Matthew J. Smith

Phone: 

(407) 284-4990

Fax: 

(407) 284-4999

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Claim Investigation
  • Property and Casualty Defense



Education

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. 
Juris Doctorate Degree, 1983.

Mr. Smith completed his law studies as a night student while working full time and completed the traditional four-year program in just over three years graduating in the top one-third of his class.  He also served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board advancing two years to the national moot court competition at the University of Virginia, College of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Mr. Smith was later asked to return to his alma mater as an adjunct instructor of Insurance Law.

University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film, 1980.



Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Courts:
    • Northern District of Ohio
    • Southern District of Ohio
    • Eastern District of Kentucky
    • Western District of Kentucky
    • Eastern District of Michigan
    • Northern District of Indiana
    • Middle District of Florida
    • Southern District of Florida
    • Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • Courts of Appeals:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • State Courts:
    • Ohio
    • Kentucky
    • Michigan
    • Florida



Orlando, FL

200 S. Orange Avenue
Suite 1575
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 284-4990

Additional Locations

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Detroit, MI
  • Lexington, KY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Louisville, KY
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

Notable Experience

 

SIGNIFICANT APPELLATE DECISIONS

Smith v. Allstate Indem. Co., 304 Fed. Appx. 430 (6th Cir. 2008)
http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/08a0783n-06.pdf

myTriggers.com, Inc. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14741 (Feb. 18, 2009)

Aubin Indus., Inc. v.  Jeffrey Smith, 2008 FED App. 0721N (6th Cir. 2008)
www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/08a0721n-06.pdf

Wagner-Meinert, Inc. v. EDA Controls Corp., 2007 FED App. 0149N (6th Cir. 2007)
www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/07a0149n-06.pdf

Jahn v. Equine Servs., PSC, 233 F.3d 382 (2000)
www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/00a0398p-06.pdf

Smith v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95674 (June 11, 2007)

Smith v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93998  (Dec. 29, 2006)

Wagner-Meinert, Inc. v. EDA Controls Corp., 444 F. Supp. 2d 800 (2006)

Clark v. Scarpelli, 91 Ohio St. 3d 271 (2001)
www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2001/2001-ohio-39.pdf

United State Co. v. Bird, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 2410 (5th Dist. May 18, 2001)

Pursley v. MBNA Corp., 2007 Ohio 1445 (8th Dist. 2007)
www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/8/2007/2007-ohio-1445.pdf

Combs v. Black, 2006 Ohio 2439 (10th Dist. 2006)
www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/10/2006/2006-ohio-2439.pdf


PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

2017:

  • "Big Data and the Battle for Social Media Discovery", (with Robert Biagi, Amy Foust, Mary Sadousky); Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Fraud Conference; Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Where's Waldo and What's He Up to Now?", IInternational Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Annual Fraud Conference; New Orleans, Louisiana
  • As America's Population Ages Are Insurers Keeping up in the Battle Against Fraud?; The Demotech Difference; Summer 2017
  • "A Portrait of Fraud - Are Insurers Properly Recognizing the Graying of America", (with Brett Kelley and Cathy Gicker); Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference; Orlando, Florida
  • "Can Insurers Fight Fraud While Privacy Vanishes?", Journal of Insurance Fraud in America, May 2017
  • "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Fraud Conference; Columbus, Ohio
  • "Rise in Litigation and the Impact Within the Claims Department" and "Where's Waldo...and What's He Up To?"; International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Annual Insurance Fraud Conference - Illinois Chapter; Addison, Illinois
  • "A Portrait of Fraud - Are Insurers Properly Recognizing the Graying of America", Utah Department of Insurance Conference; Salt Lake City, Utah
  • "Rendering a Correct Claim Decision", (Instructor with Dan Jaeger); International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) 2017 Annual Training Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada
  • "Think You've Completed Your Medical Puzzle?"; Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2017 Annual Conference; Nashville, Tennessee
  • "Legal Panel Update"; Insurance Fraud Management (IFM) Annual Conference; Phoenix, Arizona
  • "Diminution of Value Damages on Insurance Losses...A Rising Risk for Insurers"; Loss Executives Association (LEA) 86th Annual Meeting & Mid-Winter Educatonal Program; Tampa, Florida

