Conroy Simberg Elects Three New Partners in Florida

By January 17, 2018 Newsletters - 2018

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Conroy Simberg, a premier insurance and litigation defense law firm with offices in Florida and Georgia, has elected three attorneys to partnership in Florida, therefore boosting the firm’s diverse legal capabilities across the state.   

Timothy O. McMahon, a partner in the firm’s Orlando office, currently practices in all areas of general liability defense, with an emphasis on construction defects. He has represented general contractors, developers and subcontractors of various trades in disputes involving apartment complexes, multi-story/multi-family condominium projects, and single family homes. McMahon is admitted to practice in all Florida and Michigan state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit.

Tashia M. Small, a partner in the firm’s Jacksonville office, focuses her practice on liability matters including insurance defense, automobile liability, professional liability, general liability, premises liability, trucking/transportation, employment law, SIU/PIP and construction defects. She is admitted to practice in all Florida state and federal courts. In her spare time, Small is actively involved in the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she currently serves as the Parliamentarian and Legal Review Chair. 

Nicole F. Soto, a partner in the firm’s Tampa office, has experience defending self-insureds, insurers and their policyholders in claims involving personal injury, catastrophic loss, and construction defect litigation from case inception through trial. Her premises liability practice focuses on the representation of restaurants, supermarkets, parking lots, drinking establishments, DOT-controlled facilities, stadiums, shopping malls, large warehouses and home improvement stores. In Soto’s commercial trucking and transportation practice, she works with motor carriers including semi-tractor-trailers and tankers, buses, ambulances, waste haulers, and moving and storage van lines. Her real estate practice involves the prosecution and defense of title insurers, sellers and purchasers of real estate, mortgage lenders, and construction lienors in title disputes, priority lien challenges, and other real property proceedings.  About Conroy Simberg With 11 offices in Florida and Georgia, Conroy Simberg is a leading insurance defense firm with approximately 150 accomplished attorneys providing a diverse range of sophisticated legal services to insurance companies, self-insured organizations, employers and professionals in a variety of industries.  The firm’s core defense practices include general liability and casualty, workers’ compensation, commercial litigation, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Attorneys also represent clients in appellate law, construction litigation, premises liability, medical malpractice, products liability, automobile and trucking litigation, mass tort, and professional negligence, matters, as well as insurance fraud investigation, and subrogation/recovery. To learn more, please visit: www.conroysimberg.com.

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Complex Litigation Attorney Christopher G. Berga Joins Conroy Simberg

By December 19, 2017 Newsletters - 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Conroy Simberg, a leading insurance defense firm with offices in Florida and Georgia, is pleased to announce Christopher G. Berga recently joined the firm’s liability practice as a partner. He focuses his practice in commercial and construction litigation, directors and officers liability, general insurance defense including personal injury, creditor’s rights and landlord/tenant. Chris will also be a member of the firm’s newly formed Cannabis division. 

Chris’ experience includes representing both individual and corporate clients in state and federal courts in matters involving business and contract disputes, accounting malpractice, shareholder litigation, real property, commercial real estate, construction, fraud, employment, and lending institutions. Prior to joining Conroy Simberg, Berga worked for a national law firm where he also practiced in securities defense, insurance insolvency, financial litigation, e-discovery and lobbying. 

Chris is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts. He is a member of the Latin Builders Association, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, the Dade County Bar Association and Cuban American Bar Association.  Fluent in Spanish, Chris earned a juris doctor from the Boston University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. 

About Conroy Simberg With 11 offices throughout Florida and Georgia, Conroy Simberg is a leading insurance defense firm with approximately 150 accomplished attorneys providing a diverse range of sophisticated legal services to insurance companies, self-insured organizations, employers and professionals in a variety of industries.  The firm’s core defense practices include general liability and casualty, workers’ compensation, commercial litigation, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Attorneys also represent clients in appellate law, construction litigation, premises liability, medical malpractice, products liability, automobile and trucking litigation, mass tort, and professional negligence, matters, as well as insurance fraud investigation, and subrogation/recovery. To learn more, please visit: www.conroysimberg.com.

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Conroy Simberg Expands Southeast Regional Footprint with New Office in Georgia

By November 28, 2017 Newsletters - 2017

THOMASVILLE, Georgia – Conroy Simberg, one of the Southeast’s leading insurance defense firms, has expanded its Georgia presence with the opening of a new office in Thomasville, Georgia. Joshua C. Canton has been named Managing Partner of the office, from which he will oversee business development and client relations throughout the State of Georgia. Canton, an AV-rated trial attorney, has practiced civil liability defense for almost two decades and has served as a Partner in the firm’s Tallahassee office since 2011. 

“While we have been representing clients across the State of Georgia for many years, and have established a proven track record of obtaining outstanding results, we feel that our clients’ needs will be best served by our local presence in Thomasville,” said Canton. “Our strategic growth is driven by the interests of our clients and supported by our nationally recognized reputation as a premier insurance defense and commercial litigation firm.” 

