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Jordan S. Stanzler

Jordan S. Stanzler has extensive experience in the preparation and trial of complex civil cases. Since 1988 he has specialized in representing corporations in complex defense and insurance coverage cases. He has successfully obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance reimbursement for companies in the construction and manufacturing industries.

He was lead trial counsel for Hoechst Celanese in a case involving excess insurance coverage for polybutylene plumbing claims, which exceeded $1 billion. The trial-- which the National Law Journal listed as one of the twenty most significant cases of 1997-- lasted three months and resulted in a unanimous verdict for Celanese on all issues.

Recently he obtained insurance coverage for the James Jones Company in a lawsuit brought by hundreds of municipalities under the False Claims Act, for parts supplied to municipal water systems in Southern California.

Mr. Stanzler has also represented Allied-Signal, Uniroyal, Bausch & Lomb, Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc., Silgan Containers Corporation, Kmart Corporation and Paragon Homes, Inc. in significant insurance coverage cases involving environmental, product defect and toxic tort coverage.

From 1982-1988 Mr. Stanzler was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York where he tried numerous civil and criminal cases. As Chief of the Tax Unit in 1987-1988, he obtained criminal tax fraud convictions following a six week jury trial. The case involved the creation of sham tax shelters achieved through the sale of government securities.

Mr. Stanzler is a 1967 graduate of Harvard University, a 1972 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, and a 1984 graduate of the New York University Law School. He is a co-author of Insurance Coverage Litigation, a two volume treatise published by Aspen Law & Business.

Admitted to the Bar:
New York, Rhode Island, and California

New York University (L.L.M., Tax, 1984)
University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1972)(Articles Editor)
Harvard University (A.B., 1967)


Buyers Can Recover Damages From Abusive Tax Shelters, by Jordan S. Stanzler 2005 (PDF)

Defense-Within-Limits Policy Presents Conflicts Minefield
, by Jordan S. Stanzler 2004

Tapping Excess Insurance For Continuous Injuries -- Horizontal and Vertical Allocation Approaches
, by Jordan S. Stanzler 2004

The Conflicts Of Interest Inherent In Defense Within Limits Insurance Policies
, by Jordan S. Stanzler 2004

Duty to Settle Also Exists for Claims That Have Not Yet Become Lawsuits, Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 16, 2003.

D & O Coverage After Enron, The Corporate Board, May 2002.

Insurance Should Cover Mold Defense and Remediation, Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 16, 2002.

Transfer of Insurance Coverage By Operation of Law, Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 20, 2001.

The Insurance Company’s Duty To Pay In Full For Settlements, Mealey’s Litigation Report, Insurance, August 8, 2000.

The Duty To Disclose Coverage For Environmental Claims, Bad Faith Law Report, Volume XVI, Number 1, February 2000.

Anderson, Stanzler and Masters, Insurance Coverage Litigation, Aspen Law & Business (2000) (two volume treatise).

Insurance Coverage for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, Mealey’s Litigation Report, Intellectual Property, January, 1999.

Demanding Defense Dollars, The Recorder, Insurance Litigation Supplement, September, 1998.

An Insurance Company’s Duty to Disclose Coverage for Environmental Claims, Environmental Claims Journal, Vol. 9, Summer 1997.

Abate Debate: Coverage for Lead-Paint Hazard Mitigation, San Francisco Daily Journal, October 11, 1996.

Insurance Coverage for Environmental Contamination Caused By Prior Owners and Users of Property, The Environmental Corporate Counsel Report, July 1996.

Insurance Company Admissions About the Pollution Exclusion, 2 BNA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Report 631 (May 24, 1996).

Corporations Can Fight Bad Faith in Settling Claims, Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 26, 1996.

California Adopts The Continuous Trigger of Coverage in Environmental Insurance Cases, 10 Toxic Law Reporter 360 (August 30, 1995).

Bringing Nullified Policies Back to Life Post-Montrose, The Recorder, Autumn 1995 (Environmental Law Supplement).

Friend or Foe: Protesting an Insurer’s Defense Denial, Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 30, 1995.

An All-Risk Policy: In Superfund Cases, Coverage Isn’t Tied to Ownership, Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 29, 1995.

Do Standard-Form Policies Offer Coverage in Software Infringement?, National Law Journal, May 30, 1994.

Insurance Coverage for Corporate Successors, Ch. 43, Mergers and Acquisitions (Business Laws, Inc. 1993), reprinted at 6 The Corporate Analyst 87 (1994).

Insurance Coverage For Intellectual Property Disputes: Analysis of Recent Developments, 10 Computer Lawyer, June 6, 1993.

Insurance Coverage For Intellectual Property Disputes: The Connection Between Advertising and Injury, 15 Insurance Litigation Reporter 166 (1993).

Product Liability and Completed Operations Coverage: The Pollution Exclusion Does Not Apply, 4 Environmental Claims Journal 479 (1992).

Managing Toxic Mold Liability, Los Angeles, California, July 29, 2002 (Bridgeport Continuing Education).

Mealey’s Bad Faith Conference, Pasadena, California, September 14, 2001.

Mealey’s Conference on Insurance Coverage for Power Interruption Losses, Pasadena, California, June 20, 2001.
Cyber-Secure 2000, Santa Clara, California-November 23, 1999.

Trial Advocacy–National Business Institute-co-chair, March 9, 1999.

University of Texas Law School-Third Annual Insurance Law Institute–September 24-25, 1998.

Bad Faith and Punitive Damages–American Conference Institute, March 23-24, 1998.

Hawaii State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, May 22, 1997.

Bad Faith and Punitive Damages–American Conference Institute, March 17-18, 1997.

California Environmental Insurance–National Business Institute, October 29, 1996.

Petro-Safe Convention–Houston, Texas, February 1, 1996.
Orange County Risk and Insurance Management Society, January 30, 1996.

Fourth Annual Environmental Law Update–Santa Clara Bar Ass’n, September 15, 1995.

Environmental Insurance Coverage, Federal Publications–San Francisco, California, November 13, 1995.

University of Santa Clara Graduate School of Business–Principles of Insurance and Risk Management–Fall Semester 1995.

Beale v. One Beacon Ins. Co., Alameda County Superior Court, 2006 (deposition testimony on reasonableness of attorneys' fees).

Giffin DeWatering Corp. v. Northern Ins. Co., Orange County Superior Court, 2005 (trial testimony concerning reasonableness of attorneys' fees and bad faith conduct).

Westchester Fire Ins. Co. v. Zurich American Ins. Co., Maricopa County Superior Court, 2005 (deposition testimony concerning reasonableness of attorneys' fees).

Amerace v. Aetna, Bergen County Superior Court, 2003 (deposition testimony concerning pollution coverage and claims handling).

Power Standard Labs v. Federal Express, Alameda County Superior Court, 2003 (trial testimony on bad faith issues related to claim denial and reasonableness of attorneys’ fees; jury verdict in favor of policyholder for $1 million in punitive damages).

Charles E. Thomas Co. v. Transamerica Insurance Group, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1999 (trial testimony concerning the interpretation of the “absolute pollution exclusion”; case settled before jury deliberations on punitive damages).

Vann v. Travelers Insurance Company, Alameda County Superior Court, 1997 (trial testimony on bad faith denial of environmental claim; jury verdict in favor of policyholder for $25 million in punitive damages).

Thompson v. General Accident, Alameda County Superior Court, 1997 (deposition concerning reasonableness of attorneys’ fees).

Antony v. State Farm Ins. Co., Federal Court, San Jose, California, 1997 (deposition concerning bad faith denial of burglary loss).



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