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Matthew Gennaro

Matthew Gennaro

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Matthew Gennaro

Matthew Gennaro

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Matthew Gennaro focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and counseling regarding insurance and reinsurance coverage matters.

For more than twenty years, Matt has provided representation to both domestic and international insurance companies in a wide variety of complex insurance matters involving billions of dollars in coverage. His diversified experience includes coverage matters involving directors and officers liability, professional errors & omissions claims; products liability, Bermuda-form excess liability claims, asbestos and environmental pollution exposure and other long-tail claims, bodily and personal injury liability, concussion cases involving major sports leagues, data breach and cyber security claims, medical risk, professional liability, claims related to Covid-19, and other first-party and third-party liability coverage matters. He also is experienced in resolution of reinsurance disputes.  

Matt has represented clients in insurance coverage matters throughout the United States, on both the state and federal level, including New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Missouri. He also has represented clients internationally in matters in Bermuda, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

Matt brings extensive experience to the Bermuda market, where he has served as United States claims counsel to Bermuda insurers for his entire career. In this capacity, he has helped achieve success for his clients in London and Bermuda arbitrations involving product liability, mass torts, and environmental pollution.

Outside of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, Matt also provides coverage opinions and advice to clients regarding the drafting of insurance policies. He is also a regular contributor to industry trade publications, such as The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, and has lectured and conducted training seminars on insurance coverage issues.

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2002
  • B.A., Colgate University, 1999
Experience
  • Representation of Bermuda-based insurance company in coverage dispute regarding hundreds of personal injury and property damage claims arising out of weed killer chemical Glyphosate.
  • Representation of US-based insurance company at the trial court level and on appeals to the New York Appellate Division and New York Court of Appeals in coverage litigation involving claim for over $20 million in manufactured gas plant environmental pollution clean-up costs: 
    • Travelers Indem. Co. v. Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., 73 A.D.3d 576, 905 N.Y.S.2d 11 (N.Y. App. Div.), motion for leave to appeal dismissed, 15 N.Y.3d 834, 935 N.E.2d 799, 909 N.Y.S.2d 8 (N.Y. 2010)
    • Travelers Indem. Co. v. Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., 124 A.D.3d 436, 1 N.Y.S.3d 56 (N.Y. App. Div.), motion for leave to appeal denied, 26 N.Y.3d 904, 38 N.E.3d 830, 17 N.Y.S.3d 84 (N.Y. 2015) 
  • OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co. v. Newmont Mining Corp., Index No. 601382/08 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Dec. 9, 2009). Representation of US-based insurance company in New York coverage litigation resulting in summary judgment dismissal of multi-million dollar claim related to uranium mine pollution.
  • Representation of US-based insurance company in coverage dispute involving alleged patent and trademark infringement between global footwear manufacturers.

  • Representation of Bermuda-based insurance company in arbitration with former corporate executive resulting in dismissal of multi-million dollar claim seeking reimbursement of defense costs. 

  • Representation of US-based insurance company in California coverage litigation regarding products liability insurance for head injury claims against the NFL and NCAA.

  • Representation of US-based insurance company in numerous matters regarding potential insurance coverage for data breaches under CGL and Managed Care Errors & Omissions policies.

  • Representation of Bermuda-based insurance company regarding potential coverage for thousands of alleged personal injury and property damage claims related to exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls.

  • Representation of US-based insurance company regarding potential coverage for alleged personal injuries in Canada related to lead exposure from defective toys.

  • Representation of US-based insurance company in New York litigation regarding coverage for asbestos personal injuries and allocation of potential coverage among numerous other insurers spanning several decades.

  • Representation of US-based insurance company regarding numerous coverage disputes involving abuse and molestation by priests, adoption agencies, teachers, and other public figures and authorities.

Presentations

  • Panel participant and presenter, “Insurance Coverage Boot Camp,” New Jersey State Bar Association Insurance Law Section and Defense Special Committee, July 2017

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Late Notice Under 'Claims Made' Policy," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, May 2016
  • Co-Author, "NJ Supreme Court Decision Defines the Parameters of Acceptable Precedent in Bad-Faith Claims:  A Light in the Dark," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, November 2015
  • Co-Author, "Rare NY Court of Appeals Reversal:  Protection From Potentially Automatic Liability," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, October 2014
  • Co-Author, "Insurer May Disclaim Coverage Years After Commencement of Underlying Litigation," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, July 2013
  • Co-Author, "Application of the Pollution Exclusion to Chinese Drywall Claims," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, February 2013
  • Co-Author, "NY Insurance Law Section 3420(d)," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, May 2012
  • Co-Author, "The Duty to Defend in New Jersey," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, June 2011
  • Co-Author, "Coverage for Spoliation Claims," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, July 2009
  • Co-Author, “The Duty of Corporate Counsel to Preserve Evidence,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2004

  • Co-Author, “Independent Tort Claims for Spoliation,” DRI – For the Defense, July 2004

Sectors

Sectors

  • Insurance & Reinsurance