Brian J. Whiteman Partner

     

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Brian Whiteman focuses his practice on civil litigation defense, primarily related to environmental insurance coverage, direct environmental suits and professional liability matters. Brian also has experience with product liability/breach of warranty matters and insurance bad faith claims. He has argued before the New Jersey Appellate Division and New Jersey Supreme Court.

Brian has a natural ability to sort out the key issues in a case quickly, which allows him to frame his defense properly or determine another potential resolution before engaging in lengthy, expensive discovery and motion practice. He closely monitors his clients’ investment in a case and fights hard to deliver value. Brian’s background in sales gives him insights into the marketing of products and helps him establish solid client relationships. Brian also worked for a large multinational insurance corporation, where he gained a valuable client-side education on environmental law.

Areas of Focus

Insurance Coverage Litigation / Bad Faith
Brian approaches bad faith claims from a broad perspective and careful analysis of coverage, regulatory compliance and, when necessary, litigation strategies. He has broad experience in litigating extra-contractual claims of bad faith. Brian assists clients in establishing policies and procedures designed to prevent the origination of bad faith claims.

General Liability / Civil Litigation Defense
Brian has substantial experience in general commercial coverage disputes, including providing coverage opinions and drafting coverage position letters, particularly addressing additional insured provisions and “your work” exclusions in the context of construction defect claims.

Professional Liability
Brian works closely with clients to create a defense strategy to resolve the issue with the least expense, using mediation and arbitration when appropriate. He has represented professionals before administrative agencies and licensing boards as well as in court. His clients have included health care providers, lawyers, and insurance agents and brokers.

Employment Litigation
Brian’s practice also includes employment law litigation. Brian defends employers in matters involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other unlawful employment practices. He has conducted internal employer investigations pertaining to alleged discriminatory practices, and partners with clients to efficiently and effectively defend discrimination and wrongful termination claims.

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