Fidelity, Surety and Specialty Bonds

We help the fidelity and surety industry prevent, manage, and resolve claims arising from all types of bonds.

For over 25 years, the lawyers at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP have represented major fidelity and surety companies in the United States. Sureties and fidelity insurers of all sizes rely on our timely and cost-effective services throughout the states of Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio.

As members of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), our seasoned lawyers are active participants in the national surety industry, and are frequent authors and presenters of cutting-edge analysis in the field of surety law.

Our firm is a co-founder of the annual Southern and Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conferences, which educate and update surety claims and underwriting personnel on all aspects of surety, fidelity, and specialty bond law and claims handling. We routinely partner with the most prominent surety and fidelity law firms in the country to better serve our clients.

We handle surety claims at all stages, from workout to litigation, and through appeal. Our clients have entrusted us with claims ranging from small single project defaults to major multi-project defaults in the states we serve. As part of a larger firm, we can also provide related capabilities in bankruptcy, insurance coverage, secured transactions, environmental law, securities law, and other relevant areas.

Our Services

  • All aspects of performance and payment bond claims, including:
    • Default and claim analysis
    • Takeover and tender analysis, negotiations, and agreements
    • Litigation of claims in state and federal court
    • Appeals in state and federal court
    • Protection of the surety’s claims in bankruptcy
    • Pursuit of salvage and subrogation rights
  • All aspects of claims against fidelity bonds and commercial crime insurance policies as well as miscellaneous and specialty bonds of all kinds

News Releases

07.17.2017Steele B. ("Al") Windle, III Joins Construction Society of America
05.25.2017Michele Leo Hintson Program Chair of 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
11.08.2016Michele Leo Hintson Panelist for The Winning Edge Professionalism Event
09.29.2016Shumaker Attorneys Present at Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
08.24.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Speak to Working Women of Tampa Bay
05.11.2016Michele Leo Hintson Spoke at U.S. Specialty Insurance Company's Continuing Education Seminar
11.16.2015Duane A. Daiker Spoke at Tampa Bay Paralegal Association Annual Seminar
08.22.2014Michele Leo Hintson Becomes Certified Circuit Court Mediator
07.30.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Chair of Community Advisory Board of the Leadership Council of Junior League of Tampa
08.20.2013Duane A. Daiker Elected Secretary/Treasurer of Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar
05.08.2013Duane A. Daiker Spoke at Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
10.19.2011Shumaker Attorneys Presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference
09.28.2011Daniel R. Hansen and William H. Sturges Presenters at Surety Conferences
04.19.2011Shumaker Attorneys Participate in 22nd Annual Southern Surety Conference
08.31.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys to Speak at 21st Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
06.07.2010Duane A. Daiker Appointed to Editorial Board of the Fidelity & Surety Digest
04.09.2010Michele Leo Hintson and Brian R. Lambert to Present at the 2010 Southern Surety Conference


Events and Presentations

09.14.2017Presenter, "Ethical Issues in Suretyship: Staying Out of Jeopardy," Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
05.12.2017Panelist, "A Gift From the Underwriters: Onerous Bond Forms and Attempting to Defend Claims Against Them," 2017 American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Spring Meeting
05.11.2017Panelist, "How Much is This Going to Cost: The Types of Damages for Which the Surety May Be Liable Under a Performance Bond," 2017 American Bar Association Tort Trial & Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Spring Meeting
04.20-21/2017Co-Presenter: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
08.05.2014"Payment and Performance Surety Bonds in Construction Projects: Perspectives of Owners, Contractors and Sureties"

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