John T. Wolak - Gibbons  P.C.

John T. Wolak

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

For almost 25 years, he has litigated matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for a broad range of clients and regularly provides strategic counseling and analysis of potential risks and exposures, policy terms and conditions, and claims resolution. He also represents clients on a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including contract claims, intellectual property matters, real property disputes, and restrictive covenant cases.

A wide variety of clients – including pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing companies, financial and educational institutions, telecommunications companies, professional service providers, and insurance companies – rely on Mr. Wolak’s advice and representation to achieve their objectives and resolve both insurance coverage matters and commercial disputes. He has also been retained as an expert witness/consultant on insurance issues and is a frequent speaker on insurance law topics. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Wolak served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas H. Politan of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Experience — As specially retained appellate counsel, obtained reversal of a multimillion-dollar summary judgment award against his clients – the policyholder and its liability insurer – because the adversary lacked standing to prosecute its claims for indemnification, both directly and under the applicable policy 
  • Served as lead counsel for the firm in a confidential, three-week international arbitration in London under the English Arbitration Act commenced by a policyholder seeking $90 million of insurance coverage for personal injury claims arising out of the use of prescription medication
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims by all parties against an insurer client, after extensive motion practice before the trial court and several appellate arguments, seeking to impose liability (directly and as co-insurers) in excess of $5 million for damages arising out of a construction site accident
  • Obtained multimillion-dollar insurance recovery for a claim based on construction defects and property damage to the substructure of residential units and a parking garage, as insurance coverage counsel for condominium development owners
  • Represented a large regional law firm in a dispute over the availability of insurance coverage and the extent of damages in connection with a business interruption claim based on direct property damage at law firm’s headquarters
    Fordham University of LawJ.D. Boston College, Carroll School of ManagementBS
    Essex County Bar Association Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey American Bar Association New Jersey State Bar Association

    Office Location

    One Gateway Center
    Newark, NJ 07102-5310
    United States

    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2014 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Newark Metro Area
    John T. Wolak has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

    Practice Areas

    Insurance Law