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State Rep. Hillary Cassel leads Democrats in the Property Insurance Special Session

Posted by Michael A. Cassel | Dec 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Florida Legislature convened for a Special Session related to property insurance.  Despite her freshman legislator status, Rep. Hillary Cassel, considered to be a leading expert in the field, was tasked by the Democratic Caucus to lead the way through the Special Session.  This was Rep. Cassel's first official involvement as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.  Despite this, Rep. Cassel presented herself with the confidence and poise of a trial attorney with 16 years of experience.  
Rep. Cassel was chosen to be an Ex Officio Voting Member of both the Ways & Means and Commerce Committees during the Special Session allowing questioning of the bill sponsors throughout the process.  Below you will find videos highlighting Rep. Cassel's involvement during the Special Session. 
1. House Commerce Committee (12/13/22) - Rep. Cassel's closing starts at 2:52:04.
2. House General Session (12/14/22) - Rep. Cassel's closing starts at 3:10:22
During the Special Session, the Republican Caucus effectuated wide-reaching reforms aimed at gutting consumer protections to the sole benefit of insurance carriers.  A formal in-depth analysis of all of the changes with be forthcoming.  

About the Author

Michael A. Cassel

Michael A. Cassel, LL.M., is the managing partner and co-founder of Cassel & Cassel, P.A., where he represents policyholders throughout the state of Florida in first party property insurance claims.  Michael is licensed by the Florida Bar as well as in the Southern, Middle, and Northern Federal Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and has argued before the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation.  He has earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.  He has also been named a Florida Super Lawyer for the last two years by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine and a Rising Star for the prior six consecutive years, was named as one of South Florida Business Journal's 40 Under 40 for 2020, and one of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 40 Under 40 Outstanding Young Professionals of South Florida for 2022.  Michael regularly publishes blogs on newly released case law pertaining to first party property insurance claims and has become a regular on the lecture circuit presenting on topics such as building code compliance, ordinance and law coverage, bad faith litigation, technology in claims adjustment, and providing updates on case law and legislative changes.  He obtained his Masters of Insurance Law from the University of Connecticut in 2023.


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