Coalition staff

Executive Director

Dennis Jay is executive director of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. He has served as chief executive officer since the Coalition's founding in 1993.

He oversees the Coalition's three main areas: government affairs, public outreach and research.

Dennis coordinated drafting of a comprehensive model insurance fraud law, which 21 states have passed wholly or partly. In 1996, Dennis initiated breakthrough research on why Americans do and don't tolerate insurance fraud, which was conducted again in 2007.

He is a frequent speaker on insurance fraud, and has testified before several state legislatures and the U.S. Congress.

In 2000 he initiated the chartering of the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud to educate consumers in the state about fraud. He now serves on the alliance's board.

He serves on several national and state boards and advisory committees dealing with insurance fraud issues. In 2010, he helped initiate an anti-fraud public/private partnership involving the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Justice, private health plans, state regulators and anti-fraud organizations. He currently serves as co- chair of the executive board of the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership (HFFP).

Dennis has authored more than 100 articles and reports on insurance fraud, and currently writes Insurance FraudBlog, a popular Internet weblog on issues and analysis of current fraud topics.

He’s a frequent public speaker on fraud issues in the U.S, and internationally. He has served as a consultant to governments, insurers and insurance organizations in Europe, South America, China, India, Singapore. Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

In 2003, Fraud International magazine named him “Fraud Fighter of the Year” for his efforts in leading anti-fraud initiatives during the first ten years of the Coalition’s existence. The website Insurance-Portal.com named Dennis one of the 100 most powerful people in the insurance industry in the U.S.

He formerly served as vice president of communications for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. He holds a BA in business administration.


Director of Government Affairs

Howard Goldblatt has been Director of Government Affairs for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud since its inception in 1993. His career in government and public policy started in New York and includes 10 years of service on Capitol Hill serving on legislative staffs of several members of Congress. Prior to joining the Coalition, he worked as a government affairs specialist for New York-based law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in its Washington, D.C. office and as government affairs director for the National Health Council.

Howard has been a frequent speaker on all aspects of the legislative process and on insurance fraud issues. In his capacity for the Coalition, Howard has testified before numerous legislative committees concerning insurance fraud issues. Howard also has published articles on insurance fraud issues in trade journals and general circulation newspapers. Howard has made presentations at international insurance fraud conferences in Budapest, Hungary (2001), Washington, DC (2002) and Amman, Jordan (2006). Howard also advises the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) on insurance fraud issues.

Howard is a member of the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud & Auto Theft Advisory Board, the Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Advisory Board and the New Mexico Insurance Fraud Taskforce. Howard also is a consumer member of the NAIC- Consumer Liaison Committee that advises the NAIC on insurance consumer issues.

Howard holds a B.A. in political science from SUNY, New Paltz where he is a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an M.A. in politics and government from New York University.


Associate Director of Government Affairs

Pioneering insurance-fraud attorney Matthew Smith founded one of the nation’s largest law firms specializing in insurance fraud litigation. Cincinnati-based Smith Rolfes & Skavdahl has eight offices throughout the midwest and Florida. 

The firm has handled insurance matters in 43 states. Smith Rolfes broke new ground by specializing on all aspects of insurer defense against insurance fraud, from investigations to civil actions.

Smith has won more than 100 civil actions — including cases against home and commercial insurance arsonists, chiropractors that fraudulently overbill, pill mills, MRI clinics and other insurance swindlers. Many appellate decisions have set significant court precedents.

Smith also pioneered using data from cell towers as evidence in civil insurance-fraud cases — now standard practice for insurance-fraud cases around the U.S. He also helped popularize searches of social-media to gather evidence of suspected fraud.

Smith Rolfes was founded in 1989. Smith now serves as Of-Counsel, focusing on government work with the Coalition and other fraud-related work. 

He has served as president or on the boards and committees of numerous anti-fraud groups such as the International Association of SIUs ... National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators ... and International Association of Arson Investigators. 

A prolific author and lecturer, Smith has written more than a 100 articles and spoken to dozens of anti-fraud and civic groups. 

