R. Hugh Lumpkin


Location: Miami, FL

Phone: 305-577-3996 Fax: 305-577-3558 Email: rlumpkin@vpl-law.com
R. Hugh Lumpkin

R. Hugh Lumpkin, born in San Tomé, Venezuela, received his B.A. from Duke University in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Miami in 1980. He joined the firm in early 1999. He is admitted to the Florida Bar; U.S. District Courts, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; and U.S. Supreme Court. He has also been admitted pro hac in many other courts to service the needs of the firm’s clients.

While Mr. Lumpkin has had an extensive policy-holder insurance coverage trial and appellate practice since 1986, this has been his exclusive focus since joining his present firm. He has written extensively on insurance issues and has appeared as a frequent lecturer for the American Bar Association, and other organizations that provide educational and business opportunities to professionals. His practice consists of representing policyholders in evaluating, settling and litigating insurance claims filed in state or federal court, trial of coverage and extra-contractual claims, as well as appellate practice.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1980
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1981


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. – 1980
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • A.B. – 1977

Awards and Recognition

  • Thomas F. Segalla Service Award, American College of Contractual and Extra-Contractual Counsel, May 2018
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member American College of Contractual and Extra-contractual counsel; co-chair first party section
  • Member Insurance Coverage and Litigation Section of the ABA; formerly co-chair of the Life, Health and Disability sub-section
  • Lawyer of the Year, Insurance, (Best Lawyers), Miami, Florida, 2013, 2016
  • Litigation Department of the Year, 2013 (Daily Business Review)
  • Best Lawyers, 2008-present
  • SuperLawyer, 2006-present
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • Who’s Who in Insurance and Reinsurance (one of two lawyers in Miami)
  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell 1994-present
  • Multiple awards for exceptional participation in Dade County Pro Bono work

Civic Involvement

  • Former Board Member of the Children’s Home Society (Outstanding Volunteer Board Member, 1999)
  • Women of Tomorrow
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Educate Tomorrow
  • Arts for Learning

Recent Presentations and Writings

  • May 16-18, 2018 – ACCEC Conference “The Opioid Epidemic,” Chicago, IL
  • May 10-12, 2017 – ACCEC Conference “The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes: Professional Liability Insurance,” Chicago, IL
  • February 10, 2017 – DCBA Bench & Bar Conference “Bad Faith Litigation” in Miami, FL
  • January 29-31, 2017 – Windstorm Insurance Conference “Impartiality in Appraisal – Lessons Learned“ in Orlando, FL
  • November 30-December 1, 2016 – ACI Conference “Carriers Failing to Properly Investigate claims Involving Requests for Additional Insurance: Coverage: The Growth of Bad Faith Claims and Court Expansion of Additional Insured Duty to Defend” in Philadelphia, PA
  • March 2-4, 2016 – ICLC Conference “The Evolution of Privileges and Immunities in an Insurance Coverage Action” in Tucson, AZ
  • March 16-17, 2015 – ACI’s 30th Annual Forum on Bad Faith Claims & Litigation “Trial of a Bad Faith Case” in Philadelphia, PA
  • January 19-22, 2015 – Windstorm Conference “London Market Claims” in New Orleans, LA
  • June 26, 2014 – Oswald Companies Risk Management Seminar (Additional Insured and Extra-Contractual Liability) in Cleveland, OH
  • May 6-7, 2014 – ACCEC Conference “Issues Involving Mary Carter Agreements in Florida and Texas” in Chicago, IL
  • March 2015 – “We Need a Hard Eight: Florida’s Growing Exception to the Eight Corners Ruler,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol 89, No. 3
  • June 26, 2014 – Oswald Companies Risk Management Seminar Additional Insured and Extra-Contractual Liability in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 6-7, 2014 – ACCEC, Coverage Disputes: The Next Generation (Mary Carter Agreements) in Chicago, Illinois
  • February 28, 2014 – DCBA Panel Discussion – “What Insurance Adjusters want Attorneys, Judges and Mediators to Know” in Coral Gables, Florida


  • Spanish
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