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Fred Karlinsky tapped to give Hurricane Cat Fund update

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As hurricane season gets underway, up-to-the-minute information on Florida’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is critical for both insurers and policyholders, which face massive damages in the event of a major storm.

Fred Karlinsky, one of the top insurance lawyers in the nation, was again tapped to give the legislative update at the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Annual Participating Insurers Workshop, held last week at the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World.

Karlinsky, an industry lobbyist and sought-after expert on insurance-related legislative initiatives, is a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee offices of international law firm Greenberg Traurig. He has delivered the annual legislative update since 2008, when serving as a workshop panelist.

Created by the Florida Legislature in 1993 after Hurricane Andrew, the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF) is designed to protect insurers’ ability to continue offering hurricane insurance by reimbursing a portion of storm-related losses.

As co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group, Karlinsky has represented a wide range of insurance interests throughout the United States. He is recognized as one of the top insurance lawyers in America by Chambers and Partners, which has ranked law firms and lawyers in more than 185 jurisdictions worldwide since 1990.

Karlinsky brought to the Workshop an extensive knowledge of insurance compliance matters, as a thought leader to both domestic and international insurance executives and governmental officials.

Since 2008, Karlinsky also served as an adjunct professor at Florida State University, hosting “Insurance Law & Economics: Theory & Applications,” a class at the FSU College of Law.

The Florida Insurance Council recently awarded him with its Outstanding Leadership Award.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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