Our lawyers are some of the most experienced surety attorneys in the nation. With a total of more than 80 years of combined suretyship representation, they offer a full range of services to the industry. The Firm represents most of the premier sureties in the country and has engaged in international representation when requested. The services provided range from simple advice on payment and performance bond claims to complex financing, takeover and tender problems on large projects. We regularly assist our surety clients with pursuit of their indemnity rights and pride ourselves on useful, efficient and practical advice in these situations.
Frequently, our representation of sureties requires litigation of technical construction issues. Our attorneys have developed considerable expertise with such matters that allows us to effectively advocate and resolve disputes.
Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal recently had the opportunity to provide much needed guidance on the issue of whether a statutory motor vehicle dealer bond caps the surety’s liability for plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees at the penal sum of the bond. Unfortunately, the court found another issue to be dispositive and declined to rule on the attorneys’ fees issue.October 21, 2013
In Arch Insurance Company v. John Moriarty & Associates of Florida, Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-22403-RNS (S.D. Fla. December 12, 2016), Arch Insurance Company (“Arch”) sued John Moriarty & Associates of Florida, Inc. (“Moriarty”) seeking a declaration that there was no coverage under a performance-and-payment bond (“Bond”) that Arch issued on a project naming Moriarty as the obligee. Moriarty was the general contractor and sought $995,239.83 from Arch, under the performance side of the Bond, related to alleged shortfalls of the subcontractor/principal.October 21, 2013