November 11, 2019
ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization and members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and possess additional litigation experience. Members must also exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism.
November 9, 2019
November 4, 2019
Section 624.1055 allows a liability insurer who owes a duty to defend an insured and defends the insured a right of contribution for defense costs from any other liability insurer who also owes a duty to defend the insured in that same action. There is no entitlement to recovery of defense costs incurred prior to the other liability insurer’s receipt of notice of the claim. Defense costs are to be allocated by the court according to the terms of the applicable liability insurance policies. Section 624.1055 applies to liability insurance policies issued for delivery in Florida or under which an insurer has a duty to defend an insured against claims or actions asserted in Florida, including surplus lines insurance policies.
Prior to the recent enactment of Section 624.1055, a liability insurer’s right to contribution of defense costs was essentially prohibited pursuant to Florida case law. See Penn. Lumbermens Mut. Ins. Co. v. Ind. Lumbermens Mut. Ins. Co., 43 So. 3d 182, 186 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010) (“[T]here is no right of reimbursement to defense costs between primary insurers of a common insured.”); Cont’l Cas. Co. v. United Pac. Ins. Co., 637 So. 2d 270, 271 (Fla. 5th DCA 1994) (“[T]he duty of each insurer to defend its insured is personal and does not inure to the benefit of another insurer.”); Argonaut Ins. Co. v. Md. Cas. Co., 372 So. 2d 960, 963-64 (Fla. 3d DCA 1979) (same).
Now, through the enactment of Section 624.1055, Florida law regarding the right of contribution of liability insurers for defense costs is more akin to the law in most other states.
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September 17, 2019
September 5, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastation Hurricane Dorian caused in the Bahamas, as well as with those in Dorian’s path along the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
There are many outstanding relief efforts being organized, and charities are gearing up to send medical teams and relief supplies to the Bahamas. Unfortunately, emergency situations also often trigger many fraudulent charity solicitations. Below are links to lists Charity Watch and Charity Navigator have compiled of efficient and accountable charities involved in efforts to provide relief to Hurricane Dorian victims. We hope you will find it helpful in any plans being made to donate.
September 4, 2019
Michael obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida International University, with the hope of helping others as a counselor. While the work was fulfilling, Michael always believed his talents could be used in a better way, which led him to begin his legal career at St. Thomas University, College of Law. Michael’s background in Psychology has been instrumental in his role as a counselor at law, and he has found that this background, when combined with his passion for problem-solving, provides a uniquely effective approach to every legal representation, no matter the complexity.
Michael’s problem-solving skills help him defend cases in a wide variety of practice areas including class action defense, construction defect litigation, premises liability, and commercial litigation. He thrives on the new challenges and issues presented by every matter he handles while keeping focused on helping his clients navigate the often-stressful process of litigation. Michael has also been selected as one of the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2014-2019.
When he is not handling matters in the courtroom, Michael enjoys following sports, history, and traveling with his wife—he has been fortunate enough to visit more than fifteen countries. For Michael, “life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” He is motivated by the uncertainty of life and believes that you have to spend as much time as possible doing what you love with the people that you love. When asked what the best advice ever given to him was, he said “give it your best and everything will fall into place.” We couldn’t agree more.
August 29, 2019
Hurricane Dorian has a good chance of strengthening and making landfall along Florida's Atlantic Coast in the next few days.
While there is still much uncertainty as to where Dorian will end up, if you are anywhere in its potential path, we trust you are taking every precaution to ensure you and your family's safety.
We have put together a list of helpful links below and hope you will find them useful. We have also activated our storm claims assistance help center, and we are available to address any storm-related claims issues or questions at: StormHelp@KubickiDraper.com.
All our best wishes to you and your family as preparations are made and we await more information about the impact Dorian will have on the Atlantic Coast.
Helpful Links and Phone Numbers
(Department of Homeland Security: actions to take under a hurricane watch/warning & what to do after the storm)
Florida Division of Emergency
(emergency information for Florida)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
(federal disaster response and recovery information & active advisories for Hurricane Dorian)
State of Florida Emergency Information (24-hour hotline): 1-800-342-3557
State Volunteer and Donations Hotline: 1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)
American Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669)
Florida Power and Light: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)
Florida Department of Elder Affairs: 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)
Caryn L. Bellus, Angela Flowers and Betsy E. Gallagher - Appellate Practice
Brad McCormick - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Commercial Litigation
Michael Carney – Litigation - Insurance
Jane Rankin - Real Estate Law
Laurie Adams - Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Laurie Adams was also recognized as 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants category for the West Palm Beach area. We are extremely proud of Laurie, as only one lawyer in each practice area and community is awarded this honor.
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Their belief has always been that the quality of a peer review survey is directly related to the quality of the voters.
July 2, 2019
July 1, 2019