Leatzow & Associates, Inc.

Jim Leatzow

Nationwide, US

About the Expert

As a national claims handler/adjuster for over two decades, I have the experience & have qualified as a Bad Faith Expert nationally in state & federal courts
  • Over 500+ retention's since 2005
  • 43 yrs in the industry
  • 30 yrs Natational Property/Casualty Agency Owner
  • 23 yrs National Underwriting Managing General Agent (MGA)
  • 23 yrs National Brokerage Wholesaler
  • 20 yrs National claims-handling/adjusting Third Party Administrator (TPA)
  • Licensed in all states for 20+ years
  • 50% Plaintiff & 50% Defense
  • 90+ depositions
  • Testified in 10 of 11 federal districts
  • Rule 26 Report expertise
  • Very affordable / Minimum retainer
  • No charge for travel-time nationally

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Insurance - Bad Faith
    • Insurance - Customs and Practices
    • Insurance - Professional Liability
    • Insurance - Property Casualty
    • Insurance Agents & Brokers - Standard of Care

    Expert's Profile

    Jim Leatzow is best known for his "hands on", practical experience spanning 43 years in the P/C insurance business. He has literally "worn every hat there is to wear" in the insurance industry. Those positions have included being a nationally licensed agent, broker, Surplus Lines broker, underwriting Managing General Agent (MGA), Third Party Administrator (TPA) claims handler/adjuster and active reinsurance company owner/executive. As a licensed pilot of 54 years, he is frequently retained in aviation related insurance disputes.

    Leatzow sold his national insurance agency in 2005 and began doing expert consulting at that time, involving agent / broker / MGA / TPA standards of care, coverage & bad faith. Expert consulting is 65%+ of his work, with the balance being insurance arbitrations. He is a certified insurance arbitrator in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union & Bermuda. Leatzow has been retained 400+ times, deposed 90+ times, & testified at trial 15 times. He has testified in 10 of the 11 federal districts & been qualified in state & federal courts as a bad faith expert. He has never been disqualified by a Daubert challenge.

    Leatzow makes himself affordably available coast-to-coast by never charging for travel time (time spent in transit). Leatzow has represented plaintiff and defendants about equally and never accepts assignment for which he is not properly experienced & suited. No charge for an inquiry phone call to discuss a potential retention.

    Personal Achievements

    Education

    • Bachelor of Arts degree

    Licenses

    • Continuously licensed 43 years in Illinois / 35 years in Wisconsin
    • Licensed in all other states as Insurance Producer 1980 to Oct 2005
    • Licensed in all states as a Surplus Lines Broker

    Special Training

    • Insurance company founder & owner

    Organizations

    • ARIAS-U.S.; IIABA;

    Honors

    • ARIAS-U.S. Certified Insurance Arbitrator

    Military service

    • 4 years Corps of Engineers, Commander 1970-1974

    Prior assignments

    • Equal retentions by Plaintiff & Defense
    • Private Pilot of 54 years with Commercial, Multi-Engine, Instrument & Seaplane ratings

    Percentage of time spent as expert

    • 100%

    Number of expert assignments / year

    • 20+

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    Listed in the Following States

    Leatzow & Associates, Inc. is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States.