Laura Farach is a senior associate in the firm's Insurance + Reinsurance Group, where she focuses her practice on first and third-party liability, auto and property insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, and general commercial litigation. Ms. Farach represents national and international insurance and corporate clients in complex actions in state and federal courts.
Liability Insurance Coverage and Defense
Ms. Farach has extensive experience representing insureds and insurers in first and third-party liability insurance matters involving premises liability defense, professional liability defense, products liability defense, automobile negligence matters, construction defects, condominium and homeowners’ association defense, and negligent security, among others. She has obtained very favorable judgments and settlements for her clients, even in the most challenging jurisdictions and in cases involving numerous parties with juxtaposed interests.
Auto and Property Insurance Coverage
Ms. Farach regularly litigates and advises clients on auto and property insurance coverage issues and allegations of bad faith and unfair claims settlement practices. Regarding property insurance matters, she specializes in both residential and commercial property losses including, but not limited to, sinkhole, water, wind, and fire claims, vandalism, theft, and business interruption and lost profits claims. She has won pretrial dismissal of property insurance lawsuits, including lawsuits asserting extra-contractual damages and bad faith claims such as those available under Florida’s Bad Faith Statute and Florida’s Unfair Insurance Trade Practices Act. Ms. Farach regularly works with medical experts and providers, structural engineers, forensic accountants, building consultants, and other expert witnesses, to develop the most effective litigation strategy for each case.
Bad Faith Litigation
Ms. Farach has extensive experience representing insurers in cases involving Florida’s Bad Faith Statute and Unfair Insurance Trade Practices Act, and the Federal Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act as related to matters of professional liability and significant liability exposures. Ms. Farach regularly defends and obtains favorable results for her insurance clients regarding allegations of bad faith in Florida courts as well as in regulatory proceedings with the Florida Department of Financial Services. She is also experienced regarding the timing and triggers related to undisputed and interim payments, as well as the procedures for proper adjustment of insurance claims. Ms. Farach has presented and published on this issue for the American Bar Association’s Torts Trial and Insurance Property Section.
Complex Commercial Litigation
During her tenure with Robinson+Cole, as well as with her previous U.S. News & World Report "Best Firms" law firm, Ms. Farach has advocated for her national and international corporate clients in complex litigation actions in state and federal courts nationwide. Ms. Farach has successfully represented clients in cases involving international trade disputes, securities violations, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, foreign corrupt practices violations, corporate espionage, and cyber security breaches. She also has notable experience in will and trust contests and well as employment discrimination matters. Ms. Farach has represented various Fortune 500 companies and obtained favorable results for those clients.
Ms. Farach has served as legal advisor to a U.S. Senator, and she worked on the confirmation of the first Hispanic-American Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. Additionally, Ms. Farach served as a foreign affairs liaison to a U.S. Congressman where she drafted numerous reports utilized in the passage of several Congressional bills regarding human rights issues in off-shore detention centers. She also clerked for the Honorable Gill S. Freeman, Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Circuit of Florida, Complex Business Litigation Division. Most recently, Ms. Farach has been involved in lobbying efforts on behalf of the insurance industry to reform Florida’s laws regarding the assignment of insurance benefits.
Ms. Farach was a Florida-licensed insurance representative for almost 10 years and has been working with the insurance industry for almost two decades. She has taught financial literacy seminars at the University of Miami and in several schools throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. She was the recipient of the Ford Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Award and a finalist in the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program.