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Top Public Adjusters Fight For You When Disaster Strikes. Our professional claims management team protects you from the games insurance companies play.

Skipton Claims Management specializes in representing consumers in the adjustment of insurance claims for both commercial and residential losses. Unlike most public adjusters, Skipton employs teams of executive adjusters and damages experts, including construction consultants, roofing consultants, engineers, policy coverages experts and accountants to professionally evaluate and prepare your claim for submission to the insurance company. Skipton then vigorously pursues a fair claim settlement though negotiations based upon fact rather than speculation.

Our extensive claims management and public adjusting experience will assure that you obtain the maximum benefits allowable under your insurance policy. More importantly, our expertise in claims adjusting can significantly speed up and simplify the loss adjustment process.

We understand the value of a fair and prompt claim settlement to the recovery of your business or household, which is why our team of expert begins work immediately to investigate and document the full value of your loss. Our experience proves that a well-documented claim submission will get paid faster and usually for the full and fair value of loss.

Since 1992, Skipton has been instrumental in recovering tens of millions of dollars for our clients, as we have consistently exceeded our client’s expectations. But, don’t take our word for it; check out our client testimonials and ask for a list of our client references.

Skipton is committed to representing your interests with tenacity, integrity and the utmost professionalism. We work tirelessly to protect your hard earned investments. We are your independent claims management experts!

David Skipton, PCLA, LPCS, SPPA, AIC, AINS

President CEO

David Skipton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing/Accountancy; over the last two and a half decades he has handled hundreds of multi-million dollar insurance claims and over the previous decade was in the restaurant design/construction industry where he was involved in the construction of more than 150 restaurants and food service facilities. David’s hands-on construction experience is a significant benefit in investigating and estimating structural damages.

David is one of the very few public adjusters to achieve the prestigious PCLA (Property Claims Law Associate) designation, which is an intensive curriculum of insurance law courses designed to educate adjusters in understanding and applying courtroom decisions to everyday insurance coverage situations. David also has earned a LPCS (Legal Principles Claims Specialist) designation, an AIC (Associate in Claims) designation, and an SPPA (Senior Professional Public Adjuster designation). He has taken numerous insurance industry courses and regularly attends continuing education conferences. David’s formal education in accounting and his extensive forensic accounting experience has proven to be a significant advantage in the favorable resolution of loss of business income claims. David is a published author and speaker and he regularly teaches insurance claims training classes, both in-house and throughout the industry.

Justin R. Skipton, FSRT

Vice President | Executive Adjuster

Justin Robert Skipton is a seasoned Public Insurance Adjuster based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President, COO, & Partner of Skipton and Associates, Inc., a public insurance adjusting firm that was founded in 1992.

Throughout the span of nearly two decades, Justin has acquired extensive expertise in the insurance field and has successfully handled a more than a hundred million dollars’ worth of insurance claims. He has also served as an independent adjuster for dozens of insurance companies. Most recently just was elected by his peers to the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters board of Directors.

In addition to adjusting first party property claims for the insured, Justin has been hired as an expert witness in dozens of property damage claims involving fire damage, hail damage and water damage.

Justin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business & Writing from Arizona State University. Additionally, he is licensed in eight different states by the Department of Insurance. To date, Justin has taken countless hours of insurance claim courses—most notably the IICRC Fire Smoke Restoration Technical Certification Program and a certification in the use of the Xactomate estimating software.

Jeremy Skipton

Executive Vice-President of Sales

Jeremy worked for the business more than 15 years ago when we were only a small operation. Jeremy went off to pursue his personal goals where he worked in the management of a major international corporation, managing more than 150 employees and having responsibility for the facilities management of more than 30 properties.

He rejoined the family business full time several years ago, where he now works as a claim adjuster and oversees the company’s Sales & Marketing department. He, like everyone else in the company, continues to pursue his formal insurance education and regularly attends continuing education training.

Jeremy brings a strong work ethic to the family business, as he is motivated to ensure that SKIPTON Claims Management remains the premier claims management company in the United States.


