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Michael Ford represents insurance companies nationally to resolve and litigate complex coverage disputes and bad faith matters. He has extensive experience with commercial general liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, and employment practices liability policies, as well as commercial property policies. He has traveled all over the country to settle contentious multimillion dollar claims and lawsuits with complicated coverage issues. He is involved in all stages of litigation, including appeals, and also drafts comprehensive coverage opinions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in November 2014, Mr. Ford spent two and a half years as an associate at Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he specialized in insurance coverage litigation and appellate law.  He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk in the Connecticut Judicial Branch – Superior Court, in New London, Connecticut.  During law school Mr. Ford was the Supervising Writing Dean's Fellow of the school's Academic Achievement Program and an Associate Editor of the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. He also worked as a research assistant to one of his professors, and was a judicial intern to the Honorable Linda Ann Wells of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, Florida.

Representative Matters

  • Hoggins v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 160 So. 3d 448 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015) (affirming judgment on the pleadings in a case involving a Coblentz agreement and an injured employee at a construction site).
  • Stephens v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 749 F.3d 1318 (11th Cir. 2014) (affirming lack of coverage for a $4.35 million Coblentz agreement based on employer’s liability and workers’ compensation exclusions in a commercial general liability policy)
  • Albanese Popkin Hughes Cove, Inc. v. Scharlin, 141 So. 3d 743 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014) (reversing a prejudgment interest award on damages because the date of loss was not fixed)
  • Stephens v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 915 F. Supp. 2d 1320 (S.D. Fla. 2013) (granting summary judgment and holding that a $4.35 million Coblentz agreement was unenforceable based on a commercial general liability policy’s employer’s liability and workers’ compensation exclusions)
  • Scharlin v. Albanese Popkin Hughes Cove, 117 So. 3d 1100 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013) (affirming a $187,000 jury verdict in an appeal brought by plaintiffs who originally sought over $4.1 million in damages)

Publications

  • "How Bromfield v. Mukasey Correctly Applied U.S. Immigration Law in a Victory for Civil Rights and a Scathing Rebuke of Jamaica's Pervasive Homophobia," 40 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 495 (2009)

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University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2010

  • Associate Editor, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review

B.A., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2007

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