Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

Methfessel & Werbel

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense

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

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 12 partners, 16 counsel, 16 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.

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
  • One Liberty Place
  • 1650 Market Street, 36th Floor
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
    • Telephone: 215-665-5622
    • Fax: 215-665-5623
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • 101 Federal Street, Suite 1900
  • Boston, Massachusetts 02110
    • Telephone: 617-204-5630
    • Fax: 617-977-9398

Client Information

Insurance Clients

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

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

Matthew A. Werbel

Edison, NJ

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

Born: 1971

  • Lori-Brown Sternback
  • William S. Bloom
  • Fredric P. Gallin
  • Eric L. Harrison
  • I. Blakely Johnstone, III
  • Gina M. Stanziale
  • Paul J. Endler, Jr.
  • James P. Cullen
  • Thomas O. Mulvihill

Of Counsel

  • Stephen R. Katzman
  • John Methfessel, Sr.
  • Donald L. Crowley
  • Edward L. Thornton
  • Marc L. Dembling


  • Christina M. Abreu
  • Adam M. Carman
  • Sarah K. Delahant
  • Shaji M. Eapen
  • James Foxen
  • Angela M. Gurrera
  • Gerald Kaplan
  • Jared P. Kingsley
  • John R. Knodel
  • Leslie A. Koch
  • Charles T. McCook Jr.
  • Richard Nelke
  • Steven K. Parness
  • Raina Pitts
  • Amanda Sawyer
  • Jared S. Schure


  • Jillian T. Clark
  • Edward D. Dembling
  • Michael Eatroff
  • Angel M. Hierrezuelo
  • Andrew S. Karlbon
  • Frank J. Keenan
  • Scott Ketterer
  • Allison M. Koenke
  • Alonso Loredo Gaspar
  • Anthony J. Mancuso
  • Christen E. McCullough
  • Kajal J. Patel
  • Adam M. Schwarz
  • Sarah E. Shepp
  • Steven A. Unterburger
  • Levi E. Updyke

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

 Back To Top

Contact Our Team | About Best's Insurance Professional Resources | FAQs | Qualification Guidelines | Important Notice