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Methfessel & Werbel

2025 Lincoln Highway, Suite 200, Edison, New Jersey 08818

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3012, Edison, NJ 08818-3012

Established: 1972

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Carrier Defense
  • Casualty Defense
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Coverage Issues
  • Defense Litigation
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Environmental Liability
  • Examinations Under Oath
  • Excess and Umbrella
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Primary and Excess Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Liability
  • Public Entities
  • Toxic Torts
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • General Subrogation
  • Large Loss Subrogation Program

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About Us

The law firm of Methfessel & Werbel was established in 1972 for the purpose of providing service to the insurance and managed risk industry. We specialize solely in the defense of liability claims, the investigation and defense of first party insurance claims and the prosecution of subrogation claims on behalf of insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured entities. Our staff of 11 partners, 14 counsel, 24 associates and over 45 support personnel is committed to providing the highest level of service possible. Our main offices are located in Edison, New Jersey, providing convenient access to courts throughout the state.

We also serve our clients with offices in New York City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We opened our New York and Pennsylvania offices at the urging of several clients who expressed a need for our innovative and aggressive approach to the economical handling and disposition of claims in the New York and Pennsylvania areas. Our offices have expanded rapidly as we meet the need for high value legal services in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania markets.

Our firm brings to trial a higher percentage of cases than other law firms in New Jersey. Our claim philosophy, coupled with the threat of trial, is extremely useful in securing lower settlements, while also delivering value through the legal process.

We measure every detail of the claim process, allowing us to manage the process and control costs in a better and more predictable manner than any of our competitors. Our singular focus on insurance and claims law allows us to tune our workflow to deliver the highest value in the industry, while offering the services of attorneys who are acknowledged experts in their respective fields.

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Additional Locations

  • New York, New York
  • 112 West 34th Street, 17th Floor, Room 17089
  • New York, New York 10120-0101
    • Telephone: 212-947-1999
    • Fax: 212-947-3332
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1500 Market Street
  • 12th Floor, East Tower
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
    • Telephone: 215-665-5622
    • Fax: 215-665-5623

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information


Joel N. Werbel

Edison, NJ

  • New Jersey, 1965
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1963
  • Rutgers University, LL.B., 1966

Born: 1941

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John Methfessel, Jr.

Edison, NJ

  • New Jersey, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court
  • University of Miami, B.B.A., 1983
  • Duke University, J.D., 1986

Born: 1962

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Matthew A. Werbel

Edison, NJ

  • New Jersey, 1998
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1994
  • Tulane University, J.D., 1998

Born: 1971

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Lori Brown Sternback

William S. Bloom

Fredric P. Gallin

Eric L. Harrison

I. Blakely Johnstone, III

Stephen R. Katzman

Gina M. Stanziale

Paul J. Endler, Jr.

Of Counsel

John Methfessel, Sr.

Donald L. Crowley

Edward L. Thornton

Marc L. Dembling


Christian R. Baillie

Sarah K. Delahant

James Foxen

Gerald Kaplan

Jared P. Kingsley

John R. Knodel

Leslie A. Koch

Charles T. McCook Jr.

Marc G. Mucciolo

Richard Nelke

Steven K. Parness

Brent R. Pohlman

Amanda Sawyer

Shifra Tarica


Edward D. Dembling

Jason D. Dominguez

Natalie Donis

Michael Eatroff

Alicia C. Gres

David Incle, Jr.

Frank J. Keenan

Scott Ketterer

Allison M. Koenke

Adam N. Levitsky

Olivia Licata

Ashley E. Malandre

Anthony J. Mancuso

James Mazewski

Christen E. McCullough

Diaa J. Musleh

Kajal J. Patel

Raina Pitts

William J. Rada

Nabila Saeed

Jared S. Schure

Tiffany D. Tagarelli

Steven A. Unterburger

Levi E. Updyke

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(This firm also appears in the Subrogation section of this publication)

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