Michael E. Hrinewski
Associatemhrinewski@coughlinduffy.com 350 Mount Kemble Avenue
P.O. Box 1917
Morristown, NJ 07962
Direct (973) 631-6044
Fax (973) 267-6442
P.O. Box 1917
Morristown, NJ 07962
Michael’s practice focuses primarily on insurance coverage litigation and insurance counseling in matters ranging from large, complex litigation to discrete, focused disputes. Specifically, Michael has experience representing and advising domestic and international insurers in non-litigated and litigated matters in both state and federal courts involving general liability insurance, property, environmental, excess liability claims, professional liability, and directors and officers insurance.
Michael has also maintained a defense practice which works directly with business owners and individuals to assist in litigation including personal injury, product liability, and construction litigation. Michael handles matters in the Appellate Courts of New Jersey and has successfully argued on numerous occasions before the New Jersey Appellate Division. In addition to formal litigation, Michael has experience in arbitration and mediation and has provided coverage advice to clients to assist them in avoiding disputes without the need for litigation.
More recently, Michael has been working with a team at Coughlin Duffy LLP as lead counsel for insurers in multiple insurance coverage disputes relating to contamination of Lower Passaic River. Michael previously was heavily involved with teams at Coughlin Duffy LLP who successfully litigated a number of complex multi-jurisdictional coverage disputes related to data breach and cyber theft.
Prior to joining Coughlin Duffy LLP in September 2009, Michael was the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ross R. Anzaldi, Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Union County, for the 2008-2009 Term.
- Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 2008)
- Rowan University (B.A., 2003)
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2010)
- State of New Jersey (2009)
Patterson v. Huerta, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2149 (App.Div. Sept. 28, 2016) (unpublished)
Adams v. Travelers Ins. Co., 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1277 (App.Div. June 3, 2016) (unpublished)
United States v. S. Jersey Clothing Co., 976 F. Supp. 2d 577 (D.N.J. Sept. 30, 2013)
Air & Liquid Sys. Corp. v. Allianz Underwriters Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14235, Civil Action No. 11-247 (W.D.Pa., September 27, 2013)
- Marolda Farms, Inc. v. Md. Cas. Ins. Co., 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2609 (App.Div. Nov. 29, 2012) (Unpublished)
- March 14, 2015 Coughlin Duffy LLP is pleased to announce that 20 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers® and New Jersey Rising Stars®
March 14, 2015
New Jersey Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and...
- October 16, 2014 Knock Out Blows – Concussion and Sports-Related Injuries Litigation
October 16, 2014
A 9 September 2014 article in the New York Times declared that “head trauma has become the most serious —...
- November 19, 2013 New Decision Requiring Exhaustion of Underlying Insurance - Quellos Group LLC., v. Federal Insurance Company
November 19, 2013
On November 12, 2013, the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington, became the latest appellate court to find...
- October 3, 2013 Are You Really Exhausted? Negotiating Settlements for Less than Policy Limits - Recent Trends and Decisions
October 3, 2013
Issues relating to excess insurance are often at the forefront of twenty-first century insurance claims and/or underwriting disputes. In years...
- September 23, 2011 New Jersey Senate Introduces Bill No. 3036 Providing A Private Cause Of Action In The Settlement Of Insurance Claims
September 23, 2011
On Tuesday, September 19, 2011, New Jersey State Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced State Senate Bill No. 3036 (the “Bill”) which...
- July 19, 2011 New Jersey District Court Grants Summary Judgment To Insurers Holding That Policy Language Was Unambiguous And Insurer Had Valid Grounds To Delay Paying Plaintiffs Claim
July 19, 2011
On June 27, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted summary judgment to The...
- July 13, 2010 New Jersey District Court Places Burden of Production on Insured and Grants Summary Judgment to Insurer on Bad Faith Claim Where There Was No Coverage Under The Policy
July 13, 2010
On June 21, 2010, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted summary judgment to Continental...
- April 8, 2010 New Jersey Appellate Division Upholds $30.3 Million Verdict In Mesothelioma Asbestos-Exposure Case
April 8, 2010
On April 5, 2010, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld the state’s largest mesothelioma asbestos-exposure award in the case of...
Awards and Honors
New Jersey Rising Stars (2015 - 2018)
Member, American Bar Association