Steven J. Pudell has been the managing shareholder in Anderson Kill's Newark office since 2008. Mr. Pudell's practice concentrates on insurance recovery, exclusively on behalf of policyholders, as well as on commercial litigation.
Mr. Pudell has represented food industry companies, chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and real estate developers in insurance recovery matters.
Since 2011, Mr. Pudell has been recognized each year by Chambers USA as one of New Jersey's top insurance recovery lawyers, which noted that clients admired his "creative efforts" and his "willingness to put the effort into getting the work done on time."
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1995, he clerked for the Honorable David Landau in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.
Mr. Pudell served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charge Committee from 2009-2014.
Mr. Pudell served as a member of the Risk/Safety Commission of the Associated General Contractors of America from 2009-2013.
Mr. Pudell is the Co-Chair of the ADR/Settlement Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, Litigation Committee (2012-Present).
Mr. Pudell has lectured on insurance coverage law at various conferences including numerous times for local chapters of RIMS. Mr. Pudell is involved in civic and philanthropic activities including currently serving since 2013 as president of the Teaneck Baseball Organization and was a member of the Board of Trustees of his local synagogue.
- Represented multi-national chemical manufacturer in environmental insurance coverage case involving sites in New Jersey and Tacoma, Washington.
- Obtained favorable ruling on the duty to defend for our client, a large pharmaceutical company, on its $400 million product liability insurance coverage dispute. The case settled days before trial.
- Successfully obtained order dismissing insurance company's complaint based on abstention grounds for the policyholder which resulted in a favorable settlement of the case for our client, an outdoor and camping equipment manufacturing company. The matter stems from an insurance coverage dispute regarding insurance company's denial of coverage under product liability insurance.
- Represented manufacturer of land, air, sea and space navigation and guidance products in environmental insurance coverage litigation.
- Represented coating and paint manufacturer in environmental insurance coverage litigation involving sites in over 20 states.
- Lead counsel for major real estate developer in insurance coverage dispute involving "Builders Risk" policy. Also, represented the company in reaching a settlement in a related dispute involving a general liability insurance policy.
- Represented commercial landlord involving insurance coverage for complaints by tenants of damage from toxic fumes.
- Represented commercial landlord involving insurance coverage for complaints by tenants of damage from toxic fumes.
- Represented commercial property owner in property/fire insurance case and won summary judgment ruling that led to settlement. See 237 F.Supp.2d 270 (E.D.N.Y. 2002).
- Represented corporation in securities fraud case.
- Represented paint manufacturer in lead paint insurance coverage case. Case was litigated to the New Jersey Appellate Division (2003 WL 1904383) and the New Jersey Supreme Court (179 N.J. 87).
- Represented franchises of a fast food company involving insurance coverage for food borne illness.
- Represented a manufacturer of military rations involving a food contamination/recall insurance policy.
- Appointed as special insurance coverage counsel for debtors insurance coverage issues.
"Getting the Most Out of Product Recall Insurance," Risk Management magazine (December 11, 2013) (with Joshua Gold)Ten Tips To Preserve Business Income Insurance Coverage," Drycleaners News (December 2006) (with Richard P. Lewis and Natasha Z. Millman)
"New Decisions Affect Contribution and Allocation Causes of Action in New Jersey," New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. 214, No. 9 (December 2, 2013) and Anderson Kill New Jersey Alert (October 2013) (with Robert D. Chesler and Anna M. Piazza)
"Will New Jersey Policyholders Win Better Bad Faith Laws in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy," Property Casualty 360 (November 1, 2013) and Anderson Kill New Jersey Alert (October 2013) (with Robert D. Chesler and Beth D. Simon)
"No Use Denying over Spilled Milk," Food Manufacturing Magazine (March 5, 2013) (with Robert D. Chesler and Kathleen F. Donovan)
"Who, What, When, Where, How? NJ Insurance Cases Of 2012," Law360 (January 17, 2013) (with Robert D. Chesler and Beth D. Simon)
"Year-End Review of New Jersey Insurance Case Law," AKO New Jersey Alert (December 2012) (with Robert D. Chesler and Beth D. Simon)
"Think Twice Before You Make 'All Natural' Claims," Food Manufacturing magazine (July 2012) (with Kathleen F. Donovan)
"Product Recall Insurance and the New FDA Food Safety Modernization Act," (May 2012) (with Kathleen F. Donovan)
"Preventing, Uncovering and Prosecuting the Enemy Within: New Jersey's Top Legal Guns Target Employee Fraud & Theft," CIANJ's Commerce magazine (Summer 2010)
"Five steps to maximize insurance coverage for food contamination events," Food Chemical News, On the Front Burner, Volume 52, Issue 13 (June 2010)
"The Complexity of Environmental Litigation in New Jersey Requires Both Mind and Muscle," Commerce Magazine: Environmental Business (November 2009)
"Revealing the Secrets to Success: Accounting and Legal Advice is Critical for Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Firms," Commerce Magazine, Special Focus: Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Roundtable (Autumn 2009)
"Buying the Right Insurance Coverage is Only Half the Battle," Hospitality/Lawyer/Risk Management Newsletter, Volume I, Issue 4 (November 2009), Corporate Counsel (November 2009) and AKO Policyholder Advisor, Volume 18, Number 5 (September/October 2009) (with Natasha Z. Millman)
