Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC, has a fidelity and miscellaneous bond practice covering employee-dishonesty and commercial crime policies, financial institutions bonds, directors & officers coverages, guardian and other probate bonds, officials bonds, used-car dealers bonds, ERISA bonds, surplus-lines brokers bonds, and various other undertakings. Jack Burch, Greg Veal, Tim Burson, Bobbie Ann Henderson, Randy Bryant, David Harris and Kathy So have over a century of collective legal experience with these risks, including investigating, negotiating, resolving disputes in all forums, and collecting salvage in the event of a loss. In fact, subrogation and salvage prospects are one of our first considerations when we address a new file in this area. Pre-recovery and pre-bankruptcy planning go hand-in-hand with evaluation of fidelity exposures.
The advantage of having seven experienced attorneys attending to fidelity and miscellaneous matters on a regular basis gives the firm the flexibility to deal efficiently with matters of any size. Although we handle many matters efficiently with only one attorney, we easily absorb the exceptional case due to the years of teamwork we have enjoyed together. Knowing the complexity of the issues and disputes we face, we also have selected our support staff with care, and our clients often comment on their pleasure in dealing with our staff.
We are proud to take leadership roles (but not just figurehead titles) in the surety bar. We are one of the founding directors of the Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Association, which annually sponsors a heavily substantive, well-received conference on legal and practical topics in the fidelity and suretyship area. Our members also write and speak regularly for the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the ABA. We also offer in-house seminars on hot topics we have identified or by request.
The hallmark of our fidelity practice is cost-effective service. Our hourly rates, although substantially discounted below those of our colleagues with comparable experience, admittedly are not the lowest we have heard. Instead, we commit to keeping our eyes on our clients’ bottom line for each file--both loss and expense. When our involvement offers little chance of improving that bottom-line result, we advise our clients accordingly. Usually, though, we have ideas or approaches that reduce the sum of claim dollars and expense dollars assessed to the file. The hourly rate matters less than the bottom-line result.
The success of our combination of commitment, experience, and focus on cost-effectiveness is demonstrated by our representative client list. We enjoy long-term relationships with most of these clients, who keep coming back because of good results. We know the industry, work well with the forensic accounting consultants who also play a role for our clients, and value our reputation as one of the premier fidelity firms in the Southeast.