Robert Groelle has been actively practicing in the area of insurance defense and insurance coverage law since law school. Mr. Groelle left a prominent insurance defense firm after twelve years with that firm, as an associate and then partner, to form Groelle and Salmon P.A. with another experienced litigator, David Salmon. Mr. Groelle’s active areas of practice and experience encompass both first and third party litigation, including bad faith and evaluation of insurance coverage issues. Mr. Groelle has well over twenty years of trial experience from the defense perspective, and has previously been retained as an expert witness on insurance coverage. Mr. Groelle is rated ‘AV’ by the Martindale Hubbell professional rating organization upon review by his peers; the highest rating conferred on practicing attorneys by the Martindale Hubbell organization.
Mr. Groelle is also a Florida Supreme Court certified Circuit Court Mediator, has extensively served as a property claims appraiser for several insurers in disputed property loss claims.
Lectures, Seminars and Publications
Mr. Groelle is certified by the Department of Insurance as an instructor for continuing education courses. Mr. Groelle has authored and presented at numerous insurance claims industry conferences and forums, and independent professional educational presentations for the legal profession, presenting on insurance coverage issues, claims investigation, ethics, trial preparation and presentation, fraud investigation, and case law analysis – both oral and published, to forums within the insurance industry and other public arenas. He has presented continuing education courses and instructional workshops for the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee, National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention, Windstorm Insurance Network, Groelle and Salmon, P.A. Annual Property Claims Seminar, Broward Chapter of the CPA Law Forum, Fort Lauderdale Claims Association, South Florida Claims Association, Association of Fire Marshals of Palm Beach County, Property and Casualty Claims Professionals and Palm Beach Mariner’s Club. He has also presented numerous educational and training sessions for insurance claims groups in numerous insurance companies, including Allstate Insurance, Prudential Property and Casualty, American Bankers Insurance, Florida Select Insurance Company, Companion Property and Casualty, United Property and Casualty, Homeowners Choice, Insurance Network Services, Tower Hill Insurance Group and for numerous independent adjusting service companies.
Mr. Groelle has authored numerous articles on insurance coverage issues that have been published in the Florida Defense Lawyer Association’s periodical Trial Advocate Quarterly and in the Defense Research Institute’s periodical For the Defense, as well as serving as a contributing author for several legal compendiums on controversial topics and issues relating to insurance coverage and indemnity obligations.
Mr. Groelle regularly volunteers his time and resources to local youth recreational and charitable programs. He was a Junior Achievement business consultant for many years, teaching weekly classes in the eighth grade and senior high school levels of the Palm Beach School District.
Nova Southeastern University, JD
Florida Atlantic University, B.B.A.
Middle District of Florida
Southern District of Florida
Eleventh District Court of Appeals