For Attorneys: What to Expect from Trial Practice in the New Normal

For Attorneys: What to Expect from Trial Practice in the New Normal

As the world has grappled with the effects of COVID-19 and adjusted to the “new normal” for the past two years, litigators have had their worlds halted and then promptly turned upside down. Although society has gradually moved towards a more online world, COVID-19 set that move into overdrive, creating the need for lawyers to learn how to litigate in court virtually – an unprecedented thought. Both experienced and new lawyers had to deal with an entirely new way of practicing, and no one knew how to do it, making all litigators very wise according to Socrates.

As we have settled into this “new normal,” trends have emerged that allow for a comparison between in-person and virtual litigating – including in-person versus virtual jury trials, hearings, depositions, etc. This article outlines the successes and pitfalls of virtual versus in-person litigating and practical tips for moving forward in the “new virtual normal.”

Protector Plans Announces Enhanced Insurance Distribution Capabilities for Professionals

Protector Plans Announces Enhanced Insurance Distribution Capabilities for Professionals

B&B Protector Plans,, Inc. (“Protector Plans”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc., and part of Brown & Brown’s National Programs segment, will enhance insurance distribution and in-house agency capabilities with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Harold Diers & Company and Diers Insurance Corporation (collectively, “Diers”).

With roots dating back to 1941, Diers specializes in insurance for a variety of professionals, including dentists, lawyers, CPAs, podiatrists and optometrists. For over fifty years, the Diers Agency has been the exclusive representative for Protector Plans’ Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists’ (“PPP”) program in Nebraska and North Dakota.

Jeffrey S. Grange, president of Protector Plans’ Tampa Programs division stated, “The addition of the Diers’ team supports Protector Plans’ vision to be the leading preeminent full service delegated underwriting platform for specialty lines in the MGA/MGU channel. We provideproprietary insurance products and solutionstailored to the risk management needs of ourcustomers as a talent-led organization committed to specialization. For over eight decades, the Diers team has demonstrated the same commitment to its customers as specialists in solving the insurance needs of professionals. We are pleased by the capabilities of our combined teams and how this integration will enhance our sales and service delivery to dental, healthcare, legal, accountancy and other professionals.”

Marilyn Diers stated, “Our team looks forward to joining Protector Plans. Through our long-standing relationship with the PPP program, we have come to appreciate a shared culture that puts the customer first.”

Working with the Protector Plans brands provides customers access to custom insurance solutions for commercial and retail products, extensive underwriting knowledge and fast quote turnaround. We work to simplify the insurance experience, build trust and reduce uncertainty. Protector Plans’ website will be updated regularly with news, blogs, business activity, new product offerings and events. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from Protector Plans at bbprotectorplans.com.

About Protector Plans
B&B Protector Plans, Inc. (“Protector Plans”) is a national administrator of property and casualty insurance solutions whose reputation for innovation and customer service is based on a 40+ year history of meeting the complex insurance needs of professionals. Protector Plans’ fundamental distinction is grounded in insurance product innovation. Protector Plans is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc.

About Brown & Brown, Inc.
Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) is a leading insurance brokerage firm, delivering risk management solutions to individuals and businesses since 1939. With over 12,000 teammates in more than 300 locations across the U.S. and select global markets, we are committed to providing innovative strategies to help protect what our customers value most. For more information or to find an office near you, please visit bbinsurance.com.

This press release may contain certain statements relating to future results which are forward-looking statements, including those associated with this acquisition. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only Brown & Brown’s current belief regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Brown & Brown’s control. It is possible that Brown & Brown’s actual results and financial condition may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements. Further information concerning Brown & Brown and its business, including factors that potentially could materially affect Brown & Brown’s financial results and condition, as well as its other achievements, is contained in Brown & Brown’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such factors include those factors relevant to Brown & Brown’s consummation and integration of the announced acquisition, including any matters analyzed in the due diligence process, and material adverse changes in the business and financial condition of the seller, the buyer, or both, and their respective customers. All forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this release, and Brown & Brown does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or correct any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that subsequently occur or of which Brown & Brown hereafter becomes aware.

Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists adds HSB’s IoT Sensor Program to help Prevent Water Damage

Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists adds HSB’s IoT Sensor Program to help Prevent Water Damage

Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists (PPP) has announced a new Internet of Things (IoT) property loss prevention service with Sensor Solutions by HSBTM. The service, available as a part of PPP’s property insurance program, utilizes smart sensors to monitor dental offices 24/7 for water leaks and frozen pipes.

“We’re excited to team up with HSB to offer a sensor solution to our PPP insured dentists.  Water and freeze damage losses are costly and disruptive. This turnkey solution enables insureds to proactively mitigate loss. We believe the HSB Sensor Solution complements our commitment toward a complete suite of program products and services.” Mike Wensel, underwriting director for PPP

HSB’s Meshify Leak and Freeze sensors are easy to install and connect to a cloud-based platform using battery-powered cellular technology, allowing them to continue operating even in a power outage. Because the sensors do not rely on a dental office’s Wi-Fi or data systems, the sensors is reliable and the dental office data systems are kept safe from cyber exposures.

HSB works with PPP to monitor conditions in real-time. If a leak or other condition requiring immediate attention is detected, the dental office is alerted via SMS, email and/or phone.

“Damage that occurs at night and/or on weekends can cost thousands of dollars and shut down operations for days or weeks,” said Dave Mercier, senior vice president of HSB’s Custom Accounts Division. “With advanced sensor technologies, we can help provide peace of mind for a business, knowing that its facility is being monitored even when staff is not on-site, or power is lost.”

For commercial and personal lines, Sensor Solutions by HSBTM provides tailored IoT programs that help mitigate risks and enable improved insurance outcomes. Since 2016, HSB’s IoT programs for business, industry, institutions and homes have collected more than 13 billion sensor readings, enabling customers to reduce claims and avoid business interruption.

The Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists was created by Brown & Brown professional programs division through the collaboration of dental and malpractice insurance professionals to create one insurance policy to help meet the needs of a dental practice.

About Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists

Through their network of specialized agents, the PPP has been serving dentists nationwide since 1969. This comprehensive insurance program was developed specifically for the dental practice. The plan is offered in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and insures tens of thousands of dentists nationwide.

The Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists is a division of B&B Protector Plans Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc., a leading insurance brokerage firm, delivering risk management solutions to individuals and businesses since 1939. With over 11,000 teammates in more than 300 locations across the U.S. and select global markets, we are committed to providing innovative strategies to help protect what our customers value most. For more information or to find an office near you, please visit bbinsurance.com.

For more information on about sensor services for dental practices, insurance products for dentists and risk management services, visit our website at http://www.protectorplan.com.

Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB)

HSB, part of Munich Re, is a multi-line specialty insurer and provider of inspection, risk management and IoT technology services. HSB insurance offerings include equipment breakdown, cyber risk, specialty liability and other coverages. HSB blends its engineering expertise, technology and data to craft inventive insurance and service solutions for existing and emerging risks posed by technological change. Throughout its 150-year history HSB’s mission has been to help clients prevent loss, advance sustainable use of energy and build deeper relationships that benefit business, public institutions and consumers. HSB holds A.M. Best Company’s highest financial rating, A++ (Superior). For more information, visit www.hsb.com and connect on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Protector Plans Announces Greg Boornazian as Executive Underwriter of Tampa Programs

Protector Plans Announces Greg Boornazian as Executive Underwriter of Tampa Programs

Protector Plans, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc. and part of Brown & Brown’s National Programs segment, announced Greg Boornazian as executive underwriter of Tampa Programs. Protector Plans is a national administrator of property and casualty insurance solutions whose reputation for innovation and customer service is based on a 40+ year history of meeting the complex insurance needs of professionals.

