Profile
Joseph P. Monteleone
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Weber Gallagher
  • Address:
    1 Crossroads Drive
    Suite 102A
    Bedminster, NEW JERSEY 07921 United States
  • Phone:
    (973) 242-1630
  • Cell:
    (732) 740-8935
  • Fax:
    (973) 854-1076
  • Email:
Offering Services as Expert Witness in:
Directors and Officers Liability Underwriting, Insurance Underwriting, Professional Liability Underwriting, Directors Officers Liability Claims, Employment Claims, Errors and Omissions Claims, Insurance Claims, Liability Claims, Professional Liability Claims, Reinsurance Claims, Coverage / Contract Interpretation
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Rivkin Radler LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Joined firm in April 2014 as partner in Hackensack, New Jersey office.
    • Litigation and insurance coverage practice primarily in the area of director’s and officer’s (D&O) and professional liability insurance
    • Expert witness engagements with regard to coverage and claim handling issues
    • Insurance policy and other contract consultation and drafting
    • Mediation services (CPR Certified)
    • Arbitration services (ARIAS-US Certified)

  • Company:
    Tressler LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Founding Partner of New York office from May 2006 to April 2014
    • Litigation and insurance coverage practice primarily in the area of director’s and officer’s (D&O) and professional liability insurance
    • Expert witness engagements with regard to coverage and claim handling issues
    • Insurance policy and other contract consultation and drafting
    • Mediation services (CPR Certified)
    • Arbitration Services (ARIAS Certified)

  • Company:
    Duane Morris LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Partner in New York office from March 2005 to May 2006
    • Litigation and insurance coverage practice primarily in the area of director’s and officer’s (D&O) and professional liability insurance
    • Expert witness engagements with regard to coverage and claim handling issues
    • Insurance policy and other contract consultation and drafting
    • Mediation services (CPR Certified)
    • Arbitration Services

  • Company:
    Hartford Insurance Company
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Vice President and Head of Professional Liability Claims from November 2001 through March 2005
    Chief claims officer for all business underwritten in Hartford Financial Products group, including directors and officers, employment practices, fiduciary, fidelity, kidnap and ransom, representations and warranties, and related products
    • Counsel to underwriting group responsible for policy drafting, endorsement wording and state filing process

  • Company:
    Kemper Insurance Companies
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Vice President and Divisional Counsel from November 1999 through October 2001
    Chief legal officer for all business underwritten in Financial Insurance Solutions and Surety groups, including directors and officers, employment practices, fiduciary, fidelity, kidnap and ransom, representations and warranties, and related products
    • Chief claims officer for Financial Insurance Solutions group
    • Counsel to underwriting group responsible for policy drafting, endorsement wording and state filing process

  • Company:
    Reliance Insurance Company
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Vice President and Claims Counsel at Reliance National division from February 1988 through November 1999
    • Management responsibility for staff of 80 and professional liability claims and litigation including all international claims, directors and officers, architects and engineers, lawyers’ professional, intellectual property, employment practices liability, fiduciary, fidelity, financial and specialty risks, and miscellaneous errors and omissions coverages
    • Counsel underwriting staff in drafting policy language, endorsement wording and risk evaluation
    • Development of new claims procedures and insurance products

  • Company:
    Chubb & Son, Inc.
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    National D&O Claims Counsel from May 1985 through February 1988
    Responsibility on national basis for various litigation involving directors' and officers' liability, fiduciary liability and similar executive protection insurance policies
    • Draft policy and endorsement language and assist underwriters in risk evaluation

  • Company:
    Continental Insurance Company
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Environmental Claims Counsel at Underwriters Adjusting Company (UAC) affiliate from September 1981 through May 1985
    Supervise and coordinate national environmental litigation and insurance coverage litigation, primarily in asbestos and hazardous waste actions
    • Supervise staff of fifteen, including three line supervisors

  • Company:
    Mendes & Mount
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Associate from August 1980 through September 1981
    Represent interests of London underwriters as excess insurers and reinsurers, primarily in the area of products liability and toxic tort exposures

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL

    HUNTER COLLEGE OF CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

    ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY
  • Degrees:
    J.D. 1980

    M.A. (SOCIAL SCIENCES) 1975

    B.A. (SOCIAL SCIENCES) 1972
  • Designations:
    None
  • Languages:
    English
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 26 years.
    Legal Department: 2 years. Divisional counsel
    Claim Department: 24 years. Various up to Senior Vice President
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 7 years.
    Partner: 6 years. Partner
    Associate: 1 years. Associate
Breakdown of Experience
  • Directors &, Officers
    31%
  • Bad Faith/ECO
    20%
  • Professional Liability/Errors &, Omissions
    15%
  • Employment Practices Liability
    15%
  • Architects &, Engineers
    3%
  • Asbestos
    3%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    3%
  • Fidelity &, Surety
    2%
  • Toxic Tort
    2%
  • Regulatory/Licensing
    2%
  • Product Liability
    2%
  • Libel/Slander/Media Liability
    1%
  • Intellectual Property
    1%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    85%
  • U.K. Market:
    5%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    10%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 90/10%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 85/15%

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Mediator: 3
    As Counsel: 35 - 45
ARIAS Experience

Ethics Training, as Trainee: 1; April 2011

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 6

As an Umpire: 1

As Outside Counsel: 1

As Employee Manager: 75

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
6
Appointed as an arbitrator.
Umpire Experience
Number of Arbitrations
1
Acted as an umpire through an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Lead Counsel Experience
Number of Arbitrations
1
Retained and Acted as Lead Counsel, up to, but not including, the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
Employee Manager Experience
Number of Arbitrations
5
Employee Manager of arbitration.
3
Employee Manager of arbitration through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
3
Employee Manager of arbitration through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage as well as significant motions before the panel, panel consultations, and interim awards, but not through the hearing briefs.
2
Employee Manager of arbitration through pre-hearing briefs.
45
Employee Manager of arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
17
Employee Manager of arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least three full day regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Biography

Joseph P. Monteleone has more than thirty years of experience in the insurance arena, both in the private practice of law and as an insurance company claims executive. He is a frequent author and speaker on topics within his practice areas, having written over one hundred papers, books, book chapters and texts. He has made more than two hundred presentations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

He practices primarily in the areas of professional liability, errors and omissions (E&O), directors and officers (D&O), employment practices liability (EPL) and other claims-made insurance products. Joe represents various insurers and reinsurers in coverage litigation, regulatory matters and arbitrations, as well as provides coverage advice and monitoring of underlying litigation in the areas of D&O, professional liability and other specialty lines insurance products. Joe drafts policy forms and endorsement language, as well as provides legal consulting services, to a wide variety of specialty lines insurers. In addition, Joe provides expert witness testimony on issues of coverage and bad faith allegations and serves as arbitrator or mediator in a variety of disputes involving insurance and reinsurance coverage, particularly in the area of D&O, E&O, professional liability, industry custom and practice and claims handling standards..

Mr. Monteleone has been cited for excellence in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has also been selected for inclusion continuously on an annual basis since 2006 in New York – Metro Super Lawyers®.
He has been an ARIAS-US certified arbitrator since June 2011.