2016:

  • "The Impact of Insurnance Advertising on Jurors", Claims Management, December 2016.
  • "A Portrait of Fraud - Are Insurers Properly Recognizing the Graying of America?"; National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC); 2016 Fall National Meeting; Miami Beach, Florida.
  • "Medical Recovery Actions"; National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); 2016 Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar; Bloomington, Illinois.
  • "Preparing the Subrogation Adjuster for the Deposition and Trial Testimony"; National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP); 2016 Annual Conference; Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • "Courtoom Testimony for the Fire Investigator...Keeping Your Cool and Not Getting Burned"; Greater Cincinnati Regional Arson Fire Investigator Seminar (GCRAFIS); 2016 Annual Meeting; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • "A Costly Surprise - The Prescense of a Subrogation Waiver May Change Everything", Claims Management, September 2016.
  • "Rise in Litigation and The Impact Within the Claims Department; National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC); 2016 Annual Convention; Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); 101 for Claims Adjusters Seminar; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "A Portrait of Fraud - Are Insurers Properly Recognizing the Graying of America"; International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU); 2016 Seminar & Expo on Insurance Fraud; Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • "Fraud Schemes & Scams - Investigation Leading to Filing an Affirmative Complaint" (with Brett Kelley); Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM); 2016 Claims College; Baltimore, Maryland.
  • "Following New Data Trails - When It Comes to Claims Investigations, Click Your Keyboards Instead of Your Heels", Claims Management, July 2016.
  • "Courts Broadly View Fraud Laws to Bolster Crime Fighting", Journal of Insurance Fraud in America, June 2016.
  • "Battling Bodily Injury Fraud…New Perspectives and Innovative Approaches"; Resort Hotel Association (RHA) Annual Conference; Pebble Beach, California.
  • "Claims Practices Litigation - A Rising Risk For Insurers"; Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference; Orlando, Florida.
  • "Where’s Waldo? Using Technology Tracking in Claims Investigations"; Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Atlanta Conference; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "Three Keys to Success at Trial"; The Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 15th Annual Emerging Trends in Fraud Investigation and Prevention Conference; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "The Legality of Online Investigations and Searches"; New York Anti-Car Theft and Fraud Association (NYACT) Fraud Technology Summit; Latham, New York.
  • "Selecting the Right Expert for the Fire Loss Claim", International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) 2016 International Training Conference; Orlando, Florida.
  • "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims", Farmers Insurance Training Session; Austin, Texas.
  • "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims", Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) / International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Joint Meeting; Maitland, Florida.
  • "The State of Denial - An Insurer’s Image Can Turn on a Phrase, Especially When It Comes to Coverage Decisions", Claims Management, March 2016.
  • 2016 Insurance Fraud Management (IFM) Conference; "Managing Fire Investigations and the Major Risks That Need Focused Attention" and "The Critical Need for Insurers to Evaluate Their Current Fire Loss Investigation Practices"; Savannah, Georgia.
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC) Fire & Arson Investigation Seminar; "Selecting the Right Expert for the Fire Loss Claim"; Savannah, Georgia.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Training Session; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Warrenville, Illinois.
  • Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Insurance Law Update Seminar; “Claims Practices Litigation in the New Millennium - A Rising Risk for Insurers”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • "Undetermined Fire Losses - Do We Pay the Claim or Investigate Further?", Litigation Management, Winter 2016.

