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Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP
Centre Square, West Tower
1500 Market Street, Suite 4100
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 215-735-7200
Fax: 215-735-1714
www.Defensecounsel.com
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About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Transportation
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Property and Casualty
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Coverage Issues
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Trucking Law
  • Subrogation
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About Us
Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP is a partnership of experienced defense counsel committed to providing our clients with the highest level of representation and service. Our practice concentrates exclusively on the defense of insurance carriers, insureds and self-insured entities. This singular focus ensures that our clients benefit from the experience of attorneys who are well-versed in the issues and highly experienced in their fields of professional interest.

Our firm was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1985. As we gained success for our clients, they urged us to expand and we currently offer representation and services throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware and Florida. The combination of our trial attorneys, diverse practice areas, multi-jurisdictional offices, professional support staff and state-of-the-art technology provide our clients with a comprehensive package of legal services designed to meet their most challenging legal needs.

We present a diverse group of clients including Fortune 500 companies, self-insured entities, small to mid-sized businesses, third party administrators, public entities and individuals. We regularly represent our clients in multi-district, complex and class action litigation, appellate advocacy, trials, administrative proceedings and alternative dispute resolution proceedings throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware and Florida. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and have an excellent record of obtaining the results our clients deserve.
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Additional Locations
Miami, Florida
The Waterford at Blue Lagoon
1000 N.W. 57th Court, Suite 300
Miami, Florida 33126
Telephone: 305-774-9966
Fax: 305-774-7743
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
2070 Springdale Road, Suite 400
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
Telephone: 856-616-0700
Fax: 856-616-0776
Hicksville, New York
17 West John Street, Suite 200
Hicksville, New York 11801
Telephone: 516-939-9200
Fax: 516-939-9201
New York, New York
39 Broadway, Suite 950
New York, New York 10006
Telephone: 212-968-8300
Fax: 212-968-9840
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
625 Liberty Avenue, Suite 390
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Telephone: 412-928-0502
Fax: 412-928-0506
Wilmington, Delaware
919 North Market Street, Suite 200
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Telephone: 302-655-2181
Fax: 302-655-2182
Tampa, Florida
8166 Woodland Center Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33614-2418
Telephone: 813-449-4400
Fax: 813-449-4401
Morgantown, West Virginia
160 Fayette Street, Suite 104
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Telephone: 304-241-2976
Fax: 423-218-0284
Jacksonville, Florida
6100 Greenland Road, Suite 601
Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Telephone: 904-516-0900
Fax: 904-701-0307
Towson, Maryland
810 Gleneagles Court, Suite 304
Towson, Maryland 21286
Telephone: 410-583-8081
Fax: 410-821-1608
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AmTrust GroupArch Insurance Group
Chubb Group of Insurance CompaniesCNA HealthPro
Infinity Insurance CompanyMarkel Insurance Company
Mid-Hudson Co-Operative Insurance CompanyNational Indemnity Company
Starr Indemnity & Liability CompanyWestern World Insurance Company
W.R. Berkley Group
Non-Insurance Clients
Academy Bus ServicesCaesars Entertainment
Family Dollar Stores, Inc.Forever 21 Retail, Inc.
Giant Food Stores, LLCGoldman, Sachs & Co.
Lowe's Companies, Inc.Martz Bus Lines
National Food Processors AssociationPep Boys, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
Jay E. Mintzer
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jmintzer@defensecounsel.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Complex Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • New Jersey
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
Memberships:
  • American, Philadelphia and Camden Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S., 1978
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1981
  • Temple University, LL.M., 1986
Born:1957
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Lawrence S. Sarowitz
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:lsarowitz@defensecounsel.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Common Carrier
  • Product Liability
  • Self-Insured
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction Law
  • Complex Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • New York, 1979
  • New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Camden Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Baruch College, B.A., 1973
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1978
Born:1951
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James N. Zeris
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:jzeris@defensecounsel.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
  • Civil Rights
  • Professional Negligence
  • Medical Negligence
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1991
Memberships:
  • New York State and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Research Institute
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • C. Newport College, College of William and Mary, B.S.B.A., 1981
  • Temple University, J.D., 1984
Born:1958
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Stephen Ledva, Jr.
Philadelphia, PA
E-Mail:sledva@defensecounsel.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
  • Employer Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1984
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Memberships:
  • American (Litigation Section), Pennsylvania (Workers' Compensation Section), New Jersey State and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • New Jersey Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.S., 1979
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 1984
Born:1957
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Addison J. Meyers
Miami, FL
Telephone:305-774-9966
Fax:305-774-7743
E-Mail:ameyers@defensecounsel.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Environmental Law
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1978
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of the Virgin Islands
  • U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Pennsylvania and Dade County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association (Director, 1992-1994)
  • Florida Bar Ethics Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1973
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1978
Born:1951
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