Overall, the well-established rapidly-growing firm has approximately 150 attorneys providing a diverse range of legal services to insurance companies, self-insured organizations, businesses, and professionals. The firm’s major practice groups include general liability and casualty, workers’ compensation, claims defense, commercial litigation, and appellate law.  The firm represents clients across numerous industries, including insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, construction, professional services, retail, automotive, and transportation industries – to name a few.  

For over a decade, this expertise has been extended to Georgia, where, in addition to Canton, Conroy Simberg’s diverse group of Georgia attorneys represent clients in general civil liability, workers’ compensation, and appellate matters.  The team includes Sarah Finney Kjellin, a Georgia native who practices general liability, commercial litigation, and appellate law; Christopher A. Tice, who primarily defends businesses and other entities in workers’ compensation matters; Michael J. Bonfanti, a first party property and general defense litigator; and Lara J. Edelstein, whose practice centers on representing clients in appellate matters. 

“We are confident that the team we have assembled will provide the utmost legal focus in the most efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Conroy Simberg founder and Managing Partner Bruce Simberg. “For over 38 years, our approach has been to provide our clients with our signature level of high service and to utilize our legal expertise to ensure that clients can make timely and well-informed decisions. We are thrilled to combine the benefits of a hometown presence in South Georgia and with our solution-oriented service to clients throughout the state.” 

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Premises Liability Case

By November 1, 2017 Newsletters - 2017

Seth Goldberg, partner, and Josh Nathanson, an associate, in the firm’s Hollywood office obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability case.  The Plaintiff was an independent contractor who was given permission by the homeowners to come to their house to take measurements in their master bathroom.  The home was under a complete reconstruction at the time and was in the possession of a general contractor.  It was undisputed that the Plaintiff was aware of the hole in the floor.  As a result of the fall, the Plaintiff sustained a lumbar disc herniation that caused drop foot.  The defense agreed that the surgery performed was related to the fall.  The court instructed the jury that the Plaintiff needed to prove that the homeowners knew or should have known of the danger on the property.  The Plaintiff asked the jury to award at least $2,000,000 in damages, including $492,000 in lost wages.  After almost three hours of deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict as to the homeowners. 

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A Closer Look with Stuart Cohen

By October 19, 2017 Newsletters - 2017

Accomplished trial lawyer Stu Cohen, a partner in Hollywood, is the head of Conroy Simberg’s subrogation and recovery division. We take a closer look at Stu’s notable experience and the firm’s regional capabilities. 

Q: Why did you choose to focus your practice on subrogation and recovery?

A: I gained the majority of my jury trial and litigation experience as a plaintiff attorney. Working primarily on a contingency fee arrangement during that period helped shape my ability to quickly and cost-effectively move subrogation/recovery actions for my current insurance clients towards mediation or trial as quickly as possible.

Q: What distinguishes your practice from others?

A: In our experience, the most important factors for a successful recovery action are: (1) how cost-effective was the recovery obtained; and (2) how quickly the recovery was obtained. Many firms that handle subrogation/recovery claims for insurers do so with attorneys who have migrated over from insurance defense backgrounds. These attorneys are used to “reacting” in claims, rather than “acting” in them. They are simply not equipped, nor trained, to move actions forward in a rapid or cost-effective fashion and often fail to do so. Our recovery department is staffed solely with experienced litigation attorneys, like myself, who understand how to expediently and efficiently evaluate recovery claims and move them towards resolution. Our firm is one of the largest in the state and possesses the manpower, resources and knowledge base to handle even the most complex recovery matters. Through my experience, often in claims with exposures that are well into the 7-figure range, I have become familiar with the issues that are often unique to these high exposure commercial property and general liability claims. 

Q: What are the firm’s unique capabilities that allows it to handle cases efficiently?

A: We have ten regional offices in Florida, strategically located to enable us to handle a client’s needs throughout the entire state. At the same time, all recovery claims, no matter where domiciled, are managed by me here in our Hollywood office. These two factors allow us to handle claims at a lower cost, but at the same time with consistency from the client’s standpoint. Our recovery clients appreciate knowing that they only need to contact one attorney who will discuss the merits of a claim, its status, and important strategic decisions, rather than several different lawyers across many offices.

Additionally, our office has a unique case management system in place to ensure that we timely and comprehensively comply with our clients’ reporting requirements. We maintain staff at our firm who are dedicated solely to ensuring that we are aware of, and comply with, our clients’ claims handling guidelines. 

Q: Why is it important for insurance companies and other claimants to engage with subrogation counsel early on in the claim process?

A: The most important aspect of any recovery claim is the investigation phase. Yet often with recovery actions, a file will not be sent to recovery, or examined for subrogation potential, until months or even years into the claim. Often by this time witnesses have disappeared or their memories have faded and damaged property or equipment has been repaired, discarded, or is no longer available for examination. 

Involving a seasoned recovery attorney in the claims process early on often yields potential recovery where none might have otherwise been thought to exist. The attorney can assist with identifying theories of recovery that even prudent liability claims handlers might not have envisioned. Involving the recovery attorney early on also eliminates the possibility that a good theory of recovery might be made impossible to pursue because it wasn’t properly preserved from the outset.  

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