Defending against arson claims for insurers both before and during litigation. This includes coordinating and building cause and origin investigations, designing and directing financial investigations into motivation and fraud, developing circumstantial evidence connecting the insured to the incendiary fire, and taking statements and examinations under oath. Some of the firm's accomplishments include:

  • Defending against a multimillion dollar insurance claim resulting from an arson fire at a large facility which fabricated building products. This litigation in Broward County, Florida circuit court resulted in a verdict for the insurance carrier and zero recovery for the insured. (Consolidated Business Products vs. Aries Insurance Company)
  • Successfully defending against a homeowner fire claim made by an attorney who had a number of other suspicious fires in properties that he owned. This federal court case resulted in a zero verdict for the insurance carrier. (Graham vs. Allstate Insurance Company)
  • Obtaining a zero verdict on an arson defense to a lawsuit in which the insured claimed that the fire was set by drug dealers seeking revenge on his son. (Higginbotham v. Reliance Insurance Company)
  • Successfully defending against a large homeowner claim resulting from an arson fire where the insured claimed he was in another part of the state when the fire was started. Comprehensive discovery forced the insured to admit that the unburned pictures of his personal property which he presented at the trial had been buried in the backyard for safekeeping prior to the fire. We also obtained a zero verdict on a fraud defense in a subsequent claim filed by the same insured a few years later for the loss of his boat. (Maravic vs. Allstate Insurance Company)
  • Obtaining a zero verdict on an arson defense to a large insurance claim arising from an intentionally set fire at a supermarket. The inventory of the market had been inexplicably depleted in the week before the fire. (Portofino vs. Casualty Indemnity Exchange)
  • Obtaining zero verdicts in other cases alleging arson defenses to claims involving manufacturing plants, restaurants, supermarkets, other types of businesses, and homeowner claims.

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