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COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims

Insurance Coverage Options and Legal Considerations

Thursday, April 16, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

This National Creditors Bar Association webinar provides information on the current state of domestic collections in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide guidance for preparation and filing of business interruption claims for firms and agencies whose operations are being negatively impacted by government-mandated restrictions.

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The presentation covers:

  • Rulings and orders entered by government agencies which have and will impact the collection industry;
  • The potential insurance coverages available for losses stemming from the Coronavirus;
  • Coverage lawsuits that have been filed due to COVID-19, and what form future filings may take;
  • Impact of exclusionary language in insurance policies;
  • Your considerations in preparing a claim. What will you need to make a claim?

Presenters

Steven J. Mitchel is the Managing Partner of the three Florida offices of Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers. Steve’s practice includes complex commercial litigation, catastrophic injury lawsuits, construction litigation, premises liability matters, insurance claims, real estate and partnership disputes, and medical malpractice / professional liability cases.

Steve is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University Law School where he teaches trial advocacy. He has also taught trial skills to lawyers through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Over the course of his 32 year career, Steve has frequently been invited to lecture on a wide variety of subjects to many legal and professional organizations. Steve previously served as an appointed Special Master in Palm Beach County, Florida. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout the country as well as in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Steve also regularly represents and counsels start-up companies and established businesses in connection with their legal and business needs. In this regard, he has significant experience representing entities of all sizes, from large public corporations to small family businesses.

Jeffrey C. Sotland is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP. Jeffrey focuses his practice in the areas of property loss recovery and defense of property losses.

Jeffrey has lectured and counseled clients on issues relating to business interruption, physical loss, property loss recovery and related topics. His practice has evolved into a national presence, having handled cases in all fifty states. Besides assisting insurance carriers in their recovery efforts, Jeffrey represents and assists self insured companies across the country in areas involving loss mitigation, risk management, and construction defects.

Jason G. Wehrle is the Managing Partner of the Pittsburgh office of Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers. Jason concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, consumer litigation defense and professional liability defense.

Jason has lectured extensively on a variety of legal issues at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, National Creditors Bar Association, ACA International and other credit and debt collection industry organizations. His broad practice experience includes commercial litigation, complex civil and construction litigation, real estate and commercial bankruptcy law, professional liability actions, including claims against attorneys and accountants, as well as director and officer liability claims. Other clients include debt collection agencies, law firms, attorneys and debt buyers in matters arising from the application of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Jason also has significant experience in handling diverse commercial matters such as restrictive covenant claims, unfair trade practices and wage payment and collection law claims. Additionally, he counsels businesses and professionals on implementation of compliance and risk management programs or other measures to help avoid, or at least limit, potential exposure to litigation.

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