Michael J. McLaughlin is a Senior Associate at Butler who joined the firm in 2012. Working in the Philadelphia office, Michael is focused on areas that involve first-party coverage and casualty defense litigation. He also has experience in defending insurers against extra-contractual claims including bad faith, representing insurers in state and federal courts, and has defended insured and self-insured clients in personal injury, automobile and premises liability cases. He has successfully represented insurers in complex disputes involving code upgrade and ordinance or law coverage. Michael is also experienced in representing insurers in cases involving first party medical benefits under motor vehicle insurance policies, including claims for personal injury protection (PIP) benefits.
Michael is skilled in oral argument, alternative dispute resolution, pleading and brief drafting, and taking depositions, and has been successful in obtaining favorable rulings in numerous cases. He has also supervised residential and commercial property inspections throughout the mid-Atlantic.
His past experience involved working as a law clerk for Judge Susan Peikes Gantman of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Michael received his Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law in 2008. He is a member of the Brehon Law Society, and enjoys volunteering with local pro bono organizations, including the Legal Clinic for the Disabled and Philadelphia VIP. He actively participates in local insurance industry groups including the CLM, Philadelphia Loss Conference and The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International.
- Arcadia University
Bachelor of Arts
- Temple University
Doctor of Jurisprudence
W.G. Tomko, Inc. v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co., Franklin County, Ohio C.C.P. (Aug. 21, 2014) (dismissing suit against insurer pursuant to suit limitations clause).
Year, Inc. v. Travelers Cas. Ins. Co. of America, Pennsylvania Super. Ct. (April 22, 2014) (affirming summary judgment ruling in favor of insurer per protective safeguard endorsement)
March 04, 2016
PUBLICATIONShelter from the Storm: Potential Disputes in Handling Additional Living Expense Claims
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If the insurer and the homeowners cannot come to an agreement on these issues early in the resolution process, disputes are likely to develop that may quickly lead to a contentious claims resolution and, ultimately, to litigation with the potential for extra-contractual damages.
April 01, 2015
PUBLICATIONNew Jersey Expands Traditional Notions of Physical Loss or Damage
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New Jersey courts continue to expand traditional notions of physical loss or damage in recent decision of the New Jersey Federal District Court, Gregory Packaging, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of America, Civ. No. 2:12-cv-04418 WHW, 2014 WL 6675934 (D.N.J. Nov. 25, 2014) (J. Walls).