Brian R. Ade

Brian R. Ade

Rivkin Radler LLP

Recognized since 2006

Hackensack, New Jersey

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Insurance Law

Litigation - Environmental

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Brian R. Ade handles complex civil and commercial disputes.

Brian dedicates a substantial portion of his legal practice to cases involving construction defects, product liability, toxic tort and long-tail litigation, environmental contamination, professional liability, and insurance coverage. He has defended companies and individuals in connection with claims relating to hazardous chemicals and chemical waste, PCBs, dioxin, lead, silica, and asbestos. Brian’s clients also include manufacturers and distributors of diverse medical, consumer, commercial, and industrial products.

In connection with his insurance practice, Brian has handled a wide variety of coverage disputes arising under many different policy lines. He regularly counsels clients on coverage issues arising under automobile, comprehensive general liability, excess, umbrella, and other types of insurance policies.

In addition to providing advice and counseling, Brian also represents insurers in multimillion-dollar coverage litigations, and was involved in two landmark insurance cases before the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Recently, in the life sciences area, Brian analyzed coverage issues raised by claims related to metoclopramide hydrochloride.

He has been invited to join the prestigious CLM, a nonpartisan alliance of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership invitations based on nominations from CLM Fellows.

Brian was recently retained by the Complex Insurance Claims Litigation Association (“CICLA”) to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Continental Insurance Company, et als. v. Honeywell International, Inc., Docket No. 078152. The case involves allocation issues in the context of asbestos claims, and whether the trigger of coverage should extend beyond the introduction of asbestos exclusions into Honeywell’s insurance policies. The Order granting CICLA’s motion for leave to appear amicus curiae was entered on March 21, 2017.

Brian is an active member of the Insurance Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Product Liability Committee of the Bergen County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). In March 2014, Brian was appointed by TIPS to serve as a senior member of the editorial board of the CGL Reporter.

Brian co-authored the New Jersey chapter to the 2014 edition of “Writing Reservation of Rights: A North American Compendium,” published by the DRI Insurance Law Committee. In 2012, he served as the regional editor for DRI’s “Excess and Umbrella Compendium.”

Brian has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.


  • Court Plaza North, Suite 501
    25 Main Street
    Hackensack, NJ 07601


  • Rutgers University, B.A.
  • Western New England University, Juris Doctor

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, New Jersey Bar
  • New York, New York Bar


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Bergen County Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court

Rivkin Radler LLP
Headquarters: Uniondale, New York

20 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

14 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Insurance Law

Special Focus

  • Asbestos
  • Coverage
  • COVID-19
  • Defense
  • Environmental
  • Professional Liability


  • 2014 Bergen's Top Lawyer, (201) Magazine
  • 2005-2018 New Jersey Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage

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