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53 Cardinal Drive, Westfield, New Jersey 07090

Established: 1954

Practice Areas

  • General Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • General Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Lead Paint
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Labor and Employment
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • ERISA
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Subrogation
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Bad Faith
  • Punitive Damages
  • Coverage Issues
  • Opinions
  • Primary and Excess Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Fidelity
  • Surety
  • Health Care
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • School Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Mass Tort
  • Consumer Litigation

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About Us

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. has been effectively handling insurance coverage and defense matters for over six decades. Over this time, we have provided representation for dozens of insurance carriers and self-insured entities in a wide variety of areas and on a full spectrum of matters.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in trial and appellate work as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings and settlement negotiations. We have the ability to handle everything from complex multi-party cases to straightforward two-party disputes. We are often called upon to provide representation in complicated cases that present high exposure for our clients.

Our representation of insurance carriers has produced long-standing client relationships which have lasted for several decades. Our responsiveness, responsible staffing and record of delivering successful outcomes to our insurance clients make us a solid and reliable partner for insurance coverage and defense work.

INSURANCE COVERAGE
A diverse and active insurance coverage practice has been a large part of Lindabury since the firm was founded. Our attorneys regularly prepare coverage opinions and litigate coverage issues, including the prosecution and defense of actions for declaratory relief, breach of contract and bad faith. Our experience extends to many coverage lines, including Directors & Officers Liability, Professional Liability, Environmental Liability, ERISA and Fiduciary Liability, and Employment Practices Liability.

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES LIABILITY AND LABOR LAW
Lindabury attorneys provide comprehensive representation in the area of Employment Practices Liability. Our attorneys are routinely called upon to represent employers in matters involving discrimination and equal opportunity, employment and termination issues, work environment and safety, health and benefits, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), federal and state compensation issues and whistleblower issues. In addition to providing advice and counsel for litigation, and representing employers in dispute resolution proceedings, our attorneys actively provide preventive education and counsel to help employers manage their risk.

ERISA AND FIDUCIARY LIABILITY
Lindabury's fiduciary attorneys have extensive experience as counsel to trustees of both single and multiemployer ("Taft Hartley") benefit plans. We are approved counsel for all fiduciary liability insurance claims with The Travelers Companies and, in this capacity, represent the insurer with respect to coverage and claims made against their insureds for alleged violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. We routinely lecture nationally to trade associations and employee benefit groups and advise on matters involving ERISA compliance, fiduciary responsibility, legal standards for plan design, participation, benefit accrual, vesting, and funding as well as other implementation and administration issues impacting the tax qualified status of such plans. We also defend plan fiduciaries in connection with claims brought by plan participants and beneficiaries, and with claims, investigations, and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS LIABILITY
Lindabury has extensive experience in all aspects of Directors and Officers Liability Insurance. Over the years we have provided representation that includes preparing coverage opinions, monitoring pending claims, evaluating liability exposures, assisting in the negotiation of settlements, and, as appropriate, litigating and arbitrating coverage issues and defending the insured.

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY
Lindabury attorneys have represented numerous insureds in professional liability cases filed in New Jersey state and federal courts. These cases have involved a variety of professionals, including insurance agents/brokers, accountants, architects and engineers, attorneys and healthcare providers in both malpractice and non-malpractice matters. Because of the personal nature of this practice area, and the professional reputations that are often at stake, our attorneys are sensitive to the needs of the individual insureds with the goal of mitigating the potentially significant exposures in these matters.

CONSTRUCTION LIABILITY
Construction Law attorneys at Lindabury provide the full scope of legal services to businesses and other organizations in the construction industry. We have extensive experience defending owners and contractors in New Jersey state and federal lawsuits and mediation and arbitration proceedings involving claims of defective design and workmanship. Lindabury attorneys also have extensive experience representing sureties in the resolution of construction claims and in providing advice to insurance carriers on construction defect coverage issues.

ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY
Lindabury represents corporate clients in connection with all aspects of environmental law including regulatory compliance counseling with respect to state and federal statutes, transactions, litigation, and white collar criminal defense. The firm's environmental attorneys possess extensive experience before state and federal administrative agencies and have successfully handled substantial administrative enforcement hearings. Our attorneys routinely handle complex corporate transactions and are experienced in the assessment and development of brownfields. Lindabury's attorneys also routinely handle toxic tort matters and environmental insurance coverage litigation in both state and federal courts.

