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Jared Zola is a partner in Blank Rome’s policyholder-only insurance recovery practice, formerly the insurance practice of Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Mr. Zola has helped clients secure more than one billion dollars in insurance recoveries.
Mr. Zola’s nationally-recognized work maximizing insurance assets has earned him significant praise, as noted in his recognitions listed below. The 2017 edition of Legal 500 noted that he is “a young star of the policyholder bar” and named him a “Next Generation Lawyer”—one of four nationally in the insurance category. He was also named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 “Under 40 Hotlist,” which ranks attorneys “who have been deemed the most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities by peers and clients.” In 2017, he was named by Law360 as a “Top Attorney Under 40” for the fourth consecutive year in the insurance category for his work on behalf of policyholders—he is the only attorney to ever be named a “Rising Star” more than once in the insurance category. In 2016, the New York Law Journal named Mr. Zola a “Rising Star” under the age of 40.
| Clients appreciate that he is ‘very creative in the way he approaches problems with insurers.’
Chambers USA recognizes Mr. Zola as a leading policyholder insurance lawyer. Chambers noted his “expert representation of policyholders across a range of coverage disputes, including those involving cybersecurity issues” with a “particular skill in the political risk and media arenas” and described him as “someone who is doing really well for his clients.” Clients have also said that he is “accomplished, responsive, and provided clarity throughout the legal process—he was unequivocal in his commitment to the legal resolution” and “very professional and responsive, and has a good feel for nuances.”
Mr. Zola is a frequent analyst for NBC News, CBS News, Business Insurance, and Law360. He publishes on a wide range of issues impacting insurance coverage and is regularly asked to speak at events, seminars, and legal education programs across the country. Recently, he presented on “Key Insurance Coverage Issues for In-house Counsel” to the national Association of Corporate Counsel, on “Cyber Risk” at the Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum, and on “The Importance of Cybersecurity in the CPG Industry” at the Grocery Manufacturers Association 2017 Legal Conference.
Mr. Zola is also a member of Blank Rome’s Pro Bono Committee.
Mr. Zola has litigated cases across the country for corporate clients as well as individuals and religious institutions. He has handled matters involving nearly every line of coverage including political risk, maritime, product contamination, media liability, cybersecurity, fidelity, employment practices liability, professional indemnity, directors and officers, builders risk, commercial property, and general liability.
- International petroleum transportation and storage venture—Lead counsel successfully presented oral argument, obtained partial summary judgment and defeated adversary’s motion for summary judgment in a litigation pending in New York federal court involving marine insurance.
- Roman Catholic Diocese—Successfully presented oral argument and obtained partial summary judgment rejecting an insurer’s attempt to avoid sexual abuse coverage based on a policy exclusion in a litigation pending in Minnesota federal court.
- Fortune 100 manufacturing company—Lead insurance coverage counsel for the buyer in a $2 billion acquisition deal.
- Fortune 500 systems integration company—Recovered more than $50 million of insurance proceeds from the company’s professional indemnity insurers for a claim involving alleged False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act violations.
- Real estate investment firm—Lead counsel recovering more than $20 million of insurance proceeds from the client’s tenant’s commercial property insurer for losses caused by a fire.
- Media company—Lead counsel obtaining a settlement after filing a motion for summary judgment in a New York federal court litigation involving coverage for alleged injury arising from publication of a constitutionally protected news report and video excerpts.
- Major international law firm—Lead counsel seeking coverage under an employment practices liability insurance policy.
- NFL player—Obtained a settlement under a Loss of Value insurance policy after an unforeseen injury in college negatively impacted his NFL draft position.
- Fortune 100 manufacturing company—Seeking coverage for a $100 million fidelity claim in federal court in Minnesota.
- Global food manufacturer—Trial counsel in a lawsuit seeking accidental contamination coverage for a product recall in China. Obtained favorable, unanimous advisory jury verdict.
- Hedge fund—Lead counsel advising the fund on D&O issues involving outside directorship positions.
- Prominent orthopedic surgeon—Lead counsel obtaining lifetime Total Disability benefits after the insurer initially denied coverage.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Zola provides pro bono legal representation to homeowners in the greater New York City area seeking insurance coverage for losses sustained in “Superstorm Sandy.” He also represented—on a pro bono basis—the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Counsel, obtaining a favorable settlement on the opening day of trial. He recently received correspondence from that client, which stated: “You provided QCPC, Inc. with stellar pro bono legal assistance. You were professionally responsive; provided clarity throughout the process; and [were] committed to a legal resolution.” After a second successful representation, in 2014, the client wrote to him: “You have consistently achieved favorable outcomes for QCPC, Inc. . . .” and that the firm “has outstanding legal teams led by Mr. Jared Zola, Esq.” In 2015, he obtained a third consecutive victory for QCPC in a matter before the Environmental Control Board.
He is a regular fixture in spin classes at SoulCycle’s Tribeca studio in lower Manhattan. Mr. Zola supports several charities. Together with his wife, Katie, Jared is a member of the ASPCA Bergh Ball Associate Committee. He also raises money for and rides in the annual “Cycle for Survival” event, which is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s national fundraising movement to beat rare cancers.
- 2013–2017, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder Law, listed in Chambers USA
- 2014–2017, “Rising Star,” listed in Law360
- 2017, "Under 40 Hotlist," listed in Benchmark Litigation
- 2017, “Next Generation Lawyer,” listed in the Legal 500’s Guide to Up-and-Coming Lawyers Nationwide
- 2011–2017, New York “Rising Star” in Insurance Coverage, listed in Super Lawyers
- 2012 and 2017, listed in Legal 500
- 2016, “Rising Star,” listed in the New York Law Journal
A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.