2015:

  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Southern Florida Chapter Meeting; "Ride-Sharing: An Insurance Complication in the Modern World"; Miramar, Florida.
  • The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2015 Insurance Coverage / Extra-Contractual Conference; "Personalizing the Insurance Carrier in Bad Faith Litigation…  Putting a Face on the Company and Avoiding Being  Branded as the Uncaring Corporate Monster"; New York, New York.
  • "Intelligent Selection - 21st Century Approaches to Mock Trials and Jury Selection", Claims Management, November 2015.
  • The Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Meeting; "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Fairfield, Ohio.
  • The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) 2015 Annual Conference; "Combating the CSI Mystique: The Effect of Television and Movies on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony" and "Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims"; Reno, Nevada.
  • The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) Ohio Insurance Fraud Summit; "A Portrait of Fraud - Are Insurers Properly Recognizing the Graying of America?"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Michigan Chapter International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) 2015 Fall Seminar; "Legal Considerations Affecting Fire Loss Investigation and Litigation"; Livonia, Michigan.
  • Good Faith/Bad Faith - A Legal View, an Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC) publication, 2015.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2015 Claims College, "Alternative Fees in Construction, Complex, and CD Cases, Pitfalls, Profits, and the Providence of Experience"; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) 30th Annual Seminar & Expo on Insurance Fraud; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Orlando, Florida.
  • Celina Insurance Group Training Session; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Celina , Ohio.
  • "Where's Waldo? Using Technology Tracking in Claims Investigations", Claims Management, August 2015.
  • Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Illinois Chapter Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims'; Peoria, Illinois.
  • GEICO SIU Academy; "Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims"; Chevy Chase, Maryland.
  • Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Fire Science Seminar; “Selecting The Right Expert For The Fire Loss Claim”; Mason, Ohio.
  • 2015 National Farm Bureau Claim Executive and Legal Conference; "Claims Practices Litigation in the New Millennium - A Rising Risk for Insurers"; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • American Modern Insurance Group Training Session; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Batavia, Ohio.
  • "Are You Ready for Your Close Up?", Claims Management, June 2015.
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference; "Medical Recovery Actions" and "Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims"; Orlando, Florida.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Medical Legal Summit; "The RICO Act – How to Aggressively Use the Act Against the Unscrupulous in Medical Recovery Actions"; Chicago, Illinois.
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Michigan Chapter Seminar; "The Ethics of Investigating a Potential Fraud Claim"; Auburn Hills, Michigan.
  • Safe Auto Insurance Company Training Session; "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "Wasting Away – Sick of Throwing Money Away on Medical Provider Fraud?  Here’s How to Fight Back" Claims Management, May 2015.
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) / Ohio Auditor of State 15th Annual Fraud Investigation & Prevention Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims" and "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Insurance Fraud Conference; "Navigating the Land Mines – How to Properly Use Social Media in Claim Investigations" and "Get the Bang, But Avoid the Explosion – Effectively Using Social Media in Litigation"; Boston, Massachusetts.
  • The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Seminar and Expo on Insurance Fraud; "Combating the CSI Mystique: The Effect of Television and Movies on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony" and "Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims"; Littleton, Colorado.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Southwest Ohio Chapter Education & Networking Event; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference; "Cyber Liability: Are We Keeping Up?"; Palm Desert, California.
  • 2015 Insurance Fraud Management (IFM) Conference; "Emerging Legal Trends"; Coronado, California.
  • "A New Era of Cyber Liability Claims" Claims Management, March 2015.
  • Global Indemnity Insurance Company Training Session; “Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
  • American Conference Institute (ACI) 30th National Forum on Bad Faith Claims & Litigation; "Bad Faith Across Jurisdictions"; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • New York Anti Car Theft & Fraud Association, Inc (NYACT) Fraud Technology Summit; "The Legality of Online Investigations and Searches"; New York, New York.
  • Auto-Owners Insurance Company Training Session; “21st Century Claim Investigations: Emerging Trends and
    the Impact of Social Media"; Lansing, Michigan.
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC) Fire & Arson Investigation Seminar; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Orlando, Florida.
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Claims Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Litchfield Park, Arizona.
  • National ConnectForce Claims (NCC) 2015 Adjuster Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Insurance Law Update Seminar; “2014 - A Year in Review”; Mason, Ohio.

