Introducing: Ronald O. Armbrust

 

Ronald O. Armbrust

Ronald O. Armbrust

Practice
Ronald Armbrust’s practice encompasses first party insurance coverage, bad faith, auto accident, premises liability, toxic tort, mass tort, construction defect and products liability litigation.

His engineering background has proven to be particularly useful in products liability litigation, defending design and construction defect claims and prosecuting complex technical subrogation matters.

Mr. Armbrust’s clients have included national department stores, electrical generating facilities, oil refineries, paper mills, insurance companies, architects, engineers and product manufacturers.

Representative Cases
Mr. Armbrust has served as lead counsel in a substantial number of lawsuits. His experience includes catalytic crackers, gas transmission lines, cast iron drainage pipe, generators, steam turbines, commercial garage doors, reciprocating and rotary compressors, shut down devices and safety switches, oil and grain storage tanks, steam boilers, water sensing devices, ash handling equipment, aluminum furnaces, gas and coal fired furnaces, refractories, valves, air bags, hydraulic systems, trash handling and off-road heavy equipment. In toxic tort litigation, he has represented clients in matters involving diethylene glycol poisoning and carbon monoxide poisoning. In mass tort litigation, he has represented clients in litigation involving factor concentrate/HIV infection, asbestosis and silicosis.

A selection of his representative cases includes:

  • Successfully represented a defendant in a trial to verdict relative to a personal injury rear-end auto accident, prevailing on the property damage counter-claim.
  • Successfully represented a manufacturer of scavenger trucks in a products liability/personal injury action in a federal court trial to verdict
  • Successfully represented three product manufacturers in silicosis matters, having all cases dismissed.
  • Successfully defended a consortium of fire insurance carriers in a four- month trial to verdict in federal court where the insured was a power utility.
  • Successfully represented an insurance carrier in a first party/bad faith litigation where the insured was an oil refiner and the subject matter was the efficacy of a newly installed catalytic cracker.
  • Successfully represented a Big Ten university in a trial to verdict relative to a design and construction defect/structural collapse.
  • Successfully represented a computer manufacturer in a lengthy AAA arbitration hearing in a commercial litigation case involving a breach of contract.
  • Successfully represented an insurer for a national oil refinery in a products liability and negligence suit relative to an explosion and destruction of one of its oil refineries.
  • Successfully represented an insurance company that issued a difference in conditions policy versus a boiler and machinery carrier where the insured was a national paper manufacturer relative to the defective construction/defective design of one if its paper mills.
  • Successfully represented an insurance carrier in a matter where intentional acts/additional coverage extensions were at issue.

Professional Background
Mr. Armbrust is a member of The Florida Bar, Broward County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the U.S. Virgin Islands Bar Association.

Mr. Armbrust holds the AV® Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5.0, Peer Review Rating from Martindale- Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability. He has been ranked by Legal Leaders as a Top Rated Lawyer in General Practice, Litigation, Insurance, and Products Liability.

References
Upon request

Practice Areas
Insurance Services
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Commercial Litigation
Toxic Tort

Industries
Construction
Manufacturing
Insurance & Reinsurance
Architects, Engineers & Design Professionals

Education

B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois

J.D., Loyola University Chicago
School of Law

Bar Admissions

Florida
Illinois (inactive) U.S. Virgin Islands (inactive)

Courts

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern
District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle
District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern
District of Florida


Introducing: Sean T. Conrecode

Sean T. Conrecode

Sean T. Conrecode

Sean T. Conrecode practices primarily in the area of first party property insurance litigation, representing insured homeowners and businesses.

Prior to joining the Mineo Salcedo Law Firm, Mr. Conrecode acquired extensive litigation and trial experience during his time at the Office of the Public Defender in Lee County. There, he tried over twenty cases as first chair trial counsel and was the attorney of record in cases ranging from misdemeanors to first degree felonies. Mr. Conrecode also has experience defending insurance claims as a former associate at a south Florida insurance defense firm; this experience provides him valuable insight as a passionate advocate of the insured today.

