I am an experienced commercial litigator, having represented real estate developers, real estate agents, mortgage companies, insurers, reinsurers, insurance brokers, major universities, professional practices and other clients, in all manner of disputes, throughout the multiple phases of litigation and appeal.  I have tried cases in both federal and state courts.  Having been a litigation partner with a large Philadelphia-based firm, and having previously been associated with a large international law firm, I am very pleased to be part of Vintage Law, where I can provide the responsive and personalized attention that my clients have come to expect. 

Previous representations include:

  • Representation of real estate agents in multimillion dollar fraud claim filed by a series of allegedly aggrieved purchasers, obtaining a dismissal of all claims with prejudice;
  • Representation of mortgage broker in dispute with former employees regarding numerous alleged breaches of contract, including the defense of a series of counterclaims for, among other things, fraud;
  • Defense of a pharmaceutical marketing firm in a dispute regarding alleged breach of a restrictive covenant, including defense of the plaintiff's efforts to obtain a temporary retraining order;
  • Representation through trial regarding the control of a closely held business;
  • Pro Bono defense of an antiquities dealer concerning ownership of a rare book of historic significance purchased by the dealer at auction;
  • In a case of first impression, defense of an ambulatory surgery center against claims of insurance fraud;
  • Representation of a reinsurer in a dispute with its retrocessionaire regarding the application of underwriting guidelines and the follow the fortunes doctrine;
  • Representation of a reinsurer in a dispute with a cedent regarding coverage in light of the cedent's underwriting practices;
  • Representing a reinsurer in a dispute regarding termination of a managing general agent;
  • Representing several insurance brokers in coverage disputes between the insureds and their respective carriers;
  • Defending a property and casualty carrier through trial and appeal against claims of breach of contract and bad faith, where the issues included the effect of late notice and the application of certain coverage exclusions; and
  • Defending a variety of carriers in coverage disputes and bad faith actions

Memberships and affiliations include:

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Community Partnership School
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Mt. Airy Baseball
  • Member, Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (cum laude and Order of the Coif) (JD, 1993)
  • Boston College (BA History, 1989)

Contact me at jm@vintage-law.com.

 

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