Gary came to MWSS+ after practicing for nearly twenty years at a large regional firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage consulting and litigation, focusing primarily on first-party property and third-party liability coverages. Gary has handled complex coverage issues involving faulty workmanship, collapse, water damage, intentional acts, arson, and insurance fraud, to name just a few. He represents both policyholders and insurance companies. His work on an arson case earned his former firm a Golden Gavel award from Westfield Insurance Company in 2012.
Gary also has considerable appellate experience, having briefed and argued twenty appeals. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in both Idaho and Ohio, and is a member of the Litigation and Appellate practice sections of the Idaho State Bar.
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Gary earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Bowling Green State University. Before attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he worked as a computer programmer, specializing in statistical analysis and computer mapping. Gary enjoys hiking, travel, and baseball. He has attended games at a dozen major league stadiums, more than two dozen minor league ballparks, and several spring training sites in Florida and Arizona.
|ID||Authorized to practice law||2016||01/08/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Golden Gavel Award||Westfield Insurance Company||2012|
|Counsel||Ulmer & Berne LLP||1997 - 2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Idaho State Bar||Member||2016 - Present|
|The Update / Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys||"We Should Get Us Some Reform"||2013|
|Case Western Reserve University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Bowling Green State University||M.A.||1983|
|Bowling Green State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Themis Lodging Corp. v. Erie Ins. Exch., 2010 WL 2817251 (N.D. Ohio)||The court granted Erie Insurance Exchange’s motion to dismiss for lack of diversity jurisdiction.|
|Babandi v. Allstate Indem. Co., 2008 WL 906116 (N.D. Ohio)||The court granted Allstate’s motion for summary judgment, finding no coverage for a fire loss in a vacant structure.|
|Crites v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2008-Ohio-3924 (Ohio App. 5th Dist.)||Affirming summary judgment for Allstate, the court held that the Allstate policy limited coverage for personal property located away from the insured premises.|
|State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Harpster, 2008-Ohio-3357 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.)||The court affirmed summary judgment for State Farm, holding that State Farm had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured for liability arising from a “road rage” incident.|
|Scott v. Allstate Indem. Co., 417 F.Supp.2d 929 (N.D. Ohio 2006)||The court granted Allstate’s motion for summary judgment, finding that a fire at the insured’s residence could reasonably have been expected to result from the insured’s conduct.|
|State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Totarella, 2003-Ohio-5229 (Ohio App. 11th Dist.)||Affirming summary judgment for State Farm, the court held that the injuries that resulted from the insured’s conduct were expected or intended.|
|Bertram v. West Am. Ins. Co., 2002-Ohio-6513 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.)||Finding that uninsured motorist coverage did not arise by operation of law under a business owners policy, the court affirmed summary judgment for West American.|
|Full Life Church of God in Christ, Inc. v. Church Mut. Ins. Co., 2000 WL 1844735 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.)||The court affirmed summary judgment for Church Mutual, citing the suit limitation condition and applicable policy limits.|
|Nethery v. State Farm Ins. Co., 146 Ohio App.3d 282 (8th Dist. 2001)||Finding that the insured was not entitled to interest on his late-reported claim, the court affirmed summary judgment for State Farm.|
|Pfeiffer v. Sahler, 2001 WL 1110330 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.)||Affirming summary judgment for State Farm, the court held that the insured’s conduct – punching the plaintiff in the face – did not constitute an “occurrence.”|
|Grabowski v. National Fire Ins. Co., 2001 WL 1398449 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.)||The court, affirming summary judgment for National Fire, held that the insured was not entitled to underinsured motorists coverage under her homeowners policy.|
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