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.
Mark currently serves as Akerman's Associate Development Partner, overseeing on a firm wide basis associate compensation and promotion, mentoring, training, and the firm's summer associate program.