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Catalano, Margaret F
Margaret F Catalano
Telephone: +1 908 848 1222

Margaret F Catalano


Meg is a partner in the New Jersey office and has extensive insurance coverage experience which includes all aspects of disputes involving environmental, toxic tort, products, asbestos, construction, data privacy and security compliance, advertising liability and professional liability claims.

Meg has significant experience in resolving commercial and insurance coverage disputes through litigation or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in state and federal courts through out the United States and abroad.

Her practice includes the counseling and representation of corporate clients, and domestic and international insurers on large claim losses, risk analysis and appellate review. She regularly counsels clients on complex insurance claims, bad faith exposures and general business matters. Meg also advises insurers on issues arising out of insurance company insolvencies, policyholder bankruptcies, and policy drafting.

While living temporarily in Switzerland, Meg had the opportunity to serve as corporate counsel for a major pharmaceutical company addressing insurance coverage issues and monitoring products liability litigation in the United States and Europe. Meg continues to be actively involved in providing seminars to insurers and corporate clients on domestic and international insurance topics and risk management. Meg is a founder of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Away from the office, Meg enjoys spending time with her two daughters, playing the piano and gardening.

Lectures and seminars

Risk Transfer Strategies: Focus on Contractual Indemnity and Additional Insured Coverage
Handling the Challenging Negotiation – Preparation and Resolution for Experienced Practitioners
Ethics in Mediation and Negotiation
Data Privacy and Security Compliance: Legal and Business Strategies

Reported decisions

North River Ins. Co. v. Duro Dyne Nat’l Corp., 153 A.D.3d 844 (N.Y. App. Div. 2017)

Capitol Environmental Services, Inc. v. North River Ins. Co., 484 Fed.Appx. 770, 2012
WL 2440025, C.A.4 (Va.), June 28, 2012 (NO. 11-1326)

The application of what is commonly referred to as the “failure to conform” exclusion, which resulted in the dismissal of the
coverage action. See Clarcor, Inc. v. Columbia Cas. Co., 2010 WL 5211607 (M.D. Tenn.)

The entire controversy doctrine, which resulted in the dismissal of the coverage action seeking bad faith and punitive
damages. See Reid v. CNA Ins. Co., 2011 WL 5325546 (D.N.J. 2011), aff’d Reid v. Transportation Ins. Co., 2012 WL 5177384 (3d
Cir. 2012)

The first filed rule, which resulted in the transfer of the case to New York and the ultimate dismissal of the action as against
our client based on late notice. See Tudor Ins. Co. v. First Advantage Litigation Consulting, LLC, 2012 WL 3834721 (S.D.N.Y.

Restoration Risk Retention Group, Inc. v. Selective Way Ins. Co., 2011 WL 4808211, N.J.Super.A.D., October 12, 2011 (NO.