Lynda A. Bennett Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.597.6338 | F 973.597.6339

Chair, Insurance Recovery Group
Member, Executive Board

With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, corporate policyholders depend on Lynda Bennett to aggressively litigate, negotiate, and resolve their complicated insurance disputes with maximum recoveries. With more than 20 years of commercial litigation experience, Lynda understands that it's generally not in the best interests of corporate policyholders to engage in protracted and costly litigation that distracts them from their business. She has a reputation for reasonably assessing and resolving insurance coverage disputes and achieving practical results for her clients. When litigation is necessary, Lynda has a keen sense of strategy and litigation savvy to exert maximum leverage to get the insurance claim resolved.

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, innovative risk management tools and assessment of their insurance programs.

Throughout her career Lynda has played a prominent role in the legal community, and currently serves as a board member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, where she has also served as president.

Representative Engagements

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.
Represented a large manufacturer in connection with two environmental claims under a pollution legal liability insurance policy.
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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 (2013–2015) – Ranked in Band 1 for insurance litigation and praised by clients as "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

  • 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

  • Panelist, "Are You Covered for Cyber Security Risks: A Discussion of Traditional and 'New' Cyber Insurance Policies," Lowenstein Sandler & ARC EXCESS & SURPLUS, LLC Program, March 12, 2015

  • Speaker, “Hot Insurance Topics on Today’s Legal Landscape,” Chadler Group Presentation, March 2, 2015 


Sidestepping Cyber Liability: Three Best Practices
Corporate Board Member, Fourth Quarter 2015
Lynda Bennett
The National Trend of Insurance Coverage for GCs in Construction Defect Lawsuits Continues
Insurance Recovery Group Alert, July 29, 2015
Lynda Bennett, Eric Jesse
Your D&O coverage: Do you have what you expect . . . and need?
Directors & Boards Magazine, Second Quarter 2015
Lynda Bennett
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Press Mentions

Lynda Bennett comments in Insurance Journal on the risk of cyber insurance policies. , Insurance Journal , March 21, 2016
Lynda Bennett, one of NJBIZ’s 2016 Best 50 Women in Business honorees, shares her advice for success in the workplace. , March 14, 2016
Lynda Bennett comments in Insurance Journal on the “volatile” nature of cyber insurance policies and how the market will change as cyber coverage evolves. , Insurance Journal , March 4, 2016
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June 2, 2016
Cyber Day

Related Areas

Commercial & 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