Tag Archives: David Pettinato

Three Palms Pointe Helps Policyholders Get Appraisal Awards Paid Again

David Pettinato won a motion to have an appraisal award confirmed yesterday. His case, Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company vs. John Francisco, No. 2:08-cv-277 (Fla. MD March 30, 2010), relied extensively on another case we argued and won at the trial level and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, Three Palms Pointe, Inc. v. State Farm Fire and … Continue Reading

Merlin Law Group Opens West Palm Beach Office

David Pettinato and I were having a discussion about our law firm yesterday afternoon. The one thing that I promised him was that change would be constant as we strive to do our jobs better and improve our service. In February, David Pettinato suggested that I contact policyholder attorney Shaun Marker, since I indicated we needed … Continue Reading

David Pettinato Published in Trial Magazine Regarding the “Loss Payment Clause”

David Pettinato has been having a tremendous professional year. He was elected to national office of the American Association for Justice as an officer of the Insurance Section. He also was re-elected as the Co-Chair of the Bad Faith Litigation Group. In what must be a record “partial” settlement for a sinkhole loss, David received an … Continue Reading

Insurance Coverage Attorneys that Share Ideas and Information Do a Better Job for Policyholders

I wonder how concerned some insurance companies would be if they learned that one of their former managers who was responsible for claims conduct lawsuits spoke to a group of policyholder attorneys. After hearing and learning from such an individual yesterday, I have a new appreciation for how sophisticated the litigation management can be in … Continue Reading

Butler Pappas–A Familiar Foe

Paul Butler was my first legal mentor. John Pappas was a classmate of mine at the University of Florida School of Law, and the best man in my wedding. They have built a hundred attorney law firm representing solely insurance companies. We have cases against them all the time. As they are physically located several floors below us … Continue Reading

Getting Insurance Coverage Cases Out Of Federal Court

Insurance disputes often are tried in federal court. The usual reason is that federal courts have jurisdiction over controversies where parties are from different states and there is a sufficient monetary amount in controversy. I have often questioned the logic of allowing insurance companies voluntarily licensed in a state to remove disputes from that state … Continue Reading