Kevin J. Smith, Attorney at Law, represents insurance policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies, as well as plaintiffs’ attorneys with claims and litigation against defendants whose insurance companies have denied their claims. Mr. Smith also provides consultation and litigation support to attorneys pursuing bad faith lawsuits against insurance companies.
Insurance companies routinely deny legitimate claims they are legally obligated to pay. Some wrongful denials are honest mistakes, some are issued because insurers make claim decisions in their favor when coverage is a close call and some valid claims are intentionally denied, as insurers know that the vast majority of policyholders will not retain an attorney to contest claim denials.
When policyholders do get the assistance of an insurance coverage attorney, the insurance companies often reconsider their denials of coverage once they receive insurance coverage opinion letters explaining that the basis of the insurers’ claim denial is faulty.
Mr. Smith recognizes that if he does not take care of his clients, someone else will. The practice of law is a service business and clients rightfully demand that their attorney be accessible, responsive and keep them informed of the status of their matters.
Mr. Smith maintains a reasonable and fair fee policy and works with clients to devise the most equitable billing system for their individual needs. Billing invoices are timely and detailed, with specific work, hourly charges and expenses clearly spelled out.
Mr. Smith understands that legal expenses are a concern to his clients and encourages open communications regarding billings.
McGeorge School of Law, J.D. – 1989
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, B.A. – 1986
Mr. Smith is a firm believer in the concept that if you know more about insurance coverage than your opponent, you will prevail. Here are some of Mr. Smith’s past cases that illustrate the influence of knowledge on the outcome:
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