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Rory Eric Jurman

SHAREHOLDER

Fort Lauderdale
954.377.8105
rjurman@fowler-white.com
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Rory Eric Jurman’s practice is focused on providing strategic and cost-effective counsel to Fortune 500 companies, insurers and self-insureds. His practice includes insurance coverage, bad faith, professional malpractice, liability and commercial litigation.

Practice Focus

Rory provides coverage advice concerning virtually every type of general, excess and professional liability insurance policy, including employment practices liability, directors and officers liability and malpractice/errors or omissions policies for various professions. He handles the investigation and evaluation of multi-faceted and high-exposure claims, including class actions and complex coverage issues. Rory has litigated numerous trials through appeal, including multi-party cases, and major declaratory judgment, liability and rescission actions.

In addition to his legal work in the insurance industry, Rory also handles a broad range of litigation matters. His practice includes the defense of medical professionals, life science companies, professional negligence matters, defense of Life and Disability Insurance matters, commercial litigation and products liability. He has litigated, arbitrated and mediated cases throughout Florida.

Rory previously practiced in New York and served as counsel to a leading, multinational insurer. He currently leads a team of eight attorneys in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office and has been AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 10 years. Rory’s industry expertise, legal knowledge, broad experience base and cost-sensitive approach to legal matters enables him to achieve the most favorable results for clients.

A frequent national lecturer on risk management, professional malpractice, insurance law and bad faith, Rory is an active member of numerous legal organizations, including the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an organization comprised of leaders in the insurance and corporate defense bar. FDCC membership is selective and by invitation to those who have been judged by their peers to have achieved professional distinction.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Embroidme Com, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 845 F.3d 1099 (11th Cir. 2017) (40 page decision affirming summary judgment finding that pre-tender defense costs were not covered)
  • United States Liab. Ins. Co. v. Kelley Ventures, LLC, 14-62840-CIV, 2015 WL 5827903 (S.D. Fla. 2015) (holding that plaintiff-insurer has no duty to defend in the underlying action)
  • Cupps v. Torus Specialty Ins. Co., CIV.A. 14-615, 2015 WL 3755860, at *1 (E.D. La. 2015) (granting defendant-insurer's motion to dismiss case with prejudice)
  • Alpha Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Bouassria, 3:14-CV-278-J-32MCR, 2015 WL 3793489, at *1 (M.D. Fla. 2015) (granting plaintiff-insurer's motion for default judgment and finding that the insurer owed no duty to defend or indemnify any claims arising from the subject incident)
  • Embroidme.Com, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 992 F. Supp. 2d 1259 (S.D. Fla. 2014) (ruling in the defendant-insurer's favor finding that denial of coverage was appropriate)
  • Catatonic Investments Corporation v. Great American Assurance Company, 1:14-cv-21621 (S.D. Fla. 2014) (granting defendant-insurer's motion to dismiss and holding that plaintiff's claim failed to state a cause of action)
  • Villas at Meadow Lakes Condo. v. U.S. Liab. Ins. Co., 12-61469-CIV, 2013 WL 424361, at *1 (S.D. Fla. 2013) (granting defendant-insurer's motion to dismiss)
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Luke Ready Air, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109288 (S.D. Fla. 2012) (holding that coverage was excluded under the policy and plaintiff-insurer was entitled to judgment as a matter of law. For press coverage, click here.) 
  • Matthews v. Whitewater W. Indus. LTD., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64271 (S.D. Fla 2012) (denying plaintiff motion for summary judgment and finding in favor of the insurer)
  • Axis Surplus Ins. Co. v. Contravest Constr. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77489 (M.D. Fla. 2012) 
  • Sterling Wholesale, LLC v. Travelers Indem. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89358 (S.D. Fla. 2012) (granting defendant-insurer's motion to dismiss for improper venue)
  • JJD Assocs. of Palm Beach, Ltd. v. Am. Empire Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134878 (S.D. Fla. 2011) (granting defendant-insurer's motion for summary judgment on the issue of coverage under the policy)
  • Am. Empire Surplus Lines Ins. Co. v. Chabad House of N. Dade, Inc., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 21735 (11th Cir. 2011) (upholding a district court's finding that defendant-insurer had to duty to defend a third party in an underlying claim and granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment)
  • Bedoya v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 773 F. Supp. 2d 1326 (M.D. Fla. 2011) (granting defendant-insurer's motion for summary judgment on the issue of coverage)
  • Valentine v. Legendary Marine FWB, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40425 (N.D. Fla. 2010) 
  • Creative Hospitality Ventures, Inc. v. United States Liab. Ins. Co., 655 F. Supp. 2d 1316 (S.D. Fla. 2009)
  • Duval Motor Co. v. Dell Fin, LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48641 (M.D. Fla. 2009) (granting defendant-insurer's motion to dismiss plaintiff's complaint)
  • Sigma Tech Sales, Inc. v. Travelers Indem. Co. , 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13170 (S.D. Fla. 2009) (granting defendant-insurer's motion for summary judgment on the issue of coverage)
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Lee, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34581 (M.D. Fla. 2008) (declaring that the insurer had no defense or indemnity obligation and granting summary judgment in favor of the insurer)
  • Berencen v. Charter Oak Fire Ins. Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62543 (S.D. Fla. 2007)
  • McMinn v. Cox, 7 So. 3d 651 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2009). Latella v. Amtrak , 94 F.Supp.2d 186, (D.CT. 1999)
  • Latella v. Amtrak, 94 F.Supp.2d 186 (D.CT. 1999) (finding in favor of defendant and granting defendant's motion to dismiss in substantial part)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Council on Litigation Management
  • Defense Research Institute, Construction Law Committee 
  • Defense Research Institute, Cybersecurity Specialized Litigation Group of the Commercial Litigation Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2015
  • Loss Executives Association
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • New York Bar Association, Torts Section, Insurance Section
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
    • Legal Malpractice Summit Committee, Chairperson, 2016-2017
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • ALFA International, Steering Committee of the Insurance Law Practice Group
  • Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale & Boca Raton

