Florida Claims Defense Network (FCDN) presents:

spring 2021 Seminar


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Continental breakfast - 7:30 AM

Conference - 9 AM to 5 PM



"Getting the Best Mediation Results"

by Mediator Scott Simmons


Mediations are increasingly used in pre-suit & litigated disputes.  Mediation may be the first and last time the Plaintiff hears your side of the case before trial.  This presentation will provide best practices before, during and after mediation to assure your mediations are fruitful.  

Insurance Lines: Homeowners/Property, PIP, Auto Casualty

"Public Adjusters, Friend or Foe of the Claims Process"

by Paul Handerhan,
President of Federal Association for Insurance Reform (FAIR)


This presentation will discuss the historical evolution of public adjusting industry in Florida, third-party claim involvement, regulation of public insurance adjusters, bridging the credibility gap and how technology will impact the claims process.

Insurance Lines: Homeowners/Property

Motion for Sanctions or §57.105: Does Your Case Support It?

by Chris Dutton, Esq. and Jesse Groves, Esq. 
[official title pending]


Florida has a “one way” fee system.  This presentation, however, will explain how these tools can be used to tax your defense fees & costs against the plaintiff lawyer and/or plaintiff, examples of frivolous or egregious acts which may support filing them, the differences in the two methods, recommended details and attachments to include in the Safe Harbor letter, and potential repercussions for filing them.

Insurance Lines: Homeowners/Property, PIP, Auto Casualty

"Motions for Fraud on the Court: Still a Viable Tool?"

by Therese Savona, Esq.

This presentation will explain the pros & cons of this motion and analyze published decisions so you can determine whether it, or other alternative options, might be the best vehicle to get your case dismissed. 
Insurance Lines: Homeowners/Property, PIP, Auto Casualty

Mock IME exam

by Michael Zeide M.D.

[official title pending]

Independent Medical Exams can be requested under the policy or governed by the civil procedure rules when in litigation.  The doctor will demonstrate what the exam entails and discuss whether there’s any effect of third parties like videographers or lawyers being present during the exam.

Insurance Lines: PIP, Auto Casualty

Preparing the Insurance Rep for a Corporate Rep Depo Prep

by Thomas Poole, Esq.
[official title pending]


This presentation will cover designating the correct person to serve as Corp Rep, establish goals and expectations for both counsel & deponent, provide recommendations of what to review and not review in advance, what to bring to the depo, address video depos, and when objections should be raised. It will also benefit those who give depositions in their individual capacity.     

Insurance Lines: Homeowners/Property, PIP, Auto Casualty

about fcdn

We began providing educational seminars to Florida's automobile/medical claims industry in 1995 as Medical Claims Defense Network/MCDN.

In 2019, MCDN changed its name to Florida Claims Defense Network/FCDN in order to provide courses with homeowners claims information as well as auto/medical topics.

FCDN presented its first joint auto/homeowners seminar on October 17, 2019.

We welcome eligible insurance adjusters, SIU representatives, defense lawyers, and regulatory and law enforcement agents.

We have provided CEUs for Florida adjusters and CLEs for Florida Bar-admitted lawyers, but do not guarantee credit prior to course approval.

Our one-day seminars are offered bi-annually, and cost only $125 for early registrations, and include self-parking, continental breakfast and a diverse buffet lunch.


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