Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Michael Wolfer saves clients time and money by doing the heavy lifting, effectively communicating the potential of a case, and focusing on the best end result. He is an Associate in the Philadelphia office and navigates Subrogation, First-Party Coverage and Casualty Defense claims seamlessly. Fire losses are no stranger to Michael, as he regularly handles seven figure fire losses involving various risks including condominiums and apartment buildings. His experience also comprises complex product liability cases and trucking cases, one of which he settled involved damaged medical equipment with damages in excess of $1.8 million.  Michael also handles cases involving construction defects, building collapse, water damage, as well as other types of property damage.

A Division 1 wrestler in college, Michael’s rigorous training and academic schedules taught him perseverance and time management. With that same dedicated mentality, he resolved a high profile building collapse case that resulted in more than $1 million in damages. Clients are thankful for Michael’s proactive approach to cases and note that he always keeps their interests and goals first.

Michael believes in being plugged into his community. He serves as the Board Secretary for Columbia University’s Club of Philadelphia where he participates in various community and charitable events. He also volunteers in the Philadelphia VIP pro bono program, handling cases on behalf of those who cannot afford a representative. In addition, Michael enjoys deciding cases as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Arbitration Program.

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Recognitions

  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Certified Civil Arbitrator

Education

  • Columbia University, New York
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Rutgers University School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Board Secretary of Columbia Club of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia State Bar Association

Courts

  • Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas
  • United States District Court - District of New Jersey

Court Decisions

COURT DECISIONDistrict Judge in New Jersey Rules Waiver of Subrogation Provision in Residential Lease Is Unenforceable

This case is significant because it shows that the existence of a waiver of subrogation provision is not sufficient, by itself, to determine the validity of subrogation rights.  A review of the circumstances (and application of contract principles) is required to determine whether the waiver is valid and enforceable.

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COURT DECISIONLots of Cold Feelings in Pipe Freeze Claims

A recent Pennsylvania decision highlights the difficulties and critical issues associated with identifying potentially liable parties in pipe freeze cases.

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COURT DECISIONDistrict of New Jersey Rejects Waiver of Subrogation in Residential Solar Contract

Recently, Judge Sheridan of the District of New Jersey rejected a waiver of subrogation in a residential solar contract, finding that the contract was one of adhesion and that the waiver was against public interest. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group v. Vivint Solar, Inc., 2018 WL 1003745 (D.N.J. 2018), involved a home in Union, New Jersey insured by New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group (NJMIG). In 2014, the homeowner’s were approached by a door-to-door salesman from Vivint Solar, Inc., and ultimately entered a Contract with Vivint for the design, installation, service and maintenance of a residential solar panel system for their property.

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Blog Posts

April 17, 2019 BLOG POSTNotre Dame and Handling Tragic Losses

Imagine you just received an email, subject line “New Assignment – April 15 2019 loss – Paris France.” You open the email and learn that you will be assisting in the rebuilding of Notre Dame.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Manufacturer Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Subrogation