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Good Fences Don’t Make Good Neighbors: Impediments to Investigating Structure Damage Claims Resulting From Adjacent Construction
Recorded On February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
This presentation will cover critical, recurring issues associated with the investigation and prosecution of property subrogation claims arising out of construction activities on neighboring properties. The presentation will identify and discuss how to obtain important information and documentation necessary to establish the cause of loss and responsible parties. This includes the identification and retention of appropriate experts and the employment of legal devices to gain access to a neighboring property (even when the property owner has denied such access). These and many other critical issues will be highlighted and discussed through case studies involving losses associated with inadequate lateral support, improper excavations and vibration damage.
Presenters: Mike Wallace & Alexandra Torriero – Stutman Law and Mark Suchecki – Plick & Associates
Michael F. Wallace joined Stutman Law in 2004 and practices in the firm’s New Jersey office. Mr. Wallace has litigated and assisted in the litigation of major property subrogation matters and has consistently resolved millions of dollars of claims. Mr. Wallace regularly presents on cutting-edge topics in the subrogation industry to groups such as the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), the Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) and the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters (NAIIA) as well as several insurance company clients. Mr. Wallace served as Co-Chair of the NASP 2017 Annual Conference and has served as a Track Leader for NASP’s Annual Conferences. Mr. Wallace is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court as well as the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan. He is an active member of NASP.
Alexandra Torriero joined Stutman Law in 2016 and is a member of the firm’s Property Subrogation Department. Since joining Stutman Law, Ms. Torriero has successfully represented clients in major property subrogation matters in both state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Torriero also has considerable experience coordinating the investigation of property damage claims nationwide. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Torriero gained extensive experience defending insurance carriers in all aspects of first party lawsuits, including bad faith and extra-contractual litigation. Ms. Torriero is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has been admitted to the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Western District of Michigan.
Mark Suchecki is a Civil/Structure Engineer with over 40 years of experience as a consulting engineer who specializes in investigations and analysis of failures, accidents and fires related related to civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering issues. Mr. Suchecki is a recognized expert in civil/structural and geotechnical related accidents, failures and construction related losses. He has authored thousands of reports, provided deposition and mediation assistance in dozens of cases, and has qualified for, and provided expert witness testimony in Federal, State, and Municipal courts.