Our conference Speakers are a diverse, talented, and dynamic group of individuals who all have significant experience in their areas of expertise.  This page includes the bios of our 2016 speakers and we would like to thank them for volunteering to present.  Once our 2017 Speaker list has been finalized, we will update this page.

Speakers - 2016 Joint Conference

Adam Brand, Esq., Brand & Tapply, LLC

Adam J. Brand, founder and managing partner of Brand & Tapply, LLC, has represented insurance clientele in all phases of first and third-party coverage and litigation for three decades.  Brand & Tapply, LLC specializes in combating suspect claims throughout the United States in virtually all lines of insurance.  Mr. Brand has extensive trial experience before state and federal courts in complex coverage litigation, automobile, commercial and homeowner fraud and arson cases, as well as medical provider, bad faith and extra-contractual liability matters.  Mr. Brand is actively involved in the insurance industry’s education efforts.  He has served as a panelist and lecturer at seminars and conferences sponsored by international, national and local insurance organizations.  Mr. Brand is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), New England International Association of Special Investigation Units (NE-IASIU), New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators (NEAIFI), New York State Chapter of Special Investigation Units (NYSSIU), and National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council (NTHECC).

Timothy W. Tapply, Esq.

Timothy W. Tapply, founder and partner of Brand & Tapply, LLC, specializes in combating suspect claims throughout the United States in virtually all lines of insurance.  Mr. Tapply has trial experience before state and federal courts in complex coverage litigation, automobile, commercial and homeowner fraud and arson cases, as well as medical provider, bad faith and extra-contractual liability matters.  Mr. Tapply is actively involved in the insurance industry’s education efforts.  He has served as a presenter at seminars and conferences sponsored by international, national and local insurance organizations.

Jacques N. Parenteau, Partner Parenteau & O’Hara, P.C.

Mr. Parenteau has an active insurance defense practice and has been responsible for a wide range of cases in all state trial courts, the United States District Court as well as an Appellate practice with several written decisions from the District Court Appellate Division, the Appeals Court, and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.  Mr. Parenteau has been active in the personal injury protection (PIP), bodily injury, low impact, jump-in, staged collision, arson, burglary theft, bad faith, and auto related cases of all types.  He worked on some of the initial cases involving property and casualty insurers’ rights to audit medical charges for usual and customary costs, coining the term “fee review.”  Mr. Parenteau has developed strategy for handling medical fraud cases individually, and as large scale recovery actions in federal and state courts.  He has also handled workers’ compensation cases from conciliation, to hearings before Industrial Accident Board offices throughout Massachusetts.

Diana D. O’Hara, Partner Parenteau & O’Hara, P.C.

Attorney O’Hara is a current Partner of Parenteau & O’Hara, P.C. Prior to forming Parenteau & O’Hara, P.C. Attorney O’Hara had an active insurance defense practice and was responsible for all Parr & Parenteau, P.C., subrogation matters.   She has handled a wide range of subrogation cases in all state trial courts, and the United States Bankruptcy Court.  She has negotiated settlement in all types of cases and she has tried cases involving, auto, products liability, property, contribution, as well as insured and uninsured matters.  Attorney O’Hara is a member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), and is the Co-Chair of the New England chapter of NASP.

Bruce Levine, PT, MS

Bruce Levine, PT, MS graduated from Springfield College in 1988 with his MS in physical therapy.  Mr. Levine has practiced physical therapy for 27 years with an emphasis in the areas of sport, orthopaedic, and occupational rehabilitation. In addition to his clinical practice, he consults within the insurance Industry, and with State and Federal Agencies in the areas of health care fraud, waste, and abuse, the utilization of supportive personnel in rehabilitation, licensure and regulation in physical and occupational therapy, peer review, and credentialing of internationally educated physical therapists. Mr. Levine has owned his own physical and occupational therapy practice, managed multiple site practices, and consulted with practice owners and administrators in the areas of marketing and compliance. Bruce is the former Chairman of the Board of Allied Health Professions, the licensing authority for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Peter Montalbano, President, Montalbano Adjustment Services

Peter Montalbano, President of Montalbano Adjustment Services, Inc is a Independent Insurance Adjuster specializing in Jewelers Block claims and security inspections. He has spent the last 35 years traveling extensively throughout the world investigating claims on behalf of Lloyd's of London and various other foreign and domestic insurers. Peter has served as an expert witness and given testimony in courts in New York and Israel. He has lectured on various Jewelers Block topics to trade associations, law enforcement and Insurers in The United States, Hong Kong, Israel and throughout Europe.

Michael A. DiTallo, Consultant, Dynamic Safety, L.L.C.

