Melissa E. Farber


(973) 631-6019
350 Mount Kemble Avenue
P.O. Box 1917
Morristown, NJ 07962

Melissa Farber is an Associate in the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Services Group.

She concentrates her practice in the areas of insurance and complex litigation matters in New Jersey and New York state and federal courts.

Melissa has several years of experience representing insurance companies, international shippers, and business owners in complex commercial disputes and insurance coverage matters. She has been involved in all aspects of litigation including the drafting of pleadings, motions, discovery demands, and appeals, as well as attending depositions and court proceedings.

Melissa has participated in the briefing for several appeals in federal court involving personal and advertising injury claims sounding in intellectual property, fraud, conspiracy, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duties. She has also managed federal court maritime cases arising from damaged cargo valued at millions of dollars.

In 2014, Melissa served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, Superior Court of New Jersey. Prior to joining Coughlin Duffy, Melissa worked for several years at Kennedys CMK where she represented insurance companies, international shippers, and business owners in insurance coverage matters and complex commercial disputes. 

Publications and Presentations

Author, Their Blood, Their Sweat, Whose Problem?: Insurance Coverage Implications of the NFL Concussion Litigation, 68 RUTGERS U. L. REV.COMM. 64 (2016): The Commentary explores the insurance implications of the NFL concussion litigation. Specifically, it highlights how dispositive choice of law determinations will be to the outcome of the litigation, as jurisdictions apply competing theories of policy interpretation, including when coverage is triggered, the duty to defend, and other policy exclusions.