2014:  

  • "EUOs for the Pros - Five Considerations for Maximizing the Power of Testimony in Insurance Fraud Investigations" Claims Management, November 2014.
  • "Graying Baby Boomers May Swell Ranks of Fraudsters" Journal Of Insurance Fraud in America, November 2014.
  • "The CSI Mystique: Forensic Science in the Courtroom" Ohio State Bar Association Law You Can Use, November 2014.
  • Global Indemnity Insurance Training Session; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
  • 37th Annual Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) Training Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims" and "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Ocala, Florida.
  • The General Regional Training Session; "Ethics in Investigating Potentially Fraudulent Claims... A Team Approach"; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Annual Seminar; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; National Harbor, Maryland.
  • State Auto Insurance Company, House Counsel Meeting; “National Coordinating Counsel Program”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "Weed Control - Understanding Plaintiff's Approach to Social Media" Claims Management, September 2014.
  • The International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Annual Seminar & Expo on Insurance Fraud; "Combating the CSI Mystique: The Effect of Television and Movies on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony"; Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Iowa Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Fire Investigation Seminar; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims" and "Combating the CSI Mystique: The Effect of Television and Movies on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony"; Des Moines, Iowa.
  • EMC Insurance Company Training Program; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims" and "Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims"; Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2014 Claims College; "Schemes and Scams"; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Current Trends in Insurance Litigation Seminar; "Combating the CSI Mystique: The Effect of Television and Movies on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Hastings Mutual Insurance Company Training Meeting; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Canal Insurance Company Training Meeting; "Ethics in Investigating Potentially Fraudulent Claims… A Team Approach"; Greenville, South Carolina.
  • 2014 Kentucky Claims Association Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • GEICO SIU Academy; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Kentucky Chapter of International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Seminar; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims" and "Ethics in Investigating Potentially Fraudulent Claims… A Team Approach"; Orlando, Florida.
  • American College of Consultants Roundtable Symposium; ChiroLegal Presentation: "Effective Deposition, Trial Preparation and Courtroom Testimony"; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Illinois Chapter of International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Annual Seminar; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Addison, Illinois.
  • Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association (OATIA) / International Association of Auto Theft Investigatos (IAATI) 2014 Joint Annual Training Seminar; "Combating the CSI Mystique: The Effect of Television and Movies on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony"; Beachwood, Ohio.
  • The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Seminar and Expo on Insurance Fraud; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Littleton, Colorado.
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Southern Regional Claim Managers Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • "The RICO Act - How to Use the Statute to Aggressively Seek Recovery Against the Unscrupulous" Claims Management, April 2014.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2014 Annual Conference; "Publish or Perish vs. Publish AND Perish"; Boca Raton, Florida.
  • ChiroLegal Training Course; "You have seen CSI and The Practice... Welcome to the REAL WORLD of Chiropractic Forensics and the Law!"; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Bluegrass Claims Association Meeting; “Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims"; Nicholasville, Kentucky.
  • GEICO SIU Managers Council Meeting; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims" and “Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims”; Amelia Island, Florida.
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Bad Faith/Coverage/Fraud Conference; "When Insurance Bad Faith, Coverage and Fraud Collide: A Detailed Case Study"; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC) 25th Annual Arson Training Seminar; "Legal Considerations Affecting Fire Loss Investigation and Litigation"; Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • "Natural Selection – Find the Strongest Legal Counsel and Weed out the Weak" Claims Management, February 2014.
  • Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Insurance Law Update Seminar; “Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims”; Mason, Ohio. 

