Michael D. Lichtenstein Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.597.2408 | F 973.597.2409

Michael brings 25 years of experience to his insurance recovery and environmental litigation practice. Recognized as “very intelligent, a very strategic thinker, and an excellent negotiator” (Chambers USA), Michael consistently achieves outstanding results without the rancor often associated with “big case” litigation.

In the insurance space, Michael and his team have recovered over $1 billion for insurance policyholders, and have never represented an insurance carrier in a coverage matter. In the environmental arena, Michael focuses on the defense of cost recovery and toxic tort claims, and has obtained complete defense verdicts against both government and private parties.

Michael has tried numerous insurance and environmental cases in state and federal courts around the country, and is comfortable in any trial setting.

Representative Engagements

Currently representing a company in defense of a CERCLA cost recovery claim in excess of $100 million. A decision post-trial is pending.
Currently representing a company in an insurance recovery litigation related to an airplane crash in Oregon.
Currently representing a company in defense of a class action toxic tort litigation in Dayton, Ohio. A class action determination is pending.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers (2016 – 2017) – Clients regard Michael as “a very fine attorney.”

  • Immediate past Co-chair, Insurance Coverage Practice (2008–2011)

  • Chair, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education “Corporate Counsel” (2008–2013)

  • Visiting Lecturer, Rutgers University School of Law


Watch What You Say To Your Insurance Broker
Law360, July 24, 2015
Michael Lichtenstein, Catherine Aiello
Killing A Mocking Burd And Other NJ Duty To Defend Issues
Law360, May 15, 2015
Michael Lichtenstein, Craig Dashiell
Policyholder Beware: Communications With Insurance Brokers May Waive Privilege
Insurance Coverage Alert, April 6, 2015
Michael Lichtenstein, Catherine Aiello
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The Lowenstein Sandler Insurance Claims Handling Guide
Insurance Coverage Group, 2011
Michael Lichtenstein

Press Mentions

Michael Lichtenstein discusses the resources available, including pro bono legal services, to women who are victims of domestic violence. , The Star Ledger , December 23, 2007

Related Areas

Business Litigation
Environmental Law & Litigation
Insurance Recovery Group
Products & Specialty Torts


University of Pennsylvania Law School ( J.D. , 1991 ) , cum laude
Brandeis University ( B.A. , 1988 ) , magna cum laude


U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania , Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen (retired)  

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey


  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Connecticut State Bar Association