MIAMI - Reed Smith today announced that a five-person team has joined its Insurance Recovery Practice in Miami and Los Angeles, led by partners R. Hugh Lumpkin and Matthew B. Weaver.

Before joining Reed Smith, Lumpkin and Weaver were shareholders and Camilla J. Cohen and Christopher T. Kuleba were associates in the Miami firm of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, which Lumpkin co-founded in 1999. Ashley B. Jordan, of counsel at Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin in Los Angeles, will work from Reed Smith’s Los Angeles office.

“Hugh is the leading insurance recovery lawyer in Florida who has focused his practice on a range of insurance issues over his stellar career,” said David M. Halbreich, Chair of Reed Smith’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group. “This represents a strategic expansion of our marquee insurance recovery practice reaching into Miami and beyond to the south. Florida has a history of issues arising out of hurricanes, and having this capability on the ground will be a real plus for our clients.”

With nearly 40 years of legal experience, Lumpkin focuses his practice on representing policyholders in evaluating, settling, and litigating coverage and extra contractual claims in both state and federal courts. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, and he regularly publishes and lectures on insurance coverage issues and controversies. A native of Venezuela, Lumpkin is a 1980 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.

“Joining Reed Smith is an opportunity for us to work on a significantly expanded U.S. platform, and it provides us with enhanced resources from which to continue to develop and build our practice,” Lumpkin said. “Over the years, we have co-counseled on many complex cases with Reed Smith. They share our commitment to client service, and we are delighted to join forces with this talented group of experienced insurance recovery lawyers.”