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Rebecca C. Appelbaum

Special Counsel

I focus my legal counsel on representing insurers addressing third-party liability coverage issues.

Frequently helping her clients navigate construction defect, personal and advertising injury cases, Rebecca Appelbaum also advocates for them when they encounter third-party liability defense, extra-contractual, automobile and appellate matters.

Rebecca has written and co-authored several articles about liability coverage for New Appleman on Insurance, Mealey’s Bad Faith Reporter and the International Risk Management Institute. In addition, she contributed chapters to Defense Research Institute publications. Rebecca frequently speaks at insurance industry events including those organized by the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, West Coast Casualty and Perrin Conferences.

By participating in professional organizations related to her specialty, such as the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance and the Defense Research Institute, Rebecca is better able to stay current on developments and trends in litigation. She holds a preeminent “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, which is a designation signifying attorneys’ strong legal abilities and very high ethical standards.

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Syracuse University, M.A., 1997, Advertising
  • Syracuse University, B.A., 1995, Music

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Acknowledgements

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • ABA Section of Litigation 
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 
  • Defense Research Institute (RDI) 
  • Women’s Construction Litigation Alliance (WCLA)
  • Invisible Ink: The Duty To Defend When There Is No Duty To Defend, International Risk Management Institute (May 2010)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Lowered Expectation: How Courts Treat Expected Injury Exclusions, International Risk Management Institute (Feb 2010)(with Steve Rawls)
  • The Duty To Defend: The Four(ish) Corners Rule, International Risk Management Institute (Nov 2009)(with Steve Rawls)
  • The Persistence of Indemnity, International Risk Management Institute (May 2009)(with Steve Rawls)
  • What Satisfies the Self-Insured Retention?, International Risk Management Institute (Aug 2009)(with Steve Rawls)
  • CGL Insurance and the Question of Intent, International Risk Management Institute (Feb 2009)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Coverage Trigger: Getting It Right for the Right Reason,  International Risk Management Institute (Oct 2008)(with Steve Rawls)
  • The Future Is Now: When Eventual Indemnity Obligations become Present Defense Obligations,  International Risk Management Institute (Aug 2008)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Variations on a Theme: When the Cause Theory Determines the Number of Occurrences, International Risk Management Institute (May 2008)(with Steve Rawls)
  • The Burden To Allocate: Mine, Yours, or Ours?, International Risk Management Institute (Feb 2008)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Insurance Law and Exclusion (m): It's Not Broken If You Can Fix It, International Risk Management Institute (Nov 2007)(with Steve Rawls)
  • More Allocation Theories: Exhaustion, International Risk Management Institute (July 2007)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Cover Me: The Subcontractor Exception to the Your [Completed] Work Exclusion, International Risk Management Institute (April 2007)(with Steve Rawls)
  • The Scope of "Ongoing Operations" Additional Insured Endorsements: Broader than Expected, International Risk Management Institute (Feb 2007)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Business Risks Exclusions: CGL Coverage and the Cost of Doing Business, Chapter in DRI treatise entitled Construction Defects-Claims and Coverage, DRI (2007) (with Steve Rawls)
  • When Does Liability Coverage Exist for Mental Anguish without Bodily Injury?, International Risk Management Institute (Nov 2006)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Pre-Tender Defense Costs: Who Pays?, International Risk Management Institute (July 2006)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Are Products Advertisements That Give Rise to Advertising Injury Coverage?, International Risk Management Institute (April 2006)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Allocation of Damages for Ongoing Losses over Multiple Policies, International Risk Management Institute (Jan 2006)(with Steve Rawls)
  • The Scope of the Prior Publication Exclusion: Now You See It, Now You Don't, International Risk Management Institute (October 2005)(with Steve Rawls)
  • Insurers: Can You Get Your Defense Dollars Back?, International Risk Management Institute (July 2005)(with Steve Rawls)
  • An Insurer's Liability For Punitive Damages In An Excess Judgment, Mealey's Litigation Report: Bad Faith, Vol. 19, Num. 3, p. 27 (June 7, 2005)(with Steve Rawls)