Jeffrey B. Tutan is a partner in the Deerfield Beach office and the head of the firm’s trial division.
Jeff is a Board Certified Civil Trial attorney and has tried over 70 jury trials to verdict. He maintains a full caseload focusing on personal injury protection (PIP), fraud, bodily injury/uninsured motorist, premises liability, insured homeowner’s claims, assignment of benefits claims and homeowners liability.
Jeff provides mentorship, guidance and instruction to the firm’s attorneys regarding litigation and preparation of their cases for trial. He prepares and teaches classes on trial matters and has presented a seminar to the firm’s attorneys on “Jury Selection.” Jeff was the Judge at the firm’s first mock trial in which seven of the firm’ associates actively participated program.
Jeff has lectured on various insurance topics for adjusters’ continuing educational credits. He has presented at the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee’s annual conference in Orlando on the topic “Examinations Under Oath.” In 2016, Jeff co-presented "Medical Director 101" at the Medical Claims Defense Network (MCDN) Spring Seminar in Orlando, FL. The interactive presentation used a cross-examination format to illustrate the obligations of licensed clinics’ medical directors.
Jeff spent eleven years working at the South Florida staff law office of The Hartford Insurance Company with Alan L. Landsberg. While at The Hartford, Jeff earned the title of “Trial Specialist” and tried over 35 jury trials.
Earlier in his legal career, Jeff was an attorney at the law firm of Solomon, Murphy and Cote, where he handled and tried insurance defense cases.
He is a native of Coral Gables, Florida.
Milo Diagnostic Center, Inc.(Lopez) vs. State Farm
Secured judgment against plaintiff in a suit filed to recover PIP benefits for mobile x-rays performed.
Santa Fe (Calderin) v. State Farm
Obtained a defense verdict where State Farm's IME/Peer review proved that over half of plaintiff's claims for months of treatment were not medically necessary. The Court awarded attorneys fees and costs to State Farm.
General Health Medical Inc. (Ferrales) vs. State Farm
Won a defense verdict in a personal injury protection claim where treatments sought by the plaintiff were found not to be medically necessary as a result of auto collision. The Court awarded attorneys fees and costs in favor of State Farm due to a proposal for settlement
Gables Insurance Recovery (Michael Hernandez) v. State Farm
PIP suit dismissed after years of litigation after Jeff and his team discovered the accident participants knew each other, worked together and were even Facebook friends.
Bodily Injury Cases
Felix Tapiero and Paulina Valera v. George A. Smith
Liability and Causation/Damages were at issue for both injured parties.
Both Plaintiffs claimed neck and back injuries and both underwent a minimally invasive procedure called a percutaneous discectomy on their lumbar spines. (Felix Tapiero had an additional surgery performed by Steven Gelbard, M.D.) Plaintiffs medical bills exceeded $200,000.00. Both Plaintiffs claimed lost wages, loss of future earning capacity and sought future medical treatment. The Defendant filed Proposals for Settlement for $45,000.00 (for Felix) and $15,000.00 (for Paulina).
At trial, Mr. Tutan presented expert testimony from an orthopedic surgeon. The jury awarded $0.00 to Felix Tapiero and $656.00 to Paulina Valera (which equated to her hospital visit after the accident and one day of lost wages.) The Plaintiffs Motion for New Trial was denied.
Hinds v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Here the Plaintiff claimed she had $130,000 in past medical expenses due to an automobile accident. She claimed an uninsured driver ran a red light. The jury found that Ms. Hinds was 50% responsible for her own accident and only awarded her $30,000 in total damages. Due to set-offs and a previously filed proposal for settlement, judgment was entered in favor of State Farm.
Morales vs. Graff
Won a defense verdict in which the plaintiff sought recovery of expenses in a personal injury claim. The jury found that the defendant was not negligent.
Grzesik vs. State Farm Mutual Auto
Obtained a defense verdict where the plaintiff sought to recover $475,000 in damages for injuries in a rear end motor vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist. The jury found that the rear end accident was not the cause of plaintiff's injuries.
Ritter vs. Zeigler
Secured judgment against plaintiff where the plaintiff asked for recovery of past medical bills and future medical expenses for a herniated disc from a rear-end collision. The defense proved that the collision was a result of the Plaintiff's road rage.
Weissberg vs. Crocker Center
Won a defense verdict where the jury found that the defendant was not negligent in a case in which the Plaintiff sought damages for injuries from a slip and fall in the lobby of the Crocker Center
News & Events
- ROIG Lawyers Sponsors the 18th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference
January 23, 2017
- ROIG Lawyers’ Jeffrey Tutan Named Expert Lawyer by Boca Magazine
July 19, 2016
- ROIG Lawyers Partner Jeffrey Tutan Appointed To Florida Bar Committee
May 13, 2016
- Partner Jeffrey Tutan Speaks at MCDN Conference
April 16, 2014
- Jeffrey Tutan Featured in Boca Chamber's Online News Section
May 17, 2016
- ROIG Lawyers Partner Featured in Southern News Alumni Magazine
April 6, 2016
- Medical Claims Defense Network 2016 Spring Seminar
March 24, 2016
Co-Presenter, "Medical Directors 101," ROIG Lawyers Monthly Lunch & Learn, September 2016.
Co-Presenter, "Medical Directors 101," Medical Claims Defense Network 2016 Spring Seminar, March 2016.
Presenter, "Cross-Examination Techniques," ROIG Lawyers Monthly Lunch & Learn, January 2016.