Smith named Coalition executive director. Matthew Smith founded Insurance Law Services, Inc., and pioneered using data from cell towers as evidence in civil insurance fraud cases. (Photo: Coalition Against Insurance Fraud)

There’s a new expert at the helm of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. Matthew J. Smith, Esq., the organization’s director of government affairs and general counsel since 2018, has succeeded Dennis Jay as the executive director of the Coalition. Jay recently retired after serving as the organization’s executive director since its founding in 1993.

Smith has an impressive background, starting one of the leading law firms in the country that specializes in insurance fraud litigation.  He has won more than 100 civil trials against unsuccessful fraudsters including home arsonists, chiropractors who fraudulently overbilled insurers, clinics and other would-be swindlers. In addition, his appellate decisions have been instrumental in setting critical legal precedents.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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