Director of Government Affairs & General Counsel
Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
Matthew Smith serves as Director of Government Relations & General Counsel for The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Smith joined The Coalition staff after retiring as President of Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl (skav-doll) Company, LPA. He founded the firm in 1989 after beginning practice as an insurance defense attorney in Florida. From starting as a one-attorney office, the firm grew into a national practice providing insurance law services throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. While working for the Firm, Mr. Smith also served as Legal Advisor to The Coalition.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, he is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Radio, TV and Film. While working his way through college and law school he served as Director of Marketing Communications for the Kings Island Theme Park Complex in Ohio and founded Smith-Kaufman Public Relations representing such companies as Wendy’s International, Hyatt Hotels and The Cincinnati Reds.
Mr. Smith graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is admitted to practice in both federal and state courts in Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and Washington, D.C. as well as the United States Supreme Court.
He is a past President of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, the Founding Chair of the Insurance Committee of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a member of the Defense Research Institute, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and numerous other insurance law related organizations. Mr. Smith is a frequent lecturer on insurance law matters throughout the United States.
Monday, September 9
8:15 AM – 8:30 AM