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Spotlight: Insurance Bad Faith Seminar

This year’s seminar will feature some of the early innovators who literally “wrote the book” on Bad Faith law. Two of the speakers have handled landmark cases that shaped the development of bad faith law in the State of Florida. I’m looking forward to hearing from these litigators who have made a huge an impact on our industry.

– Waylon Thompson, Insurance Bad Faith Seminar Co-Chair

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Featured Session: Bad Faith Pre-Litigation

Speaker: Robert G. Kerrigan, Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson, Pensacola

This session will cover the following new topics and solutions to the challenges attorneys face when dealing with bad faith:

  • Defenses to bad faith originate early in the underlying case
  • How to avoid the meritless “set up” defense from early on
  • What to avoid in oral and written communications from the day you accept the underlying case
  • The ever-increasing problem of major injuries in automobile accidents and inadequate liability limits
  • How to identify the potential bad faith claim at its earliest
  • How to perfect a bad faith potential recovery


Robert Kerrigan was one of nine trial lawyers selected by the Governor of the State of Florida to prosecute the State’s claim for Medicaid recovery against the tobacco industry, the case settled during jury selection for, at the time, the largest civil judgment in the history of the United States.

Mr. Kerrigan is currently involved in the prosecution of international human rights cases as well as select accidental death and serious injury cases. He served as co-counsel in two recent ATVA and ATS trials, Ford v. Garcia and the Estate of Winston Cabello, et al. v. Armando Fernandez-Larios.

Insurance Bad Faith Seminar

Program Co-Chairs: Stephen A. Marino, Jr., Miami, and Waylon Thompson, Panama City

Thursday, September 29
8:30 am – 11:46 am

8:30 am | Welcome & Opening Comments
Stephen A. Marino, Jr., Miami, and Waylon Thompson, Panama City

8:35 am | Panel Conversation: Fridman and Other Recent Developments
Stephen A. Marino, Jr., Miami, and Waylon Thompson, Panama City

8:55 am | Pre-Litigation
Robert G. Kerrigan, Pensacola

9:40 am | Litigation: Personal Injury Lawyer’s Ten Commandments
Robert J. Mayes, Gulf Breeze

10:25 am | Break & Exhibit Viewing

10:40 am | Mistakes Made in the Underlying Verdict and the Trial Itself in the Bad Faith Case
Rebecca Creed, Jacksonville

11:10 am | Words of Wisdom from a Former Judge: What Not to Do in the Bad Faith Trial
Honorable Fred Hazouri, West Palm Beach

11:45 am | Adjourn


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