2013:

  • "Getting the Most From Your Defense $$$: How to Properly Select and Utilize Legal Counsel" CPCU Society Claims Interest Group Claims Quorum, Volume 31, Number 4, December 2013.
  • Ohio Chapter of International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Training Seminar; "Medical Recovery Actions"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Workmens Auto Insurance Company Training Program; "New Ways to Address and Combat PIP Fraud"; Los Angeles, California.
  • GEICO SIU Academy; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; McLean, Virginia.
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society Cincinnati Chapter I-Day; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Covington, Kentucky.
  • The National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Fall Meeting; “Combating the CSI Mystique - The Effect of Television, Movies and Pop Culture on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony”; Davenport, Iowa.
  • 17th Annual Fire Investigative Approaches Training Seminar Hosted by the North & South Carolina Chapters of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI); "Emerging Investigation Trends" and "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses"; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • "Preparing Your Closing Argument" DRI Trial Tactics Committee Trials and Tribulations, Volume 19 Issue 2.
  • The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) / Insurance Institute of Kentucky (IIK) Kentucky Insurance Fraud Summit; "Property Losses Panel"; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Medical Claims Defense Network (MCDN) Fall Seminar; "Ethics in Investigating Potentially Fraudulent Claims… A Team Approach"; Orlando, Florida.
  • Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) Meeting; "Proper Communications with Claimants on First Party Losses"; Chicago, Illinois.
  • ESIS Training Program; "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Tampa, Florida.
  • Farmers Insurance Company Liability Training Program; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Tampa, Florida.
  • "The CSI Mystique - Using Forensic Science in Insurance Litigation" (with Frank T. Zeigon), Litigation Management, Fall 2013.
  • The International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Seminar & Expo on Insurance Fraud; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims" and "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Advanced Issues in Insurance Law Seminar; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Southern Loss Association (SLA) 21st Annual Property Seminar; "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company August Meeting; “Combating the CSI Mystique - The Effect of Television, Movies and Pop Culture on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • "Doing More with Less in the New Age of Detection" Claims Management, July 2013.
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) Insurance Coverage Seminar; "Foreclosure Claims in Ohio – What Does an Insurer Owe and to Whom?"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Grange Insurance Company; “Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "Are You Connecting? Changes in Bad Faith Litigation in the Electronic Era" (with Frank T. Zeigon), Litigation Management, Summer 2013.
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Sarasota, Florida.
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference; "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Insurance Claims" and "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Orlando, Florida.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) International Training Conference; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Fire Losses"; Orlando, Florida.
  • "The Ethical Investigation of Claims: The Attorney Perspective" (with Frank T. Zeigon and editing assistance by Ian D. Mitchell), CPCU Society Claims Interest Group Claims Quorum, Volume 31, Number 1, March 2013.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company March Meeting; "Practical Considerations Affecting Fire Loss Investigation and Litigation"; Weston, Massachusetts.
  • The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Subrogation Litigation Skills & Management Conference; "Preparing for and Delivering the Closing Argument"; Austin, Texas.
  • Ohio Joint Insurance Fraud Seminar; "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "A Portrait of Fraud - Are Claims Investigators and SIUs Ignoring the Graying of America?" Claims Management, March 2013.
  • Farmers Insurance Company Liability Training Program; “Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims”; Tampa, Florida.
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC) Fire & Arson Investigation Annual Training Seminar; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Destin, Florida.
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Claims Conference; "Getting the Most from Your Defense $$$: How to Properly Select and Utilize Legal Counsel"; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2013 Webinar Series; "Investigating a Potential Fraud Claim... It takes a TEAM to get it right!"
  • Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl 2013 Insurance Law Update Seminar; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "Ten Things to Consider and Look For in Handling Insurance Claims" Claims Management, January 2013.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Insurance Fraud Mini-Conference; "New Ways to Address and Combat PIP Fraud"; Orlando, Florida.
  • Safe Auto Insurance Company Claims Training Program; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Combined Training Session of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2012:

