Anthony Bartell focuses on complex insurance matters. For more than 30 years, he has helped policyholders – generally major corporations – purchase insurance policies tailored to their specific business and legal needs. Anthony also has helped policyholders secure hundreds of millions of insurance dollars. In the process, Anthony has made law in a number of cases, including Owens-Illinois, Inc. v. United Insurance Co., 138 N.J. 437, 650 A.2d 974 (1994), which established New Jersey’s trigger of coverage and allocation principles, and United States Mineral Prods. Co. v. American Ins. Co., 792 A.2d 500 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2002), which held “stub policies” provide policyholders with full additional occurrence and aggregate liability limits.
Anthony handles issues arising from every type of first-party and third-party insurance, including general liability insurance, directors & officers insurance, employment practices liability insurance, errors & omissions insurance, workers compensation/retrospective premium insurance, cyber insurance, property insurance and business interruption insurance. Anthony also works with insurance producers, large and small, on issues relating to the purchase of insurance policies and the defense of malpractice claims. Anthony recognizes that litigation represents the last, and often least attractive, option for policyholders seeking the coverage for which they paid substantial premiums. He, therefore, regularly counsels policyholders purchasing coverage and reviews prospective insurance policies to determine whether they meet the policyholder’s needs.
When a coverage dispute arises, Anthony uses his longstanding relationships with insurer counsel to resolve the parties’ differences to the policyholder’s satisfaction. If the parties cannot resolve their disputes amicably, then Anthony vigorously litigates or arbitrates the policyholder’s claims to an equitable conclusion. He appears regularly before arbitration panels and state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and other states. Anthony also argues insurance appeals before appellate courts nationwide, including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the New Jersey Supreme Court, and appears before the Insurance Departments of New Jersey and other states. Anthony, moreover, has appeared in foreign arbitration proceedings as an expert in insurance law.
Anthony prides himself on keeping abreast of insurance matters important to new and emerging industries, including those relating to cryptocurrency/blockchain and cannabis. As a member of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Group, Anthony contributes to a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing and resolving legal issues relevant to the cannabis/hemp industry.