Laura BesvinickPartner

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Laura Besvinick has more than 30 years’ experience litigating complex cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She focuses on representing insurers in complex coverage disputes, bad-faith actions and consumer class actions.

Laura advises insurers on claims-handling and serves as monitoring counsel, often in connection with professional liability. She also regularly represents accountants and attorneys in malpractice actions, securities class actions and before the Securities and Exchange Commission, and represents companies in commercial disputes in court and arbitration.

Laura’s accolades have included recognition by The Legal 500 United StatesBest Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal. She also has been listed among Florida Trend Legal Elite.


Representative Matters

Laura has been involved in the following matters:
  • Obtained defense award in favor of international telecommunications manufacturer following multi-week arbitration trial where alleged damages exceeded $300 million. Laura also successfully represented the manufacturer in proceedings to confirm the award and on appeal from the award confirmation.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer in insurance coverage dispute involving attempted enforcement of Coblentz judgment valued at $175 million. The insurer was held to have no liability for the settlement. Laura also represented the insurer on appeal and obtained an affirmance of the judgment.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer in insurance coverage dispute involving attempted enforcement of $40 million Coblentz judgment. The insurer was held to have no liability for the settlement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer in coverage dispute involving alleged breach of duty to defend.
  • Obtained dismissals of putative class actions against insurers for alleged violations of Medicare Secondary Payer Act.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of putative class action against insurer for alleged failure to properly pay hurricane claims.

Honors & Awards

  • The Legal 500 United States
  • Best Lawyers: Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law and Professional Malpractice Law
  • The Burton Awards: Distinguished Legal Writing Award
  • Florida Super Lawyers: Insurance Coverage
  • Super Lawyers: Corporate Counsel: Insurance Coverage
  • South Florida Legal Guide: Top Lawyers in South Florida
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite: Insurance

Memberships

  • Board of Trustees, Miami City Ballet
  • Board Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Publications

  • Co-author, ‚Äč“The State of Medicare Secondary Payer Act Litigation,” Law360, July 27, 2018
  • Co-author, “Where They’ve Been and Where They’re Going: Secondary Payer Lawsuits Involving Medicare Advantage Organizations,” For the Defense, May 2018

Admitted To Practice

Florida

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

Supreme Court of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Education

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1983; Phi Beta Kappa; Editor, Harvard Law Review

A.B., cum laude, Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1980