HarrisMartin’s Hurricanes Irma & Maria Conference Speaker Profiles

Co-Chair Scott Love, Clark, Love & Hutson, Houston Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Scott Love

Scott Love is a trial lawyer and partner at Clark, Love & Hutson, G.P. in Houston, Texas. Over the course of his career, Scott has gained a national reputation for his bellwether trial verdicts in pharmaceutical and medical device cases. Currently, Scott is one of only a handful of lawyers in the United States to obtain multiple multi-million dollar verdicts in pharmaceutical and medical device cases, recently obtaining an $18.5 million verdict as lead counsel against Boston Scientific Corporation and back-to-back multi-million dollar verdicts as lead counsel in the first Topamax birth defect trials in the country.

In addition to his active trial practice, Scott has been appointed to several leadership roles in consumer class actions and mass tort cases, including, insurance, oil and gas, and various pharmaceutical cases. Scott served as co-lead counsel in the national Trasylol litigation which was transferred to the Southern District of Florida. As co-lead counsel of the Trasylol Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Scott was responsible for coordinating the overall litigation strategy, which successfully resulted in the settlement of all of cases pending across the country.

Scott currently serves as national counsel on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Transvaginal Mesh Federal Multi-District Litigation pending in West Virginia by the Honorable Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, including:

• In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2325;
• In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187;
• In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327; and
• In Re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2326.

Scott and his firm also have extensive experience handling first party insurance claims as a result of natural disasters. In 2008, Clark, Love & Hutson’s practice focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and those affected. The firm represented and ultimately resolved over 20,000 claims on behalf of clients affected by the hurricane.

Co-Chair William F. “Chip” Merlin Jr., Merlin Law Group, P.A., Tampa, FL

Co-Chair William F. “Chip” Merlin Jr.

Co-Chair Stephen E. Goldman, Robinson & Cole LLP, Hartford, CT Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Stephen E. Goldman

Steve Goldman is the managing partner of the firm and a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience litigating and trying a diverse range of cases throughout the United States. During that time, Mr. Goldman has served as counsel for insurers in many of the country's most significant property insurance and class action cases, including The Standard Fire Insurance Company v. Knowles (Supreme Court of United States holding that plaintiff's stipulation cannot defeat federal jurisdiction under Class Action Fairness Act); Travco v. Ward (Virginia Supreme Court upheld trial court's judgment that property insurance policies do not cover losses caused by presence of Chinese drywall); Sher v. Lafayette Insurance Company (upholding the flood exclusion in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina); Landry v. Louisiana Citizens Insurance Company (holding Louisiana's Valued Policy Law inapplicable to certain Katrina-related claims); and Streamline Capital v. Hartford Insurance (refusing to adopt the time necessary to rebuild the World Trade Center as the "period of restoration" for WTC tenants). As an advocate and advisor for international and domestic insurance carriers and insurance industry organizations, he has handled numerous high-impact cases arising from catastrophes such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the anthrax scare in 2001. Mr. Goldman has appeared as counsel in trial and appellate courts in 28 states and has aggressively litigated and, in many instances, tried high-exposure cases throughout the Northeast and in jurisdictions as diverse as Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. He also has significant experience litigating class actions, especially those based on insurance coverage issues and insurer market conduct.

Mr. Goldman is a prolific speaker on insurance coverage, litigation, and ethics matters and has published numerous papers on these subjects. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Insurance Law since 2006. Mr. Goldman has also been named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers® list in the area of Insurance Coverage since 2006 and the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers® for 2010 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).

Adrian Neiman Arkin, Mintz, Truppman, P.A., Miami

Dennis Abbott, Disaster Consulting Services, LLC, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Samuel W. Bearman, Law Office of Samuel W. Bearman, L.C., Pensacola, FL

Mark A. Boyle, Boyle & Leonard, P.A., Fort Myers, FL

Rocco Calaci, Chief Meteorologist, National Storm Center; Owner, LRC Services, Fort Walton Beach, FL

William C. Bracken, PE, SI, F.ASCE, F.NAFE, CFM StS2, Bracken Engineering, Tampa, FL

Laura Farach, Robinson & Cole LLP, Miami

Neil B. Hall, Ph.D., P.E., A.I.A., CFM, Neil B. Hall & Associates, Slidell, LA

Robert C. Groelle, Groelle and Salmon P.A., West Palm Beach, FL

Ashley N. Harris, Merlin Law Group, P.A., Tampa, FL

Kesha A. Hodge, Merlin Law Group, P.A., Phoenix

Corey Harris, Merlin Law Group, P.A., Tampa, FL

Curtis Hutchens, CH Mediation, Green Cove Springs, FL

Javier Delgado, Merlin Law Group, P.A., Tampa, FL

J. Pablo Caceres, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, Tampa, FL

Stephen A. Marino Jr., Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A., Miami

Adam M. Moskowitz, Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton, LLP, Miami

Robert J. Norton, CPCU, AIC, ARe, General Adjusting Services®, Inc., Plant City, FL

Melissa M. Sims, Berk, Merchant & Sims, PLC, Miami

C. Todd Thomas, Executive Director of Consulting Services, Tidal Basin, Metairie, LA

Jonathan E. Small, Robinson & Cole LLP, Hartford, CT

Evan R. Wolfe, Wolfe Law Group, Plantation, FL

Robert L. Wright, Principal, Robert L. Wright & Associates, Inc., Houston

Gregory P. Varga, Robinson & Cole LLP, Hartford, CT