Sarasota, FL -(PRNewswire)- SUNZ Insurance Company recently announced the recent hiring of Brian Fischer to serve as in-house legal counsel for the Sarasota-based company.
SUNZ Chief Operations Officer Glen J. Distefano said, “We are very pleased to have found such an experienced and reputable veteran for our in-house legal counsel. Brian’s claims and premium expertise in the area of Workers’ Compensation particularly in the Professional Employer Organization and Staffing industries is a tremendous addition to SUNZ and will help us enhance our quality assurance, operations and the future growth of our company.”
Prior to SUNZ, Fischer focused on private practice in the area of Workers’ Compensation law for over 27 years. For the last 10 years, Fischer represented Professional Employer Organization, Staffing Companies and other corporations, handling various aspects of large deductible and insurance captive Workers’ Compensation insurance programs. In addition, he negotiated program communications as well as disputes with insurance companies and disputes arising out of insurance company receivership proceedings; involving collateral, paid loss reimbursements, as well as premium and audit disputes.
Fischer has represented insureds through arbitration proceedings in both state and federal court before the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the Florida Workers Compensation Appeals Board, and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. During this time, Fischer counseled several employee leasing companies in the development of and management of their internal claims handling process associated with large deductible Workers’ Compensation programs. He is a long standing member of the Department of Financial Services Workers’ Compensation Fraud Task Force and has represented and counseled numerous employers through the statutory stop work order process.
Fischer earned his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in 1984 and his Juris Doctorate in 1987 from Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. He is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Fischer said, “With everything I have learned from 27 years of law practice in the Workers’ Compensation system, from claims handling to fighting fraud to customer service, what a wonderful opportunity to join a carrier that puts such a focus on doing things the right way.”
At SUNZ, Fischer’s duties include the oversight and management of the claims handling process for its Professional Employer Organization and Staffing Company insureds as well as assisting with matters of reinsurance and regulatory compliance.