Anthony Bartell focuses on complex insurance matters. For more than 30 years, Anthony 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 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.
Anthony’s diverse engagements include:
- Representing an industrial holding company and its senior executive in a directors and officers insurance dispute arising from the alleged fraudulent conveyance of nearly $1 billion of a subsidiary’s stock.
- On behalf of a leading global supplier of plastics and petrochemicals, supervising an asbestos coverage suit against multiple carriers, venued in New Jersey state court; the matter involved issues relating to the application of the "Assured" definition, the scope of coverage for additional Assureds, notice issues and burden of proof.
- Representing a major chemical company in the successful resolution – after a one-week trial – of a coverage action for past and future remediation costs for over 140 environmental sites throughout the U.S.
- Litigating a product liability insurance coverage matter for a prominent maker of petrochemicals; the action sought recovery for amounts paid in connection with claims by community water districts that their water systems were contaminated by the company.
- Advising a manufacturing company in relation to employment practices, liability coverage and a potential bad faith claim against its insurer for the underlying compensatory and punitive damage verdict in a wrongful termination action.
Anthony was among the individual winners at the Lawyers Monthly Legal Awards (2012) in the Insurance category and is perennially recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer (2008-2018). He has been listed in the 2018-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law and has been recognized as a Chambers USA "Leaders in Their Field" lawyer for 2019. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Martindale-Hubbell is published by Internet Brands, Inc. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.