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Mark S. Shapiro

Of Counsel 
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.374.5600
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

Mark Shapiro has represented insurance carriers throughout Florida in a wide variety of disputes, including bad faith, complex coverage claims, and ERISA since 1994. He is frequently sought out by the industry to provide updates on trends in the Florida insurance litigation landscape and to assist in developing measures to avoid this very costly and potentially damaging litigation. Mark's clients include major national and international insurers and reinsurers. Mark has defended insurance companies from bad faith litigation under both first and third party coverages arising from motor vehicle, commercial general liability, property, and employer liability policy contracts. His third party bad faith experience includes excess judgment and proactive tender cases, Coblentz/Cunningham agreements, multiple claimants with short limits, wrongful coverage denial and/or failure to defend cases, and premature exhaustion of limits for one insured to the detriment of another. His first party bad faith experience includes claims of lowballing, delay, improper use of appraisal/EUO/SIU, and wrongful coverage denial. Mark's coverage experience includes litigation regarding the insurer's duty to defend, construction defects, allocation of damages where multiple carriers are involved, and drop down of coverage as well as extensive experience in litigating coverage and rescission claims under life, health, and disability coverages. Mark also represents carriers in the defense of class actions related to premium practices, claim handling practices, and purported violations of the Florida No Fault statute related to personal injury protection.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of carrier in products liability bad faith claim alleging that carrier improperly exhausted $2 million policy limits in settlement of paraplegia claim for a release of an additional insured but without a release for the named insured. Shin Crest v. AIU Insurance Company
 
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Representation of carrier in Consent Judgment auto bad faith claim alleging that carrier failed to obtain asset affidavit from insured as part of settlement demand to resolve wrongful death liability claim. Maldonado v. First Liberty Insurance Company
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2018, Listed in Florida for Insurance Law
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2016-2017, Listed in Florida for Insurance Coverage
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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American Conference Institute 24th National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation, Speaker, "Understanding the Scope and Limits of Duty to Defend, Duty to Settle, and Initiating Settlement Negotiations," Philadelphia, PA, April, 2013
 
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American Conference Institute, Panelist, "Investigation: Once a Claim has been Presented, How to Thoroughly Investigate to Avoid Bad Faith Allegations," 2011
 
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American Conference Institute, Workshop Leader, "Florida Bad Faith Workshop," 2010-2011
 
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Presents in-house seminars to insurers on litigation landscape, trends and bad faith issues.
 
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Western Claims Conference, Lecturer, "Life Beneficiary Designations and Complex Issues That Can Arise," California, 2009
 
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National Business Institute, Lecturer, "Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Florida," 2007
 
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National Business Institute, Lecturer, "An In Depth Analysis of Insurance Coverage Options in Florida," 2005
 
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Eastern Claims Conference, Lecturer, "Use of Summary Judgment, Declaratory Action and Interpleader in Insurance Coverage Litigation," New York, 2005
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, Member
 
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Dade County Bar Association, Past Board Member of Young Lawyers Division, 1993-1999; Past President, 1998-1999; Past Board Member, 1999-2002
 
Related Professional Experience
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University of Miami, Adjunct Professor, 1996-Present
- Introduction to Business Law
- Law of Risk: Identifying and Protecting Against Risk in the Workplace
 



Mark S. Shapiro

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1991; National Moot Court Team; Member Legal Writing Instructor
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1988; with distinction
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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