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Robert D. Moses

Partner

An accomplished attorney with a distinguished litigation practice, Robert (Bob) Moses, a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Conroy Simberg, represents clients in insurance coverage, personal injury, wrongful death and trucking litigation.  He has been called upon by insurance companies throughout the United States to provide opinions related to insurance coverage and to prosecute declaratory actions on their behalf. Bob has tried cases throughout the state of Florida for defense clients. 

In 1974,  Bob started practicing law with the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville, Florida where he was an Assistant State Attorney for two and a half years in the felony division.  , he began his practice in the insurance industry in Fort Lauderdale in 1976, and opened and was a partner in the law office of Wiederhold, Moses in 1983. 

Practice Areas:  

Admitted to Practice: 

  • Florida, 1974 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court 

Education:  

  • University of Florida College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1974
  • University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association

Honors & Awards: 

  • AV® Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Experience: 

  • INSURANCE COVERAGE DEFENSE: The action arose as a result of a negligence claim by a contractor climbing up a ladder for the purpose of re-roofing at the building owned by the insured.  The contractor was holding a piece of  aluminum siding when it made contact with the adjacent power line, resulting in his electrocution and death.  On behalf of the insurer for the property owner we filed a Declaratory Action  asserting an exclusion within the policy for bodily injury to a contractor, subcontractor or employee.  After a trial on the merits of the Declaratory Action, the United States District Court agreed with our position and  ruled that the exclusion applied to the facts of the case and determined that the policy did not provide insurance coverage and that the insurer had no duty to defend the insured for the law suit filed against him by the Estate of the contractor.
  • BAD FAITH AND EXTRA CONTRACTUAL LIABILITY:  The claim originated from a clear liability accident involving the claimant’s motor cycle and the insured motor vehicle which resulted in the death of the claimant.  Unsuccessful efforts were made by the insurer to contact the family of the decedent over any extended period of time.  Ultimately the insurer offered what was mistakenly believed to be the insurance policy limits to the decedent’s family only to later determine that the policy limits were higher.  Efforts to re-tender the actual policy limits were rejected by the Estate and the liability case proceeded to trial resulting in a verdict well in-excess of the policy limits.  After an assignment by the insured, a Bad Faith suit was filed against the insurer.  We defended the bad faith claim based upon a  good faith mistake by the insurer and the failure of the Estate to cooperate in attempting to resolve the claim. The jury agreed with our defense and rendered a defense verdict.
  • WRONGFUL DEATH:  On Christmas Eve two minor teenagers died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in which the defendant crossed over the yellow dividing line of the highway causing a head-on collision.  Two separate Wrongful Death law suits were filed in Palm Beach County each resulting in heartbreaking and highly emotional evidence on behalf of the surviving parents.  Our defense stressed the importance of setting aside any sympathy and emotion in rendering a decision. Each jury returned verdicts which were a small fraction of what was asked for by the Estate attorneys and far lower than was demanded at mediation and pre-trial demands.