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101. Tips & Practice Pointers on Identifying, Evaluating and Handling Insurance Claims & Shifting the Risk

DATE: Thursday, July 20, 2017      TIME: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 120

Has your client ever been placed on notice of a liability claim or served with a complaint alleging liability? Have you identified and accessed all potentially available insurance coverage? How do insurers respond to a tendered claim? How do insurers protect policyholders while also ensuring that the terms and conditions of the policy are respected? What if the insurer issues a reservation of rights letter, refuses to defend, or denies the claim? This program will help attorneys in all practice areas, including in-house counsel, spot insurance issues, understand key insurance terms and provisions, and gain practical insight about pursuing insurance claims for clients as well as learn how insurers respond to and handle claims. Knowledge about insurance claims and coverage, as well as risk shifting mechanisms, is invaluable information to attorneys representing and advising clients, whether as in-house counsel or outside counsel.

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Attorney, Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.

Debbie S. Crockett

Debbie Sines Crockett is a trial lawyer with Cheffy Passidomo, P.A. located in Tampa, Florida, where she concentrates in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial disputes, and construction litigation. Debbie is experienced in representing policyholders of all types of insurance policies in litigation against carriers from the trial level through appeal, in both state and federal courts. She has an emphasis in complex insurance recovery issues such as additional insured status and contractual indemnity. Debbie’s practice includes all aspects and types of insurance recovery, including insurance denials, claim representation, and both first and third party bad faith/extra-contractual claims. Just prior to joining Cheffy Passidomo, P.A., Debbie was an equity partner in the law firm of Boyle, Gentile, Leonard and Crockett, P.A. in Fort Myers, Florida. Debbie is licensed in Florida and Maryland. Among her many local bar activities, notably, she is a current Co-Chair of the NAPABA Insurance Law Committee, a member of NAPABA Solo Small Firm Network, the 2016 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy class, the Florida Bar Standing Committee on the Florida Civil Procedure Rules, the Florida Bar Real Estate Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section including committees on Insurance & Surety Law and Construction Law, the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, and the ABA Forum on Construction Law. Over the years, Debbie has presented on numerous CLEs on insurance law topics, to both local and national audiences.


Attorney - Claim Litigation, Allstate Insurance Company

Kristy M. Gonowon

Kristy M. Gonowon is in-house counsel at Allstate Insurance in the Claim Litigation Department within the Law & Regulation division. She focuses on providing oversight and approval of matters concerning bad faith, extra-contractual liability, excess verdict, and coverage issues, as well as provides legal opinions on pending legislation for the Southern region (KY, AR, TN, MS, and LA) and the NY region. Ms. Gonowon is the department’s subject matter expert on the topics of diminished value claims by leasing companies and Medicare issues. Within Allstate, Ms. Gonowon is a member of the women’s affinity network and the Asian-American affinity network. Prior to Allstate, Ms. Gonowon was a litigator handling insurance defense and the recovery aspect of subrogation matters on behalf of Allstate. Prior to that, she was a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney for 10 years with the law firm of Gonsky, Baum & Whittaker, Ltd. in Chicago. Ms. Gonowon is active with the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA). She currently serves as NFALA’s Central Regional Governor and is an active member of NFALA’s In-House Counsel/Partner affinity group and as Secretary for the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago). Ms. Gonowon graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science and a certificate in Markets & Management. She received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Ms. Gonowon is a member of the NAPABA Insurance Law Committee.

Partner, Litchfield Cavo, LLP

Peter C. Kim


Peter C. Kim is a partner at Litchfield Cavo LLP. He concentrates his practice in labor and employment, aviation litigation and general product liability litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal courts, as well as various state and federal agencies, in matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour dispute, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability and professional liability. Mr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (B.S., 1997) and Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D. 2003), and was admitted to the bar of Illinois, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Central District of Illinois. Prior to joining the legal profession, he was an internal auditor for an international financial services company, where he received company awards relating to client service and innovation. He is an active member of legal and non-profit communities, having served on executive positions and as board member. For several years now, Peter has been serving low income families and individuals through pro bono legal clinics in housing, family law, real estate and similar matters. Mr. Kim is a member of the NAPABA Insurance Law Committee, and serves as its Membership subcommittee chair.

Partner, LimNexus LLP

Phillip F. Shinn

Phil Shinn is a partner in the San Francisco office of LimNexus, LLP, where he is a trial lawyer specializing in cross-border litigation and international arbitration. Mr. Shinn has tried 20 cases to completion, and taken or defended approximately 500 depositions. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Shinn was a foreign legal consultant in the international arbitration and cross-border litigation department of Kim & Chang, Korea’s largest law firm. He started his private law practice at Thornton, Taylor, Downs & Becker, LLP, where he spent approximately 20 years representing the insurance industry in first and third party insurance coverage disputes, bad faith litigation, and related construction and product liability cases. He has tried insurance coverage cases arising from the Coalinga, Loma Prieta and Northridge Earthquakes, and specialized in neutralizing opposing insurance bad faith experts in so-called “institutional” bad faith cases.

Mr. Shinn is a former president of NAPABA, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, and the International Association of Korean Lawyers. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from UC Berkeley, and started his legal career as a Staff Attorney with the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.