Judge Leesfield is frequently sought after and serves as an “Umpire” in insurance disputes.
When a damage occurs to a structure, large or small, a home or an entire condominium group, an umpire is frequently appointed by the court or agreed to by the parties. In this capacity, Leesfield generally goes to the site, requests estimates from both the property owner (or their private adjuster) as well as the adjuster for the insurance company. She will confer with sides, and after carful consideration, render a fair evaluation of the replacement value of the damage in an award. Usually, the adjuster, the private adjuster, and the “neutral umpire” sit as a panel. Two of the three of them must agree and sign off on the award.