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April 27, 2022

Kelley Kronenberg Partner Eric Gressman and Attorney Benjamin Jaffe Obtain Complete Defense Verdict in Hurricane Irma Case

On April 22, 2022, Kelley Kronenberg obtained a complete defense verdict involving a first-party insurance claim in Miami Dade County Circuit Court. The Honorable Lourdes Simon presided.

Partner Eric Gressman and Attorney Benjamin Jaffe in the Miami office were able to successfully obtain the verdict in favor of the insurance carrier over the course of a five-day trial.

The Plaintiff alleged that her roof was damaged as a result of Hurricane Irma. Further, the Plaintiff claimed the interior of the property was damaged as a result of an opening created by a peril caused by Hurricane Irma. The Plaintiff reported the claim to the carrier in August 2018. The insurance carrier inspected the property and found that the storm did not cause damage to the roof, but rather, determined that the damage was due to wear, tear, and deterioration. The Plaintiff disagreed with the coverage decision and filed a breach of contract lawsuit.

At trial, the Plaintiff presented evidence from a professional engineer that the damages to the roof and interior were a result of Hurricane Irma. The Plaintiff also presented evidence the roof was damaged in excess of 25 percent and required a full roof replacement pursuant to the Florida Building Code. Eric Gressman and Benjamin Jaffe introduced evidence that the alleged damage was not due to Hurricane Irma and was excluded under the subject policy. Following deliberations, the Jury rendered a complete defense verdict in favor of the insurance carrier.



Kelley Kronenberg is a multi-practice business law firm with over 400 employees, more than 200 attorneys, and 12 locations throughout Florida and the United States. Founded in 1980, the firm is one of the fastest-growing law firms in Florida and amongst the largest in the U.S. The firm serves all types and sizes of public and private companies, including small businesses and individuals nationwide. Kelley Kronenberg has been recognized amongst the “Largest U.S. Law Firms” by the National Law Journal’s NLJ 500, Law 360 400, and Florida Trend in 2020, “America’s Top Corporate Law Firms” by Forbes and “Top 10” in NLJ’s “Women’s Scorecard” 2019. The firm has been the recipient of many accolades most recently including: “Best Multi-Practice Business Law Firm – USA,” Acquisition International; “Business of the Year,” “Top 100 Private Companies,” “Top Law Firms,” and “Largest Law Firms,” South Florida Business Journal; “Largest Law Firms,” Tampa Bay Business Journal, Orlando Business Journal,  and Jacksonville Business Journal; “Biggest Law Firms in Florida,” Florida Trend; “Top 100 Law Firms,” South Florida Business & Wealth; Florida’s Largest Law Firms,” American Lawyer’s, Daily Business Review “Review 100;” and “Best Law Firms,” U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. The firm earned the 2021 Ragan’s Top Places to Work and Top Workplaces USA award by Energage and “Top Workplaces for Communication, Top Workplaces for Clued-In Leaders, Top Workplaces for Top Leaders, and Top Workplaces for Innovation.” Kelley Kronenberg has also been recognized as a “Top Workplace” by the Sun-Sentinel and a “Best Place to Work” by the South Florida Business Journal for two consecutive years.  For more information, visit

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