Suzanne C. Midlige

Managing Partner

(973) 631-6006
350 Mount Kemble Avenue
P.O. Box 1917
Morristown, NJ 07962

Suzanne Cocco Midlige is the Managing Partner and a founding member of Coughlin Duffy and a member of the Insurance and Reinsurance Services Group.

Prior to election to Managing Partner, Suzanne served as the Practice Group Leader for the Insurance and Reinsurance Services Group from 2004 to 2012. Suzanne’s practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international insurers and reinsurers in litigated and non-litigated matters.

In 1992, Suzanne joined the law firm of McElroy Deutsch & Mulvaney LLP where she served as a Practice Group Administrator for the Insurance Services Group. She was made a partner in 1999 and remained at that firm until she resigned in March 2004 to start the firm of Coughlin Duffy LLP.

Experience

  • Regular representation of multi-national insurers in asbestos coverage disputes, including the area of asbestos bankruptcy litigation.
  • Lead counsel for insurers in multiple insurance coverage disputes relating to contamination of Lower Passaic River.
  • Lead counsel for insurers in multi-party coverage dispute involving herbicide.
  • Representation of insurers and reinsurers in disputes relating to financial institutions and director & officer disputes.
  • Lead counsel for insurer in claim against Directors & Officers of failed hospital.
  • Acted for multinational reinsurers in a series of corporate malfeasance claims and failed tax strategy claims.
  • Served as coordinating counsel for a multinational reinsurer in relation to subprime and credit exposures.
  • Counsel to fifty multinational insurers in a complex insurance and antitrust dispute involving US and Australian asbestos claims.
  • Monitoring counsel for insurers in relation to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) litigation.
  • Monitoring counsel for insurers in relation to organic roofing shingle class action litigation in the United States and Canada.
  • Counsel to insurer in international claim against Director & Officers of international bio-pharmaceutical company.
  • Work closely with insurers and reinsurers in relation to the development and implementation of models to allocate losses across complex insurance programs, and in evaluating future loss projections and developing burn rate analyses.
  • Representation of companies embroiled in commercial and antitrust disputes.

News

Publications and Presentations

“Financial and Securities Litigation Update: Trending, Scandals and More,” Munich, Germany, 2012. Co-presented with Sally A. Clements.

“Emerging Trends and Targets in U.S. Class Action Litigation,” Munich, Germany, 2012. Co-presented withKelly A, Waters.

“Connecting the Dots: Insurance Coverage for Corporate Successors,”Munich, Germany, 2011. Co-presented with Conor T. Mulcahy.

“Hydraulic Fracturing: Tolerate, Regulate or Litigate?,” Munich, Germany, 2011. Co-presented with Kevin T. Coughlin and Karen H. Moriarty.

“Developments and Trends in U.S. Securities and Class Action Litigation,” Munich, Germany, 2010. Co-presented with Sally A. Clements.

“What’s Hot and What’s in Store in theWorld of Claims,” Munich, Germany, 2010.  Co-presented with Kevin T. Coughlin and Karen H. Moriarty.

“Navigating the Wave of Water Contamination Claims: Analysis of City of New York v. Amerada Hess Corp. and Its Implications for Other Water Contamination Claims,” Environmental Claims
Journal, 22: 1,17-26. (2010) Co-presented with Amanda K. Coats.

“Neue Welle von Produkthaftpflichtklagen wegen ‘Chinese Drywall ’ in den USA?,” PHi, Nr. 1/2010. (2010) Co-presented with Robert J. Re and Amanda K. Coats.

“Navigating a New Wave of Product Liability Claims,” Munich, Germany, (2009) Co-presented with Robert J. Re and Amanda K. Coats.

“US Supreme Court and Democrat Lawmakers Breath New Life Into Product Liability Claims,” Financier Worldwide Magazine, June 2009. Co-presented with William J. Hoffman.

“Implication of Aggregation in Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes,” June 2009. Co-presented with Sally A. Clements.

“Consider Yourself Warned! Federal Preemption of State Prescription Drug Claims and its Potential Impact on Product Liability Claims and Insurance,” Munich, Germany, 2008. Co-presented with William J. Hoffman and Michael E. Carrer.

“Subprime, Auction Rate Securities and Credit Crisis: Update & Emerging Issues,” New York, New York, 2008

“Auction Rate Securities Overview & Emerging Issues,” White Paper. July 2008

Awards and Honors

Named as a leading attorney by the Guide to the World's Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Named a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Recognized as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance in 2014 and 2015.

Selected for inclusion in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Selected as a Leader Among Women and Minorities in New Jersey by the New Jersey Law Journal

Membership

Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America

Member of the Association for Professional Insurance Women (APIW)

Member of  Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

Member of ARIAS

Member of the New Jersey, International and American Bar Associations;Co-Chair of the London Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation.

Founding member of the Coughlin Duffy's Women's Initiative Group