Training and Credentials
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics (with High Distinction) from the University of Virginia
- Juris Doctorem (JD) from the Georgetown University Law Center
- Member, Florida Bar; District of Columbia Bar
- Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)…Tenured.The National Alliance sponsors The Society of CIC (SCIC). The SCIC, through its various Institutes and seminars, has achieved national recognition as the standard for the education of agency employees and agency principals. Each CIC Institute requires the participant to attend twenty hours of classroom instruction where they teach the details of insurance coverage. CIC Institutes include Business and Personal Life Insurance Planning, Commercial Property, Commercial Casualty, Personal Lines Coverage and Agency Management. CIC Institutes generally focus on the underwriting process and agency management practices, with an emphasis on preventing agent errors and omissions. The CIC designation is awarded after five Institutes have been attended and a passing grade has been earned on each of the five Institute exams. Mr. Sapourn has maintained his CIC designation by attending annual updates in a broad variety of Insurance topics and now enjoys tenured status.
- Certified Risk Manager (CRM).The National Alliance added this certification to its educational curriculum. Like the CIC designation, Each CRM Institute requires the participant to attend twenty hours of classroom instruction where the details of the risk management process are taught, with the focus on risk identification, risk analysis, risk control, the financing of risk and the administration of a risk control program. The CRM designation is granted after five Institutes have been attended and a passing grade has been earned on each of the five Institute exams. Mr. Sapourn has added this valuable certification to his credentials.
- Faculty Member of the National Alliance (sponsor of the Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager curriculum)
- From 1990 through 1998 Mr. Sapourn served as a director on the board of the Professional Insurance Agents Association (PIA), an organization of independent insurance agents whose mission is to help its members improve in all areas of the agency business. PIA sponsors educational programs in partnership with the SCIC and other insurance educational providers. See http://www.pianet.com/.
Insurance Agency Experience:
- Mr. Sapourn began his career as a full-time independent insurance agent in 1978 with Paul J Sapourn Insurance Associates, Inc., a District of Columbia Corporation with offices located in Bethesda, Maryland. He has maintained his licenses in Property, Casualty, Life and Health Insurance in Maryland, and subsequently in Florida, since 1978. From 1978 until 1987 he served as Commercial Lines Manager of Paul J Sapourn Insurance Associates, Inc. (PJSInc). In 1987 he became President and CEO of PJSInc, a position held until September 1, 2001 when the agency was sold. Under Mr. Sapourn’s leadership, the agency won many awards from insurance companies, including some for good management practices. In twenty-three years as an agency principal, Mr. Sapourn has no knowledge of any litigation proceeding or legal complaint filed against PJSInc for Agent’s Errors and Omissions.
Investment Adviser Experience:
Diamond Peak Capital, LLC
Chief Compliance Officer, 2009 – 2011
Ran Business Operations and Compliance Department for SEC-Registered Investment Adviser and Commodity Trading Adviser registered with National Futures Association.
- Supervised and implemented all SEC and NFA required regulatory registrations and compliance issues.
- Researched and implemented the impact of Financial Regulation Law (FINREG) on Investment Advisers and Hedge Fund managers.
- Collaborated with attorneys, CPAs and auditors on every aspect of DPC’s business.
Sapourn Financial Services, LLC, Bethesda, MD and Melbourne, FL
Chief Executive Officer, 1997 – 2004
Ran Business Operations and Compliance Department for SEC-Registered Investment Adviser.
- Directed and supervised all aspects of business operations.
- Supervised and implemented SEC registration and compliance issues to ensure the integrity of three domestic and one off-shore hedge fund.
- Performed due diligence research on potential managers and investment strategies.
- Navigated company through two SEC audits.
NASD Licenses Held:
- NASD Series 3
- NASD Series 6
- NASD Series 63
- NASD Series 65
Insurance Licenses Held:
- General Lines Property and Casualty Agents License (Maryland, and Florida 2-20)
- Florida Public Adjuster
- Life, Health and Annuity (Maryland)
- Resident Florida Licenses Currently Held: the 2-20 Casualty License; the 2-15 Life and Health Agent License.
Expert Witness Experience:
- Mr. Sapourn has been qualified as an expert in federal and various state courts.