PRODUCTS LIABILITY
Lindabury's product liability practice is focused on the representation of automotive manufacturers and machine, tool, and electronics manufacturers and distributors. Lindabury attorneys have also represented manufacturers of prescription and over-the-counter medication in high exposure pharmaceutical product liability lawsuits and industrial equipment and chemical manufacturers and suppliers in toxic and mass tort litigation. We routinely defend manufacturers, distributors, and dealers against major product liability claims in New Jersey state and federal courts and regulatory tribunals.

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Additional Locations

  • Summit, New Jersey
  • 480 Morris Avenue
  • Summit, New Jersey 07901
    • Telephone: 908-273-1212
    • Fax: 908-273-8922
  • Red Bank, New Jersey
  • 331 Newman Springs Road
  • Suite 225
  • Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
    • Telephone: 732-741-7777
    • Fax: 732-758-1879
  • New York, New York
  • 26 Broadway, 26th Floor
  • New York, New York 10004
    • Telephone: 212-742-3390
    • Fax: 212-269-5016
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1515 Market Street
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
    • Telephone: 215-854-4090
    • Fax: 215-569-0216

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A.
  • Bentley Motors, Inc.
  • BMW Financial Services NA, LLC
  • BMW of North America, LLC
  • Matheson Tri-Gas
  • Nissan North America, Inc.
  • NOVAMEX
  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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Personnel Information

Shareholders


Jay Lavroff

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Excess and Surplus Lines
  • General Liability
  • Opinions
  • Product Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., 1985

Born: 1960

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Edward J. Frisch

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Law
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Surety
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2007
Education:
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Newark College of Engineering, B.S.M.E., 1971
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., 1976

Born: 1943

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John H. Schmidt, Jr.

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Compensation
  • Employer Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor and Employment
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2005
Additional Biographical Details:

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2007

Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Education:
  • Rutgers College, B.A., 1973
  • Seton Hall University, J.D. (cum laude), 1977

Born: 1952

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James D. DeRose

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Civil Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Self-Insured Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • Wagner College, B.A., 1969
  • The Catholic University of America, J.D., 1978

Born: 1946

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David R. Pierce

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Land Use
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
Education:
  • Syracuse University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1979
  • Syracuse University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1985

Born: 1957

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Eric B. Levine

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Coverage Issues
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2006
Education:
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.B.A. (cum laude), 1992
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., 1995

Born: 1970

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Greg K. Vitali

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Surety
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2006
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1994
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1997

Born: 1972

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Partners


Andrew J. Gibbs

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Accountants and Attorneys Liability
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Automobile Liability
  • Casualty Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Litigation and Counseling
  • Mass Tort
  • Medical Negligence
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Toxic Torts
  • Truck Liability
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1995

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Steven Backfisch

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Additional Biographical Details:

Master, Brennan Vanderbilt Inn of Court (President, 1999-2000)

Education:
  • St. Bernard College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1977
  • Seton Hall University, J.D. (cum laude), 1980

Born: 1955

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Kathleen M. Connelly

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Employer Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Special Investigations
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour Law
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1990
Education:
  • Monmouth University, B.A. (cum laude), 1983
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1990

Born: 1959

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Philip G. Pizzuto

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Lead Paint
  • Litigation
  • Litigation and Counseling
  • Litigation Defense
Admitted
  • New York, 1997
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania, 2004
Education:
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1996

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Of Counsel



John M. Boyle

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1954
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1954
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1960
Additional Biographical Details:

Fellow, American Bar Association; Presiding Judge, Equity Part, Chancery Division, Superior Court of New Jersey (1989-2002); Law Div. (1984-1989); Founder, President of Richard T. Hughes Inn of Court

Memberships:
  • International Society of Barristers
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1952
  • Rutgers University, J.D., 1954
  • University of Nevada Judicial College
  • Harvard Law School
  • The University of Kansas

Born: 1929

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Scott M. Yaffe

Westfield, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
Education:
  • The University of Chicago, B.A., 1978
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1982

Born: 1956

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