proven himself as a force to be reckoned with. In his steadfast role as “agitator in chief” of the property and casualty marketplace in the Sunshine State, he has irritated homeowners’ insurance companies for the benefit of consumers to the point where large carriers have threatened to exit the marketplace.”

You can read more in Julie Patel’s article in last Tuesday’s Sun Sentinel.