Illon R. Kantro

Illon Kantro is a partner at Berk, Merchant & Sims. Originally, from Bayside, New York, Illon received his Bachelor of Science from The American University, in Washington, D.C., and his Juris Doctor from The University of Miami School of Law, in Coral Gables, FL. Whether conducting examinations under oath, rendering coverage opinions, litigating matters through trial, or serving as an expert witness on the issue of attorneys’ fees, Illon has spent the last fifteen years assisting foreign and domestic insurers with matters of first and third party insurance coverage.

Position at BMS and practice area(s)


  • First- and Third-party insurance coverage

Jurisdiction(s) of admission and total years of practice

  • Florida, 2006
  • United States District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

Law School

  • University of Miami School of Law

Organizational affiliation

  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Windstorm Insurance Network – 2020 Conference Program Co-Chair
  • Windstorm Insurance Network - Board of Directors 2020 to present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Recipient, Harvey Ford Memorial Scholarship

Select Cases

  • Big League Ventures, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, 253 So. 3d 600 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)
  • Big League Ventures, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, 474 F. Supp. 3d 1279 (S.D. Fla. June 1, 2020)
  • Pride Clean Restoration, Inc. v. Universal Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 295 So. 3d 248 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020)

Speaking engagements

  • Windstorm Insurance Network Panelist:
    • 2017 – Adjusting Your Deposition
    • 2018 – Making Mediation Meaningful
    • 2019 – How to More Effectively Mediate Your First‐Party Property Cases
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Conference
    • 2018 – The Nuts & Bolts of Insurance Coverage Litigation

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