Jerry is a frequent speaker and panelist on property coverage and arson and fraud issues. He is the author of “Truth of Consequences: An Analysis of the Concealment or Fraud Defense” and the author of “The Examination Under Oath-An Owner’s Manual,” both appearing in “For the Defense” magazine. He also wrote “The Examination Under Oath: A Vital Tool in Examining Potentially Fraudulent Claims” published in CLM’s Litigation Management magazine. One of his “boat scuttling cases” was featured in Boating Magazine. Jerry is a frequent speaker for such organizations as the Defense Research Institute; the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention; the Insurance Committee on Arson Control; the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Counsel, and the Florida Windstorm Association. Jerry provides a number of presentations regarding trial tactics, litigation, and fire investigation.
In 2008, Jerry took a leave of absence from the firm and joined the McCain/Palin campaign. He served as one of Governor Palin’s advance representatives and traveled extensively throughout the campaign.
Jerry is a member of the American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections); the Defense Research Institute; the Florida Bar; and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He is the past-President of the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP); and is presently the FACAP Rewards Committee Chairperson. Jerry is also a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel.
While Jerry was a student at Stetson University College of Law, he received the Victor O. Wehle Award for Outstanding Participation in Trial Practice, and was a Finalist in the American Bar Association Mock Trial Competition for the Southeast Region, as well as the Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition in Florida in 1986. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (with emphasis on International