I represent policyholders and insurers in disputes about property and casualty insurance.
I practice property and casualty insurance law. That means I deal with legal issues about insurance for things like cars, homes, businesses, professional malpractice, cyber insurance, that sort of thing. (One of the only major areas of insurance I do not do is health insurance. That's a whole other ballgame.) I represent insurance companies and insureds (people with insurance). My practice is split about sixty percent insurer and forty percent insured. I hope that my experience working in-house for major insurers, as a CPCU, and as a trial lawyer and small business owner help me provide better representation to my clients.
Most of my practice is coverage litigation --fighting over whether an insurance policy covers a loss. I also do bad faith litigation --fighting over whether an insurance company denied a claim in bad faith. And I do malpractice litigation --fighting over whether an insurance agent negligently failed to set up the insurance policy right.
I am also a trial lawyer. I try cases to verdicts. I've been doing it since the 80's.
I am also a mediator. I work for several local circuit courts to help mediate cases so they do not get to trial.
I have also served as an expert witness in litigation about insurance bad faith for both insurers and insureds.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Outstanding Service Award||Defense Research Institute||1990|
|Partner||The Law Offices of Robert L. Siems, P.A.||1999 - Present|
|Group Counsel / National Extra-Contractual Claims Counsel||St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company||1998 - 1999|
|Group Counsel / Assistant Vice President||USF&G||1992 - 1998|
|Partner||Francomano, Karpook, And Siems||1991 - 1992|
|Partner||Cohan And Francomano||1990 - 1990|
|Associate/Partner||O'Doherty, Gallager, and Nead||1981 - 1990|
|Associate||Verderaime And Dubois, P.A.||1979 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|CPCU Society||Member||1997 - Present|
|Maryland Defense Counsel||Member||1980 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||1979 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association (Maryland chapter)||Member||N/A|
|Maryland Defense Counsel||President||1989 - 1990|
|The Defense Line Newsletter (MD)||MD First Party Bad Faith Statute||2014|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims (With Robert Fiore and Robert Nead)||2010|
|Maryland Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL)||Bad Faith, Bad Faith, What You Gonna Do When They Come for You: First Party Bad Faith Comes to MD- Who, what,when, where?/ Third Party Bad Faith- What's new?- Undercover with Insurance Coverage: What You Need to Know about Litigating Insurance Coverage (With Pat Lambert)||2007|
|National Business Institute Seminar||The Definitive Guide to Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims in Maryland (With Paul Ethridge and Robert Nead)||2006|
|Claims||Careless Writing and Bad Faith Law Suits (With Gary Blake)||2004|
|For The Defense||"A Primer for Counsel: Litigate, Arbitrate, or Mediate the Bad Faith Action,"||2002|
|Loyola University Maryland||MBA - Master of Business Administration||2000|
|University of Baltimore School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Miami||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|Litigating Slip, Trip and Fall Cases in Maryland||Representing the Business: Defense Attorney Strategies||2016|
|Bad Faith: Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want Attorneys To Know||Insurance Bad Faith||2016|
|Bad Faith: Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want Attorneys To Know||Insurance Bad Faith||2015|
|Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Litigation from A to Z||UM / UIM Coverage||2014|
|Bad Faith: Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want Attorneys to Know||Insurance Bad Faith||2014|
|Litigating Bad Faith Insurance Claims||Insurance Bad Faith||2013|
|Suing a Broker and Insurer||The case settled after deposing the broker, the insurer, and my client, but before the expert depositions. My client recovered roughly eight times my legal fees. (Prior outcomes do not guarantee results in similar situations. Every situation is unique.)|
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