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Gerard H. Hanson

Gerard H. Hanson

PartnerPrinceton, NJ
  • Gerard H. Hanson is a partner in the Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He is partner-in-charge of the firm's Insurance Coverage, Product Liability and Trial & Insurance Defense practice groups.

    Mr. Hanson's practice focuses on the representation of the insurance industry, including providing advice and litigation regarding insurance coverage disputes arising out of property, casualty, and specialty loss coverage including: Advertising Injury; Agents & Brokers; Bad Faith/Extra-Contractual; Business Auto/Trucking; CGL; D&O; Employer Practices Liability; Flood; Errors & Omissions; Fraud; Life; Media Liability; Property; Storm; Subrogation/Recovery; Umbrella; UM/UIM; and Workers' Compensation.

    Mr. Hanson has substantial jury trial experience in both federal and state courts, and has been called upon by the U.S. District Court to serve as an Arbitrator. Mr. Hanson’s historical experience as a trial lawyer involves the defense of a wide range of claims, including:

    • Catastrophic personal injury, property damage and economic loss arising out of causes of action sounding in product, governmental, professional and employment liability
    • Constitutional civil rights
    • Defamation and libel
    • Construction-related issues
    • Product Liability
    • Trucking

    Mr. Hanson is admitted to practice before the State Court of New Jersey (1978), the U.S. District Court of New Jersey (1978), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1983) and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals (1979). He earned his law degree from Seton Hall University of Law and graduated magna-cum-laude with a degree in Economics from Seton Hall University.

    Representative Matters
    • Successfully represented insurance industry with respect to coverage disputes, including involvement of intermediaries and policyholders
    • Provides advice to underwriters and claims management
    • Involved in diverse insurance coverage disputes including issues arising out of CGL, Directors & Officers, Errors & Omissions, Employment Practices Liability and other specialty lines
    • Represents insurance brokers, agents and third party administrators
    • Successfully represents clients involving claims for catastrophic damages
    • Represents defendants involving mass tort claims
    Leadership
    • Recipient, America's Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University Law School – 1998 - 2018
    • Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers 2006, 2009 - 2018. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
    • Board of Director, Seton Hall University Alumni Association
    • Board of Director, Helene Cody Foundation
    • Contributing Author, Defense Research Institute Insurance Law Committee's “Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury”
    • Compendium, Chapter 14: “Advertisement Offenses - Use of Another's Advertising Idea in Your Advertisement (definition f.)”
    • Presenter and Co-Chair, HarrisMartin's Superstorm Sandy Insurance Coverage Litigation Conference, “Superstorm Sandy – Eight Months Later and New York and New Jersey Bad Faith Claims” (June 26, 2013)
    • Presenter to the New Jersey Defense Association at seminars including the Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium
    • Presented numerous lectures on a national basis concerning various insurance coverage and liability issues, including presentations to the Defense Research Institute
    • Presented multiple lectures for the New Jersey Law Journal Continuing Legal Education for Corporate Counsel
    • Member – New Jersey Defense Association, former Board of Director
    • Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    Presentations & Publications
    • Contributing Author, Defense Research Institute Insurance Law Committee’s Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium, Chapter 14: Advertisement Offenses – Use of Another’s Advertising Idea in Your Advertisement (definition f.)
    • Presenter and Co-Chair, HarrisMartin’s Superstorm Sandy Insurance Coverage Litigation Conference, Superstorm Sandy – Eight Months Later and New York and New Jersey Bad Faith Claims (June 26, 2013)
    • Regular presenter to the New Jersey Defense Association at seminars including the Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium
    • Presented numerous lectures on a national basis concerning various insurance coverage and liability issues, including presentations to the Defense Research Institute
    • Presented multiple lectures for the New Jersey Law Journal Continuing Legal Education for Corporate Counsel