Publications and Cases in Which Mr. Sapourn has Written Opinions, Deposition and/or Court Room Testimony
- 2017- In the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf testified at Deposition about the Insurance Agent’s standard of care when procuring coverage requested by Plaintiff, where the coverage placed did not match the Plaintiff’s request and agent did not inform Plaintiff of the material change in coverage. F & S Distributing, Inc. v Reliance, Inc & Hitesh Patel Case No. 2016-CA-016778, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard County, Florida
- 2017- In the Twenty-Third Judicial District, Parish of Assumption, Louisiana. On Defendant Insurance Company’s behalf, testified at Deposition regarding the “business Activities” exclusion in Homeowner’s and Personal Excess Liability Policies issued to an investor in an energy drilling enterprise. Gustave J. Labarre, JR, et al. versus Texas Brine Company, LLC, et al. Case No. 33798 filed in the Twenty-Third Judicial District, Parish of Assumption, Louisiana
- 2016- Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade, Florida. On Defendant Insurance Company’s behalf, gave Deposition testimony regarding the insurer’s right to void a policy, ab initio, when policyholder made material misrepresentations on an auto application. E.L.S.R. CORP V. Esurance Property & Casualty Ins. Co., Case No. 2016-009203-CA-01, filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida
- 2016 & 2015-Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Palm Beach County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, submitted Affidavit and gave Deposition testimony (2015) on the insurance Agent’s Standard of Care when placing a Construction and Payment Bond with an unauthorized and unregistered off-shore insurer. Qualified at Trial to testify on that issue in 2016. The Lexington Club Community Association, Inc v. Strategy Insurance Limited & Love Madison, Inc, Case No 50 2007 CA-0018961 filed in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, in and for Palm Beach County, Florida
- 2016-In the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland. On Defendant Insurance Agents behalf, I testified that the Insurance Company was wrong in denying a Building damage claim. The Company stated there was no “insurable interest” in the Tenant insuring the Building where the Tenant had a large investment in improvements and betterments and a business license that was location specific. 476K, LLC v. Erie Insurance Exchange & V.W. Brown Insurance Service, LLC Case No.: 398572-V
- 2016- In the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, Marion County, Florida. Wrote an Affidavit that analyzed the industry standards for adjusting a wind and water damage claim. Mary Schneider v. Avatar Property & Casualty Insurance Company Case No.: 14-2259CAB
- 2016- Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court, Lee County, Florida – wrote an Affidavit on the issue of whether the insurance company should have followed its pattern of re-instating auto insurance coverage after receiving premium on a Cancellation Notice, then retuning the premium and retroactively cancelling the policy after an accident was reported subsequent to receipt of that premium. Juanita Orozco v. Government Employees Insurance Company Case No.: 15-CA-001581
- 2016-Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida. On Defendant Agents behalf, gave Deposition testimony on the insurance Agent’s Standard of Care in placing a liability policy for a convenience store. Issues included whether the Agent had a duty to also write Worker’s Comp coverage on an employee who was shot during a robbery. Mohammad Rashid v Shores Insurance, Inc Case No.: 11-18924 CA 23
- 2015-United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Opinion Report and gave Deposition Testimony on the issue of whether a linear accelerator constituted a part of the “Building” on a Commercial Property insurance policy as “permanently attached equipment”. Rosewood Cancer Care Inc & Jefferson Radiation Oncology Center, LP v. The Travelers Indemnity Company, Case No.: 2:14-cv-00434, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania.
- 2015- Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Affidavit on Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment on the issue of whether the insurance agent breached the Standard of Care when receiving information about an additional auto from a car dealership. Kevin Murnane and Steffenie Murnane v State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and Raymond Matthews d/b/a Ray Matthews State farm Insurance Agency,Case No.: 13-CA-00985 Division A, filed in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, in and for Hillsborough County, Florida
- 2014 – Fourth Judicial County Court, Clay County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Affidavit on the issue of whether the Plaintiff made a “material misrepresentation” on her auto insurance application allowing the company to void her policy. Mary Dornes v Infinity Indemnity Insurance Company, Case No.: 12-CC-523D
- 2014 – Published article entitled “Prepare for Hurricanes and Insurance Company Tactics”, Space Coast Business Journal, August, 2014 edition
- 2014 – United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Opinion Report on whether the Flood Exclusion manuscripted by the insurance company included damage caused to covered property by pressure exerted on it from the underground water table. Business Telecommunications Services, Inc v St. Paul Fire and Marine, Case No.: 1:13-cv-24201-UU
- 2014 – United States District Court, Middle District, Jacksonville Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Affidavit on the issue of whether the Plaintiff made “material misrepresentations” on its application for Commercial Property Insurance. FOIA Social Club Post 1002, Inc v Scottsdale Insurance Company, Case No.: 3:13-cv-1336-J-39JRK.
- 2014 – Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Affidavit on the issue of whether the Plaintiff swimming pool was covered under the Dwelling or the Other Structures coverage of the Homeowner’s Insurance policy. David Hill v St. Johns Insurance Company, Case No.: 05-2011-CA-008504
- 2014 – Tenth Judicial Circuit, Polk County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Affidavit on the issue of whether the Plaintiff made “material misrepresentations” on her Homeowner’s application allowing the insurance company to void her claim for sinkhole damage. Carmen Garcia v Tower Hill Preferred Insurance Company, Case No.: 2013-CA-002886
- 2014 – Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard Co., Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published an Affidavit on the issue of whether the Defendant’s Personal Umbrella Policy covered an uninsured Motorists claim for an accident occurring in Nicaragua. Brian Gold vs. State Farm Florida Insurance Company, Case No.: 05-2011-CA-011196, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard County, Florida.
