Don's successful and diverse career spans over thirty-years of claims handling and management experience. . His technical expertise includes a broad spectrum of coverage and claims experience in the Property, Casualty and Professional liability insurance fields. He has helped defense and plaintiff attorneys in bad faith and coverage litigation.
Don's willingness to work with Alternative Fee Agreements provides his clients an opportunity to structure his fees based on the complexity and needs of the case. This provides the flexibility to work with counsel earlier in the litigation, when the case is in it's formative stages, without incurring excessive costs.
Don obtained his MBA with a concentration in Risk Management and Insurance from Temple University's Fox School of Business. He holds professional designations of CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter), ARM (Associate in Risk Management), AIC (Associate in Claims) and AIM (Associate in Management) from the CPCU Society and the Insurance Institute of America and most recently obtained his CLMP designation from the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.
Areas of Expertise
- Auto Insurance
- Bad Faith
- Business/Employment Insurance
- Fire Insurance
- Homeowner's Insurance
- Insurance Adjuster
- Insurance Agent/Broker
- Insurance Customs & Practices
- Liability Insurance
- Property & Casualty Insurance
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: M.B.A. - Concentration in Risk Management and Insurance from Temple University's Fox School of Business
CPCU - Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter
CLMP - Claims and Litigation Management Professional
ARM - Associate in Risk Management
AIC - Associate in Claim
AIM - Associate in Management
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: CPCU Society
Professional Liability Defense Institute
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Litigating Systemic Bad Faith April 2016
Insurance Litigation Aug. 2016 (2.5 Substantive and 0.5 Ethic CLE Credits)
Winning at Arbitration Aug. 2014 (3.0 CLE substantive credits approved for ACT 48 credits)
Winning at Arbitration Dec. 2013 (3.0 CLE substantive credits approved for ACT 48 credits)
Teacher Layoffs, Let me count the ways Aug. 2011 (3.0 CLE substantive credits approved for ACT 48 credits)
Due Process and Loudermill Hearings Aug. 2010 (3.0 CLE substantive credits approved for ACT 48 credits)
Strategies to Insure Better Results at Arbitration Aug. 2009 (3.0 CLE substantive credits approved for ACT 48 credits)
Torts Actions against Schools and Townships Dec. 2008 (3.0 CLE substantive credits approved for ACT 48 credits)
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: 22
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Bad Faith
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 85%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 15%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: More than 20
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: Oct. 2016
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: I have been court qualified to give expert testimony in coverage and bad faith matters.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: I have testified at trial as a coverage and bad faith expert.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: Five
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Expert witness testimony, claim file review and reports, Insurance Consulting, Client Advocacy, Claims Auditing
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $350/hr
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $350/hr
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $2,500 per diem
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $2,500 per diem
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Retainer: $5,000 applied to final bill
Minimum Charge: $2,500
Expenses as incurred.
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