Troy Beecher, a partner and leader of the GIS Florida Team, has handled complex and high-exposure first-party and third-party insurance coverage and liability matters in state and federal courts in over 35 Florida counties.
His experience includes claims involving appraisal, automobile and automobile-related property damage, bad faith, business interruption, and uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, as well as large-loss property claims spanning fire losses, arson, sinkholes, hurricanes, hailstorms, and other extreme weather events. His practice also encompasses insurance fraud investigation and litigation of mass torts involving asbestosis, mixed dust, and mesothelioma.
As a first-party coverage litigator, Troy regularly defends insurers facing Florida’s leading policyholders’ advocates, and personally handles each claim from inception through completion, including examinations under oath, motion practice, mediations, and trials. Insurers also regularly call on Troy for coverage opinions based upon his exhaustive investigations.
Troy’s third-party coverage experience includes dram shop liability, automobile and trucking liability, bodily injury, premises liability, negligent security, landlord-tenant disputes, municipal liability, employment and discrimination claims, and professional liability.
Troy’s comprehensive practice includes motion practice, existence of coverage analyses, and trial litigation. He has obtained numerous involuntary dismissals and summary judgments in both state and federal courts and he has a proven aptitude for preserving legal issues for appeal.
Troy also advises insurers on improving claims-handling and business practices as they pertain to insurance coverage and litigation.
Troy attended Drexel University on a Navy ROTC scholarship and studied in Bonn, Germany, where he interned with the German Defense Ministry. After graduating with a B.S. in International Studies and a concentration in German, Troy received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves and began his military career on the U.S. Mission to Germany, where he assisted with the U.S. Embassy’s relocation from Bonn to Berlin.
He served his first tour of duty in Mayport, Florida as an engineering officer and his ship’s legal officer, assisting the commanding officer in the prosecution of non-judicial punishments and administrative actions. His first tour also included participation in America’s first response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Troy’s second tour took him to Gaeta, Italy, as assistant operations officer for the Sixth Fleet command ship controlling all European-Mediterranean naval operations, during which time he participated in the opening of the 2003 Iraq War. Troy received an honorable discharge as lieutenant, and is a two-time recipient of the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Troy earned his J.D. at Stetson University College of Law and went on to earn an L.L.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Houston. He is a Florida Department of Financial Services Certified CLE Instructor.
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