Mr. Conrecode’s education includes both a J.D. and M.B.A. from West Virginia University College of Law. As a law student, Mr. Conrecode participated in mock trials and served as an editor of the West Virginia Law Review. While attending law school he also served as a Judicial Intern at the Second District Court of Appeal of Florida, for the Honorable Judge Darryl C. Casanueva.

Prior to law school, Mr. Conrecode earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Florida State University. While at FSU, he participated as a scholarship athlete on the Track & Field Team


Introducing: Trevor Thomson

Trevor Thomson

Trevor Thomson

Trevor Thomson is an experienced trial lawyer and passionate advocate. Prior to joining The Mineo Salcedo Law Firm, Mr. Thomson served as an Assistant Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit, where he zealously fought to defend the rights of the indigent. During his time at the Public Defender’s, Mr. Thomson tried over twenty jury trials and was the attorney of record in over one thousand criminal cases ranging from DUI to complex economic and SVU felonies.

In 2008, Mr. Thomson graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Outside the classroom, Mr. Thomson played for the Men’s Ice Hockey team at Saint Joseph’s.

In his senior year of college, Mr. Thomson was recruited by Morgan Stanley, a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. At Morgan Stanley, Mr. Thomson worked as a financial analyst in the operations division of the firm. There, he specialized in credit default swaps, interest rate swaps, and bespoke over-the-counter derivatives products. Mr. Thomson’s background in both litigation and finance make him a valuable asset in complex litigation cases.

After working for Morgan Stanley for over three years, Mr. Thomson’s passion for justice led him to enroll in law school in 2011. In 2014, Mr. Thomson graduated from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. While in law school, Mr. Thomson concentrated on opportunities to hone his craft in the areas of research, writing, and trial advocacy. Mr. Thomson excelled in those areas, serving as the Executive Articles Editor for the Ave Maria International Law Journal, working for his Contracts professor as a faculty research assistant, spending the summer of his second year working in federal court for The Honorable Douglas N. Frazier in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, advancing to the semi-final round in the Robert H. Bork Moot Court Competition, and receiving an “A” grade in Trial Advocacy.

Today, Mr. Thomson continues to fight against injustice, representing home owners, restoration companies, and other vendors against insurance companies who have either underpaid or denied on property claims.

Mr. Thomson is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice in all Florida State courts.


Introducing: Barbara Gonzalez

Barbara Gonzalez

Barbara Gonzalez

Barbara is a South Florida native. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida International University in 2001 and a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in 2005.

Since her admission to the Florida Bar in 2006, Barbara has focused her career in different aspects of Civil Litigation. Currently, her practice focuses mainly in the area of first-party property insurance litigation where she zealously represents homeowners and service providers with property claims against insurance companies.

Prior to joining the firm Barbara represented some of the Nation’s largest banks and mortgage lenders in the areas of creditor’s rights, consumer finance, and real property litigation. Before that, she practiced in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, and products liability, focusing all her efforts on representing the injured.

In her time as an attorney, she has spent countless hours in courtrooms throughout the State gaining invaluable experience in civil trial practice and procedure.  Barbara has done hundreds of bench trials, depositions, mediations and argued successfully at countless hearings. In addition to her civil litigation experience she also has extensive law firm management experience from her time spent as a supervising and managing attorney. During that time, she assisted in hiring, training and supervising attorneys, assistants and support staff while successfully managing client goals and expectations.

Barbara is licensed to practice law in all Florida State Courts and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is also an active member of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and is fluent in Spanish.

Barbara currently resides in Southwest Ranches. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.


Introducing: Michael C. Fischetti

Michael C. Fischetti was born and raised in South Florida. After high school, Michael attended Florida State University and graduated magna cum laude with degrees in real estate and finance. Afterwards, Michael returned to South Florida to study law at the Florida International University College of Law. While in law school, Michael was a member of the Jewish Law Student Association and participated in events geared toward helping immigrants obtain lawful citizenship. Michael also spent a semester studying abroad and learning about topics such as Women’s Rights under European Law and the history of the civil law system. When not studying, Michael spent his time exploring all of which Spain had to offer along with nearby countries such as Italy, Morocco, and Germany.

