Honors and Awards

Blank Rome’s Jared Zola Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist

Blank Rome Partner Jared Zola has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 Under 40 Hotlist, which ranks attorneys aged 40 or younger who have been deemed the most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities by peers and clients. Benchmark Litigation commended Mr. Zola for his nationally-recognized insurance recovery practice, and specifically highlighted his work with Petroterminal de Panama and the Catholic Diocese of Duluth.

Blank Rome's Jared Zola convinced a New York federal judge to grant Petroterminal de Panama's motion for summary judgement after the oil storage and transfer company met its burden of proof that coverage may exist for a steel pipe pile that collapsed in the ocean. Petroterminal sued its more than a dozen London-based insurers for millions of dollars after they denied to cover resulting property damage, claiming the pier collapsed from wear and tear excluded from its policies. The insurance-focused practitioner was also appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota as special insurance coverage counsel to the debtor the Catholic Diocese of Duluth. He successfully presented oral argument and obtained partial summary judgement rejecting an insurer's attempt to avoid sexual abuse coverage based on a policy exclusion in the pending matter.

Now in its tenth year of publication, Benchmark Litigation identifies firms and attorneys who have displayed the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions, and who are consistently recommended within their business and legal communities for the quality of their litigation professionals and trial work. For more information, please visit www.benchmarklitigation.com.