Tag Archives: Windstorm Insurance Conference

Bill Berk and John Pappas Provide a Unique Perspective About Insurance Bad Faith Claims Handling and Claims Ethics Found Only at the Windstorm Insurance Conference

John Pappas is a tough litigator and very bright. I’ve known him since I helped him get his position at the 100 plus insurance coverage defense firm eventually known as Butler Pappas way back in 1982 when only a handful of attorneys worked there. Bill Berk was a tough prosecutor before he became a principal … Continue Reading

Merlin vs Badger II – Gonna Be the Baddest Show in Orlando

The Windstorm Insurance Conference in Orlando will feature a debate re-match between yours truly representing the policyholder view and Steve Badger who represents insurance companies. Many of my policyholder friends often ask how I can have such a good professional relationship with Badger whom they view as somebody akin to Darth Vader. I am certain some … Continue Reading

Why Should Insurance Company Adjusters, Attorneys, and Expert Vendors Attend The 2016 Windstorm Insurance Conference?

I can answer the question above with a post I wrote almost seven years ago, The 2009 Windstorm Insurance Conference: The Windstorm Insurance Conference was founded nearly a decade ago byinsurance defense attorney, Janet Brown. Her law firm biography does not do her justice. She has been nationally recognized as one of the top insurance … Continue Reading

Come See Me at the 16th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, 1/19-22, The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans

Along with many of my Merlin Law Group colleagues, I will be attending the Windstorm Insurance Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans January 19-22, 2015. If you are an avid reader of this blog, you likely already know that the annual Windstorm Insurance (WIND) Conference provides a forum for review and discussion of … Continue Reading

Inside Perspective on the 2014 Wind Conference

Wow. What a conference! This week Merlin Law Group was a sponsor and exhibitor at the 15th Annual Windstorm Insurance Network Conference held at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Merlin Law Group’s own Chip Merlin, Jean Niven, and Doug Grose, all presented on educational panels throughout the week.… Continue Reading

Ethics of Appraisers—Just Wishful Thinking?

Nobody publicly admits that they are acting unethical. Yet, for many endeavors in life, there are neither established ethical standards nor many rules explaining what fair and just behavior should entail. Until recently, I would suggest that appraisers and the appraisal process in many venues was a process with few rules and no ethical standards. … Continue Reading

Hurricane Sandy Personal Property Claims–Include All Acquisition and Setup Costs to Determine Value

Many policyholders making Hurricane Sandy personal property claims will not get paid what they deserve because their insurance adjusters fail to tell them to include all acquisition and setup costs when determining value. I thought about this over the weekend following Friday’s post, The Mythical National Flood Claim Memo and Sandy Flood Claims.… Continue Reading

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Experiences Tornado Force Winds– Roof Damage May Not Be Apparent Until After Significant Snowmelt or Rain

On December 1, 2011, Steamboat Springs experienced wind speeds equivalent to an F2 tornado or a level three hurricane. Gusts of 123 mph were recorded at ski area peaks. Captured in a video on NBC’s channel 9 local news is the severe roof and window damage the winds caused to the condos in the village.… Continue Reading

The 2012 Windstorm Insurance Conference Schedule Is Out – Don’t Miss This Great Opportunity!

The Windstorm Insurance Network’s 13th Annual Conference is set for January 30 to February 2, 2012, at the beautiful Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida. WIND® recently posted the schedule, and, as you can see, there are educational opportunities for every adjuster, novice or highly experienced, to learn and better their skills. Adjusters, agents, … Continue Reading

Timely Windstorm Conference in Georgia

As reported in Wind® Regional Symposium in Atlanta May 10, 2011, the Windstorm Insurance Network® is sponsoring a Regional Symposium in Georgia regarding windstorm claims,  Given the recent tornados and severe windstorm destruction, this conference is extraordinarily timely for adjusters who are addressing these issues.… Continue Reading

Windstorm Insurance Network® Dominated by Independent and Company Adjusters

Myths and rumors in the property adjusting community are puzzling to me. As the current President of the Windstorm Insurance Network®, I was copied on an internet post that wrongly indicated that the Windstorm Insurance Conference® had attendance by public insurance adjusters that outnumbered the attendance of insurance adjusters by a four to one margin. … Continue Reading

Safety Instructions for Public Adjusters

For public insurance adjusters, safety should be a top concern when inspecting a loss. I wanted to remind public adjusters how important it is to be aware of your personal safety when adjusting losses. You are often put in dangerous situations, and it is human nature to take safety and security for granted. Sometimes it … Continue Reading

Mediation Tips from Experts can help Public Adjusters

This week, I attended the Twelfth Annual WINSTORM Insurance Conference in Houston, Texas. This year’s conference was held at the perfect location in Houston- the Hilton Americans. The Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar was the co-sponsor and continuing education credits were offered to adjusters and attorneys in various states. This … Continue Reading

The Fantastic Adjuster

In a few hours, I will become the President of the Windstorm Insurance Network. The 12th Annual Windstorm Conference has provided some impressions and reminded me of the silent majority of insurance adjusters who go about their jobs providing peace of mind and certainly overpaying parts of claims.… Continue Reading
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