Kimarie Stratos has joined Memorial Healthcare System as senior vice president and general counsel. She was the first senior vice president and general counsel of Miami Children’s Hospital, a position she held since 2002. She has more than 20 years experience in health law. As chief legal officer, she will provide advice to senior management on many issues, including regulatory and compliance matters and insurance issues. She also will report to the board of commissioners for the South Broward Hospital District and advise on governance and other matters.
Werner Kruck named CEO and Marilyn Reynolds named VP of operations at Security First Insurance Company
Security First Insurance Company, a Florida-based homeowners insurance provider, has named Werner E. Kruck chief operating officer and Marilyn Reynolds vice president of operations.
Kruck, who has more than 30 years of domestic and global insurance experience, joined the company in 2008. He has been instrumental in the company’s growth, serving more than 115,000 homeowners statewide.
Reynolds joined the company in 2006 as director of operations. She oversees more than 20 employees and is credited with the successful transition of the company's underwriting and customer service operations from a third-party business partner to providing services in-house, resulting in the creation of several new positions. She began her insurance career in 1996 and has more than 20 years experience in project management, system development, and employee and client training.
Ari C. Shapiro has joined the Miami law office of Gordon & Rees as a partner and member of the firm’s insurance, tort & product liability and commercial litigation practice groups. He will represent insurance companies, financial institutions, and automobile and other product manufacturers in a broad range of complex litigation matters in state and federal courts. Before joining the firm, he was a senior litigator at Miami-based firm Bennett Aiello Cohen & Fried.
Rebecca Abrams Sarelson, Loren W. Fender and Luis Flores have been named partners at the Miami law firm of Arnstein & Lehr.
Fender will focus his practice on civil litigation. His experience includes a wide range of tort and commercial litigation matters, including personal injury, product liability, contract disputes, real estate, breach of warranty, premises liability, insurance, workers’ compensation and landlord-tenant disputes.
GrayRobinson P.A. has expanded its trial practice with the additions of Neil P. Linden, Philippe W. Devé and David B. Levin. All three attorneys come from the office of Yoss, LLP.
Linden joins the firm as an executive shareholder. He has tried cases involving real estate and title insurance litigation, and other complex commercial, class actions, construction and banking litigation, general contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes and lender liability defense.
Devé joins the firm as a shareholder. His practice areas include commercial and title insurance litigation, including coverage disputes, claims defense and agency defalcations, mortgage foreclosures, construction and banking litigation.
Arturo F. Hoyo has been named new chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents for 2010-2011. He is president of Coastal Insurance Group, Inc. in Miami Springs, which he co-founded in 1979. The insurance group serves Miami, Miami Springs, Key Biscayne, Doral, Coral Gables, and Hialeah, selling personal and commercial insurance.
Norbert Fernandez has been named chief operating officer at MDW Insurance Group in Coral Gables. He will oversee the insurance marketing and management of all the operational functions of the organization. He has more than 24 years experience in commercial and personal lines insurance. Before joining MDW, he was the director of marketing and client service for USI Insurance Services in Fort Lauderdale.
Devang Desai has been named a partner at the law firm of Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo in Coral Gables, where he had been an associate since 2004. He concentrates his practice in insurance defense, products liability, transactional and commercial litigation, and bad faith consultation and litigation. He is chair of the Commercial Law Section for the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.