Our Team

Kristina B. Pett

Partner

Phone: (561) 430-3021

Fax: (561) 982-8985

Email: kristina.pett@mhllp.com

Office Location: South Florida


Kristina B. Pett (Tina) concentrates her litigation practice in the area of life, health and disability insurance, including ERISA and state law breach of contract and bad faith claims. Tina also handles matters involving insurance fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practice claims, and agent issues. In addition, Tina has extensive experience in toxic torts, product liability, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and other complex commercial litigation. Moreover, Tina has significant trial, appellate, and alternative dispute resolution experience in all of the areas described above and is an AV-rated attorney and has a preeminent 5.0 out of 5 client review rating.

Tina is a frequent lecturer and has authored numerous publications on a variety of topics including ERISA, and life, health and disability insurance, and Title VII related issues. Ms. Pett is a member of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar and a member of the Life, Health & Disability Committee of the Defense Research Institute and served on the DRI’s Women in the Law Publication subcommittee. She has served as a regional editor for The Job Description.  Ms. Pett has also been recognized with an Extraordinary Service Award by one of her Fortune 500 clients.

Tina is a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from the George Washington University. She is a member of the Florida and Pennsylvania Bars and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida, Western District of Pennsylvania, Northern District of Texas, and Western District of Oklahoma. Prior to joining McDowell & Hetherington, Ms. Pett was a founding member of 100% woman-owned firm, Pett Furman. Tina was previously senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Department at Proskauer Rose LLP and a senior associate in the litigation department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.


HONORS

  • AV-rated | Martindale Hubbell | 2006-2017
  • Go To Law Firm | Fortune Magazine | January 2013
  • Outstanding Outside Counsel Award | Unum

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • “Establishing Venue in Favorable Jurisdictions in the Face of Statutory Language.” American Conference Institute. Philadelphia, PA. February 21-23, 2018. 20th National Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “In-House Think Tank: Counsel and Claims Professional Perspectives on New and Emerging Issues in Disability Insurance Claims.” American Conference Institute. Miami, FL. February 1-2, 2017. 20th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “Handling a Disability Case from Start to Finish: The Complete Guide.” American Conference Institute. Miami, FL. February 1-2, 2017. 20th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media Use in Conducting a Disability Claim Investigation.” American Conference Institute. Boston, MA. September 15-16, 2016. 19th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “Recent Developments in Bad Faith Claim Litigation.” American Conference Institute. Philadelphia, PA. January 21-22, 2016. 18th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “Beneficiary Challenges Best Practices.” International Claim Association. Las Vegas, NV. September 27-30, 2015. Annual Education Conference.
  • “The Current Landscape of Long Term Care Litigation.” Defense Research Institute. Washington, DC. April 15-17, 2015. DRI’s Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar. (Scheduled)
  • “The Proper Use of Social Media Surveillance, and Modern Technology in Conducting an Effective and Legally Compliant Disability Claim Investigation.” American Conference Institute. Philadelphia, PA. January 22-23, 2015. 17th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “The Latest on Enforceability of Contractual Limitations Periods and Accrual Provisions for Benefit Claims.” American Conference Institute. New York, NY. January 23-24, 2014. 16th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “The Aging Population and Long Term Care Health Claims.” 11th Circuit. Tampa, FL. January 12, 2012. 11th Circuit ERISA Meeting
  • “Can He Do That? Respecting Fiduciary Authority 101.” International Claim Association. Las Vegas, NV. October 2-5, 2011. 102nd Annual Education Conference.
  • “Reach Out, I’ll Be There – Legal and Practical Aspects When Disaster Strikes.” Defense Research Institute. Washington, DC. April 26-28, 2006. Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar.
  • “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Latest Medical and Legal Trends.” American Conference Institute. Coral Gables, FL. March 3-4, 2005. The Eighth Annual Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “Fibromyalgia: The Latest Medical and Legal Analysis.” American Conference Institute. Boston, MA. June 10-11, 2004. The Seventh National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims.
  • “Communicating the Claim Decision – A Review of the Courts’ Approaches to Analyzing Policy Language.” International Claim Association. Marco Island, FL. October 7, 2002.  Annual Education Conference.
  • Kristina B. Pett & Ruth A. Weiss, ERISA and Long-Term Care Policies: A New Frontier in Claims Litigation,  ERISA Report (DRI), February 2012
  • Kristina B. Pett, The Law Relating to Domestic and Foreign Disasters, DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar, April 2006
  • Kristina B. Pett & Lonn Weissblum, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Claims: Focusing on functional Capacity and Objective Evidence, DRI Life, Health and Disability News, Summer 2005
  • Kristina B. Pett, Wendy L. Furman & Lonn Weissblum, Fibromyalgia: Is the Case Law as Mysterious as the Condition Itself?, Life, Health & Disability News (DRI), Fall 2004, at p. 14
  • Kristina B. Pett & Michael S. Metta, Review of Benefits Determination Under Eleventh Circuit ERISA Law, 32 The Brief 40 (ABA/TIPS) Fall 2002)
  • Jay S. Blumenkopf, Kristina B. Pett & Michael S. Metta, Fighting Fraudulent Joinder: Proving the Impossible and Preserving Your Corporate Client’s Right to a Federal Forum, 24 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 297-311 (2000)
  • Jay S. Blumenkopf, Kristina B. Pett & Michael S. Metta, Fighting “Risks” Never Insured Against: The “Fraud in the Application” Defenses to Life, Health and Disability Claims, Defending Liberty’s Dream: DRI 1999 Annual Meeting, October 6-10, 1999, at pp. 359-368
  • Jay S. Blumenkopf, Kristina B. Pett & Michael S. Metta, Navigating the Life, Health & Disability Minefield: A Map of Extra-Contractual Claims and Available Defenses, 41 For the Defense 30 (DRI Sept. 1999)
  • Jay S. Blumenkopf, Dean M. Conway & Kristina B. Pett, Same-Gender Harassment in the Workplace, 38 For the Defense 24 (DRI Dec. 1996)

ADMISSIONS

  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

EDUCATION

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989
  • George Washington University, B.A., 1985