Jared Zola

Biography

Jared Zola advocates for commercial insurance policyholders in high-stakes, complex litigation and corporate transactions. He represents policyholders against their insurance companies as lead counsel in precedent-setting lawsuits across the nation and at the deal table as insurance counsel on multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. Jared uses his courtroom and real world experience to provide clients with practical, business-focused solutions to complex legal issues. He has helped clients secure more than one billion dollars in insurance recoveries.

Jared is a member of Blank Rome’s Pro Bono Committee. He is also a founding member of the Firm's Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Team, which provides clients and their employees aid and services to the relief efforts, including insurance recovery.

In 2018, Jared was appointed to two prestigious boards. He was appointed to the Rutgers Cybersecurity Advisory Board. Board membership consists of a diverse, innovative, and well-connected network of top-flight executives who have been invited based on personal and professional accomplishments. He was also appointed to Law360’s 2018 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board, whose purpose is to get feedback on Law360’s coverage and to gain insight from leaders in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

Thought Leader

Jared’s accomplishments for policyholders on a national stage has led to frequent invitations to share his thoughts on cutting-edge issues facing his clients.

  • Jared is a frequent analyst for the Washington Post, 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, on “Protecting Your Brand During and After False Advertising Litigation" at the Grocery Manufacturers Association 2018 Legal Conference, and co-chaired the “Hurricane Claims Forum” at the 2017 HB Litigation Conference.

Recent Accolades

Jared’s nationally-recognized work maximizing insurance assets has earned him significant praise, as noted in his recognitions listed below.

  • The 2017 and 2018 editions of Legal 500 noted that he is “a young star of the policyholder bar,” recommended him, and named him a “Next Generation Lawyer.”
  • 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 Jared a “Rising Star” under the age of 40.
  • Every year beginning in 2013, Chambers USA recognizes Jared as a leading policyholder insurance lawyer. Chambers noted that his clients appreciate that he is “very creative in the way he approaches problems with insurers” and that he is “accomplished, responsive, and provided clarity throughout the legal process—he was unequivocal in his commitment to the legal resolution,” he is “very professional and responsive, and has a good feel for nuances,” and “is incredibly hard-working, tenacious and strategic.”
  • In 2018, he was listed in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance.?

Outside the Firm

Jared actively 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.

Jared is a regular fixture in spin classes at SoulCycle’s Tribeca and FiDi studios in lower Manhattan.

Experience

Jared has litigated cases across the country for corporate clients as well as high net worth individuals and religious institutions.

  • A real estate investment trust, representing the owner of two large shopping centers in Puerto Rico seeking insurance coverage for property damage and business interruption losses arising from Hurricane Maria.
  • Petroterminal de Panama, S.A., as lead counsel successfully presented oral argument and obtained partial summary judgment against 6 London and Bermuda maritime insurers in a property damage coverage litigation in New York federal court .
  • Diocese of Duluth, 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.
  • A Fortune 100 manufacturing company, lead insurance coverage counsel for the buyer in a $2 billion acquisition deal.
  • A pump manufacturer, successfully presented appellate oral argument on a complex allocation issue arising in an asbestos coverage lawsuit against more than 90 insurance companies, which preserved $250 million of insurance policy limits for the client.
  • A Fortune 500 systems integration company, recovered more than $50 million of insurance proceeds from 7 of the company’s professional indemnity insurers for a claim involving alleged False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act violations.
  • A real estate investment firm, as lead counsel recovering more than $20 million of commercial property insurance proceeds for losses caused by a fire.
  • A media company, lead counsel obtaining a settlement after filing a motion for summary judgment in a New York federal court litigation involving coverage involving publication of a constitutionally protected news report and video excerpts.
  • A major international law firm, lead counsel seeking coverage under an employment practices liability insurance policy.
  • A NFL player, obtained a settlement under a Loss of Value insurance policy after an unforeseen injury in college negatively impacted his NFL draft position.
  • A global food manufacturer, trial counsel in a lawsuit seeking accidental contamination coverage for a product recall in China. Obtained favorable, unanimous advisory jury verdict.

News & Views

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Recognitions

  • 2013–2018, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • 2018, listed in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance
  • 2012, and 2017–2018, listed in Legal 500
  • 2017–2018, “Next Generation Lawyer,” listed in the Legal 500’s Guide to Up-and-Coming Lawyers Nationwide
  • 2014–2017, “Rising Star,” listed in Law360
  • 2017, “Under 40 Hotlist," listed in Benchmark Litigation
  • 2011–2017, New York “Rising Star” in Insurance Coverage, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2016, “Rising Star,” listed in the New York Law Journal

Affiliations

Professional Activities

Jared provided 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.”

Credentials

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, JD
  • Clemson University, BA