Windstorm Insurance Conference

It is time to register for the 21st Annual Windstorm Insurance Network Conference. If you are reading this blog post, consider yourself personally invited. I welcome you to register and attend this conference, as the planning has been near and dear to me for several months. Under President Rick Tutwiler, I was selected as the conference committee co-chair. Along with defense attorney Illon Kantro, my dedicated partner in this mission, we have enabled a slew of team members to help Mr. Tutwiler with all the details for this upcoming conference.
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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 of his South Florida defense firm and a person I have been battling since Hurricane Andrew.
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Steve Badger and Chip Merlin

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 insurance claims executives wonder why Steve would hang out or discuss the current issues addressing insurance claims with somebody their world may view as on the insurance industry’s most wanted to destroy list.
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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 company litigators for some time. Janet and I have battled in Court over just about everything. She is competent, creative, professional, and a person who quietly knows the weak points of any argument.

Fortunately, she had the brilliant idea to start a Windstorm Insurance Network whose membership was inclusive of all trades and professions dealing with windstorm claim issues. There is not another group or association like it in the insurance business.


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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 windstorm and related property insurance issues. It is billed as the only conference of its kind focusing solely on windstorm claim issues and is geared to many different levels and professions in the property damage insurance industry.

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Register by close of business on January 5, 2015 for the best value on the 16th annual Windstorm Insurance Network Conference. Make plans to join us in the Big Easy for this annual conference. WIND is a time when all sides of the insurance profession come together to connect and learn from each other in a professional manner. Every year, the keynote speaker inspires us to have a productive week filled with some of the very best continuing education courses that are on point with property damage and insurance issues.


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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the First Party Claims Conference in Warwick, Rhode Island, along with several of my Merlin Law Group colleagues. FPCC is a great opportunity to attend great presentations, earn CE credits, and network with some of the best in the claims advocacy industry. Another important conference is coming up in January: The Windstorm Insurance Conference.


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