Joel McNabney

Joel L. McNabney


Joel L. McNabney


  • Overview


    Joel McNabney handles liability and property insurance coverage matters as well as complex insurance and reinsurance issues. He is a member of the firm's Insurance + Reinsurance Group.

    Insurance + Reinsurance

    Joel represents international, national, and regional insurance companies in first and third-party disputes arising out of liability, property, excess, and umbrella insurance policies. He represents insurance companies in all phases of the insurance dispute life cycle, from advising carriers on coverage obligations to representing them throughout the litigation process. Joel also represents insurers in subrogation actions and appeals. For example, he represented a large insurance company in a matter arising out of the collapse of an industrial complex involving complicated coverage and litigation issues.

    Business Litigation

    Joel has represented 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, among other things, breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud, conversion, civil theft, and deceptive and unfair trade practices. As an example, Joel defended a Part 145 FAA aircraft repair station in a suit involving allegations of breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duties, and violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

    Business Transactions

    Joel has represented and provided counsel to clients in several aspects of commercial transactions, including the negotiation of agreements, entity formation, and the creation of organizational and business contracts. On behalf of a limited liability company engaged in the business of buying, restoring, and reselling turbine generators, he prepared an operating agreement, purchase agreements, distribution agreements, and employment agreements.

    Pro Bono

    Joel has done extensive pro bono work, which includes representing a large, not-for-profit youth organization that suffered from employee misappropriations. He brought suit on the organization’s behalf, ultimately recovering the misappropriated funds. He is currently assisting an organization that matches veterans with service dogs with its formation and contract work.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Joel worked for two Florida law firms, where he litigated cases in the practice areas of commercial, aviation, construction, securities, and insurance law. While in law school, he was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review and tax law society.

  • 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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