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Harvard Law School, J.D. (cum laude)
Princeton University, Ph.D.
Princeton University, M.A.
Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, B.A. (summa cum laude)
Robert D. Chesler is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's Newark office. Bob represents policyholders in a broad variety of coverage claims against their insurers and advises companies with respect to their insurance programs. Bob is also a member of Anderson Kill's Cyber Insurance Recovery group.
A leading participant in the birth of modern insurance law in the early 1980s, Bob has earned the reputation as "The Insurance Guru" for exceptional insurance coverage knowledge, and has emerged as a leader in such new areas of insurance coverage as cyber-Insurance, D&O, IP, and privacy insurance.
Bob has served as the attorney of record in more than 30 reported insurance decisions, representing clients including General Electric, Ingersoll-Rand, Westinghouse, Schering, Chrysler, and Unilever, as well as many small businesses including gas stations and dry cleaners. He has received numerous professional accolades, including a top-tier ranking for Insurance Litigation: New Jersey in Chambers USA: American's Leading Lawyers for Business, which dubs him a "dominant force in coverage disputes" and cites a client who calls him "a dean of the insurance Bar; one of the brightest in writing about and analyzing insurance coverage."
He is also listed in The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Who's Who Legal in the Insurance and Reinsurance section of the publication.
Bob is a relentless advocate for his clients in their efforts to obtain coverage from their insurance companies. He has strength in creatively analyzing complex insurance coverage disputes and rapidly driving towards resolution. He has spent his entire career obtaining settlements from insurance companies. He can speak "insurancese" as well as the insurers, and knows how to approach insurance companies, when to talk to them and when to litigate. His depth of experience enables him to distinguish a bad insurance claim from a good one, and understand and implement best strategies for obtaining money for his clients quickly and cost-effectively.
Bob taught history at the State University of New York at Purchase and Legal Methods at Harvard University. He currently teaches insurance law at Rutgers Law School. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University and maintains a scholarly interest in insurance. He is co-author of the seminal article Patterns of Judicial Interpretation of Insurance Coverage for Hazardous Waste Site Liability, 18 Rutgers L.J. 9 (1986), which has been cited by numerous courts, including seven state supreme courts and the Second Circuit, along with dozens of other articles on insurance issues. He is co-author of Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property and Cyber Insurance Claims, published by Thomas West, and is former co-editor in chief of the Environmental Claims Journal. Bob is also co-editor of Coverage, the ABA Insurance Journal. He has chaired seminars on the new cyber-policies and food insurance issues for the ABA and NJSBA, and is currently Chair of the Insurance Sub-Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Chair, Intellectual Property Insurance Sub-Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Bar Association; Insurance Subcommittee of Litigation Section; TIPS; Essex County Bar Association: Insurance Committee; and the New Jersey State Bar Association; Insurance Section; Co-Chair, Food & Beverage Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee; Society of Environmental Insurance Professionals; Vice-Chair, Professional Liability Insurance General Committee (2017-18).
Founding Member, American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel
American College of Coverage Counsel's 7th Annual Meeting
NJ Association of Corporate Counsel's 16th All-Day CLE Conference
American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
ACC New Jersey Annual Conference
Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues: Antonin Scalia School of Law, George Mason University
ACCEC's 5th Annual Meeting
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Strafford Publications, Inc.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
New Jersey State Bar Association
The Food Institute
Anderson Kill's 19th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference 'Maximizing Your Insurance Recovery'; Industry Breakout Session: Important Issues Affecting Key Industries
Anderson Kill's NJ Cyber Insurance Recovery Breakfast Seminar
National Constitution Center
American College of Coverage & Extracontractual Counsel
Anderson Kill's 3rd Annual New Jersey Policyholder Advisor Conference 'Maximizing Your Insurance Recovery'
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
HarrisMartin Superstorm Sandy Insurance Litigation Conference
Anderson Kill 2nd Annual New Jersey Policyholder Advisor Conference
Strafford Publications Insurer Bad Faith Set-Up Defense and "Reversal Bad Faith" Claims: Insurer vs. Policyholder Perspectives Webinar
Anderson Kill's 17th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference
American Bar Association Property and Insurance Law Committee Annual Spring Meeting - Exclusions and Extensions of Coverage Under the All-Risk Property Policy
Delaware Valley Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar
AKO's New Jersey Policyholder Advisor Conference
Association of Corporate Counsel Value Challenge Program
New Jersey State Bar Association CLE Seminar
New Jersey Institute of Technology Seminar in Environmental Problem Solving
Pace University School of Law, Center for Continuing Legal Education
Essex County Bar Foundation
FX Conference Live Event
Anderson Kill's 16th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference
Speakers: Cort T. Malone
8th Annual Cyber Liability Insurance ExecuSummit
Speakers: Jorge R. Aviles, Dennis J. Nolan
RIMS Washington Chapter Education Forum
Andrew B. Freedland
Dennis J. Artese
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