Benjamin C. Hassebrock

Shareholder

Location: Miami, FL

Phone: 305-577-3996 Fax: 305-577-3558 Email: bhassebrock@vpl-law.com
Benjamin C. Hassebrock

Born and raised in central Iowa, Ben Hassebrock is a 2001 graduate of the University of Iowa and a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Following law school, Ben began his litigation practice at a large Kansas City firm, where he represented both policyholders and insurers in various coverage disputes. He joined Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin in 2009, and has an active practice in both Miami and Philadelphia, fully dedicated to the representation of policyholders in all types of insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He was recently selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2016.

Ben has developed a broad knowledge of the insurance industry and helped his clients obtain favorable results in many types of first and third-party insurance claims and bad faith actions, including commercial general liability, professional liability, commercial property (including business interruption), and homeowners’ property and liability claims. He has significant experience in life and disability insurance matters, including claims arising under employer-sponsored group plans governed by ERISA, and assists clients in all phases of the claims process.

Ben is also regularly involved in the firm’s appellate practice at the state and federal levels. He has drafted numerous amicus briefs advocating for policyholders’ rights and argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2007
  • Florida, 2010
  • Pennsylvania, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri

Education

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, J.D. – 2007
    • Law Review: Missouri Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • University of Iowa, B.A. – 2001

Awards and Recognition

  • Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2016

Recent Presentations and Writings

  • “How to Use Exclusions, Ambiguous Terms and Conditions as Evidence” & “Strategies Used to Delay & Deny Claims,” Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know, NBI Seminar (Dec. 1, 2016)
  • Recent Developments in Insurance Law on Notice: The Continuing Trend Toward Requiring Prejudice, (Co-Author), New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law, 2009
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