Insurance Defense & Coverage Group

Our insurance defense attorneys represent major insurance companies, small and mid-size insurers, and self-insured organizations in a wide array of insurance defense and coverage matters.


  • Justine R. Cardenas
  • Marilyn Gonzalez
  • Tine LeBrun
  • Abbie Rodriguez
  • Xiaoming (Mia) Zhao

Dorf Nelson & Zauderer’s Insurance Defense and Coverage Group consists of a team of attorneys with decades of skill and experience litigating insurance defense matters. Our clients trust us to have a keen understanding of the issues and to develop successful, innovative and out-of-the box strategies to resolve their matters. From routine to complex litigation, arbitration and mediation, our team represents a variety of insurance companies by preparing effective defense strategies to minimize the cost to the client but always with an eye of working toward a favorable result.

As part of our insurance practice, our attorneys advise insurance company clients on a broad range of insurance coverage issues, including all aspects of general and auto liability policies, first-party property policies and professional liability policies. Our attorneys have been developing the law in these areas in the appellate courts, primarily in New York and New Jersey but also in high-exposure cases across the United States.

Additionally, our insurance attorneys have spoken and written extensively on defense and coverage issues for numerous organizations including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and the New York Law Journal.

The Insurance Defense and Coverage Group handles a wide array of matters, including:

Commercial Premises
Products Liability
Professional Liability
General Negligence and Personal Injury
Public Entity
Construction Defects
Eminent Domain/Condemnation
Pharmaceutical Malpractice
Estate Administration and Probate
Reinsurance Arbitration
Workers’ Compensation
Employment Practices
Negligent Security