Colodny Fass’ insurance defense lawyer Maria Elena Abate received the prestigious recognition as one of South Florida Legal Guide’s “Distinguished Attorneys” in its new 2018 issue.
As property damage claims multiply in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Ms. Abate’s focus on eradicating insurance fraud has been noted by her insurance company clients, state regulators and the law enforcement community, among others. In its profile, South Florida Legal Guide delved further into her insight and career experience.
“Many people don’t realize that organized crime is extensively involved in fraudulent claims,” she explained in the article, emphasizing that her job as an insurance defense lawyer is not the prosecution of criminals.
Ms. Abate, whose first day on the job at Colodny Fass came 24 hours after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida, first handled insurance issues amid the Firm’s role in rebuilding the state’s all-but-defunct market in the storm’s aftermath.
The South Florida Legal Guide profile also notes her multi-dimensional approach to the practice of law that includes attention to the importance of diversity in the workplace for both the Firm and its clients, maintaining work-life balance, and professional and community leadership.
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