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Mark E. Miller

With over 20 years of litigating and settling insurance claims, and prior Fortune 500 executive experience before that, Mr. Miller bring clients seasoned business-oriented solutions to virtually any kind of insurance issue.

His experience ranges from settling some of the largest property damage and business interruption claims in the world, to litigating coverage for some of the biggest crime insurance losses ever suffered.

Prior to co-founding Miller Friel, PLLC, Mr. Miller was a principal shareholder at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he, along with Brian Friel, managed the firm's Insurance Recovery and Advisory Practice Group.

His views on insurance have been published in many prominent publications, including Forbes, Business Insurance, Legal Times, Treasury and Risk Management, Risk, and The National Law Journal. Mr. Miller received his B.S. from Allegheny College, his M.S. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.B.A. from Houston Baptist University, and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where he was an Editor of the South Texas Law Review.

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Brian G. Friel

Miller Friel, PLLC | Managing Partner

For almost 20 years, Mr. Friel has appeared on behalf of corporate policyholders in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country, where his litigation and arbitration skills have led to five successful court verdicts and arbitration awards in the last three years.

Mr. Friel also negotiated one of the largest D&O insurance settlements ever reached in the United States. Brian's negotiating skills and keen understanding of business issues have also resulted in numerous other settlements on behalf of oil and gas companies, electric utilities, retailers, and financial institutions, without the need for expensive litigation.

Prior to co-founding Miller Friel, PLLC, Mr. Friel was a shareholder at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he, along with Mark Miller, managed the firm's Insurance Recovery and Advisory Practice Group. Brian Friel is a graduate of Boston College magna cum laude and a graduate of St. John's University School of Law cum laude, where he was an Editor of the St. John's University Law Review.

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Bernard P. Bell

Bernie Bell represents insureds in disputes with their insurers and is a nationally recognized leader in his field. He serves as lead counsel pursuing insurance recovery across a full range of disputed claims, from property damage and business interruption losses to claims arising from directors and officers (D&O) liabilities, as well as employment, environmental, fiduciary (ERISA), intellectual property, management, product, professional, representations and warranties (R&W), tax position, and toxic tort liabilities.

His recent representations include engagements to recover property damage and business interruption losses caused by catastrophic events at refineries, petrochemical plants, oil and gas pipelines, golf courses, and hospitality venues. He regularly pursues recovery under liability policies for the costs of defending and resolving government subpoenas and investigations, and various breach-of-duty claims. Other recent representations include claims under pollution legal liability coverage for environmental clean-up costs. Bernie regularly appears in courts, arbitration tribunals, and mediations throughout the United States and in London arbitration under the Bermuda Form.

Bernie is a Fellow of the American College of Contractual and Extracontractual Counsel, and is the co-chair (policyholder side) of the College’s First-Party Insurance Committee. He wrote or co-wrote chapters in the Appleman insurance law treatise on Commercial Property Insurance and Time Element (Business Interruption) Insurance, and is a frequent writer and speaker on insurance coverage issues.

Mr. Bell is a graduate of Colgate University cum laude and a graduate of Fordham University, where he was an Editor of the Fordham Law Review.

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Miles K. Karson

Miles Karson has been litigating, arbitrating, and settling insurance coverage disputes for corporate policy holders for over 10 years, and was recently responsible for a number of significant insurance coverage trial and arbitration victories.

In addition to handling a series of significant asbestos and long-tail pollution claims, Mr. Karson has also delivered consistent results for clients having D&O, Crime, Property, and General Liability insurance claims.

Miles Karson received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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William T. O'Neil

Since 1990, Mr. O'Neil has been at the forefront of insurance coverage issues at several of the most prestigious corporate policyholder law firms in the country. His prior experience at such firms as Covington & Burling and Swidler & Berlin, includes litigating some of the largest and most complex insurance cases in the country. In addition, Mr. O'Neil has held senior legal positions for the Federal Government. His experience in both private and public sectors allows him to offer a unique perspective to resolving business insurance disputes.

Mr. O'Neil graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and from Duke University School of Law in 1990.

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Murray D. Sacks

With more than 25 years experience litigating insurance claims, both as an advocate for corporate policyholders and as in-house counsel for a major insurance company, Mr. Sacks brings an unique perspective to helping policyholders resolve complex insurance coverage matters.

Mr. Sacks has successfully resolved issues involving nearly every type of insurance policy. His experience in settling hundreds of cases helps him advise policyholders on when and how to resolve their complex insurance matters.

Before Joining Miller Friel, Mr. Sacks was a partner at several nationally recognized law firms, including Anderson Kill and Dickstein Shapiro, where he successfully tried bench and jury insurance trials, and argued summary judgment motions on behalf of policyholders. Having also served as Senior Counsel at one of America's largest insurance companies, Mr. Sacks brings to our practice a valuable insider's view on insurance company claims handling practices.

Mr. Sacks graduated from Washington University cum laude and from George Washington Law School with honors.

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Tab R. Turano

Tab Turano has over 10 years of experience counseling clients on insurance issues, and handling insurance claims. Having negotiated D&O insurance language for literally hundreds of clients, Mr. Turano's advice on D&O insurance is particularly valued.

In addition, Mr. Turano has successfully litigated and settled a wide variety of D&O, E&O, Crime, Property, and General Liability insurance claims.

Tab Turano is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, magna cum laude, and a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the George Washington Journal of International Law & Economics.

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Kristen P. Schumacher

Kristen Schumacher has almost nine years of experience assisting in the resolution of complex litigation, arbitration, mediation, and settlement matters. She is proficient at virtually every aspect of research, litigation support, and project management.

Kristen Schumacher's skills were particularly valuable in a recent $20 million D&O insurance arbitration hearing, where she acted as lead paralegal.

Kristen Schumacher has studied abroad, and graduated with honors from Catholic University.

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Kimberly L. Wehle

Kimberly L. Wehle has over 23 years of experience litigating complex and high profile cases in federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court. She has argued numerous appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In addition, she was an Associate Independent Counsel to Kenneth W. Starr in the Whitewater investigation, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Richey in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Wehle also served as a Staff Attorney for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Enforcement.

She is an expert in civil procedure, administrative law, federal jurisdiction, and appellate advocacy, and has experience litigating choice of law questions and other complex issues in insurance cases pending in federal court on diversity jurisdiction. For ten years, she has taught administrative law, civil procedure, federal courts, and legal writing as an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and as a Visiting Professor at the George Washington University Law School. She has published extensively in top-ranking journals in her areas of expertise. Prior to entering the law teaching academy, she was of Counsel at the D.C.-based boutique, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

Kimberly L. Wehle (formerly Kimberly N. Brown) is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review, and a magna cum laude alumnus of Cornell University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and received the English Department award for the best honors thesis of her graduating class.

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Our attorneys are recognized as leaders in the field of insurance.

They are some of the most experienced former large-firm insurance coverage lawyers in the world, practicing in a setting that allows them to be responsive, nimble, resourceful and efficient. Every attorney at Miller Friel practices exclusively in the area of insurance coverage, and all of our attorneys previously practiced as coverage attorneys at prestigious large law firms.

Our clients represent nearly every business segment from banking to technology to retail to oil and gas. We routinely handle claims involving all lines of insurance ranging in value from $1 million to $5 billion or more.

We know the law, the policies, and the insurance industry. Our clients appreciate the efficiencies realized by this level of experience, which directly translates into significant client savings.

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