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    Michael J. Canning

    Mike, co-chair of the Litigation Practice Area, has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney. He devotes his practice primarily to commercial litigation with emphasis in the following areas: professional malpractice, general civil and commercial litigation; insurance litigation; contract and corporate litigation. Mike litigates and tries contested civil cases in state and federal courts including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court.

    Mike represents policyholders seeking declaratory judgments for insurance coverage under comprehensive general liability, product liability, directors' and officers' liability, professional liability, fire, employee dishonesty, life, health, disability, credit and other insurance policies. The coverage litigation includes claims arising from environmental contamination, wrongful employment termination, construction of multifamily residential homes, workers compensation, underinsured motorists coverage and other claims. He also represents professionals in professional liability actions under their professional liability policies and insureds in premium disputes with insurers.

    Mike counsels both plaintiffs and defendants in contractual and corporate disputes including real estate, employment, business, construction and franchise contracts, partnership dissolution, corporate "divorces" and minority shareholder actions.

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    Professional Activities
    • Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Member of the Monmouth County Bar Association
    • Member of the Board of Trustees for the Ken Tietjen Foundation
    Other Professional and Personal Information
    Mike speaks before trade and professional organizations on topics relating to professional liability, insurance coverage and commercial litigation.
    • New Jersey
    • Federal District Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (1984)
    • Union College - New York, B.A., cum laude (1981)
    • Ranked Band 3 in Insurance Litigation in Chambers USA
    • Voted a 2018 Monmouth County Top Lawyer, Monmouth Health & Life, November 2018
    • Named The "Woodbridge Area Best Lawyers Insurance Lawyer of the Year" for 2013, 2016 and 2018
    • Named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2005, 2007-2020
    • AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
    • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
    • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Ranked in Chambers USA as a Recognized Practitioner in Insurance Litigation
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