[ George A. Vaka is a certified circuit and appellate mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida ]
[ Founder, George A. Vaka, has established his mediation practice @ georgevaka.us ]
[ Named by peers to Florida Trend's Legal Elite ]
[ Honors keep adding up....less than 5% of lawyers are AV rated in America ]
[ Recognized by The National Law Journal® in its selection of Tampa's Top Attorneys ]
[ Think Experience. Think Excellence. Think Extraordinary. ]
[ Board Certified as a Specialist in Appellate Practice ]
[ AV Preeminent Peer Rated 5.0 out of 5 ]
[ "Florida Super Lawyer in both appellate law and insurance law" ]
[ "Honored as Best Lawyers in America in both appellate law and insurance law" ]
[ Recognized in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell ]
Insurance
Appellate
Personal Injury
Professional Malpractice

The Vaka Difference

As former counsel to major insurance companies, Vaka Law Group offers the same level of experience and expertise to the policyholder or claimant that the insurance companies rely upon for their own representation. Our lawyers have been actively involved in literally thousands of claims involving an extensive array of insurance matters.

Know What You're Up Against

The concept of insurance, based upon the simple premise of honoring a promise, is much different than the business of insurance. Insurance policies are highly sophisticated instruments that are frequently subject to differing interpretation and meanings. Because the stakes are often enormous, insurance companies, with their vastly superior financial resources, utilize an army of lawyers to defend their decisions not to pay. Our clients get the same level of experience and expertise that the insurance industry has at its disposal.

Expertise in the Field - Insurance Company Conduct

In addition to representing clients concerning the interpretation of the actual insurance contracts, our lawyers have a wealth of experience representing clients involving issues pertaining to the conduct of insurance company employees. When the insurance company sells the policy, it also agrees to govern its conduct, and that of its representatives, in accordance with the statutes and rules mandated by law. These obligations are frequently referred to as the company’s good faith obligations to claimants and its policyholders. The obligations include the timely and full investigation of a claim, to offer the full value of the claim, to settle the claim when it could and should be settled, and to provide appropriate legal justification for a claim it denies. When an insurance company refuses to conduct itself by the rules, it is said to be acting in “bad faith” which may subject the insurance company to not only liability under the policy, but for damages beyond the policy’s limits as well.

Leading the Way

The lawyers at Vaka Law Group are among the leaders in the development of this area of the law for nearly three decades. Our lawyers have successfully represented both individuals and businesses against insurance companies in matters involving policy interpretation and insurance company misconduct. Some of the different types of insurance coverage matters we have been involved with are:

  • Advertising Injury Coverage
  • Automobile Insurance 
  • Aviation Insurance
  • Boiler and Machinery Policies
  • Builders Risk and Contractors Insurance
  • Business Interruption Coverage
  • Business Liability Insurance
  • Comprehensive General Liability Insurance
  • Condominium Insurance 
  • Directors and Officers Liability Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employers Liability and Workers’ Compensation Coverage
  • Environmental Insurance
  • Errors and Omissions (Professional Malpractice) Coverage
  • Excess Insurance
  • Farm and Ranch Coverage
  • Home Owners Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Personal Injury and Advertising Coverage
  • Personal Liability Coverage
  • Products/Completed Operations Coverage
  • Property Insurance Coverage
  • Re-Insurance
  • Self Insurance and Risk Retention Groups
  • Surplus Lines Insurance
  • Trucking and ICC Insurance Coverage
  • Umbrella Policies