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. He also leads the group’s Property & Business Interruption Practice. His work secured more than $800 million of dollars in insurance recoveries for clients, including more than $100 million in the past two years.
Jared’s work maximizing insurance assets to increase clients’ bottom line in cutting edge coverage cases across the country earned him recent praise. The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked him in the “Policyholder: New York” category and 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 2013 editions.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
His practice focuses on representing corporate policyholders in insurance coverage litigation, as well as negotiating settlements with prominent property and casualty insurers. Since joining the firm, Jared has participated in the trials of several major coverage matters and dealt with a variety of significant and complex insurance coverage disputes.
Jared has significant first-party property and business interruption coverage experience. He currently represents an international real estate conglomerate in connection with Superstorm Sandy losses and, in the past, secured significant settlements and verdicts stemming from 9/11, fire, weather-related, and other first-party losses.
Jared works extensively in securing insurance coverage under professional liability and employment practices liability insurance policies for losses that clients incur stemming from False Claims Act investigations and litigations. In this emerging coverage area, he currently counsels clients in a broad array of industries including several large government contractors.
Jared is rapidly building a national reputation representing entities that allegedly negligently hired and supervised individuals accused of sexually molesting children. With Dickstein Shapiro colleagues, Jared represents the Roman Catholic Bishop of Helena, Montana in a coverage litigation pending in Montana state court, and the Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle in an adversary proceeding pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
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.
In addition, Jared has significant experience in more traditional complex insurance coverage disputes including professional liability, asbestos, environmental, toxic torts, construction defects, 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.”
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 charties including Charity:Water, which works in 20 developing countries around the world, bringing clean water to people in need.