  • Greater Cincinnati Regional Arson & Fire Seminar; "Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses"; Evendale, Ohio.
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Insurance Fraud Mini-Conference; "The Ethical Investigation of Claims"; Garden Grove, California.
  • "Social Media - What You're Doing Wrong and How to Fix it" Claims Management, October 2012.
  • Professional Association for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society Central Indiana Chapter 1-Day Event; "Using Social Media Effectively in the Investigation and Litigation of Insurance Claims"; Carmel, Indiana.
  • Liberty Mutual Advanced Origin & Cause Seminar; "Legal Considerations Affecting Fire Loss Litigation"; Denver, Colorado.
  • Professional Association for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society 2012 Annual Meeting; "Using Social Media Effectively to Investigate Insurance Claims—And How to Avoid Getting Trapped in Your Own Investigation!"; Washington, D.C.
  • Ohio Chapter of International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) 2012 Seminar; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "The Ethical Investigation of Claims: The Insurance Professional Perspective" (with Frank T. Zeigon), Litigation Management, Fall 2012.
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) Insurance Coverage Seminar; "Proper Communications with Claimants on First-Party Claims"; Westfield Center, Ohio.
  • State Auto Insurance Company, House Counsel Meeting; “Ethical Concerns in the Representation of Insureds”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • "The Ethical Investigation of Claims: The Attorney Perspective" (with Frank T. Zeigon and editing assistance by Ian D. Mitchell), Litigation Management, Summer 2012.
  • "Arbitration: The I’m Not Dead Yet Alternative Dispute Resolution Program", CPCU Society Claims Interest Group Claims Quorum, Volume 30, Number 1, May 2012.
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), Annual Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Fire Losses”; Orlando, Florida.
  • Merchants Insurance Group, New York State Claims Training Program; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Buffalo, New York.
  • Annual IASIU/NSPII Insurance Fraud Conference; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Addison, Illinois.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Annual Training Seminar; “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Dover, Delware.
  • Ohio Joint Insurance Fraud Seminar; "Ask the Experts – Without Getting a Bill!"; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Combined Training Session of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Nashville, Tennessee.

2011:

  • Combined Training Session of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Charlotte, North Carolina. 
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII), National Seminar; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Chicago, Illinois.
  • The Professional Association for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU Society), Annual Meeting; "Winning Strategies for Resolving Conflicts & Claims: Arbitration"; Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Combined Training Session of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Washington, D.C.
  • EMC Insurance Company, Annual Claim Manager Meeting; "Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims"; Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Combined Training Session of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Portland, Oregon.
  • Southern Loss Association, Property Seminar; “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ohio Arson School; “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • USAA Property & Casualty Insurance Company; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Tampa, Florida.
  • Combined Training Session of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Jamaica, New York.
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), Annual Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Orlando, Florida. 
  • USAA Property & Casualty Insurance Company; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; San Antonio, Texas. 
  • Safe Auto Insurance Company SIU Unit Training; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio. 
  • State Auto Insurance Company SIU Unit Training; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”, “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims” and “Things You Always Wanted to Ask an Insurance/SIU Lawyer, but either… A) Were Afraid to Ask, or B) Didn’t Want to Get a Bill for”; Cincinnati, Ohio. 
  • Kentucky State Arson Task Force (KSATF) and International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), Kentucky Chapter Arson Investigators Seminar; “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Elizabethtown, Kentucky. 
  • Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association (OATIA), Annual Motor Vehicle Theft Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio. 
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), Ohio Chapter Annual Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio. 
  • Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Arizona Service Center; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Phoenix, Arizona. 
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII), Arizona Chapter Kickoff; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Phoenix, Arizona. 
  • Combined Training Session of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); “Emerging Investigation Trends” and “Ethical Considerations in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Irving, Texas.
  • Ohio Joint Insurance Fraud Seminar; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • EMC Insurance Company, Bi-Annual Meeting; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Blue Ash, Ohio.

