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53 Cardinal Drive
Westfield, New Jersey 07090Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 908-233-6800
Fax: 908-233-5078
E-Mail: rdeluca@lindabury.com
www.lindabury.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2369, Westfield, NJ 07091
Established: 1954

Practice Areas
  • General Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • General Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Lead Paint
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Labor and Employment
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • ERISA
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Subrogation
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Bad Faith
  • Punitive Damages
  • Coverage Issues
  • Opinions
  • Primary and Excess Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Fidelity
  • Surety
  • Health Care
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • School Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Mass Tort
  • Consumer Litigation
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About Us
Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. is a premier corporate and commercial law firm that has been effectively handling insurance coverage and defense matters for our clients for 60 years. Our attorneys specialize in a wide variety of areas in the insurance practice and have extensive trial and appellate experience. We have several attorneys certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as trial attorneys, and considerable experience with the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution. Our responsiveness, responsible staffing and many years of delivering successful outcomes to our insurance clients make us a solid and reliable partner for insurance coverage and defense work.

Lindabury is known and respected for providing excellent legal service to its clients. Lindabury attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective areas of practice both by their peers in the legal community and by venerable industry publications. It is because of our attorney’s depth of knowledge, experience and unwavering ethical standards that clients choose Lindabury when faced with complex business and personal legal issues.

We build client trust by consistently demonstrating our ability to deliver positive results through quality work, professional integrity and timely service. Over the years, we have adopted core practice values that we bring to our relationships with clients: quality legal work, reasonable fees, and a focus on personalized service. So important is trust to us that we have adopted the phrase "Because Trust Matters" as an expression of our firm. It serves as both a pledge to our clients and an ever-present reminder to us that the practice of law is more than a business engagement: it is a privileged business partnership with honesty, fairness and ethical behavior at its very foundation.
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Additional Locations
Summit, New Jersey
480 Morris Avenue
Summit, New Jersey 07901
Telephone: 908-273-1212
Fax: 908-273-8922
Red Bank, New Jersey
331 Newman Springs Road
Suite 225
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Telephone: 732-741-7777
Fax: 732-758-1879
New York, New York
26 Broadway, 21st Floor
New York, New York 10004
Telephone: 212-742-3390
Fax: 212-269-5016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1515 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Telephone: 215-854-4090
Fax: 215-569-0216
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Agricultural Excess and Surplus Insurance CompanyAgricultural Insurance Company
AIG Claims, Inc.AIU Insurance Company
Ambassador Insurance CompanyAmerican Alliance Insurance Company
American Alternative Insurance CorporationAmerican Family Home Insurance Company
American Home Assurance CompanyAmerican Modern Insurance Group, Inc.
American National Fire Insurance CompanyAuto-Owners Insurance Company
The Beasley GroupCertain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London
General Star Management CompanyGreat American Insurance Company
Hanover Insurance CompanyHartford Financial Products
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.Illinois National Insurance Company
The Insurance Company of the State of PennsylvaniaLexington Insurance Company
Lexington Insurance Company/AIGNational Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA
New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty AssociationOld Republic Insurance Company
Safeco/American States Insurance CompanyTransport Insurance Company
Travelers Insurance CompaniesWindsor Insurance Group
Non-Insurance Clients
Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A.Bentley Motors, Inc.
BMW Financial Services NA, LLCBMW of North America, LLC
Matheson Tri-GasNissan North America, Inc.
NOVAMEXRolls-Royce Motor Cars
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Shareholders
Jay Lavroff
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:jlavroff@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Excess and Surplus Lines
  • General Liability
  • Opinions
  • Product Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., 1985
Born:1960
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Edward J. Frisch
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:efrisch@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Law
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Surety
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2007
Education:
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Newark College of Engineering, B.S.M.E., 1971
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., 1976
Born:1943
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John H. Schmidt, Jr.
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:jschmidt@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Compensation
  • Employer Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor and Employment
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2005
Additional Biographical Details:
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2007
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Education:
  • Rutgers College, B.A., 1973
  • Seton Hall University, J.D. (cum laude), 1977
Born:1952
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James D. DeRose
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:jderose@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Civil Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Self-Insured Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • Wagner College, B.A., 1969
  • The Catholic University of America, J.D., 1978
Born:1946
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David R. Pierce
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:dpierce@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Land Use
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
Education:
  • Syracuse University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1979
  • Syracuse University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1985
Born:1957
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Eric B. Levine
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:elevine@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Coverage Issues
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2006
Education:
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.B.A. (cum laude), 1992
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., 1995
Born:1970
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Greg K. Vitali
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:gvitali@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Surety
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2006
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1994
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1997
Born:1972
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Anne S. Burris
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:aburris@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Self-Insured Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1999
  • New York, 2000
  • Pennsylvania, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
Education:
  • Washington University, B.A., 1979
  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, M.S.J., 1982
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1999
Born:1958
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Partners
Andrew J. Gibbs
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:agibbs@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Accountants and Attorneys Liability
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Automobile Liability
  • Casualty Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Litigation and Counseling
  • Mass Tort
  • Medical Negligence
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Toxic Torts
  • Truck Liability
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1995
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Anthony J. La Russo
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:alarusso@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • General Practice
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1968
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1968
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1977
Memberships:
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Education:
  • Bucknell University, B.S., 1965
  • Villanova University, J.D., 1968
Born:1943
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Steven Backfisch
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:sbackfisch@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Additional Biographical Details:
Master, Brennan Vanderbilt Inn of Court (President, 1999-2000)
Education:
  • St. Bernard College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1977
  • Seton Hall University, J.D. (cum laude), 1980
Born:1955
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Kathleen M. Connelly
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:kconnelly@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Employer Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Special Investigations
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour Law
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1990
Education:
  • Monmouth University, B.A. (cum laude), 1983
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1990
Born:1959
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Philip G. Pizzuto
Westfield, NJ
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Lead Paint
  • Litigation
  • Litigation and Counseling
  • Litigation Defense
Admitted
  • New York, 1997
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania, 2004
Education:
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1996
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Of Counsel
John M. Boyle
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:jboyle@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1954
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1954
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1960
Additional Biographical Details:
Fellow, American Bar Association; Presiding Judge, Equity Part, Chancery Division, Superior Court of New Jersey (1989-2002); Law Div. (1984-1989); Founder, President of Richard T. Hughes Inn of Court
Memberships:
  • International Society of Barristers
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1952
  • Rutgers University, J.D., 1954
  • University of Nevada Judicial College
  • Harvard Law School
  • The University of Kansas
Born:1929
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Scott M. Yaffe
Westfield, NJ
E-Mail:syaffe@lindabury.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
Education:
  • The University of Chicago, B.A., 1978
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1982
Born:1956
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