For over a decade and a half, Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC has been heavily involved in the property law arena. We have evaluated and litigated claims involving fires for profit throughout the Southeast, and have been admitted pro hac vice in the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. In addition, we have rendered opinions on fire losses in Singapore and the Far East.
We routinely conduct examinations under oath, correlate the work of fire and origin experts, meet with accountants to determine possible motives, and meet with chemists and other technical experts. In addition to defending claims brought by insureds, we have filed many declaratory judgment actions for insurance carriers in both the state and federal court systems.
Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC attorneys have handled boiler and machinery coverage claims in Tennessee, inland marine claims for damages to mine equipment and machinery in North Carolina, theft of lumber from a commercial lumber broker in Alabama, damage to fine arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and radio and TV transmission power claims following an ice storm in North Georgia. We have rendered legal opinions on the concurrent causation doctrine, and have argued through legal briefs against the increased burden of proof that has been placed upon the carrier under the All Risk forms.
Our attorneys maintain membership in the property loss section of the American Bar Association and the International Association of Defense Counsel. We have served as guest speakers and attendees for the past eight Property Loss Research Bureau conventions, and we are members of the Southern Loss Association and the Metro Arson Committee.
We believe in continuing legal education. Our attorneys attend seminars to discern new trends in the property law arena. We monitor appellate court decisions dealing with mortgagee and lienholders' rights, and how these decisions impact on the rights of the carrier. We have given seminars to numerous insurance companies on various property loss issues such as how to properly reject proofs of loss, how to handle mortgagee claims, how to negotiate protanto assignments and alternate dispute resolutions, and how to avoid bad faith penalties.