Michael S. Takacs Partner

     

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Michael Takacs focuses his legal practice on insurance coverage and defense litigation, particularly in the areas of automobile liability, general liability, product liability, premises liability, professional liability, interstate trucking, and primary and excess coverage issues. Mike has represented numerous, diverse clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at both the state and federal court level. He has also handled appeals to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Mike’s responsiveness to his clients’ needs and his quick adaptation to either settlement or trial translate into aggressive strategies that lead to favorable results. Mike’s facility for navigating the system and his attention to detail are largely a function of having practiced as a paralegal and law clerk for six years before beginning his career as a lawyer.

Areas of Focus

General & Premises Liability
Mike has extensive experience in general and premises liability cases, representing various national fast food and chain restaurants and their franchisees, shopping mall housekeeping and security companies, hotels/resorts and property owners, managing agents and condominium associations. He has also represented professional sports organizations including professional sports teams in a variety of general liability matters.

Professional Liability
Mike has defended architects and engineers in professional liability actions and builders/developers in construction litigation. Mike also represents lawyers and firms in legal malpractice matters.

Transportation
In the areas of automobile liability and interstate trucking, Mike has defended trucking companies, owner/operators and other drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents. In addition, he has represented the subrogation interests of various companies and their insurers.

Insurance
Mike has written numerous opinions for insurance companies with respect to both primary and excess coverage issues. His opinions have related specifically to commercial general liability, products and completed operations, directors and officers, errors and omissions and property policies. He represents insurance carriers in coverage disputes and bad faith actions.

Product Liability
Mike has represented numerous international and domestic clients in product liability matters. His work has included the defense of manufacturers and suppliers of household, recreational, automotive, and industrial products in personal injury and property damage litigation in both state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mike has handled claims based on negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty in areas of design, manufacture and warnings as well as cases involving food contamination.

Construction
Mike has extensive experience in representing a wide range of clients in the construction industry. His clients include builders, developers, general contractors, construction managers and subcontractors. He represents these clients in a host of matters, ranging from general and premises liability to construction litigation.

Architects & Engineers
Mike has defended architects and engineers in professional liability actions involving personal injury, property damage and economic loss. Relative to the representation of these parties, he has experience in analyzing contractual and insurance provisions as they relate to defense, indemnification and insurance coverage.

 

Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a professional sports team and its minor league affiliate that were sued by a plaintiff seriously injured in a bar fight with some of the players following a game.

Secured summary judgment on behalf of a manufacturer of a folding chair that allegedly collapsed during a concert.

Obtained dismissal by way of motion practice and denial of request for preliminary injunctive relief on behalf of a food distribution client who had been sued for public/private nuisance, violation of local noise ordinances and intentional infliction of emotional distress; plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages along with attorneys’ fees stemming from alleged noise pollution from the client’s delivery trucks outside plaintiffs’ condominium in the early morning hours.

Obtained dismissal on behalf of a Mexican resort that was sued in federal court in Pennsylvania for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurer and its managing general agent in a declaratory judgment action against the plaintiff/insured who sought a defense and indemnification under a commercial general liability policy issued by the insurer in litigation resulting from a slip and fall at the insured’s apartment complex.

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