Thursday, August 29, 2019

Hurricane Mediations Sure to Come

With the likely path of Hurricane Dorian to include Florida, homeowners will want to check their insurance information and keep policy numbers handy should claims arise. I have conducted many mediations over the past few hurricane seasons and as is expected, these claims take time to adjust and longer to litigate and eventually mediate. Past storm litigation continues for thousands of residents previously encountering losses. Keep in mind, under state law, a hurricane is defined in Section 627.4025(2)(c), Florida Statutes, as a storm system that has been declared a “hurricane” by the National Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. According to Section 627.4025, Florida Statutes, the Hurricane Deductible applies only in the event of a named hurricane. The duration of a hurricane in which the Hurricane Deductible would apply includes the time period: 1) Beginning at the time a hurricane watch or warning is issued for any part of Florida by the National Hurricane Center and 2) Ending 72 hours following the termination of the last hurricane watch or hurricane warning issued for any part of Florida by the National Hurricane Center. Florida's Department of Consumer Services usually updates information in the aftermath of a named storm and lists contact information for most insurance carriers. Stay safe and see more here-- and

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Join us 8/28 for free CLE/CME on Design Thinking in Mediation

Join me and my new UWWM colleague, April Walker, for a free CLE Webinar at noon Wednesday, August 28, 2019. We will explore the application of design thinking to the mediation process in Florida. Those who like to go beyond the day-to-day of alternative dispute resolution and apply other rubrics to improve outcomes should attend this interesting program. The formal title is "Design Thinking Applied to Mediation: Taking Advantage of the Informal and Non-Adversarial Nature of the Mediation Process" and it will look at principles that are successfully employed in other disciplines. For over fifty years, creative problem-solving approach designers have used these techniques to create new values that are different and make a positive impact. We intend to offer some ideas in the problem-solving role of mediation and to encourage some innovation in the daily approach of settling lawsuits. This complimentary CLE is approved by the Florida Bar for 1.0 hour of general CLE credit. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.