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PhilBramson

Associate

"A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade." —Abraham Lincoln

Overview

Biography

With nearly 20 years of legal experience, Phil primarily concentrates his practice on insurance coverage counseling and litigation, representing major insurers issuing policies and insurers involved in coverage disputes across the United States. His cases cover a range of commercial transportation and commercial general-liability issues, typically with policy limits and losses of $1 million or more.

Phil also has extensive experience handling environmental compliance and litigation as well as products-liability litigation.

Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully argued in state appellate court that an action brought by an insured is not a de facto action brought by the insurer in subrogation.
  • Successfully argued in federal district court that federal motor-carrier filing does not apply to judgment against any party other than the named insured motor carrier.
  • Collaborated with the US Solicitor General on an amicus curiae brief that ultimately resulted in the US Department of Transportation issuing regulatory guidance agreeing with the written position.
  • Represented clients at mediations of large loss claims in multiple states.
  • Successfully defended a coverage action by showing the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that the client's insurer's coverage for hired autos was excess.
  • Successfully defended a coverage action, persuading the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that the client's non-trucking exclusion barred coverage where the loss occurred while the insured driver was looking for a place to sleep between deliveries.
  • Successfully persuaded the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York that a loss arising out of the negligence of the named insured's employee in operating a motor vehicle fell within several specific exclusions of the client's commercial general liability policy.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
  • Schindel, Farman, Lipsius, Gardner & Rabinovich, LLP, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • East Brunswick Planning Board
  • East Brunswick Zoning Board
  • American Mock Trial Association, Judge

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