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Gary J. Guzzi

Partner 
Chair, Insurance Litigation Practice
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.374.5600
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

Gary Guzzi serves as chair of Akerman’s Insurance Litigation Practice, a national team of 45 lawyers representing leading domestic and foreign carriers, self-insured corporations, municipalities, and related entities in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He protects the interests of national and international insurance carriers in bad faith disputes, coverage claims, rescissions, and ERISA-governed policies.

With comprehensive experience in insurance disputes, Gary litigates life, disability, commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, homeowner, business interruption, and auto claims. His bad faith experience includes both first-party claims such as wrongful denial, delay, improper appraisal invocation, and lowballing, as well as third-party claims such as failure to tender limits, failure to proactively negotiate, and improper settlement communications.

Gary also represents carriers in litigation pertaining to carriers' rescissions of policies, including misrepresentations in applications, failure to update applications, and Stranger-Owned Life Insurance. Gary litigates cases involving life, disability, and similar policies governed by ERISA, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and claims for benefits. Additionally, Gary advises carriers on proper techniques for claim handling, rescissions, and other aspects of carriers' businesses.
 
Representative Experience
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Bad Faith Claims: Represented a carrier in an automobile bad faith claim alleging that the carrier failed to obtain proper settlement documentation and failed to properly communicate with the insured as part of the settlement demand to resolve a wrongful death liability claim. Obtained summary judgment.
 
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Coverage Dispute: Represented an auto insurance carrier in a state court jury trial regarding the insured’s compliance with post-loss policy obligations. Obtained defense verdict.
 
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ERISA Litigation: Represented numerous carriers regarding life, disability and similar policies in ERISA benefits dispute lawsuits.
 
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Rescission: Represented a carrier in the rescission of a life insurance policy due to material misrepresentations of the insured's health history. Obtained summary judgment.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2018, Listed in Florida for Insurance Law
 
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South Florida Legal Guide 2008-2012, Recognized as an "Up and Comer" for Insurance and Commercial Litigation; 2013, Listed for Insurance Litigation; 2014-2015 Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" for Insurance, Corporate, and Business Litigation
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, Member
 
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Defense Research Institute, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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Digital Equipment Corp., Financial Analyst
 



Gary J. Guzzi

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., Boston College Law School, 1998; magna cum laude
B.S., Boston College, 1992; summa cum laude
Bar Admissions
Florida
Massachusetts
 
 
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