Monthly Archives: October 2019


CSK Partners Dan Shapiro and Mary Elizabeth (“Liz”) Lanier of the Firm’s Tampa Office obtained a complete defense verdict in a survival action in Pinellas County, Florida after a 7-day trial.  Plaintiff, by and through the Estate of the former nursing home resident, alleged nursing home negligence where the resident suffered a stroke which went unrecognized by the facility’s staff, causing a delay in treatment, catastrophic injuries, and lingering disabilities for the remainder of the resident’s life (four years).  During closing arguments, Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award between $25M and $50M for the resident’s disability, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.  The jury returned a defense verdict in approximately 2.5 hours.  Mr. Shapiro and Ms. Lanier were assisted pre-trial and at trial by Laura Segura and Mariana Gallastegui, a team effort all around with a great result!

CSK Obtains Complete Defense Verdict in $1M Auto Negligence Action

CSK Partners Michelle Bartels and Daniel Shapiro of the firm’s Tampa Office obtained a complete defense verdict at trial in an auto negligence claim. The plaintiff alleged that our client, who was driving a tractor across the road, was negligent in crossing into her path of travel, causing an accident and serious injury. The plaintiff had over $400,000 in medical specials and asked the jury for an award in excess of $2,000,000.  The jury deliberated for a few hours before returning a complete defense verdict.

CSK Expands its London Presence

Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. (CSK) is pleased to announce that Ed Gooda has joined us as an Executive Consultant, assisting with CSK’s London-based insurance business.  Mr. Gooda lives and works in London and will serve as a liaison between the United States and London by cultivating and helping to support CSK’s relationships with its clients throughout the London insurance market.

Mr. Gooda has worked in the insurance industry since 1988 and has held senior management roles for a number of composite insurers and reinsurers, a managed general agency, a Lloyd’s managing agency and a firm of chartered loss adjusters. Mr. Gooda consults into The Chartered Insurance Institute in London and is also co-chair of the Fellowship Assessment Board; he also consults into The Institute of Risk Management, The Singapore College of Insurance and two distinguished lecturing organizations in the United Kingdom. Mr. Gooda has extensive international underwriting and claims management experience in the Lloyd’s and London markets.

CSK Obtains Complete Defense Verdict in a $1.2M Trip and Fall in Miami-Dade

CSK Partners Ben Fernandez and David Herrero of the Miami Office obtained a complete defense verdict in a trip and fall case in Miami-Dade. Plaintiff was a very likeable, middle-aged female attorney who tripped and fell over a parking wheelstop inside our client’s retail parking garage. Plaintiff argued through their expert that the wheelstop was a concealed danger due to insufficient lighting and insufficient contrast from the garage floor, and that it was considered an obstruction within a foreseeable means of egress.  Plaintiff sustained complex fractures to her foot and ankle which required surgery and left her with only 25% mobility in her foot. Plaintiff asked the jury for $1.2M and after 3 hours, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.