Alumni Win Big and Named "Most Effective Lawyers"

Posted on: 04/24/2013

NSU Law alumni Peter Herman ‘82 and Alex Brown ’04 of the firm Tripp Scott were named “Most Effective Lawyers 2012” by the Daily Business Review for the Member Services v. Security Mutual Life Insurance case, which resulted in a jury decision of $26 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Herman and Brown pursued fraud claims in Binghamton, New York, for an insurance software program developed by Member Services. This software aimed to “sign up employees at Lowe’s home improvement stores for payroll deductions on life insurance.” This program would provide a paperless system by connecting Lowe’s, the credit union and the insurance company. According to Herman, Security Mutual Life Insurance ‘took the computer system back to New York, essentially copied it and shared it with other agents.’

This case makes Herman and Brown’s second time being named by Daily Business Review as“Most Effective Lawyers.” In 2010, both collaborated with another NSU Law alumnus Scott Smiley ‘03 of Concept Law Group in the Powell v. Home Depot trial, where a Miami jury granted $24 million to Herman’s client.

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