A partner at Dynamic Safety L.L.C. since 2003, Mr. DiTallo combines over 25 years of experience in collision reconstruction and investigation with a law enforcement background. He spent nearly 20 years in law enforcement in both Illinois and California, where he worked as a collision investigator, commercial vehicle inspector, motorcycle officer and reconstructionist. A leading educator in the field, he has been a faculty member at the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (formerly the Northwestern University Traffic Institute) for twenty years developing and teaching courses. He also co-authored two chapters in the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety textbooks "Traffic Crash Reconstruction" and "Traffic Investigation." Mr. DiTallo has extensive hands on experience in heavy vehicle systems analysis and vehicle event data recorders.

Andrew J. Sosnowski, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)

Mr. Sosnowski joined the NICB in March 2010 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He has practiced law for over 25 years with an extensive background in criminal prosecution having served for over 15 years as a Chief Prosecutor in various counties in Illinois.  He is the former Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and came to NICB from his own private practice where he represented various types of individuals including plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.  Mr. Sosnowski is an adjunct professor of law at Judson University and Elgin Community College.  He is a graduate of Loyola University (BA), University of Notre Dame (MSBA), and Drake University (JD).  He is also a member of the American and Illinois Bar Associations, and licensed to practice before the United State’s Supreme Court.

Jason Caroluzzi, Vice President, Ethos Risk Services

Jason began his career in the investigation industry when he started a regional investigation company in the Philadelphia area. Throughout his career, Jason has conducted and managed thousands of investigations and has extensive experience all aspects of SIU investigations. In 2011, Jason joined Ethos Risk Services which enabled him to expand his regional focus to a national and international level.  In Jason’s current role, he oversees the account management and business development departments at Ethos Risk Services.  He has helped implement nationwide compliance, quality control, and training to ensure that Ethos’ quality of investigative services has exceeded clients’ expectations.  Jason has provided SIU and fraud training to various insurance companies, third party administrators, and self-insured companies. During Jason’s career he has worked closely with different fraud agencies and has provided successful testimony in an effort to combat fraud.  Jason has been involved in various claims, investigations, and insurance organizations that include the Risk Management Society (RIMS), the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), the New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA), the Philadelphia Loss Conference (PLC), the South Jersey Claims Association (SJCA), the PA Association of Licensed Investigators (PALI), Insurance Fraud Management (IFM), the International Claim Association (ICA), and the PA Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA).  Jason is a recognized public speaker and has had speaking engagements with associations that include the Workers’ Compensation Institute, the Insurance Securities Association, the Association of Investigative Managers, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, the Executive Summit, the Western Energy Institute, and the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association.  Jason resides in Bucks County, PA.

John M. Gasiorek, Supervisory Special Agent, NICB

John M. Gasiorek became a Special Agent with National Insurance Crime Bureau in September 2005 and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in May of 2009. John supervises six additional Special Agents overseeing all NICB investigations in New England. John is also assigned investigative responsibilities in Connecticut, specializing in property and casualty insurance fraud with a specific emphasis on multi-carrier, ring activity perpetrated by unscrupulous medical providers, and attorneys. John organized and heads the Mini-Medical Fraud Task Force in CT where he assists in coordination criminal investigations with federal, state and local police agencies.  Prior to working with NICB, John worked for ten years in the Special Investigations Unit of a Massachusetts based insurance company where he was a field investigator responsible for investigating insurance fraud in the metropolitan Boston area. John was also a criminal investigator in the United States Air Force for eight years and a Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Patrol Division with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina.  John possesses an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and has earned the designation of Fraud Claim Law Associate through the American Educational Institute. 

Daniel K. Rutherford, Director of Claims, Martitime Program Group

Daniel K. Rutherford, is Director of Claims and Risk Management for Maritime Program Group, a national specialty maritime general agency.  He holds the designation of Certified Marine Investigator with the International Association of Marine Investigators, is a Licensed Private Investigator (NJ7521) and is a licensed P&C adjuster.  He has been investigating marine cases for over 30 years and has recovered over 30 million dollars in stolen vessel/equipment values for underwriters.  He was awarded Investigator of the Year in 1996 and 1999.  He has authored numerous articles and white papers on Marine Investigation, Marine Accident Investigation, COLREGS and has been admitted as an expert through the Federal District Court.

