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October 24 Florida Law Alliance Continuing Education Conference, Tampa

Members of the Florida Law Alliance team will present their first Continuing Education Conference on October 24, 2013 at the DoubleTree Westshore Hotel in Tampa. Topics and speakers include:

  • You Gotta Have Faith: How Smart Handling Prevents Bad Faith presented by Attorney Daniel Mitchell from Barr Murman in Tampa. Attorney Mitchell will discuss trends in insurer bad faith litigation, recent case law developments, efforts at legislative reform, and the use of Coblentz agreements in both the insurance and indemnity context.
  • Impact and Damage Analyses of Motor Vehicle Accidents co-presented by guest speakers Rick Galdos, PhD, P.E. and William Lee, III, PhD, P.E. Our experts will discuss opinion evidence regarding injuries in restrained and unrestrained occupant cases, the limits of biomechanical engineering testimony, the interplay between accident reconstructionists and biomechanical engineers, and the use of computer animations and visual aids in illustrating opinion testimony.
  • Turning the Tables in Employment Claims: Using the Plaintiff’s Social Media and Other Electronically Stored Information as a Sword co-presented by Attorneys Spencer Silverglate from Clarke Silverglate in Miami and Robert Shearman from Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers. The days when cases were built primarily on paper documents and witness accounts are gone. Today, evidence is often indelibly recorded by electronic media. Why accept a plaintiff’s account of her recovery from an accident when she has already shared the most intimate details of her life by text message, Twitter or Facebook? Unlike paper which can be lost or discarded, or witness testimony which is subject to human failing, electronic evidence is indelible — and it doesn’t lie. Companies make a mistake when they view e-discovery purely as a burden to be avoided. This interactive panel discusses how defendants can ethically obtain and use electronic evidence to their advantage in litigation.
  • Ethics Session, Part I:  Aim High: Integrity, Ethics and Civility in Claims/File Handling presented by Attorney Joseph Amos from Fisher Rushmer in Orlando. Competitive insurance markets, together with increased governmental regulation, industry oversight and judicial scrutiny, all mean the ethical investigation, analysis and resolution of claims and cases are more important than ever. This ethics session provides a survey, review, and discussion of potential ethical issues and practical “real life” situations.
  • Ethics Session, Part II: Ethical Do’s and Don’ts for Best Results in ADR presented by Attorney Michael Schofield from Clark Partington in Pensacola. Michael will discuss some common misconceptions of ADR in order to explore a better understanding of ethical considerations in preparing yourself, the client and your case for mediation. He will also discuss best practices for conducting mediation, what to do when ethical issues arise during mediation, and how best to conduct post ADR activities.
  • Going on Offense: Best Strategies to Crush Fraudulent Claims presented by Attorney Johnny Sarber from Marks Gray in Jacksonville. The broad accessibility of the American court system necessarily permits a few bad apples who seek monetary gain through deception and fraud. Particularly in times of economic difficulty and desperate opportunism, insurers and self-insured defendants must not only be vigilant during the claims and litigation processes, but must also go on the offensive with aggressive tactics to uncover non-legitimate claims. This session will examine the available tools, proven tactics, and judicial attitude for rooting out fraud.

Continuing Education Credits for Florida Adjusters

This course has been approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services for 5 CEU credits for Florida Adjusters (3.0 CE324a, Adjuster Law & Policy; 1.0 CE324b, Adjuster Ethics; and, 1.0 CE324c, Adjuster Optional).


  • There is a cost of $25 per person and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and seminar materials.
  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the sessions will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Need Overnight Accommodations?

The DoubleTree Westshore has offered a group rate for the night of October 23, 2013 of $119/single or double occupancy. To obtain the group rate, call 813-879-4800 and ask for the Florida Law Alliance (FLA) convention rate or click here to make reservations online.

Meet & Greet Welcome Cocktail Reception

If you will be staying overnight on October 23, or are in the Tampa area, please join us for a Meet & Greet Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Timberwood Room at the DoubleTree.  Admission is complimentary for all seminar attendees.


Please contact Gail Lamarche, Director of Marketing at Henderson Franklin at 239.344.1186 or via email at or Shannon Gibbs, Marketing Coordinator at Marks Gray at 904.807.2191 or via email at

Online Registration

Click here to register or download the 2013 Florida Law Alliance CE Seminar Brochure to register by mail.


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