David Forbord

Vice President of Finance | Forensic Accountant

Prior to Skipton, David was employed by various Fortune 1000 companies as a financial consultant to analyze cost benefits of future asset acquisitions and dispositions. He was in charge of compiling and constructing advanced break even, return rate and valuation analysis by analyzing trends, ratios and variables. David also served as an Investment Property Sales Specialist where he consistently won Agent of the Month and Agent of the Year multiple times in a row. He achieved $41M in sales which ranked near the top of over 375 agents. His passion and professionalism was demonstrated through his Chief Financial Officer and Controller roles at Transport Drivers and Luthi Engineering where he managed the finances of a $65M shipping company with four foreign subsidiaries and a $14M food processing machinery leasing and manufacturing company. Some of David’s responsibilities include preparing annual budgets and projections, standardizing and streamlining the journal entry process as well as developing financial systems to help with financial management, risk management, internal auditing, forecasting, financial planning and information systems of these companies.

David graduated from the University of Wyoming where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. David also passed the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Exam before working in Public Accounting.

Steven M. Bausman, MBA

Executive General Adjuster

Steve holds two bachelor of Science degrees from Arizona State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has worked for insurance companies as a property adjuster and as an Arbitrator for more than 10 years before joining the firm.

Steve is certified in use of the Xactimate estimating software and has completed several courses towards his CPCU designation. He is working to complete his educational goals while working for our clients to resolve their claims. He is currently licensed in AZ, FL, LA, NC, NM, OK, SC, and TX.

Public Adjuster Brett Birmingham

Brett Birmingham, FSRT

Construction Consultant | Loss Evaluation

Brett has more than 22 years of experience working in construction and commercial construction management. His knowledge of construction started from the ground up, learning the basic construction techniques as a fabricator, as a journeyman carpenter and later as a project superintendent. As a contractor and fabricator he has performed many elements of construction, from preliminary design, cost estimating, field construction and final accounting.

Brett holds a Journeyman Certificate from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiner of America (UBC). He also is certified by Xactware in preparing detailed restoration repair estimates using their computer estimating software. And he is certified as a Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Brett’s primary responsibilities are to assist our adjusting staff in preparing detailed loss evaluations that correctly set forth the true and accurate costs of restoration. His field work on our client’s claims shows an exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills and a deep understanding of the construction process. His work is critical our obtaining the full, fair value of claim.

Warren Bristle

Construction Consultant | Loss Evaluation

Warren comes to Skipton with 5 years of survey/construction layout experience and has 12 years of estimating and project management experience.  His projects ranged from single family custom homes and mountainside residential developments to large commercial complexes.

Warren holds a Bachelors of Business from W.P. Carey School of Business. He is Osha 10 certified and is proficient in Xactimate. He continues to seek training and challenges that make him a diligent and knowable construction professional.

Warren’s primary responsibilities are to assist our adjusting staff in preparing detailed loss evaluations that correctly set forth the true and accurate costs of restoration. His field work on our client’s claims shows an exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills and a deep understanding of the construction process. His work is critical our obtaining the full, fair value of claim.

Brian Malinowski, CPCU, AIC

Contents Manager/ Adjuster

Brian holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Temple University. He has worked for insurance companies as both a Liability and Property Adjuster for more than 15 years before joining the firm. He conducts on-site inspections and works directly with our clients and insurance carriers to settle personal and business personal property claims.

Brian holds both AIC and CPCU designations. These designations have allowed him to fully understand and interpret insurance policies so our clients are receiving fair settlements. He is currently licensed in AZ, NM, TX, OK, AR and NY.

