Honorable Judge John Lakin

Keynote Speaker

Simon Blank, DFS Director of the Division of Fraud

Director Simon Blank began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Royal Palm Beach Police Department, in Palm Beach County, Florida. Simon moved through the ranks during his tenure with the agency and served in different assignments, to include: patrol, narcotics, persons and property crimes detective, internal affairs and supervisor of the Criminal Investigations Division. 

Simon joined the Division of Insurance Fraud in 1996 as a detective assigned to the 440 Strike Force in West Palm Beach. He was promoted to Lieutenant of that unit in 2001 and to Regional Captain in 2002. In 2008, Simon was named Workers’ Compensation Bureau Chief and in 2009 became the Division’s Operations Major overseeing all enforcement actions statewide. 

Mark Mintz, Esq.

Tim Crutchfield, Esq

The Price is Right - Sports Edition Education

The Price is Right-Professional Athlete Edition is an interactive game show style course created to analyze the distinct challenges faced in writing scope and unit costs for custom built properties.   The course will review building codes relevant to residential and commercial properties as well as how the Daubert Standard and estimating programs can affect a claim.  The sports edition of the Price is Right will provide a journey of the homes of some professional athletes during their unique claim experiences.  

Dealing with the mortgage company is sometimes described as being more complicated than dealing with insurance companies.   Public adjuster, Joseph Sabbagh and attorney Marc Ben Ezra, have pooled their talents to bring you this powerful and useful course.  Sabbagh has been successfully getting mortgage companies to release his fees for years and Ben Ezra represented mortgage companies before embarking on his career first party claims litigation.  How to Navigate the Mortgage Companies is your compass providing you with direction toward smoother sailing when it comes to the release of insurance claim proceeds by mortgage companies.

Joseph Sabbagh, PA

Marc Ben Ezra, Esq.

Don't Drop the Ball in Contract Requirements 

Pleasing Your Fans - Social Media Marketing
Navigating the Mortgage Companies
Case Law Update for First Party Claims - 2015

Andy McDonald, Esq.

Dave Barnhill, Esq.

In September 2013, Simon was appointed Director of the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud by CFO Atwater.  

Simon is a 2014 graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #257.   

Prior to starting a career in law enforcement, he served in the United States Air Force from 1982 through 1986.


Damon Roberson

Are you familiar with the basics of what constitutes a contract?  This course will guide you through the principals of contract law including insurance policies. This comprehensive review will include the concepts of offer and acceptance, performance and the study the importance of public adjuster contract standardization.  Public Adjuster contract requirements will also be reviewed along with how to handle uncertainties such as when there is a question as to the date of loss.  Don't Drop the Ball on Contract Requirements is not just about your contract - it provides an important basic understanding of all contracts.  

John Bales, Esq.

FAPIA is proud kick off the first in a series of Public Adjuster Small Business Development lectures designed to increase the public adjuster's business savvy.  Our business development launches with a course entitled, Social Media & Marketing Your Business - Fan Pleasers.

The art of effective questioning will help you ask the right questions to determine the validity of a claim from the onset. This course brought to you by powerhouse attorney’s  Jean Niven and Gina Clausen Lozier provides specific direction on how to weed-out problematic claims that can cause a Public Adjuster to misuse valuable time and resources.  A public adjuster who does his homework will always do a better job for the policyholder and his small business. 

Jean Niven, Esq.

Gina Clausen Lozier, Esq.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: How Your Actions, Communications, and Operations Determine your Reputation as an Ethical Professional Public Adjuster

Our guest lecturer, Damon Roberson, is the president and founder of Florida Digital Media Group, a leading digital agency that partners with companies, technology disruptors, and candidates and causes across Florida.
Damon was one of the first digital organizers in American politics, starting at the Republican National Committee in the 2006 cycle. In 2014, Damon oversaw the technology efforts for the re-election campaign of CFO Jeff Atwater.
Damon has developed Digital Strategy that has engaged millions of supporters and potential customers. To contact Damon, you can email him at damon@floridadigitalmediagroup.com. Follow him on twitter @damonrroberson. 

Join us at this FAPIA First Ever Event!!!

This course will provide timely data on internet usage by your potential customers as well as insight on which social media sites are growing the fastest.  Social media is an integral part of business in 2015 and this course provides important social media best practices as well as the top 3 Ways To Use Social Media for Business!   This course features valuable information about facebook, twitter and linkedin usage that every small business owner should know.  

Real World Deflategate - When to Throw the Flag on Bad Faith Claims Conduct

Learn the ins and outs of Bad Faith as it pertains to property insurance with real life examples.  Common misconceptions about what constitutes Bad Faith and practical application in a first party claim.  This course will also answer the question: "Can an insured or public adjuster act in Bad Faith?" Finally, details on how to pursue a claim for Bad Faith are outlined by the speakers.

Adrian Neiman Arkin, Esq.

Chip Merlin, Esq.

The reputation of a business is essential to its survival. The trust and confidence of the consumer can have a direct and profound effect on a company’s bottom line.  The same can be said of an industry.  Action Speak Louder Than Words, a course taught by Chip Merlin, will focus on how behavior and communications can affect your client, your business and your industry. Walk away with a new understanding of current defense strategies and how they relate to public adjuster representation. 

Andrew Fuxa, Esq.

Keith Truppman, Esq.

This valuable course will inform you on the latest developments in cases that affect our industry on topics from appraisal, coverage issues, statute of limitations, public adjusters/appraisers fees and venue.  The course will also review relevant case law regarding bad faith discovery and sinkhole claims. This is one you won't want to miss.  You will want to take notes and keep the information you will receive from our faculty handy for your day to day operations.

Michael Duffy, Esq.

Michael Duffy is a well respected legal counsel and long time supporter of FAPIA and the Public Adjusting Profession Nationwide.  He will present an interesting course – What the PA needs to know about Expert Engineers. Do you know what the inspection protocols are; or testing protocols; securing evidence; notice requirements, etc?  
Attendees will be just mesmerized by this course as he will be discussing at length what the Expert engineers and nationwide companies have doing, and not doing, template reports, licensing requirements and ordinance and law issues.  

The Battle of the Engineers - Rely on Experts

Getting the Facts – Questions That are Critical for Your Claim Consultation

FAPIA's 2015 Spring Training  

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