Kristina Marsh Wins Summary Judgment for Personal Lines Insurer

June 21, 2016

Kristina L. Marsh, a Tampa-based partner in the Insurance Coverage practice at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, successfully defended a Motion for Summary Judgment and won a Cross Motion for Summary Judgment regarding the water seepage or leakage sublimit contained within an endorsement to a Homeowners Property Insurance Policy.

Ms. Marsh argued for the client that the endorsement clearly limits coverage for claims arising from water seepage and leakage perils and that it should be applied as written. She argued that the Court should not isolate a single sentence or group of words in an insurance policy and read the isolated part alone and apart from other provisions; the goal is to arrive at a reasonable interpretation of the entire policy text to accomplish its stated meaning and purpose. In the conclusion of the case, the court agreed with Ms. Marsh.  

Tina Marsh is a Circuit Civil Mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Florida and devotes a percentage of her practice to mediating a broad range of civil disputes, including but not limited to personal injury, insurance coverage disputes, commercial, construction, disputes involving Homeowner/Condominium Associations, and bad faith. 

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. based law firm with offices in 11 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the professional services sector—including representation of law firms and lawyers—and other highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance and the debt collection sector. Hinshaw also provides a series of closely coordinated litigation, business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes as well as governmental and public sector entities.