    Top 100 

    • Grossberg v. Chubb Ins. Co., 2012 WL 35530021, N.J. Super A.D., August 2012 
    • Olkusz v. Brown II, 2010 WL 183867, N.J. Super. A.D., January 21, 2010; 
    • J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Mfrs. Ass’n Ins. Co., 2009 WL 2365884, N.J. Super. A.D., August 4, 2009 
    • Cassilli v. Soussou, 408 N.J. Super. 147, 973 A.2d 986 (App. Div. 2009) 
    • Amentler v. 69 Main Street, LLC, Slip Copy, 2008 WL 4149125, D.N.J., September 2, 2008 (Civil Action No. 08-0351 (FLW).) 
    • Olkusz v. Brown, 401 N.J. Super. 496, 951 A.2d 1069, 2008 WL 2796316, N.J. Super. A.D., July 22, 2008 
    • Silva v. Merenda, 2008 WL 2309818, N.J. Super. A.D., June 6, 2008 
    • Fetisov v. Vigilant Ins. Co., 2006 WL 2051116, N.J. Super. A.D., July 25, 2006 
    • Houbigant, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 374 F.3d 192, 2004 WL 1490178, 71 U.S.P.Q.2d 1605, C.A.3 (N.J.), July 6, 2004 (No. 03-1286). 
    • Kearns v. Essex Source Realty Group, LLC, 100 Fed. Appx. 875, 2004 WL 1088389, C.A.3 (N.J.), May 17, 2004 (No. 02-3586) 
    • Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 316 F.3d 431, 2003 WL 152738, 55 Fed.R.Serv. 3d 74, C.A.3 (N.J.), January 22, 2003 (No. 01-4271, 01-4356.) 
    • Houbigant, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2002 WL 34413201, D.N.J., December 30, 2002 (Civil Action No. 015993 (MLC).) 
    • Rosario ex rel. Rosario v. Haywood, 351 N.J. Super. 521, 799 A.2d32, 2002 WL 1306013, 166 Ed. Law Rep. 244, N.J. Super. A.D., June 17, 2002 
    • Mulligan v. Panther Valley Property Owners Ass’n, 337 N.J. Super. 293, 766 A.2d 1186, 2001 WL 128466, N.J. Super. A.D., February 16, 2001 
    • Lynch v. New Jersey Educ. Ass’n, 161 N.J. 152, 735 A.2d 1129, 1999 WL 540411, N.J., July 27, 1999 
    • Dao v. Knightsbridge Intern. Reinsurance Corp., 15 F.Supp.2d 567, 1998 WL 458057, 1999 A.M.C. 210, D.N.J., August 5, 1998 (No. CIV.A. 97-1396.) 
    • Conrad v. Trenton Bd. Of Educ., 304 N.J. Super. 10, 697 A.2d 952, 1997 WL 442149, N.J. Super. A.D., August 7, 1997 
    • Grand Cove II Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Ginsberg, 291 N.J. Super. 58, 676 A.2d 1123, 1996 WL 309958, N.J. Super. A.D., June 11, 1996. 
    • Kollar v. Lozier, 286 N.J. Super. 462, 669 A.2d 845, 1996 WL 23672, N.J. Super. A.D., January 17, 1996 
    • Stehney v. Perry, 907 F. Supp. 806, 1995 WL 677283, D.N.J., November 6, 1995 (Civ. No. 94-6306 (GEB).) 
    • Moore v. DeBiase, 766 F.Supp. 1311, 1991 WL 125132, D.N.J., June 20, 1991 (Civ.A. No. 91-1423.) 
    • Decker v. Princeton Packet, Inc., 116 N.J. 418, 561 A.2d 1122, 1989 WL 89136, 85 A.L.R.4th 797, 16 Media L. Rep. 2194, N.J., August 8, 1989 
    • Decker v. Princeton Packet, Inc., 224 N.J. Super. 726, 541 A.2d 292, 1988 WL 52909, 15 Media L. Rep. 1775, N.J. Super. A.D., May 10, 1988 
    • Anela v. City of Wildwood, 790 F.2d 1063, C.A.3 (N.J.) May 22, 1986 (No. 85-5455.) 
    • Schomp v. Wilkens by Leen, 206 N.J. Super. 95, 501 A.2d 1036, N.J. Super. A.D., December 9, 1985 
    • Anela v. City of Wildwood, 595 F.Supp. 511, D.N.J., September 7, 1984 (Civ. A. Nos. 83-1094, 83-2444 and 83-2525.) 
    • Grodjeski v. Plainsboro Tp., 577 F.Supp.67, 38 Fed.R.Serv.2d 889, D.N.J., June 16, 1983 (Civ. No. 83-664.)