Jared Zola is the northeast regional leader for Dickstein Shapiro’s Insurance Coverage Group and is based in the firm’s New York and Stamford offices.
Jared’s work maximizing insurance assets to increase clients’ bottom line in cutting edge coverage cases across the country earned him recent praise. In 2015, he was named by Law360 as a “Top Attorney Under 40” for the second consecutive year in the insurance category for his work on behalf of corporate policyholders—he is the only attorney to ever be named a Rising Star twice in the insurance category. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked Jared in the “Policyholder: New York” category from 2013 through 2015. In the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, commentators noted his “particular skill in the political risk and media arenas” and described him as “someone who is doing really well for his clients.” In the 2014 edition, commentators noted that “client favorite Jared Zola has an extensive insurance practice” and “clients appreciate that he is ‘very creative in the way he approaches problems with insurers.’” In the 2013 edition, commentators said he is “accomplished, responsive, and provided clarity throughout the legal process—he was unequivocal in his commitment to the legal resolution.” The 2012 edition of Legal 500 recognized Jared as “outstanding.” New York Super Lawyers also recognized Jared in its 2011 through 2014 editions.
Since January 2008, Jared has helped clients obtain more than $1 billion in insurance recoveries. He is a prolific author, speaker, and presenter.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
Jared recently represented Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. in a major coverage dispute under a D&O policy. He is currently counsel for a Fortune 100 company involving a $100 million fidelity claim in federal court in the Midwest. In the Southern District of New York, he currently represents Gawker Media, LLC involving coverage for alleged injury arising from publication of a constitutionally protected news report and video excerpts. In New York state court, he represents El-Ad Group, an international real estate company and developer of the Plaza Hotel, in a lawsuit involving a multi-million dollar Superstorm Sandy loss in lower Manhattan.
Jared works extensively in securing insurance coverage under professional liability and employment practices liability insurance policies for losses that clients incur stemming from qui tam investigations and litigations. In this emerging coverage area, he currently counsels clients in a broad array of industries including several large government contractors.
Recently, in four unrelated matters, Jared represented a multibillion-dollar private equity fund and three large publicly traded companies in corporate transactions as insurance due diligence counsel. These matters included a master franchise agreement in Finland in early 2013 and one of the largest global acquisitions in 2013. Following the acquisition, Jared represented one of the private equity purchasers as coverage counsel in connection with the subsequent shareholder derivative suits.
Jared has significant experience in complex insurance coverage disputes including Bermuda Form product liability, professional liability, political risk, asbestos, environmental, toxic torts, directors and officers, and bad faith.
Prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro in 2006, Jared worked as an associate at an insurance coverage litigation boutique law firm, where his practice focused on the representation of policyholders in insurance coverage disputes including several property and business interruption losses arising from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There, he played a major role in several trials in which the policyholders obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts.
While in law school, Jared served as the managing editor of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal and received the Jacob M. Burns Medal for his outstanding educational achievements.
Jared provides pro bono legal representation to homeowners in the greater New York City area seeking insurance coverage for losses sustained in "Superstorm Sandy." Jared also represented—on a pro bono basis—the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Counsel, obtaining a favorable settlement on the opening day of trial. He recently received correspondence from that client, which stated: “You provided QCPC, Inc. with stellar pro bono legal assistance. You were professionally responsive; provided clarity throughout the process; and [were] committed to a legal resolution.” After a second successful representation, in 2014, the client wrote to Jared: “You have consistently achieved favorable outcomes for QCPC, Inc. . . . Dickstein Shapiro LLP has outstanding legal teams led by Mr. Jared Zola, Esq.”
Jared co-chairs the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Insurance Coverage Subcommittee.
He is also a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
OUTSIDE THE FIRM
Jared is a regular fixture in spin classes at Soul Cycle’s Tribeca studio in lower Manhattan. He supports several charities including Charity:Water, which works in 20 developing countries around the world, bringing clean water to people in need.