In the News

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, Broward County Bar Association 2016 Legal Malpractice Summit, October 2016
  • Professor, CLM 2016 Claims College, Trial Tactics and Pre-Trial Preparation, September, 2016
  • Lecturer, "Strategic Considerations and Practical Solutions for Managing Employment-Related & Professional Liability Claims," ALFA International's Insurance Law, Labor & Employment, and Professional Liability Practice Groups Seminar, June 2016
  • Speaker, "Walking the Line without Stepping Off", Allied World Insurance Company Continuing Education Program, June, 2016
  • Speaker, "Medical Malpractice, System Failures and Legal Resolution," Sloan Program in Health Administration, Sloan Colloquium Program, Cornell University, March 2016 
  • Moderator, “Trigger” Trends In Insurance Coverage And The Carrier-Claimant “Tug Of War,” ALFA International's 2014 Construction Practice Group Seminar, July 31, 2014 
  • Speaker, "Risk Management in Medical and Professional Malpractice Matters," The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, April 2011; January 2014 
  • Speaker, "Bad Faith, Coverage and Fraud," Claims and Litigation Management Alliance CLM Conference, January 2013 
  • Speaker, "Preventing and Defending Against Allegations of Institutional Bad Faith," Claims and Litigation Management Alliance CLM Conference, June 2012 
  • Speaker, "Defense of Bad Faith Claims and Allegations of Claim Delay," Claims and Litigation Management Alliance CLM Conference, January 2012 
  • Lecturer, "Risk Management For Dentists in Difficult Times," 
    • NSU College of Dental Medicine (2001-2010) 
    • The Redwoods Group Risk Management Seminars (2006-2008)

Publications 

  • Contributing Author, "Lessons Learned from an Unexpected Occurrence During a Root Canal Procedure," National Society of Dental Providers Risk Management Newsletter  
  • Co-Author with Avery A. Dial, “Burning Down The House – The Wyndham Decision Allows The FTC To Sue Businesses For Getting Hacked,” Fowler White Burnett, P.A. Legal Alert, September 14, 2015, Republished by JD Supra Business Advisor, September 18, 2015 
  • Co-Author with Michael A. Monteverde, "In the Wake of Heimeshoff, the 11th Circuit and Equitable Tolling of Reasonable Contractual Time Limitations," Fowler White Burnett, P.A. Legal Alert, July 6, 2015; Re-published by JD Supra Business Advisor, July 7, 2015 
  • Co-Author with Avery A. Dial, "Undercover of the Night – Hacking, Data Breaches And The Terrorism Exclusion," Fowler White Burnett, P.A. Legal Alert February 11, 2015, Republished by JD Supra Business Advisor, February 12, 2015 
  • Co-Author with Michael A. Monteverde, "Does Discretion Depend on 'Magic Words?' Demystifying an ERISA Conundrum," DRI For The Defense, December 2014 
  • Co-Author with Michael A. Monteverde, "Have Criticisms of Heimeshoff Been Justified? The Effects of the Decision One Year Later," DRI ERISA Report, December 2014 
  • Co-Author with Michael A. Monteverde, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking? Amending ERISA," JD Supra Business Adviors, September 2014 
  • Co-Author with Avery A. Dial, "Land of Confusion: Insurance Coverage for Pre-Suit FCPA Investigation Costs Under D&O Liability Policies," Fowler White Burnett, P.A. Legal Alert, August 12, 2014 
  • Co-Author with Michael A. Monteverde, "When Silence Isn't Silence: What is the Silence of Your ERISA Summary Plan Description Actually Saying?," JD Supra Business Advisors, May 2014 
  • Co-Author with Michael A. Monteverde, "I Can’t Get No SATISFACTION-- In the Eleventh Circuit, Is Discretionary Language Still "Satisfactory to Us",JD Supra Business Advisors, June 2014 
  • Co-Author with Michael A. Monteverde, "Welcome to the Jungle", JD Supra Business Advisors, May 2014 Contributing Author, "Writing a Reservation of Rights: A North American Compendium," Florida Chapter, DRI Defense Library Series, (1st Ed. 2013). www.dri.org 
  • Contributing Author, "Insurance Bad Faith: A Compendium of State Law," DRI Defense Library Series (3d. Ed. 2010), DRI-50 State Bad Faith Compendium, www.dri.org 
  • Author, "Good Records Exonerate Orthodontist from Patient’s Allegations of Malpractice," AAOIC Risk Management Review (Aug.2005, Vol.23, No. 5)