Craig Grant, who joined Protector Plans as chief underwriting officer of Tampa Programs earlier this year, commented, “We are delighted to add a leader of Greg’s talent and experience to the Tampa Programs leadership team. Tampa Programs is dedicated to retaining and attracting talented teammates to drive our growth in Specialty businesses in the Managing General Agency/Managing General Underwriting distribution channel in support of our agents, brokers and producers on behalf of our excellent carrier partners.”

As the executive underwriter, Greg Boornazian will be responsible for blending analytical and marketing skills to the risk assessment process; developing solutions for customers; cultivating relationships with agents and brokers while using connections to place business with Protector Plans.

Gregory is skilled in underwriting management liability and specializes in private and public D&O products, employment practices, fiduciary liability and crime coverage parts. With over ten years of insurance industry experience, Gregory is devoted to leading growth and profitability initiatives through formulating and executing underwriting strategies for new business and renewal opportunities.

Working with the Protector Plans brands provides customers access to custom insurance solutions for commercial and retail products, extensive underwriting knowledge and fast quote turnaround. We work with our customers to simplify the insurance experience, build trust and reduce uncertainty. Protector Plans’ website will be updated regularly with news, blogs, business activity, new product offerings and events. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from the Company at bbprotectorplans.com.

About Protector Plans
Protector Plans is a national administrator of property and casualty insurance solutions whose reputation for innovation and customer service is based on a 40+ year history of meeting the complex insurance needs of professionals. Protector Plans’ fundamental distinction is grounded in insurance product innovation. Protector Plans is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc.

About Brown & Brown, Inc.

Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) is a leading insurance brokerage firm, delivering risk management solutions to individuals and businesses since 1939. With over 11,000 teammates in more than 300 locations across the U.S. and select global markets, we are committed to providing innovative strategies to help protect what our customers value most. For more information or to find an office near you, please visit bbinsurance.com.

Protector Plans Announces Harini Wilkinson as Senior Vice President, Strategic Data Insights & Analytics of Tampa Programs

Protector Plans Announces Harini Wilkinson as Senior Vice President, Strategic Data Insights & Analytics of Tampa Programs

Protector Plans, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc., and part of Brown & Brown’s National Programs segment announced Harini Wilkinson as senior vice president, strategic data insights & analytics of Tampa Programs. Protector Plans is a national administrator of property and casualty insurance solutions whose reputation for innovation and customer service is based on a 40+ year history of meeting the complex insurance needs of professionals.

Jeff Grange, who joined Protector Plans as president of Tampa Programs earlier this year, commented, “I am delighted to add a leader of Harini’s caliber, experience and technical acumen to the Tampa Programs leadership team. Tampa Programs is committed to retaining and attracting talented teammates to drive our growth in Specialty businesses within the Managing General Agency/Managing General Underwriting distribution channel. Our dynamic team supports our agents, brokers and producers on behalf of our terrific carrier partners.”

Harini is committed to providing well-architected solutions to streamline and optimize existing business processes with a proven track record of successfully directing tactics on a large scale and automating high-visibility, complex project implementations. Harini’s professional background includes over 15 years of experience working with enterprise-wide products in the CRM industry. She also brings a strong technical acumen and robust understanding of data and systems to Protector Plans.

Working with the Protector Plans brands provide customers access to custom insurance solutions for commercial and retail products, extensive underwriting knowledge and fast quote turnaround. We work with our customers to simplify the insurance experience, build trust and reduce uncertainty. Protector Plans’ website will be updated regularly with news, blogs, business activity, new product offerings and events. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from the Company at bbprotectorplans.com.

About Protector Plans
Protector Plans is a national administrator of property and casualty insurance solutions whose reputation for innovation and customer service is based on a 40+ year history of meeting the complex insurance needs of professionals. Protector Plans’ fundamental distinction is grounded in insurance product innovation. Protector Plans is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc.

About Brown & Brown, Inc.

Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) is a leading insurance brokerage firm, delivering risk management solutions to individuals and businesses since 1939. With over 11,000 teammates in more than 300 locations across the U.S. and select global markets, we are committed to providing innovative strategies to help protect what our customers value most. For more information or to find an office near you, please visit bbinsurance.com.