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New York City Office
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Our objective in any engagement is to collaborate with the client to reach a favorable result that furthers the clientâs goals and career aspirations.
We advise individual and business clients in an array of employment-related situations, including severance negotiations, severance/separation agreements, restrictive covenants (including non-competes, confidentiality, non-disparagement, and non-solicitation provisions), restricted stock and restricted share vesting, employee investigations and discipline, wage and overtime disputes, and U-4 and âdirtyâ FINRA U-5 forms.
Our clients' legal and strategic objectives are the guideposts for every one of our engagements. We are not just our clients' lawyers; we are trusted advisers.
In more than sixteen years of law practice, Bill Lalor has represented a diverse group of individual and commercial clients in litigated and other matters involving complex insurance coverage (including coverage-in-place agreements, structured settlements, and other coverage issues), employment, education, FINRA (including "dirty" U-5 issues), personal injury, toxic torts and mass torts, business disputes, regulatory matters, and other subject areas.
Bill has litigated cases involving high-profile clients and adversaries in federal, state and specialized courts throughout the United States, including "CNA" and the Lloyd's of London insurance market. He also served as National Coordinating Counsel for high-profile clients including Alcoa Inc., Arkema, and a unit of BP Chemicals. Bill is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts and is a member of all U.S. District Courts in New York and Connecticut.
Bill was previously a partner with a midtown Manhattan law firm and worked in the corporate law department at CNA. He has also worked in tax practices with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP and has been Campaign Manager and counsel for a U.S. House of Representatives campaign.
Bill earned his Juris Doctor at The Pennsylvania State University in 1999, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting (1996). He was Editor-in-Chief of the environmental law review, and his writing has appeared in The Washington Examiner, The Harford Courant, The L Magazine, and The Stamford Advocate, among others. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut, with his wife, Jennifer, who is a Speech and Language Pathologist in private practice and his children, Katelyn and Evan. He has been a member of the Town of Wilton Council on Ethics, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Republican Town Committee, which he has chaired since October 2017. In 2017, Bill chaired a "slate" committee related to two Board of Selectmen campaigns in Wilton, and he has volunteered as a youth soccer and baseball coach.
Bill is also Of Counsel with the Los Angeles-based boutique entertainment and litigation firm Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP.
Bar Number: 3039146
New York, 2000
Bar Number: 438510
Bar Number: 643703
The Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Science (Accounting), 1996
The Pennsylvania State University
Juris Doctor, 1999
J. Michael Lewis practices in the area of insurance coverage for professional liability, representing insurers and insurance brokers as coverage counsel in the areas of: architects & engineers, law firms, financial institutions, cyber and data privacy, fund management, broker-dealer, private equity, miscellaneous professional liability and directors & officers. His practice encompasses insurance coverage in each of these and related areas.
Issues addressed include the availability and extent of insurance coverage for particular claims, including the scope of various coverages, the application of exclusions and other limitations upon coverage, allocation between multiple insurance policies, coverage for defense costs and exposure analysis of underlying civil litigation and regulatory claims.
Mr. Lewis has regularly represented U.S. and foreign insurers and reinsurers of global financial institutions in coverage disputes arising from securities class actions, ERISA, bankruptcy and SIPC-related claims, major financial scandals and regulatory investigations. He has provided analysis of potential exposure to insurers arising from claims against a wide variety of publicly-listed corporations, financial institutions and broker-dealers.
Mr. Lewis has also counseled insurers and brokers with respect to the wording of directors & officers, architects & engineers and cyber / data privacy insurance policies. Mr. Lewis has helped resolve significant disagreements over insurance coverage through the use of alternative dispute resolution. With the increasing storage of sensitive data online, Mr. Lewis has advised both insurance companies and brokers on the wording and scope of insurance policies providing coverage for breaches of data privacy and other claims involving the improper exposure or dissemination of customer and other electronically-stored data, as well as for other claims involving the safeguarding or use of such data.
Prior to Duane Morris, Mr. Lewis was associated with Seward & Kissel in New York and Robinson & Cole and Silver, Golub & Teitell in Stamford. He is admitted to the state bars of New York and Connecticut and the federal district courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut. Mr. Lewis is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, B.S.; and the Columbia University School of Law, J.D. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Lewis served as an officer in the United States Army.
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