Joe Stephenson, Managing Director of SIU, Hagerty

Joe Stephenson is the Director of SIU for Hagerty and specializes in auto theft, fire, and related claims involving classic and exotic vehicles. He is President of the New England Chapter of IASIU, a certified insurance fraud investigator, accident reconstructionist, and sits on the IT committees for IAATI & their Northeast Chapter.  Prior to joining the private sector Joe spent 17 years as a law enforcement officer in the State of Maine.   Joe lectures to various groups regarding the abundance of free information available online and the benefits of turning first to the Internet as a main source of research. If you would like to reach Joe, you are invited to connect with him via LinkedIn or Twitter (@cedarbyrne).

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Stephen Bell Esq, Bell & Mundhenk, LLP

Stephen A. Bell is a partner at Mundhenk & Bell, LLC, in Portland, Maine. His practice concentrates on personal injuries and property losses involving motor vehicles, premises liability, property disputes, wrongful death, construction defects and product liability. He also defends bad faith claims, conducts examinations under oath, provides fraud analysis, and prosecutes subrogation matters for insurance companies. Mr. Bell is a graduate of Colby College and earned his J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Audrey C. Parr, Esq, Parr Law, P.C

Audrey C. Parr, Esq., is the founder of Parr Law, P.C., where she advocates for insurers and policyholders in all aspects of first and third-party insurance defense and fraud-related matters, including pre-trial investigation, coverage issues, litigation, and appellate work. Since 1991, Attorney Parr has specialized in the handling of suspected fraudulent injury and property damage claims, relating to automobile, PIP, homeowners, medical provider, and commercial liability coverage on behalf of both personal and commercial carriers. Attorney Parr is a regular lecturer on all aspects of insurance fraud at national and regional insurance conferences, including IASIU, IFM, and IAATI. She is a cum laude graduate of New England School of Law and Boston University. 

 

Corinne A. Taylor, Litigation Paralegal, Parr Law, P.C.

Corinne A. Taylor, J.D., specializes in the research, analysis, and disposition of fraudulent insurance claims and unfair and deceptive business practice suits with Parr Law, P.C. She has spoken at IASIU, IFM, and NEIASIU on Rideshare Fraud. Prior to her time with Parr Law, P.C., Ms. Taylor spent a decade evaluating personal property as a court-qualified expert consultant in insurance and fair market value appraisal. Ms. Taylor is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor society, and a cum laude graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. She looks forward to sitting for the July 2016 Bar Examination.

 

Adam Schneider, Resident Agent-In-Charge, SSA/OIG

Adam D. Schneider is currently serving as the Resident Agent-in-Charge in the Manchester New Hampshire Office, of the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (SSA/OIG).  Adam began his career with SSA/OIG as a Special Agent in the New York Office in August 2003.  Adam moved to Headquarters, Washington DC in 2008 to serve as a Special Agent within the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). In 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge for the Electronic Crimes Division where he led investigations into high technology crimes and managed the agency’s digital forensics laboratory.  In December 2011, Adam served a one year detail as the Executive Officer to the Inspector General until October 2012 when he moved into his current position in New Hampshire.  He currently manages all of the SSA-OIG’s investigative functions for the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and part of Massachusetts.  Since 2002, Adam has taught courses at the federal, state, and local level on disability fraud, identity theft, counter terrorism, insider threats, computer crimes, social media, and defensive tactics.  Prior to his career with OIG / SSA, Adam worked as a Senior Investigator for Fleet Bank (now Bank of America) from 1998 – 2000 and as a Criminal Investigator for the NY State Revenue Crimes Bureau from 2000 – 2003.   He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in 1998 and is currently working on his Master of Science Degree in Cyber Forensics.

Brendhan Harris, Senior Investigator, NHDOI - Fraud Unit

Brendhan Harris is the Senior Investigator for the New Hampshire Insurance Department – Fraud Unit.  He conducts criminal investigations on all matters related to insurance crimes throughout the State of New Hampshire.  These investigations include criminal acts being committed by parties to a claim, insurance producers, and medical providers.  Mr. Harris is a retired Master Police Officer / Detective from the Virginia Beach Police Department.  He spent nine (9) years as an SIU Investigator working in both the Property & Casualty and Healthcare fields.  He holds the designations of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI).  Mr. Harris is currently on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of IASIU.

David C. Stadolnik, Esq.

