Lynda A. Bennett Partner and Chair, Insurance Recovery Group, Member, Executive Board

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.597.6338 | F 973.597.6339

Corporate policyholders rely on Lynda to aggressively litigate, negotiate, and resolve complicated disputes with insurers. To date, she has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance recoveries for her clients.

With more than 20 years of commercial litigation experience, Lynda understands that it is generally not in the best interests of corporate policyholders to engage in protracted and costly litigation, especially when doing so may disrupt business and lead to unwelcome public attention. Her goal is to assess and resolve disputes in a manner that achieves successful outcomes for her clients while minimizing interruptions to business as usual. However, if litigation becomes necessary, she has a keen sense of strategy and will exert maximum leverage to resolve claims as quickly as possible.

Lynda has obtained significant recoveries for clients in environmental, asbestos, construction defect, mass tort, product liability, D&O, and professional liability cases. She also counsels clients with respect to contractual insurance requirements, new insurance products (such as cyber insurance), innovative risk management tools, and insurance program assessment. Working with the firm’s transactional lawyers, Lynda regularly advises strategic acquirers and private equity funds regarding insurance coverage issues that arise in acquisition and investment transactions.

Lynda has chaired the Insurance Recovery group since 2011 and is a member of the firm’s Executive Board and Compensation Committee. She previously served on the firm’s Operating Committee and Recruiting Committee, and is currently actively engaged in growing the firm’s Washington, DC, office through the expansion of the Insurance Recovery group in Washington.

Lynda is strongly committed to advancing the role of women in the legal profession. She is a founder of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, is active in legal industry women’s groups, and serves as a board member and past president of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. She is also an active participant in a firmwide initiative to help junior attorneys develop their networking, business development, and branding skills.

Representative Engagements

Achieved trial and appellate court victories in New York State Court for Sterling Infosystems, Inc., a provider of background checks and consumer reports. As a result of these victories, Sterling’s professional liability insurer has to cover Sterling, up to its full $5 million policy limit, for several putative class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In addition, the insurer was ordered to reimburse Sterling for the attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred for the coverage litigation.
We represent a real estate developer who purchased 8 tracts of land from Consolidated Rail Corporation. Shortly after the real estate transaction closed, the developer’s title to the Properties was challenged by the municipality and several public interest groups. Our Insurance Recovery Group has secured the insurer’s defense obligation. In addition, an appellate court affirmed a $1.6M fee award for past defense costs, representing more than 95% of the requested fees. The appellate court also granted our cross-appeal on the right to recover coverage litigation fees and costs and the right to pursue pre-judgment interest.
Acted as coverage counsel in a large construction defect litigation involving a multimillion-dollar waterfront development in New Jersey, securing a combined eight-figure insurance recovery from a variety of insurers.
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Other Distinctions

  • NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business (2016) – Named one of New Jersey’s 2016 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013–2017) –Ranked in Band 1 for insurance litigation and praised by clients as “among the best I've worked with, not only in the substantive legal work, but also in understanding the business needs of what the client is trying to accomplish”(2017); "a very tough advocate who leaves no stone unturned" (2016); "a tremendous insurance litigator who is able to handle major cases and has the respect of judges and peers alike" (2015); “very accessible, responsive, practical and easygoing” (2014); and a "brilliant attorney - she explains the issues clearly and comes up with excellent strategies” (2013).

  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (2014) – Elected as counsel to an organization that is composed of preeminent coverage and extracontractual counsel in the United States and Canada who represent the interests of both insurers and policyholders.

  • Distinguished Service Award (2014) – Presented by The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

  • Recipient of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Women's Initiative and Leaders in Law Platinum Award for the Private Sector (2013) – Bestowed on individuals for their exceptional achievements, the development of the legal profession, and their sustained contributions to gender equity challenges and other issues unique to women in the legal profession.

