National Insurance Law Forum is a public service intended to facilitate discussion and an exchange of ideas and information among insurance industry professionals, risk managers, attorneys, policyholders, students, and others with an interest in the development of American insurance law. Members of the Forum are attorneys who concentrate their practice in insurance and bad faith law and litigation.
Kevin Merriman is partner to Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP in Rochester, NY. He handles personal, commercial, and professional lines, and surplus/excess lines issues, providing coverage analysis and representing litigants in coverage disputes. He has been an active member of the Insurance Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute as chair of its publications committee. Kevin also writes and lectures extensively on insurance law issues.
Jason M. Seitz has been with Butler since 2009. He is an accomplished attorney and is a member of The Florida Bar. His practice is focused primarily upon First- and Third Party Property Insurance Coverage matters. He also defends contractors and design professionals in construction defect cases, and defends carriers against claims of “bad faith.”
Jason received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2005. While in law school, he earned the highest marks of his class in Criminal Law, and he earned honors for his work in Legal Research and Writing as well as in Appellate Advocacy. Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997.
Prior to joining Butler, Jason was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County where he prosecuted crimes ranging from DUI to homicide. Jason has tried more than 25 jury trials and has similarly significant non-jury trial experience.
Michael Aylward is a Senior Partner in the Boston office of Morrison and Mahoney, LLP. His national practice involves claims, lawsuits and appeals involving insurance coverage disputes. He serves as coordinating ,trial, and appellate counsel for numerous liability insurers in personal and commercial property liability cases. He is regularly retained as an expert witness on insurance issues and writes and lectures often on insurance coverage, legal ethics and bad faith litigation.
Diane Polscer is the Managing Partner of the Portland office of Gordon & Polscer, L.L.C. She specializes in insurance coverage and commercial litigation. She is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of insurance coverage and litigation issues. She also serves on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has served in several executive leadership positions with both the Defense Research Institute and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
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Christopher Martin is a trial lawyer who specializes in bad faith litigation and insurance coverage disputes. He is licensed in Texas and Oklahoma, and is the Founding Partner of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson, & Wisdom, LLP. He is the author of three legal treatises and more than 90 articles on insurance law and insurance litigation. He has served as the Professor of Insurance Law at the University of Houston Law School for ten years and is a frequent speaker at state and national insurance seminars. He frequently serves as an expert witness, mediator and arbitrator of insurance disputes.
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