Joel McNabney

Joel L. McNabney


Joel L. McNabney


  • Overview


    Joel McNabney is a member of the firm’s Insurance + Reinsurance Practice Group, resident in our Miami office. Joel advises and represents domestic and international insurers and underwriters in complex coverage and claim disputes, with a focus in property and CGL lines.

    Insurance + Reinsurance

    Joel aggressively defends his clients’ interests in coverage disputes in federal and state courts across the country. He regularly litigates matters involving claims for defense and indemnity under third-party liability policies, as well as suits involving catastrophic property damage and business interruption claims under commercial property policies. He also has substantial experience defending insurers against suits alleging “bad faith” and unfair claim settlement practices, and suits seeking exemplary damages.

    Joel takes a determined approach—combining exacting attention to detail with creative problem solving—to achieve the best possible result each time. He firmly believes the devil is in the details, and he applies a meticulous approach to contract analysis while remaining mindful of his clients’ business concerns. With the ever-present specter of bad faith, especially in today’s litigious environment, Joel recognizes the critical importance of appropriately handling, processing, and, if necessary, defending every single claim.

    Business Litigation

    Joel has also represented and counseled clients in a wide range of practice areas, including commercial, aviation, construction, and securities. He has assisted clients in a variety of disputes arising out of breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud, conversion, civil theft, and deceptive and unfair trade practices.

    Business Transactions

    Joel has represented and advised clients in several aspects of commercial transactions, including the negotiation of agreements, entity formation, and the creation of organizational and business contracts. Joel has prepared, analyzed, and negotiated purchase agreements, distribution agreements, employment agreements, and operating agreements.

    Joel is a proud graduate of the University of Miami Law School, where he served as a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Defended an international insurance company in a third-party dispute involving bodily injury occurring on the premises of a national retailer.

      • Represented an insurance carrier in a subrogation action arising out of construction and design defects in an aircraft hangar, resulting in damage to ten private aircraft.

      • Brought suit on behalf of the largest investor in an actively managed investment fund targeting the fund, its managing partners, and its accounting firm for fraud, conversion, civil theft, and professional negligence.

      • Represented multiple subcontractors against the general contractor of a federal construction project involving alleged construction defects in insulated foam concrete walls. 

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Dade County Bar Association
    • Presentations


      "The Shape of Water," panelist during the annual Windstorm Insurance (WIND) Conference at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida (2/1/2019)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • February 14, 2019

        Joel McNabney Presents on Water Damage and Covered-Peril-Created Opening Exclusions at Windstorm Insurance Conference

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