2013 Insurance Regulatory: Top 10 Developments (PDF)

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Key insurance regulatory events in 2013 highlighted an evolving regulatory landscape. The FIO released reports that may have far-reaching effects on insurance regulation, increasing flood insurance rates are in controversy, and Congress debated TRIA reauthorization. The states continued to enact NAIC model laws. 2013 also saw developments in unclaimed property, the ACA, e-commerce, and a growing international influence on insurance regulation.


Fred Karlinsky, a Shareholder in Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, represents insurers and reinsurers throughout the United States and internationally in a wide variety of business, operational, regulatory, transactional and governmental matters. Recognized as one of the top insurance lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a global attorney ranking organization, Mr. Karlinsky has an in-depth knowledge of insurance compliance matters and has established substantial relationships with insurance commissioners and their respective staff members throughout the country. Prominent in his role as the Florida lobbyist for the Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America, lead lobbyist and General Counsel to the Florida Property and Casualty Association, and General Counsel of Regulatory Affairs to the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office, he has been a primary strategist in all types of Florida insurance-related legislative initiatives, including homeowners, automobile, workers' compensation, medical malpractice and other lines of property and casualty, and life and health. Mr. Karlinsky is a member of Florida State University's Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center Advisory Council and the national Federation of Regulatory Counsel. Mr. Karlinsky is admitted to practice in all Florida state and federal trial and appellate courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Court of Compensation Claims, as well as the Roll of Solicitors of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Earlier this year, he was elected Chair of the Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, to which he was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2011. Mr. Karlinsky is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Florida State University College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami. Mr. Karlinsky can be contacted at (954)-332-1749 or fkarlinsky@cftlaw.com.


Rich Fidei, a Shareholder at Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, is a leader of the Firm's Insurance Regulatory Law Division. Licensed in both Florida and Pennsylvania, Mr. Fidei focuses his practice on insurance regulatory, compliance, administrative and transactional issues. He represents insurance companies, agents, brokers and a variety of other insurance-related entities in all lines of business and in all elements of insurance and reinsurance, as well as in operational issues. Mr. Fidei handles matters such as company formation and licensure, expansion activities, financing, reinsurance, market conduct, financial and solvency matters, rate and form filings, claim and dispute resolution and administrative and court proceedings, including administrative supervision and insolvency issues. In addition, he negotiates, prepares and closes a wide variety of commercial transaction documents, merger and acquisition agreements, and handles other contractual matters. Mr. Fidei, who holds the highest rating of "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell, serves as National General Counsel to the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals and is a contributing member of the American Bar Association and Federation of Regulatory Council. An experienced legal instructor and lecturer, he delivers insurance and reinsurance presentations nationwide. Mr. Fidei can be contacted at (954)-332-1758 or rfidei@cftlaw.com.


Trevor B. Mask, an Associate in Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb's Lobbying and Governmental Consulting Division, is based in the Firm's Tallahassee Office. He specializes in advocacy on behalf of clients before Florida's Legislature, Executive Branch and regulatory agencies. A member of the Florida Bar, as well as the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, Mr. Mask represents a variety of corporate clients. Experienced in a variety of public policy areas, he works frequently with insurance, criminal justice, education and health care issues. He has worked extensively with legislative appropriations and the budgeting process, through which he has drafted bills and facilitated the passage or defeat of legislation. He represents clients before Florida's regulatory agencies, providing testimony at regulatory hearings, rulemaking workshops and statewide hearings. Mr. Mask can be contacted at (850)-701-3105 or tmask@cftlaw.com.


Benjamin J. Zellner, a recent law school graduate, joined Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb's Insurance Regulatory and Transactional Law Division in 2013. Mr. Zellner, who is pending admission to the New York State Bar, formerly worked in the New York City Police Department Commissioner's Office. A cum laude graduate of New York Law School, Mr. Zellner has published several articles on various international law issues, including a piece on some of the legal issues surrounding the Osama bin Laden killing. Mr. Zellner can be contacted at (954)-332-7507 or bzellner@cftlaw.com.


The authors extend a special thanks to the capable work of Jennifer Pierce in assisting us in this project.


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