Insurance Defense



Insurance Defense

Since the firm’s inception in 1938, Connell Foley has provided the insurance industry with unparalleled representation of insureds in the full spectrum of domestic and international liability defense matters. Our lawyers provide representation in covered matters through all aspects of dispute resolution, including pre-suit counseling, initial case assessment, discovery and motion practice, trials, and appeals. Our team has argued pivotal cases before numerous appellate tribunals, creating important industry-favorable precedent on a range of key issues. Where appropriate, our attorneys regularly present matters through alternative dispute resolution venues.

The exposure posed by the volume and nature of claims presented today heightens the need for strong, effective trial representation. Insurance companies turn to our experienced litigators because of our record of proven results, our reputation for outstanding service, and our extensive trial experience as reflected by the significant number of attorneys in this group designated as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

Breadth of Knowledge

Connell Foley’s scope of engagement with insurance defense litigation encompasses multiple disciplines and industries, including:

Auto/Trucking Negligence Environmental Litigation Professional Liability
Commercial Property Losses Mass Tort Railroad Liability
Construction Liability Premises Liability Subrogation Prosecution/Defense
Contractual Liability Product Liability Toxic Tort


Proven Defense Strategies

Our experienced trial attorneys serve as litigators, counselors, and advocates in a wide range of matters. In all cases, the group strives to provide cost-effective legal representation by combining its comprehensive knowledge base with proven defense strategies. When litigated disputes arise, our attorneys employ a detailed initial evaluation to fully identify and evaluate the potential outcomes of litigation and resolution and to assess the ultimate exposure which may be at issue.

Where appropriate, we work closely with our clients to achieve early, favorable resolutions, thereby providing efficient alternatives to reduce risk and avoid protracted liability claims. Where settlement is not feasible, our attorneys are uniquely poised to represent our clients through effective trial techniques that achieve successful results. Indeed, our team routinely tries cases to verdict to obtain winning results.

Industry Leaders

Our attorneys have earned a strong reputation among colleagues, adversaries, and the bench for vigorous legal representation and high ethical standards.

Members of our team are often called upon to lecture and write on emerging legal issues across the country. Many have been selected to participate and serve as leaders insuch organizations as the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Defense Research Institute (DRI), and New Jersey Defense Association (NJDA).

Our team provides in-house educational seminars to our insurance industry clients, in-house legal counsel, and professional claims personnel. These instructive presentations are specifically tailored to our clients’ areas of business as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to our insurance industry clientele.