2010:

  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII), National Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company, State-Wide Claims Training Program; “Bad Faith Litigation and Mold Loss Claim Analysis”; Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
  • State Auto Insurance Company, National Staff Counsel Training Program; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Merchants Insurance Group, New York State Claims Training Program; “Good Faith Claims Handling”; Buffalo, New York.
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), Annual Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Orlando, Florida.
  • Southern Loss Association, Property Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), Ohio Chapter; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Combined Meeting of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) and International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU); “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Lexington, Kentucky.
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), Ohio Chapter; “Ten Things to Consider in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company, National Claims Training Program; “Ten Things to Consider in the Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association (OATIA); “Combating the CSI Mystique - The Effect of Television, Movies and Pop Culture on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony”; Cleveland, Ohio.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), Indiana Fire Investigation Conference; “Combating the CSI Mystique - The Effect of Television, Movies and Pop Culture on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony”; Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Cincinnati Claims Association; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Grange Mutual Insurance Company, National Special Investigations Unit Training Seminar; “Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Fire Losses”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Northern Kentucky University; Guest lecturer on the investigation of insurance fraud; Highland Heights, Kentucky.
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Insurance Coverage Seminar; “Addressing the Rights and Duties of Mortgagees and Lien Holders in First Party Property Claims”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • The Investigator, February 2010 Issue; “Bad Faith Law in Ohio – An Overview”; Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units.
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; “Case Studies in the Investigation of Insurance Fraud”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Business; Guest lecturer on insurance fraud investigation; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The Cincinnati Insurance Company, National Claims Training Program; “The Things You May Be Missing in Claims Investigations”; Cincinnati, Ohio.

2009:

  • United America Insurance Group; “Bad Faith Law in Ohio – An Historical View with Modern Applications for Handling of Litigation”; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Greater Cincinnati Regional Arson Investigators Seminar; “Spoliation of Evidence – An Analysis of Ohio Law”; Evendale, Ohio.
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Personal Injury Defense Seminar; “The Presence of Third Parties and Videotaping of Independent Medical Examinations”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII), National Seminar; “Combating the CSI Mystique - The Effect of Television, Movies and Pop Culture on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman and Dicker, LLP; “An Overview of Property Insurance Coverage Disputes and Insurance Fraud Investigations”; New York, New York.
  • Ohio Joint Insurance Fraud Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII), Regional Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Virginia State Police/Virginia NSPII Chapter, Annual Training Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Richmond, Virginia.
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), Annual Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims” and “Combating the CSI Mystique - The Effect of Television, Movies and Pop Culture on Claims Investigation and Courtroom Testimony”; Orlando, Florida.
  • Atlanta Claims Association, Annual Ethics Seminar; “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, Large Property Loss Annual Meeting; “The Mortgage Foreclosure Process in Insurance Claims”; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Ohio Association of Auto Theft Investigators; “Legal Trends and Updates”; Columbus, Ohio.

2008:

  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Council (FIFEC); “Successful Claim Investigation:  The Claims Professional/Attorney Partnership”; Orlando, Florida.
  • Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; “Identifying Files for Referral to S.I.U. Investigation:  The Things You May Be Missing”; Phoenix, Arizona.
  • The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Annual Meeting; “Ten Things to Consider as You Handle Claims”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The Ohio Arson Training Program, 2008 Mock Trial Program; Columbus, Ohio.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; “The Latest Updates and Developments on Defending Low-Impact Accident Claims”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII), Ohio Chapter; “Courtroom Testimony Training”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • The Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association (OATIA), Motor Vehicle Theft Seminar; “Expert Witness Testimony” and “Combating the CSI Mystique”; Columbus, Ohio.

2007:

  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB); Midwest Claims Conference Keynote Address, “Insurance Fraud in America Today, Why There is a Problem and Why  We Should be Concerned”; Columbus, Ohio
  • Florida Insurance Fraud Education Council (FIFEC); “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”; Orlando, Florida
  • Chubb Insurance Group, “Battling Fraud in the Property and Casualty Insurance Industry”; Chicago, Illinois.
  • American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association; “ Avoiding and Successfully Navigating Litigation”, multi-year program presented in Washington, D.C.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; Newark, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;  San Antonio , Texas; Tampa, Florida and Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, “Fundamentals of Bad Faith Insurance Law”; Fairfield, Ohio.
  • Allstate Insurance Company, “Bankruptcy and its Effect on Property Claim Files and Lawsuits”, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) Florida Chapter, Keynote Speaker; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2006:

