• St. John’s University of School of Law, JD, 1991
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, BA, 1988

A partner in the firm’s New York office, Mike is a seasoned litigator who has represented a wide variety of entities and individuals, including Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international insurers and reinsurers, and domestic and international product manufacturers and distributors. He has litigated extensively in various state and federal courts throughout the United States and has argued appeals at all levels.

Mike’s practice focuses primarily upon insurance coverage, insurance defense, and reinsurance disputes. He handles all types of insurance-related claims, including those involving environmental, toxic tort, products, asbestos, construction, advertising liability, and professional liability issues. Mike also advises on a wide variety of commercial matters, and has represented various entities and individuals in connection with products, construction, premises liability, personal injury, maritime, trademark, and copyright claims.

Active throughout the legal community, Mike is a frequent CLE lecturer, and a former member of the Products Liability Committee for the New York City Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law where he was an Associate Editor of the St. John’s Law Review.

Qualifications and admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • US District Court, Connecticut
  • US District Court, New Jersey
  • US District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Armed Forces
  • US Court of Appeals, First, Second, Fourth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US Supreme Court

Market recognition

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America: Litigation - Labor and Employment (2023-2024)
  • New York Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage (2022-2023)

Work highlights

  • Litigated insurance coverage matters on behalf of professional liability carriers sued by policyholders seeking insurance coverage.
  • Represented reinsurers against cedent insurers from inception of claim through arbitration.
  • Appeared on behalf of major domestic insurers in numerous lawsuits involving claims seeking coverage for environmental contamination and asbestos exposure.
  • Defended various clients against trademark and copyright infringement claims.
  • Represented a major domestic manufacturer of recreational vehicles in numerous lawsuits across the United States alleging negligence and strict products liability.
  • Appeared on behalf a major domestic and international manufacturer of medical imaging equipment in breach of contract actions in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Presentations and publications

  • “Regulatory Roundup: An Update on the US Regulatory Issues and Reciprocal Reinsurer Laws,” In-House Client Training (September 2023)
  • “Good Faith Claims and Defense Handling,” In-House Client Training (December 2020)
  • “Updates in US Arbitration Practice - Evident Partiality of Arbitrators,” presented for AIRROC London Education Day (June 2019)

Report decisions

  • Ventilla v. Pacific Indemnity Company, 2021 WL 5234404, __ F. Supp. 3d __ (S.D.N.Y. 2021)
  • Bergassi Group, LLC v. Allied World Insurance Company, 193 A.D.3d 524 (1st Dep’t 2021)
  • Brandon v. NPG Records, Inc., et al., 840 Fed. Appx. 605 (2nd Cir. 2020)
  • State of New York Ex Rel. Stephen B. Diamond, P.C. v. My Pillow, Inc. 180 A.D. 419, 119 N.Y.S.3d 439 (1st Dep’t 2020)
  • Henry v. Hamilton Equities, Inc., et al., 34 N.Y.3d 136, 114 N.Y.S.3d 21 (2019)
  • Gotham Ins. Co. v. Matthew, 179 So.3d 437 (Fla. 5th Dist. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Lake Buena Vista Vacation Resort, L.C. v. Gotham Ins. Co., 2013 WL 5532677 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 7, 2013), aff’d 595 Fed. Appx. 914 (11th Cir. 2014)
  • New York v. Joseph, 29 A.D.3d 1233, 816 N.Y.S.2d 214 (3rd Dep't 2006)
  • Ottaviano v. Genex Coop, Ins., 775 N.Y.S.2d 802 (Erie County 2004), affirmed 790 N.Y.S.2d 791 (4th Dep't 2005)