After Graduating from Florida International University in 2014, Michael obtained his Florida Bar License that very same year. Since becoming eligible to practice law, Michael has 100% focused his legal practice on representing policy holders and assignees against insurers. Michael has handled hundreds of cases in which an insurer denied or underpaid an insurance claim. Michael has participated in multiple trials through verdict, deposed fact and expert witnesses, and argued various motions on behalf of Insureds. Michael joined the Mineo Salcedo Law Firm in March 2017 with the intention of continuing to represent Insureds in need of help.


Attorney Jordan Bieber

jbieberJordan Bieber is passionate about his law practice. He is a zealous advocate for homeowners who have been wronged by their insurance companies. Additionally, Mr. Bieber represents victims of catastrophic medical malpractice events and general negligence incidents.

Prior to joining The Mineo Salcedo Law Firm, Mr. Bieber spent several years handling a variety of complex, high-exposure cases including medical negligence and product liability lawsuits. He has also handled several appellate matters resulting in published opinions by the Third District Court of Appeal. Mr. Bieber has the knowledge, skill and experience to take on the biggest corporations and insurance companies.

In 2007, Mr. Bieber graduated from Brandeis University where he was a member of the Dean’s List. He then went on to graduate from Emory University School of Law in 2012. In his free time, Mr. Bieber enjoys playing tennis and golf.

Mr. Bucci is currently a member of the Florida Bar and has been admitted to practice in the state of Pennsylvania.


Introducing: William Glenn Dill

attorney-dill-300Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Mr. Dill graduated from Syracuse University in 1991 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History.  He attended the University of Miami School of Law.  While in law school, he was a law clerk to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, participating in the confirmation processes for Justice Stephen Breyer and numerous other Federal judges, in addition to preparing advisory opinions on legal and constitutional issues for proposed legislation.  After graduating from University of Miami School of law in 1995, he was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1996 and the Florida Bar in 1997.

During his legal career, Mr. Dill has represented Fortune 500 companies in bodily injury claims, worked on multiple wrongful death cases, first party property damage cases, personal injury cases as both a plaintiff attorney and defense attorney.  He has litigated Americans With Disabilities Act claims on behalf of both the disabled and private businesses.  He has tried cases to verdict in Florida state and Federal courts.  In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Dill has handled corporate formation and commercial transactions on behalf of clients.

Mr. Dill now focuses his practice litigating on behalf of Plaintiffs in claims against insurance companies for damages to homes and property.  He lives in Davie with his wife Angela and their two sons.

Trials:

  • Ellison v. Louis, Case No. 5020080000410
  • Contin v. Home Depot USA, Inc.  Case No. CA 03-02707
  • MTCH v. Visual Images, LLC, Case No. 03-5994 SP 05
  • Santarelli v. Gutterman, Case No. CL 99-8441 AH
  • Vitakis v. J&J Motor Holdings, Inc., Case No 96-12702 CA 13
  • Miami Air Lease v. Standard Seafood, Case NO. 98-05313 CA 27
  • Pastor v. Lowe, McKenna, Hall and Anon, Case No. 95-1522 CIV Ryskamp

Reported Decisions:

  • Assoc. for Disabled Americans v. Reinfeld Anderson, 975 F.Supp. 2d 1285 (S.D. Fla. 2013)
  • Segal v. Ricky’s Restaurant and Lounge, Inc., 2012 WL 2393769 (S.D. Fla. 2012)
  • Kennedy v. Grova , 2012 WL 1368139 (S.D. Fla. 2012)
  • Garcia v. Georges, 434 Fed.Appx. 791 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • Access for the Disabled, Inc. v. Fort Lauderdale Hospitality, Inc., 826 F.Supp.2d 1330 (S.D. Fla. 2011)
  • Eichorn v. Home Depot USA, Inc., 2007 WL 2774247 (S.D. Fla. 2007)
  • Fils-Aime v. Home Depot USA, Inc., 2007 WL 2409821 (S.D. Fla. 2007)
  • Diaz v. Home Depot USA, Inc., 2007 WL 934614 (S.D.Fla. 2007)

