Tiffany Powers concentrates her practice on complex litigation matters, with a particular focus on insurance and class action litigation. Ms. Powers litigates in state and federal courts nationwide, at both the trial and appellate levels, and she has been instrumental in helping clients achieve successful resolution of complex disputes.
Ms. Powers has extensive experience defending class actions and she has obtained dismissal or defeated class certification in hostile, notoriously plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions where claims of consumer fraud and unfair trade practices routinely are asserted. Ms. Powers also regularly represents clients in high-profile insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation, including matters involving the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Ms. Powers’ regulatory expertise includes market conduct examinations and other enforcement actions. She has been engaged by insurance carriers and large corporate policyholders for counseling and strategic planning in the aftermath of the “bid rigging” and finite reinsurance investigations, as well as Hurricane Katrina.
While attending law school, Ms. Powers was a member of the Georgia Law Review. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1999. Ms. Powers is admitted to practice in Georgia, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania.
- Co-lead counsel representing a national insurance carrier in a jury trial of individually named plaintiff’s class action claim in federal court in the Western District of Washington. Obtained a defense verdict on all counts. As the first case to go to trial in a series of “diminished value” class actions across the country, this case was a landmark case for the insurance industry on this issue.
- Serves in lead, supervising and coordinating roles as national and class action counsel to leading Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 insurance carriers.
- Defeated or successfully resolved putative class actions or mass actions for top national insurance carriers in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Mississippi.
- Assumed a leading role to counsel and advise a university in its recovery and maximization of insurance assets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
- Won summary judgment on behalf of a national insurance carrier on a contribution claim presenting an issue of first impression in Georgia.
- Managed a massive internal investigation for a top national insurance carrier in response to various Attorney General and Department of Insurance inquiries in the wake of high-profile
claims brought by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer relating to producer compensation and alleged “bid rigging” activities.
- Regularly represents, advises, and counsels multiple national auto insurance carriers in claims raising potential bad faith issues and in high-stakes bad faith litigation.
- Assumed the leading role in property insurance recovery efforts in the wake of a sugar refinery explosion.
- Serves in a supervising and coordinating role as national counsel to a leading insurance carrier, advising with respect to claims handling and potential bad faith on hurricane coverage issues.
- Counseled a client on insurance recovery efforts relating to property damage arising from Hurricane Ike.
In South Florida Wellness Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co. (2014), the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a plaintiff’s declaratory judgment alone can satisfy the Class Action Fairness Act’s amount in controversy requirement. The Eleventh Circuit’s ruling in South Florida Wellness continues the recent trend in the federal courts of strengthening the ability of defendants to remove class actions to federal courts pursuant to CAFA.
April 9, 2014
This advisory discusses South Florida Wellness Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co., No. 14-10001 (11th Cir. Feb. 14, 2014), where the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a plaintiff’s declaratory judgment alone can satisfy the Class Action Fairness Act’s (CAFA) amount in controversy requirement. The Eleventh Circuit’s ruling in South Florida Wellness continues the recent trend in the federal courts of strengthening the ability of defendants to remove class actions to federal courts pursuant to CAFA.
March 10, 2014