Dave Stadolnik is an experienced litigation / SIU attorney whose practice includes all phases of investigation, discovery, motion practice, alternate dispute resolution, and litigation on behalf of insurance carriers and self-insured entities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Attorney Stadolnik has extensive experience investigating and litigating fraudulent insurance claims cases, including medical provider fraud, homeowner’s claims, theft losses, staged accidents and rental claims. He also has extensive experience in the areas of pre-suit investigations, construction liability, commercial general liability, products liability, retail premises liability, wrongful death claims, and catastrophic injury.  Attorney Stadolnik was first admitted to practice in 1987 and is admitted to practice in state and U.S. District Courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Military Appeals. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association (RIBA), Defense Counsel of Rhode Island (DCRI), New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators, Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Fraud Committee, International Association of Special Investigations Units (IASIU), and the New England Chapter of International Association of Special Investigations Units (NEIASIU).  A graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, Attorney Stadolnik earned his J.D. at the New England School of Law. He served as a Military Prosecutor with the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Anthony M. DiPaolo, CFE, Chief of Investigations, Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts

Mr. DiPaolo joined the Insurance Fraud Bureau in 1992 and he has been the Chief of Investigations since 2006.  He is credited with developing and managing the IFB’s premium fraud unit since its inception in 1994. Prior to joining the IFB, Mr. DiPaolo was with the U. S. Air Force for ten years as a Special Agent, concentrating on fraud investigations.  He has extensive experience in developing fraud detection programs.  Mr. DiPaolo earned his Bachelor of Science Degree, in Criminal Justice from Wilmington College and his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.  Mr. DiPaolo is an adjunct instructor at Northeastern University in their criminal justice program and has been since 1996; he teaches courses on white collar crime and criminal investigations.  Mr. DiPaolo is a frequent speaker on a variety of insurance fraud topics.  He is a member of the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Neil Johnson, CFE, Vice President and Manager of the Special Investigations Unit, Liberty Mutual

Neil Johnson graduated in 1977 from the University of Maine with a BS degree in accounting.  He started working at Liberty Mutual in 1977 and is presently a Vice President and Manager of the Special Investigations Unit specializing in premium fraud. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Field Operations in the Field Auditing department where he was responsible for all auditing disciplines including loss auditing. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; recipient of Massachusetts and New Jersey Insurance Fraud Awards of Distinction (twice); Vice-Chair for the Board of Governors for the Mass Fraud Bureau; he is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the International Association of Special Investigation Units, and a member of the Premium Fraud Committee for PAAS. He is a part member of the Premium Fraud Task Force for the states of Alabama (Chairman), Florida (Chairman) , New Jersey (Chairman), New York and South Carolina, as well as a past member of the National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors, and the Commercial Automobile Task Force for the state of New York. Mr. Johnson has also participated in training FBI agents and Assistant U.S. Attorneys in premium fraud at Quantico, and has been designated as an expert in premium calculations, workers' compensation insurance and premium fraud in both civil and criminal cases.

Roy Mura - Attorney/Managing Member, Mura & Storm, PLLC

Roy A. Mura is the founder and managing member of the eight-lawyer firm Mura & Storm, PLLC, headquartered in Buffalo, New York.  He is a 1986 law graduate of University of Buffalo School of Law and a 1983 linguistics degree graduate of SUNY at Binghamton. The author of the widely read and award-winning  Coverage Counsel blog (nycoveragecounsel.blogspot.com), Mr. Mura’s practice includes insurance coverage analysis and litigation, first-party property, third-party liability, auto/UM/UIM, no-fault, fraud and arson defense work for numerous property and casualty insurers on a state-wide and regional basis. He has successfully litigated and tried numerous insurance fraud and coverage cases for insurers through trial and appeal in New York and writes and speaks regularly for insurers and adjusters nationwide on various issues relating to insurance coverage, fraud, social media research for claims and underwriting investigations, “bad faith” and the defense of first- and third-party claims.  He is a member of and proudly serves as General Counsel to the New York State Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units.  He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, New York State Fire Investigators State Chapter No. 23, Defense Research Institute, several local claims associations and the New York State and Erie County bar associations. He has been listed in the New York Super Lawyers – Upstate Edition since 2012, and maintains the highest possible AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.  He is married, has three children, four grandchildren, and all but gave up golf several years ago to pursue his avocation for all-season fresh water fishing.

Mike Merolli, Staff Accident Reconstructionist, MAPFRE Insurance

Mike Merolli is currently the Staff Accident Reconstructionist for MAPFRE Insurance and is part of their Claims Department Special Investigative Unit. He has developed and implemented the protocol for MAPFRE Insurance’s EDR crash data program and has been using the Bosch CDR Tool for over a decade. Mike is a Bosch CDR Tool Beta Tester and has been a CDR Trainer Mentor since the inception of that program. Mike spent 25 years in Law Enforcement reconstructing crashes and is an ACTAR Accredited Crash Reconstructionist and an Illinois Police Crash Reconstruction Specialist.  He has assisted in conducting and analyzing dozens of fully instrumented crash tests for the Collision Safety Institute.

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