Joseph J. Andriola is the Chair of the Insurance Defense group at the firm. In this role, he handles his own diverse caseload and manages a team of lawyers defending property and casualty claims, professional liability matters and insurance coverage issues.
Attorney Andriola has extensive arbitration and trial experience and a record of successful verdicts. His experience includes the defense of simple and complex litigation, involving monetary exposures ranging from thousands to multi-millions, pending before state and federal courts. Attorney Andriola has led the defense of multi-party actions involving general tort litigation, construction defects, subrogation matters, products liability, and wrongful death Dram Shop suits.
In his insurance coverage practice, he counsels insurers regarding claims arising under a broad range of policies: CGL, professional liability, E&O, liquor liability, homeowners, D&O and excess/umbrella policies. He is often called upon to represent insurers in the prosecution and defense of coverage litigation in declaratory judgment actions, bad faith claims and unfair trade and insurance practice claims.
In his professional liability defense practice, Attorney Andriola is substantially involved in defending actions concerning Management Liability and Employment Practices Liability against Directors & Officers of community associations and property management companies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit business entities.
Attorney Andriola began his career in Manhattan where he practiced for 15 years and became a partner with a downtown defense firm. During that time, he selected more than 50 juries and tried cases to verdict in every county of New York City. Upon relocating to Connecticut with his family in 2005, Attorney Andriola brought with him a wealth of litigation experience.
His reported decisions from Appellate and Federal Courts include: Amadasu v. Bronx Lebanon Hosp. Center, Inc., 10 A.D.3d 571 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.); Banushi v. Lambrakos, 305 A.D.2d 524 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept.); Bond v. York Hunter Const., Inc., 270 A.D.2d 112 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.); Bond v. York Hunter Const., Inc., 95 N.Y.2d 833 (Court of Appeals); Convey v. City of Rye School Dist., 271 A.D.2d 154 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept.); Goldberg v. LoRusso, 288 A.D.2d 257 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept.); Huber v. East 149th Parking Corp., 266 A.D.2d 43 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.); John v. Baharestani, 281 A.D.2d 114 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.); Johnson v. Fox, 268 A.D.2d 782 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept.); Mercado v. St. Andrews Housing Development Fund Company, Inc., 289 A.D.2d 148 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.); Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. Linarte, 2011 WL 2971238 (U.S.D.C. D.Conn); O’Brien v. Bolton, 185 Misc.2d 814 (N.Y.Supp.App.Term); Philadelphia Indemn. Ins. Co., v. Peck, 2007 WL, 2007 WL 2815047 (USDC D.Conn 2007); Prudential Property and Cas. Ins. Co. v. Anderson, 283 Conn. 911 (Conn. July 17, 2007 ); Royal Indem. Co. v. King, 532 F.Supp.2d 404 (D.Conn); Sandler v. Patel, 288 A.D.2d 459 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept.); Sanperi v. Junsch, 274 A.D.2d 462 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept.); and Smith v. Ford Foundation, 231 A.D.2d 456 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.).
Articles include: Certificates of Coverage: Not Binding Contracts, Occam’s Razor, September 2007.
Attorney Andriola graduated cum laude from Boston College in 1987 and received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in l990. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York and before the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and Connecticut. Attorney Andriola is a member of the New York County, New London County and Connecticut Bar Associations; New York County Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.