  • New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law (2008) – Awarded the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, which acknowledges conduct, competence and demeanor that set an example for others in the profession.
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Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "How Leading GC's are Managing Risk, Engaging Stakeholders and Expanding Influence," Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference, Washington, D.C., October 10-12, 2017

  • Speaker, "A Really Interesting & Practical Discussion About Cyber Insurance ... No, Seriously," TechGC Webinar, October 4, 2017

  • Speaker, "Emerging Trends in Cyber Insurance Under Traditional and Standalone Policies," ACC - New Jersey and Lowenstein Sandler's Cyber Day, September 27, 2017

  • Speaker, "Jamison Risk Services Cyber Security Panel," Jamison Risk Services, May 11, 2017

  • Speaker, "Cyber Insurance for Real Estate: Are You Covered for Cyber Security Risks?," ACREL Insurance Committee Webinar, February 14, 2017

  • Speaker, "A Really Interesting and Practical Discussion About Insurance … No, Seriously," TechGC’s Winter Meeting, December 6, 2016

  • Panelist, "Statutory Damages: The Murky Void Between Compensation and Punishment,"  2016 Women in Insurance Conference, October 20, 2016
  • Panelist, "The Insurance Company Has Denied Coverage Or Agreed to Defend Subject to a Reservation of Rights. Now What?," Women, Influence & Power in Law Annual Conference, September 22-23, 2016

  • Speaker, "Are You Covered for Cyber Security Risks? A Discussion of Traditional and “New” Cyber Insurance Policies,"  ACC - New Jersey and Lowenstein Sandler's Cyber Day, June 2, 2016

  • Speaker, "Additional Insured Coverage in Construction Contracts and Interplay with Contractual Indemnification," Strafford Live Webinar, May 31, 2016

  • Speaker, "Understanding Insurance and Liability: A Focus on D&O, Cybersecurity and Policy Reviews," MFA Compliance, May 10, 2016

  • Panelist, "Hot Buttons in Insurance Law," The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, January 16, 2016

  • Speaker, "D&O Insurance Coverage: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You," Investment Management Group Breakfast Series, November 11, 2015
  • Panelist, "Privilege and Ethical Considerations in Insurance Relationships," Women, Influence & Power in Law Annual Conference, October 28-30, 2015

  • Panelist, "The Evolving Liabilities: Cyber, Privacy & Security Exposures," 2015 CPCU Society Annual Meeting, October 5, 2015

  • Speaker, "The Current State of Play Regarding Cyber Insurance – Is It Necessary and Worth The Money?," Paper Merchants Association, July 15, 2015

  • Panelist, "Are You Covered for Cyber Security Risks?: A Discussion of Traditional and "New" Cyber Insurance Policies," ACC - New Jersey and Lowenstein Sandler's Cyber Day, June 11, 2015

  • Panelist, "Cybersecurity – The New Frontier for Hedge Funds," Managed Funds Association (MFA) Compliance 2015, May 5, 2015


Maximizing Insurance Recovery for Hurricane Harvey and Irma Losses
Insurance Recovery Group Client Alert, September 13, 2017
Lynda Bennett, Eric Jesse
Advice to Cyber Insurance Buyers: You Are Not Alone
CFO, May 9, 2017
Lynda Bennett
How to Get Noticed as a Junior Associate within Your Law Firm
Reuters Westlaw’s Legal Executive Institute, March 1, 2017
Lynda Bennett
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Press Mentions

Lynda Bennett comments in Law360 on how a recent New Jersey appeals court decision affects the “continuous trigger” theory for insurance in construction defect liability claims. , Law360 , October 17, 2017
Lynda Bennett comments in Law360 on how a recent Third Circuit decision limiting the ability of policyholders to keep coverage disputes out of federal court may lead to inconsistent rulings by federal and state courts on insurance coverage issues. , Law360 , August 25, 2017
In Metropolitan Corporate CounselLynda Bennett shares her advice for women overcoming challenges to lead in the law , Metropolitan Corporate Counsel , May 2017
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Related Areas

Business Litigation
Insurance Recovery Group


Valparaiso University School of Law ( J.D. , 1994 ) , magna cum laude, Executive Editor, Valparaiso Law Review
Susquehanna University ( B.A. , 1991 ) , cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions

1995 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1997 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1997 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Member, Insurance Law Section Executive Committee
    • Past Chair, Insurance Law Section
    • Past Chair, Insurance Law Section Newsletter
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
    • Board Member
    • Strategic Planning Advisor
    • Past President
  • Continuing Legal Education
    • Frequent lecturer on insurance-related topics