"The Hot Seat is No Place to Be Alone: Top New Jersey Law Firms Can Help," Commerce Magazine Fourth Annual Law Firm Managing Partners Roundtable (Summer 2009)
"Does Your Business Have the 'Horsepower' for Long-Term Success? Good Legal Advice Can Make the Difference Between First and Last," Commerce Magazine Third Annual Law Firm Managing Partners Roundtable (Summer 2008)
"Past Policies Vital When Faced With Liability," Drycleaners News (October 2006) (with Natasha Millman)
"The Duty To Defend And Allocation Of Defense Obligations Under Commercial General Liability Insurance Policies - New York and New Jersey Law," New York State Bar Association, Commercial Lines Insurance Coverage With Advanced Issues (Spring 2004)
"Duty to Defend: Understanding the Duty & Its Application in New Jersey," New Jersey State Bar Association, New Brunswick, NJ (June 19, 2014)
"Maximizing Your Insurance Recovery," Moderator, Anderson Kill's 2nd Annual New Jersey Policyholder Advisor Conference, Iselin, NJ (April 24, 2014) (with Robert D. Chesler, Dennis J. Artese, Darin J. McMullen and Joshua Gold)
"Ten Things Your Product, Recall or Contamination Insurer Won't Tell You," Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Litigation Conference Program, Dana Point, CA (February 26, 2014)
"Ethical Issues and Crises Management After An Environmental Catastrophe," Pace Law School Center for Continuing Legal Education, White Plains, NY (February 21, 2014)
"Eight Things That Your Recall or Commercial Liability Insurance Company Won't Tell You," Dairy Practice Council's 44th Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA (November 6, 2013)
"Attorney Ethics on the Road to Insurance Recovery," Anderson Kill 17th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (October 17, 2013) (with Edward J. Stein)
"Maximizing Your Insurance Recovery," AKO's New Jersey Policyholder Advisor Conference, Iselin, NJ (April 18, 2013) (with Robert D. Chesler)
“Inside an International Recall: Implementing an Effective Recall Throughout All Levels of the Supply and Distribution Chain,” American Conference Institute’s 6th National Forum Food Borne Illness Litigation Series, Chicago, IL (November 30, 2012)
"What Every Insurance Professional Should Know About Insurance Coverage," NJ RIMS PERK Chapter 4th Annual Risk Management Day, Basking Ridge, NJ (November 13, 2012) (with Finley T. Harckham)
"Understanding the Mechanism & Tools for Protecting Your Business Through Contractual Risk Transfer," New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association Annual Conference, Whippany, NJ (September 21, 2012) (with Darin J. McMullen)
"Ultrafine Print: How to Read an Insurance Policy," New Jersey RIMS Risk Management Day, New Jersey (November 8, 2011) (with Darin J. McMullen)
"Protecting Your Brand/Food Safety Risks," The Dairy Practices Council's 42nd Annual Conference, Manchester, NH (November 3, 2011) (with Geoffrey R. Kaiser)
"How to Maximize Your Insurance Recovery," National Cleaners Association's Texcare Show, Secaucus, NJ (October 16, 2011)
"Top Ten Insurance Tips for a Corporate Law Department," New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association's 2011 Annual CLE Conference, East Hanover, NJ (September 23, 2011) (with Darin J. McMullen)
"Emerging Legal Issues in Insurance Risk Management," 2011 PERK Risk and Insurance Management Society New Jersey Chapter, Fairlawn, NJ (February 8, 2011) (with William G. Passannante)
"Ultrafine Print: How to Read an Insurance Policy," 2010 PERK Risk and Insurance Management Society New Jersey Chapter, New Jersey (November 9, 2010) (with Darin J. McMullen)
"Food Safety Insurance," Denver Restaurants Risk Advisory Group Seminar, Englewood, CO (June 2, 2010)
"Food Safety Insurance", Must-Have Guidance For Food Manufacturers, Suppliers and Retailers Live and On-Demand Webinar (November 17, 2009) (with William G. Passannante)
"Ultrafine Print: How to Read an Insurance Policy," 2009 PERK Risk and Insurance Management Society New Jersey Chapter, New Jersey (November 10, 2009) (with Cort T. Malone)
"Insurance Recoveries in a Climate of Increased Environmental Enforcement," 12th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (September 17, 2009) (with Robert M. Horkovich and John G. Nevius)
"Real Estate & Construction - Practical Tips on Avoiding Claims and What to do if They Arise," Industry Breakout Sessions: Important Issues Affecting Key Industries, 12th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (September 17, 2009) (with James Cullen and Caroline Hurtado)
”Pharmaceutical/Healthcare – Responding to Change,” 11th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (September 18, 2008) (with Rhonda Orin)
"How to Evaluate and Settle an Insurance Claim," Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc., Warren, NJ (January 8, 2008)
"Caffeine in a Can - A Jolt of Product Liability," Risk & Insurance magazine (June 2014)
"Insurer Denied Exit From Military Supplier's Recall Suit," Law360 (May 1, 2013)
"A Spirit of Cooperation at Texcare," National Clothesline Magazine (November 2011)
"Insurer seeks relief from Basic Food's HVP-related claims," Food Chemical News (August 2010)
New York; New Jersey; United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Eastern District of Michigan: United States District Court.
American Bar Association, Litigation Committee, Co-Chair ADR/Settlement Subcommittee (2012-Present); New York State Bar Association; New Jersey State Bar Association; ABA Corporate Counsel Committee (2012-2013); Model Civil Jury Charges Committee (2012-2014)
Associated General Contractors of America; New Jersey Association of General Contractors; American Beverage Association and GMA; The Association of Food, Beverage and Consumer Products Companies; Food Safety Committee, New Jersey Food Council; Risk Management Committee, New Jersey Food Council
Co-Chair, ADR/Settlement Subcommittee
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
Yeshiva University, B.A.