For more than two decades, Dean Milber has been coverage counsel, litigation counsel, and supervisory counsel to the insurance industry representing insurers and their professional policyholders in New York and throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As the founding and managing partner of New York based Milber Makris Plousadis & Seiden, LLP, he was primarily responsible for creating a legal and business environment that continues to provide high quality, cost-effective and client driven service to the insurance community. After almost 25 years of private practice, Dean has taken his unparalleled experience to focus exclusively on his insurance coverage and professional liability ADR practice.
As a litigator, Dean has represented insurers in declaratory judgment actions, as well as attorneys, insurance brokers and agents, accountants, and other professionals in malpractice lawsuits, at both the trial and appellate levels. When faced with licensing and financial challenges, these same clients have asked Dean to appear with them before state and federal administrative agencies and departments to avoid what could be career ending sanctions. It is within this climate that Dean has successfully navigated through conflicting interests and goals, not to mention differing personalities and cultures, by identifying all issues relevant to the disputing parties and developing a clear and concise strategy to reach the desired result.
In his varying roles, Dean has worked closely with the claims, underwriting, and marketing arms of insurance companies that has included drafting policy language, writing articles on risk management, and providing training for handling claims from inception through third- party recovery. As such, he has developed a unique understanding of the insurer's need to meet the obligation for prompt and reasonable indemnity payments while, at the same time, ensuring that each claim is properly investigated and evaluated, all within a fair and fiscally controlled landscape. Not surprisingly, therefore, Dean has been asked to be a guest lecturer and teacher to insurance companies and professional trade associations alike including the American Bar Association - Tort and Insurance Practice Section, the Council on Litigation Management, and the American Association of Managing General Agents.
Through the years, Dean has taken his problem solving/proactive approach, and participated in hundreds of ADR situations as a neutral and counsel both in formal and informal settings with a recognition that flexibility and being willing to operate outside the box when necessary is critical as the parties work towards and achieve resolution.
Dean is admitted to practice law in the state courts of New York and Washington, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. www.milberadr.com
dmilber@resolutesystems 800-776-6060 (ext. 168)
Resolute Systems, LLC - Mediator/Arbitrator - June 2011 to present
Milber Makris Plousadis & Seiden, LLP – Founding and Managing Partner/Of Counsel – May 1998 to May 2011
L’Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP – Associate and Partner – August 1988 to April 1998
Washington College of Law, The American University – Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts – 1986
Miami University (Ohio) – Bachelor of Arts - 1983
CNA Professional Counsel - Building a Solid Foundation: Managing Law Practice Risk - May 2009 and December 2011
Fireman’s Fund/Swiss Re/Lancer Claim Service - Claim Professional Training - 2009/2010 - Litigating The Insurance E&O Case In The Courtroom
National Casualty Company/Herbert L. Jamison & Company, LLC Accountants Risk Management Newsletter - Volume 6, Issue 1, 2009 - In Accountant We Trust?
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (f/k/a Council on Litigation Management) - 2008/2009 - Author/Speaker of 2 nationwide seminars - Litigation 102 Pleadings and Motion Practice, and Mock Trial
CNA Annual Lawyers and Accountants Defense Network - October 2007- Insurance Guideline Compliance: A Blueprint for Success
AAMGA (American Association of Managing General Agents) University - August 2007 - Handling Claims Against Insurance Brokers and Agents
ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section - February 2007 - Dispatches From the Front - Explaining Complex Coverage Issues to Judges and Juries
PLRB (Property Loss Research Bureau) - April 2005 - Technology in the Courtroom
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