Before founding Smith Skavdahl, Smith was an attorney at two other law firms and general counsel at a South Florida real-estate firm. An Ohio native, Smith graduated from Northern Kentucky University School of Law. He received his undergrad degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Director of Communications

James Quiggle is the Coalition's director of communications and fomenter of buzz.

A 20-year veteran of public relations and journalism, Jim joined the Coalition staff in March 2000. He's stirring public outrage and stoking consumer support with outreach campaigns that tell the tale of fraud, wag the tail of reform, and unite society to combat this crime.

He oversees the Coalition's outreach strategy, positioning the Coalition as one of America's most-trusted authorities on insurance fraud.

Jim's award-winning career has ranged from smoke-filled newsrooms to mahogany-paneled boardrooms.

He has headed public relations for two major national trade associations - the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Most recently he was a public relations consultant and business journalist, specializing in high-tech, banking, trucking, youth services and other industries.

Jim also was an editor and reporter for a small-town daily newspaper, manager of communications for a Washington think tank covering the media's reporting of business, and lead writer for a public relations firm promoting prominent national sports events.

He has been published in news outlets such as The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun Times, Reno Gazette Journal, Virginia Business and others. Jim also has won several public relations awards.

Jim received a BA (cum laude) in psychology from Dickinson College.


Research associate

Elijah Mercer serves as research associate for the Coalition. He joined the Coalition in December 2014. He assists in expanding the Coalition’s research and education efforts to other insurance and government organizations, as well as assisting with other communications and outreach.

His commitment to ensuring public outreach and education began in his role as an intern with American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop in 2010. As a research assistant intern, he helped support project managers by researching and maintaining data regarding disparities of internet accessibility between low and high-income D.C. communities, as well as editing and proofreading reports. This research on the so-called Digital Divide fueled his interest in public policy, advocacy, criminal law, communications, education and health care policy, government relations and whistle blowing efforts.

While studying abroad in Italy, Elijah researched various topics, including the pitfalls and successes of the American and Italian criminal law systems, as well as the flawed and misrepresented portrayal of women in reality TV. His media research paper is published on an international student scholarly article website.

Elijah continued his service as an intern with National Public Radio in 2012. While at NPR, he helped with logistics and operations, assisted with the communications outreach efforts through employee branding and social media strategy, and helped increase recruitment efforts for NPR.

From 2012-2014, he worked in Baltimore as part of Teach for America, teaching middle and high school English. As a teacher, Elijah incorporated his passion for social and juvenile justice, as well as criminal law and fraud efforts in his curriculum to help increase his middle and high school students reading, writing and comprehension abilities by two grades.

Elijah received a B.A. in criminology, as well as a minor in communication studies from American University. He is currently finishing an M.S. in Urban Education and Policy Studies through Johns Hopkins University.


Executive Assistant

Kendra Smith is the executive assistant of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. She has served in this position since 2007.

Her 18-year career in office management and managing schedules of some of DC's most influential execs makes her one of the best in her field.

Kendra's position at Suited for Change from 2001-2004 expanded far beyond clerical duties. She maintained relationships with over 100 job-training programs for low-income women in the DC-area, assisted with public relations and fundraising projects, trained volunteers, interns, and clients on appropriate interview attire and job readiness skills. She also led several job readiness workshops for low-income women.

Kendra attended Sanz School for Computer Applications training in 2001. In 2004, she served as Placement Coordinator for the school's Job Placement department. There, she organized career fairs and seminars, assisted students with gaining employment after completing courses and provided various reports for the school's accrediting company, President, and Corporate Director of Planning.

From 2005-2007, she served as an assistant to the President & CEO, SVP of External Affairs, SVP of Marketing & Communications and Chief of Staff of the DC Chamber of Commerce. She coordinated all board meetings, maintained the President & CEO's schedule and travel arraignments, served as liaison to the Mayor of DC and city council member assistants.

In 2008, she received a BBA in International Business and AA in Science-Criminal Justice from American InterContinental University Online.