- 2014 – Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. On Plaintiff’s behalf, published Opinion Report and testified in Deposition on the Agent/Broker Standard of care when soliciting a Personal Excess Liability policy. Vincent Mazzola v Brown & Brown, Case No.: 9:13-cv-01127-SCB-TBM, US District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.
- 2013 – Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division. On Defendant’s behalf, published an Opinion Report on the captive agent’s Standard of Care with regard to advising an Insured about stacked versus non-stacked Uninsured Motorist Coverage. James Brannan v. GEICO, Case No.: 1:12-cv-00238-MP-GRJ, US District Court, Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division
- 2013 – Brevard County, Florida. On Defendant’s behalf, testified in court as an expert in commercial lease insurance provisions and commercial lease landlord and tenant rights and obligations. 1611 Meridian, LLC v Piryanka Investments Group Case No.: 05-2013-CA-040259 (18th Circuit, Brevard County, FL)
- 2013 – Broward County, Florida. On Defendant’s behalf, testified in Deposition about the Agent’s Standard of Care when writing Property Insurance Coverage on a conglomerate of more than 250 Condominium Associations. The issues included whether an Insurance Agent has a duty to set a property limit for the Insured; and under what circumstances does the agent becomes a fiduciary of the Insured? Ventnor B Condominium Association v. The Plastridge Agency, et.al. Case No.: 09-037544-25 (17th Circuit, Broward County, FL)
- 2012- Hillsborough County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, testified in Deposition on the Exclusive Agent’s Standard of Care when voluntarily offering advice about General Liability Exclusions, and the Pollution Exclusion in particular. Positive Pool Service v Seibert Insurance AgencyCase No.:10-7455 Division B (13th Circuit, Hillsborough, County, FL)
- 2012- Palm Beach County, Florida. On Defendant Insurance Agent’s and Company’s behalf, testified in Deposition about the Captive Agent’s Standard of Care in replacing a whole life policy with a variable life policy. Douglass Soref, Trustee v New England Life, et. al. Case No.: 50 2004 CA 011746 (15th Circuit, Palm Beach County, FL)
- 2011- Marion County, Florida. On Defendant Insurance Agent’s behalf, testified in Deposition about the Agent’s Standard of Care in an underinsured Homeowner’s Loss. Burleigh v Wiltjer Case No.: 42-2008-CA-005325 (15th Circuit, Marion County, FL)
- 2011- Lee County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, testified in Deposition regarding the wrongful denial of a catastrophic homeowner’s fire insurance claim. Ambiguities in the wording of the application were an issue. Fredericks v Universal Case No.: 09-CA-00051 (12th Circuit, Lee County, FL)
- 2011- Pinellas County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, wrote an Opinion Report regarding the projected additional cost of Flood Insurance resulting from an improper flood zone designation on an Elevation Certificate. Dunedin Development v George a Shimp & Assoc Case No.: 10-6755C1 8 (6th Circuit, Pinellas County, FL)
- 2011- Cameron Parish, Louisiana. On Defendant’s behalf, testified in Deposition on the Agent’s Standard of Care when placing a Flood Insurance Application with a “Write Your Own” carrier. Cox v. Fidelity National Case No.: 10-188355 vs. 10-18495 (Cameron Parish, LA)
- 2009- Brevard County, Florida. On Plaintiff’s behalf, testified in Deposition against the insurance company for the wrongful denial of a catastrophic homeowner’s fire insurance claim. The Agent’s Standard of Care in the taking of the application for insurance was an issue in the case. Phillips v. First Protective Case No.: 08-49368 (11th Circuit, Miami-Dade, FL)
- 2009- Martin County, Florida. On Defendant’s behalf, testified in Deposition regarding Captive Agent’s Standard of Care as it relates to the agent’s duty to advise. State Farm v. A and M Food Store Case No.: 05-413CA (19th Circuit, Martin County, FL)
- 2008- Published article entitled “Agents Mind Your Es & Os”, Insurance Journal, January 28, 2008 edition
- 2005- Published article entitled “Agents Beware: Due Diligence Is Now Required”, Insurance Journal, March 21, 2005 edition
- 2004- Federal District Court, Chattanooga, TN. Assisted counsel for the Defendant Insurance Agent against Plaintiff trucking firm for Agent’s Errors and Omissions. (Written opinion, Deposition and testimony in Federal District Court). Qualified as an expert in Agency Management & Practices and the Agent’s Standard of Care. Covenant Transport v LIG insurance Agency Case No.: 1:02-CV-377 (United States District Ct, Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga)