Several years ago, the captain of Bern & # 39 ;s Steakhouse asked if I could go with him to see a lawyer in another dining room. It was a rather curious request. I expected to visit a number of Tampa attorneys who enjoyed a properly aged wine from Bern's cellar. Instead, the famous criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey was the surprise invitee.
We immediately started talking about his brother Bill Bailey who I wrote about in a post from 2009, A worthy opponent: Insurance industry spokesman Bill Bailey Passes . This post commented in part on my relationship with Lee's brother:
Bill Bailey was a keynote speaker and supporter of the Windstorm Network. He participated in field observations and discussions about each major hurricane since Hurricane Andrew. He raised awareness of the social significance of insurance and the need for better communication between all subsequent major disasters.
I knew Bill Bailey a little differently than many others because I took his deposit several times over the last decade.
Bill Bailey was a very bright, Harvard-educated lawyer and gentleman. While he was obviously an advocate for positions in the insurance industry, we always seemed to have fun in each other's companies. He made me talk about concerns and claims in his radio show, It & # 39; s Your Money! Somewhere in our team library is an autographed book he wrote after Hurricane Andrew, Andrew & # 39 ;s Legacy: Winds of Change .
He had a nice way about him and always tried to agree with me. I could understand why the insurance industry would hire a person with Bill Bailey's talents …
It must have been a little different for Bill to be the brother of a world-famous lawyer. But in my insurance world, the name F. Lee Bailey meant little. But Bill Bailey was a big shot. He was an opposite expert and spokesman for the Insurance Information Institute.
The Insurance Information Institute (III) provides many insurance facts and information. It also provides a lot of propaganda and keeps insurance researchers in the throes of writing insurance industry studies to influence public opinion, draft laws for insurance companies and support the company members' lobbying activities.
Does III believe that members should wrongly deny claims? Does it support laws with penalties against these wrongly acting insurers? No. It closes its eyes to these issues and obviously does not want lawyers to dig up evidence of these evil beliefs' claims.
Still, I had a very professional and respectful relationship with Bill Bailey. His brother Lee appreciated this and my public remark when he passed.
I know with the death of F. Lee Bailey, people will remember the high stakes and famous criminal cases F. Lee Bailey competed in during his life. I remember a quick dinner engagement and a business card that F. Lee Bailey left for me, which told me how much he loved his brother, whom I also knew and respected.
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