Mark Grams, CGA

Construction Consultant/ Adjuster

Mark has over 25 years of experience in construction and claims management. Mark has worked on hundreds of large loss projects including fires and water losses. After attending college for building construction management, Mark started his career in heavy civil construction with a large engineering firm. Years later he was introduced to fire repair industry and was hooked. Mark has an altruistic nature and greatly enjoys helping people get back to business and returning to life as normal after their loss. Prior to joining Skipton Claims Management Mark was a national claims manager working with all aspects of property claims. Mark held adjuster licenses in over 20 states. Mark has a love for learning and holds many construction and claims certifications and will be sitting for his SPPA exam. Having extensive construction knowledge and claims experience allows Mark to be a true asset to Skipton Claims Management and their clients.

Kenneth Shinsako

Inside Sales Manager

Kenny comes to Skipton Claims Management with a background in sales management and process driven sales.  Primarily having worked in the wireless industry he has dealt with various segments of the market from individual clients through corporate accounts as well as the distribution/dealer segments.

Kenny has a vital role in the organization as he is “the guy in the chair” distributing highly important information to our outside sale team to ensure they are able to contact our clients immediately after a loss.

Jack Hanks

Vice President of Business Development

Jack comes to Skipton Claims Management with over 30 years of experience in the claims and restoration industry. Throughout Jack’s extensive career, he has been involved with many large loss commercial projects resulting from catastrophic events such as hurricane Charlie, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne to name a few. Jack’s transition from restoration to public adjusting was a result of his passion for his clients to get properly indemnified by the insurance company.

Jack is a graduate of Indiana University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. His certified in the use of Xactimate estimating software and is a Licensed Public Adjuster in California and Arizona.

Ken Klawans

Vice President Business Development | California

Kenneth J. Klawans is a Professional Loss Consultant licensed in California and North Carolina, with a focus on large loss adjustments of single-family residential properties, apartment complexes, churches, condominium associations, hotels, office and retail properties.

Mr. Klawans graduated from Syracuse University, Whitman School of Business in 1989.  A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Klawans moved to San Diego in 2010 with his wife, Emily, and their two grown children to enjoy everything California has to offer.

Prior to joining Skipton Claims Management, Mr. Klawans spent 30 years in the financial services and private equity industries.  In addition, he currently serves as a director of the La Costa Oaks Homeowners Association.

Mr. Klawans is diligent, thorough, and decisively effective in all matters of damage assessment, claim preparation and loss negotiation.  He is known to put the client’s needs at the forefront and be attentive, detailed, and always available to help make the client whole again after a loss.

Mr. Klawans understands the value of hard work and possesses an acute awareness of the needs of a policyholder in order to successfully maximize their claim settlement.  He is currently a member with the San Diego chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters.

Jared Boergadine

Vice President Business Development | California

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Kari Blick Public Adjuster Assistant

Kari Blick

Executive Assistant

Kari holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Rio Salado College with heavy concentration in Management and Administration. She works in the office to assist our staff with the processing of claims. Kari is also working towards an AINS certification in insurance. She is a valuable asset to the firm as she is Mr. David Skipton’s executive assistant.  Kari is responsible for maintaining all of the firms and adjuster’s licenses.  In addition, she handles the opening of new claims and provides assistance throughout the claim process to ensure our clients obtain excellent service and a fair settlement.

Rhonda Bowles

Administrative Assistant

Rhonda comes to Skipton with a background in writing, as well as several years’ experience in the senior caregiving field. Rhonda is responsible for supporting the staff in all stages of the claim process.  Additionally, she performs various administrative functions and answers incoming calls.  She looks forward to gaining experience and education in the insurance claims field.

Rhonda is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Arizona State University.  She is passionate about serving the needs of others and believes in the services that Skipton Claims Management offers its clients in times of need.

Svetlana Skipton

Administrative Assistant

Svetlana holds a Masters degree in Art Education from Moscow State Pedagogical University and also has an Associates degree in Managerial Accounting from Glendale Community College. She works to assist our adjusting staff on various administrative tasks and helps with many of the office clerical and accounting functions. Born and raised in Moscow, Sveta is fluent in both Russian and English. She is very passionate about the client’s claim needs that she serves and about the benefits that Skipton Claims Management provides.