  • State Farm Mutual Insurance Company; Multi-State Training Program, “The Effect of Bankruptcy Filings on Insurance Claims Investigations”; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Ohio Arson School, Columbus, Ohio.  “Effective Deposition and Courtroom Testimony”; Columbus, Ohio.
  • “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims”, Scottsdale Insurance Company and the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) Arizona, Chapter; Phoenix, Arizona.
  • American Orthotetics & Prosthetics Association Annual Meeting, Mock Jury Trial Program Presented by AIG Insurance Group; Hollywood, Florida.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), Annual Training Conference, Denver, Colorado.  Presentation on the “Ethics of Claims Investigations”.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, “Identifying the Medical and Legal Perspectives of Bodily Injury Fraud”; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar, “A Case Study:  Competing Arguments in a Fire Claim Investigation”; Cincinnati, Ohio.

2005:

  • Allstate Insurance Company, “Successful Claim Investigation”, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) and Ohio Department of Insurance Joint Seminar, “Bad Faith Law Fundamentals and Analysis of Bad Faith Litigation from a Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys View”; Plain City, Ohio.
  • Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, “Successful Claim Investigation: The Claims Professional/Attorney Partnership,” Multi-year program presented in Las Vegas, Nevada; Kansas City, Kansas; Novi, Michigan and Olathe, Kansas.
  • Auto-Owners Mutual Insurance Company, All-Ohio Claims Meeting, “Tort Reform in Ohio”; Dayton, Ohio.
  • Lima, Ohio Claims Association, Keynote Address on Ohio Tort Reform; Lima, Ohio.

2004:

  • Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University, “Litigation Problems in Defending Churches”; Ada, Ohio.
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar, “The Ethical Investigation of Insurance Claims;” Louisville, Kentucky.  Program also presented in 2003 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Prior to 2004:

  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar Presentations:
  • “Identifying the Medical & Legal Perspectives of Bodily Injury Fraud,” St. Louis, Missouri, 2002.
  • “The Rising Use of Telemarketing in Medical Fraud and Attorney Solicitations,” Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001.
     

EXPERT WITNESS RETENTION/TRIAL TESTIMONY

David Lister v. Farmers Insurance of Columbus, Inc.  Court of Common Pleas, Licking County, Ohio.  Case No: 01-CV-757.  Expert  testimony at jury trial on behalf of defendant resulting in jury returning verdict in favor of insurer on claim for bad faith and punitive damages.

Destiny Management v. Cincinnati Insurance Company, Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  Case No:  CV-02-472184.  Retained expert for defendant on case involving bad faith and breach of insurance contract claims. Case resolved prior to testimony being given. 

Wayne O. Coppage d/b/a Eagle Crest Golf Course. Non-litigated storm damage claim and related issues of insurance claim investigation and bad faith involving Praetorian Insurance Company; 2008. Assisted in successful mediation of claim.


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (CAIF)
         General Counsel 
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • The Michigan Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
         Co-chair Joint Committee with the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine
         Tort and Insurance Law Committee
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII)
         National President, 2006 -2007
         National Board of Directors, 2004 - 2008 and 2000 - 2002
         Ohio State Chapter President, 2001
         Ohio Chapter Board, 1998 - 2002
         Outstanding Achievement Award for Service in Fighting Insurance Fraud: 
              National Award, 2004
              Ohio Chapter Award, 2002
         Florida Chapter Member, 2011 
  • The International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
    • Chair - Insurance Training and Membership Advisory Committee
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB); Government Relations Pillar Committee for redevelopment of NICB efforts to fight insurance fraud. Special Appointment, 2007
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units
         Member - National Chapter
         Member - Ohio Chapter 
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
         Co-Chair - Insurance Fraud Committee
         Member - Insurance Bad Faith Committee