Jim Leatzow has 42 years of hands on P & C industry experience as a nationally licensed, agency owner for 30 years, specializing in underwriting, claims, policy issuance, coverages, claims made policies & construction insurance. As an insurance expert and internationally credentialed arbitrator since 2005 when he sold his national agency, Jim has been retained over 400+ times, deposed over 80+ times, testified at trial 15 times and been retained as an arbitrator 43 times. He has testified in 10 of the 11 federal districts. As a bad faith expert, he, as a non-attorney industry guy, was the hands-on person settling the claims in court. No charge for travel time coast to coast. Please review my profile of my extensive industry experience.
* 42 years of insurance industry experience
* 30 years as a national, property/casualty insurance agency owner
* 27 years as a national, property/casualty Managing General Agent (MGA)
* 21 years as a national, Third Party Administrator (TPA) claims handler
* 24 years as an insurance company founder/owner
* Certified insurance & reinsurance arbitrator (U.S. / U.K. / E.U. / Bermuda)
* Licensed nation-wide for 25 years until 2005 (agency sold)
* Recognized for the quality of his Rule 26 Reports on complex cases
* History of representing both plaintiff & defense equally
* 400+ retentions since 2005
* 80+ depositions since 2005
* Testified/qualified in state & federal courts nationally
* Testified in 10 of the 11 federal districts
* No charge for travel time "coast to coast"
Leatzow's specialties include: Agent - Broker - MGA - TPA standard of care / Underwriting / Nationally qualified bad faith expert in state & federal courts / Claims handling standard of care / Agent - Broker custom & practice / Construction insurance / Coverage issues / Professional Liability / E&O / D&O / Surety / Claims-made coverage & claim trigger / Surplus Lines - E&S issues / Fronting / "Program" & Off-Shore placements
Areas of Expertise
- Auto Insurance
- Aviation Insurance
- Bad Faith
- Construction Insurance
- Fire Insurance
- Homeowner's Insurance
- Insurance Agency
- Insurance Agent/Broker
- Insurance Customs & Practices
- Insurance Excess & Surplus Lines
- Insurance Fraud
- Liability Insurance
- Marine Insurance
- Property & Casualty Insurance
- Risk Management
- Workers Compensation Insurance
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Certified Insurance Arbitrator: U.S. / U.K. / E.U. / Bermuda
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big-I) / ARIAS
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Insurance agent/broker/MGA/wholesaler standard of care
TPA claims handling standard of care;
Agent-Broker contract agreements, duties & obligations
- 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: 300+
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Agent / Broker / MGA - Underwriting / TPA - Claims Handling / Standards of Care; Bad Faith; Coverage issues / Case Assessment for counsel
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 55%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 45%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 60+ depositions
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: August 4, 2015
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 13 (state & federal courts) Testified in 9 of 11 federal districts
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 13
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 10 years
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consulting, case assessment, Rule 26 reports
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: Depends on the consultation. Short duration (telephone contact) typically free to discuss their case merits, often up to an hour at no charge.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: I maintain a uniform rate for all retentions guaranteed for the life of the project.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: No charge for travel time (portal to portal) coast to coast.
References upon request.