Garrett S. Elsinger

Garrett S. Elsinger

Garrett S. Elsinger

Garrett S. Elsinger earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from Hope College, Holland Michigan in 1993. He earned his Juris Doctor from University of Miami School of Law in 1996. Garrett worked for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office from 1997 through 2003 where he rose to the position of Felony Trial Unit Supervisor and was responsible for the prosecution of vehicular homicide and second degree murder cases. He has been lead counsel in over 100 jury trials in both state and federal courts.  In 2003, Garrett opened his own law firm in Fort Lauderdale where he practiced criminal law. From 2008 through 2014 Garrett worked for Purdy, Jolly, Giuffreda & Barranco, P.A. where he practiced civil rights defense and government liability representing law enforcement officers in state and federal courts who were accused of false arrest, excessive force, and negligence. Garrett focuses his practice in the areas of homeowners’ first-party property insurance litigation and general civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and well as the federal courts for the southern and middle districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Practice Areas: 

  • Personal Injury & General Civil Litigation
  • Government Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • First-Party Property Litigation

Admitted to Practice:

Florida, 1996

Education:

  • Hope College, B.A. 1993
  • University of Miami School of Law, 1996

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Government Law Section
  • Florida Bar Criminal Law Section

Email: Gelsinger@mineolaw.com


Incredible Insurance Claim Stories

Proeprty Claim Law

New house destroyed by fire

Insurance claims stories seems to make news headlines nearly everyday, which is no surprise, as 1 in 15 homeowners make a claim each year, according the Huffington Post. Given the many potential disasters that come with homeownership there is a high chance all of us will be reaching out to our insurance provider at one point or another to make use of the insurance we pay for.

While there are certainly stories of simple claims processes, the anecdotes below show there may not be such thing as a standard insurance claims. Some of these stories highlight fraud; others show instances where homeowners were required to pay out of pocket for disasters and faulty appliances. As you’ll see, most of these stories took quite a negotiation to get claims paid and others were unable to collect payment from their provider.

  • After a fire, a homeowner threw out a charred designer purse. Noticing the purse, the claims adjuster opened it up to find $400,000 of precious jewels and jewelry inside – saving the homeowner another catastrophic loss.
  • A homeowner was hiding cash in her bookshelf and claimed it was stolen. Fortunately, she was covered and able to recover most of the money, but if a house fire had destroyed the money, she would be out of luck as this instance was not on her policy.
  • A house was completely burnt down, but the homeowner’s claim was denied because she owned a dog on her insurance company’s prohibited dog breeds list, even though the dog had nothing to do with the fire.
  • A homeowner was denied, by their insurance company, after filing a claim for damage from their broken refrigerator. The claim was originally denied because the home was ‘customarily unoccupied,” although the insurance company is now reevaluating this decision.
  • In an attempt to cash in on his property and automobile a homeowner lit them both on fire. He did not receive money, but did receive five years in federal prison for insurance fraud.
  • An electric cooker, used by children, caused a kitchen fire, which was reported to the insurance company.
  • An insurance company denied a claim for damage, from excess steam, caused by a malfunctioning washing machine. After taking legal action and pointing out to the judge, steam is a form of water, the homeowner won the case.
  • A homeowner’s wine collection was damaged due to sewer backup, which exposed the wine to heat. The homeowner was able to win the claim, but not before a challenging battle.
  • While a family was away on vacation, their home had a kitchen fire causing nearly $16,000 in damage. Upon arriving home, they were shocked to discover they were not covered, by their policy, for insurance fire.
  • In another odd instance, a goose swallowed a homeowner’s diamond ring and the insurance company refused to cover it.
  • Another homeowner had a toilet flood causing damage to his home, Even though this was immediately reported to the insurance company, they avoided his calls, did not pay out the claim and even became hostile causing an already stressful situation to become even worse.

To ensure you are covered and receiving the appropriate compensation from your homeowner’s claim please call the Mineo Salcedo Law Firm at 954-463-8100.