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D. Larry Kristinik, III

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
larry.kristinik@nelsonmullins.com

D. Larry Kristinik is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in the Columbia office in the areas of business litigation, class action defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, defense of investor securities claims, and FINRA broker-dealer arbitrations. Mr. Kristinik is the Chair of the firm's Insurance Industry Practice Group...

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D. Larry Kristinik is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in the Columbia office in the areas of business litigation, class action defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, defense of investor securities claims, and FINRA broker-dealer arbitrations. Mr. Kristinik is the Chair of the firm's Insurance Industry Practice Group and also serves as the assistant group leader of the firm's Litigation Group.

Mr. Kristinik has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts in Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Utah, and West Virginia. He has also appeared in arbitration proceedings in seven states and D.C., and has had arbitration trials in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

and also serves as the assistant group leader of the firm's Litigation Group.

Mr. Kristinik has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts in Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Utah, and West Virginia. He has also appeared in arbitration proceedings in seven states and D.C., and has had arbitration trials in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

D. Larry Kristinik is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in the Columbia office in the areas of business litigation, class action defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, defense of investor securities claims, and FINRA broker-dealer arbitrations. Mr. Kristinik is the Chair of the firm's Insurance Industry Practice Group... and also serves as the assistant group leader of the firm's Litigation Group.

Mr. Kristinik has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts in Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Utah, and West Virginia. He has also appeared in arbitration proceedings in seven states and D.C., and has had arbitration trials in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

Experience

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Complex Litigation and Class Action Defense

  • Served as counsel in two multidistrict litigation proceedings (In re Industrial Life Insurance Litigation, MDL No. 1429 and In re Electrical Receptacle Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1595)
  • Served as counsel defending class actions involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA"), electrical utilities, cable television services, insurance marketing practices, consumer finance, and economic loss ("no injury") products liability claims
  • Defended individual class member opt-out claims
  • Served along with other Firm attorneys as national coordinating counsel for three different companies

Life, Health, and Disability Insurance

  • Represents life, health, and disability insurance companies in litigation and regulatory matters
  • Defended bad faith claims, asserted rescission claims based on material misrepresentations, litigated beneficiary, policy administration, and dividend election issues, and brought interpleader actions in federal and state court
  • Experience defending annuity suitability claims, claims involving variable and whole life products
  • Litigated slayer statute issues, claims on conditional receipts, intoxication exclusions, suicide exclusions, mental disorder limitations, and accidental death and disability claims
  • Advises insurers with respect to DOI reporting issues, responding to DOI and Attorney General investigations, and the handling of agent misconduct matters, including advice regarding E&O and fidelity bond coverage
  • Provides advice with respect to claims investigations and decisions to pay claims

FINRA Broker-Dealer Representation

  • Experience defending broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, banks, and wealth managers against customer claims involving ponzi schemes, supervision, suitability, unauthorized trading, churning, misrepresentation, selling away, and violation of state and federal securities laws
  • Experience with a variety of investment products, including variable prepaid forward contracts, unit investment trusts, variable annuities, variable life policies, mutual funds, limited partnership interests, oil and gas well interests, as well as individual stocks and bonds
  • Represented broker-dealers, RIAs, and banks with respect to investigations by state regulatory agencies and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD)
  • Defended individual financial advisor wrongful termination claims, and claims for unvested deferred compensation, and prosecuted arbitrations to collect on promissory notes and bonus repayment agreements

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude (1992)
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Member of the student editorial board of the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of Barristers
    • Order of Wig and Robe
    • Received the American Jurisprudence Award in Federal Practice
  • University of South Carolina, Honors College, BS, Accounting, magna cum laude (1989)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Mortar Board

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Program Chair for the annual CLE conference of the DRI Life Health Disability & ERISA Committee to be held in Boston in April 2018
  • Former chair of the American Law Firm Association Insurance Law Practice Group (2011-2013)
  • Frequent speaker at national conferences sponsored by DRI, ACI, ECC, and ICA on disability and life insurance litigation
  • Member, Association of Life Insurance Counsel (2011-present)
  • Program Chair, 2018 DRI Life Health Disability and ERISA Conference, Boston
  • Co-chair, Membership and Marketing Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation (2017-present)
  • Member of the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline (2015-2017)
  • Member of the Council of the ABA Section of Litigation (2014-2017)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2014-present)
  • Managing Director for the ABA Section of Litigation (2012-2013)
  • Chair, Insurance Law Practice Group of the American Law Firm Association (2011-2013)
  • Chair, Insurance Law Roundtable  for the 2007 ALFA Insurance Law Practice Group Conference in New York 
  • DRI's Life, Health, and Disability Committee (Program Chair for April 2018 CLE Annual Conference; Chair, Webcast Subcommittee, 2013-2015); Vice-Chair, membership subcommittee, (2015-present)
  • Served as a vice chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Committee on Corporate Counsel (2009-2011)
  • Served as co-editor of In-House Litigator, the quarterly journal for the Committee on Corporate Counsel (2005-2007)
  • Co-chair of the 2009 ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Served as a co-chair of the Content Management Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation (2010-2011) 
  • Served in the House of Delegates of the S.C. Bar (1999-2001)
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