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Hugh is a partner in Reed Smith’s Insurance Recovery group. His practice consists of representing policyholders in evaluating, settling and litigating insurance claims filed in state or federal court, trial of coverage and extra-contractual claims, as well as appellate practice.

Credentials

  • University of Miami School of Law, 1980, J.D.
  • Duke University, 1977, A.B.

  • Florida

  • U.S. Federal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Florida

  • Florida Justice Association
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Insurance Coverage, Member
  • Florida State Bar, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Former Board Member of the Children’s Home Society (Outstanding Volunteer Board Member, 1999)
  • Women of Tomorrow
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Educate Tomorrow
  • Arts for Learning

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards & Recognition

  • Thomas F. Segalla Service Award, American College of Contractual and Extra-Contractual Counsel, May 2018
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American College of Contractual and Extra-Contractual Counsel; co-chair first party section
  • Member Insurance Coverage and Litigation Section of the ABA; formerly co-chair of the Life, Health and Disability sub-section
  • Received the Best Lawyers™ 2013 and 2016 Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" award in Miami
  • Litigation Department of the Year, 2013, Daily Business Review
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law and Litigation - Insurance, 2010-2020. He also received the Best Lawyers™ 2020 Litigation - Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" award in Miami.
  • SuperLawyer, 2006-2019
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • Who’s Who in Insurance and Reinsurance
  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell 1994-2019
  • Multiple awards for exceptional participation in Dade County Pro Bono work