Phone: 973-957-2552
Fax: 973-710-1054
E-Mail: vin.reilly@klrw.law

Vincent E. Reilly

Vincent E. Reilly is a shareholder of the Firm.  An experienced counsel, he has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and argued before state and federal appellate courts, including the New Jersey Supreme Court.

He concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance coverage and civil litigation.  His insurance coverage practice includes representing and advising insurers on general liability, property, environmental, employment and errors and omissions matters.  His defense practice includes personal injury, toxic tort, product liability, professional liability and construction litigation.  A retired Armor and Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer, his military assignments included service with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Office of The Judge Advocate General, and as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 101st Airborne/Air Assault Division.

Published Federal Cases

  • United States Fid. & Guar. Co. v. Treadwell Corp., 58 F. Supp. 2d 77 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)
  • Illingworth v. Nestle U.S.A., 926 F. Supp. 482 (D.N.J. 1996)
  • Rolo v. City Investing Co. Liquidating Trust, 897 F. Supp. 826 (D.N.J. 1995)
  • Wissel & Sons Constr. Co. v. Howard Sav. Bank, 160 B.R. 48 (Bankr. D.N.J. 1993)
  • Rolo v. City Investing Co. Liquidating Trust, 845 F. Supp. 182 (D.N.J. 1993)
  • Am. Fed’n of Gov’t Ems. v. Weinberger, 651 F. Supp. 726 (S.D. Ga. 1986)
  • Cosme Nieves v. Deshler, 786 F.2d 445 (1st Cir. P.R. 1986)
  • North River Ins. Co. v. Philadelphia Reinsurance Corp., 831 F. Supp. 1132 (D.N.J. 1993)
  • FDIC v. Wissel & Sons Constr. Co., 881 F. Supp. 119 (D.N.J. 1995)
  • George v. Siemens Indus. Automation, Inc., 182 F.R.D. 134 (D.N.J. 1998)
  • Reaves v. Marsh, 658 F. Supp. 1268 (E.D. Ark. 1987).

Published State Cases

  • Flomerfelt v. Cardiello, 202 N.J. 432 (2010)
  • Rosario ex rel. Rosario v. Haywood, 351 N.J. Super. 521 (App.Div. 2002)
  • Kuhnel v. CNA Ins. Cos., 322 N.J. Super. 568 (App. Div. 1999)
  • Central Me. Power Co. v. Moore, 1997 Me. 83 (1997).

Results

  • Obtained summary judgment for a commercial general liability insurer in a seven-figure declaratory judgment action ending the insurer’s duty to defend and recovering a six-figure settlement from the insured in a counterclaim to recover defense fees paid.
  • Obtained monetary settlement recovery of past defense costs and an agreement to participate in defense in favor of an insurer from another insurer in a declaratory judgment action counterclaim brought after moving to intervene in the unsuccessful insurer’s action against a common insured to rescind its policy.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurer under a homeowner policy that it had no obligation to defend or indemnify a homeowner in a personal injury action case when the homeowner did not reside in the premises at the time of the accident.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurer under a homeowner policy that it had no obligation to defend or indemnify an insured based on the sexual molestation exclusion.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurer under a homeowner policy in a suit brought to be reimbursed for settlement of an underlying action for defamation and breach of contract because it did not allege a potentially covered claim and the business exclusion.
  • Obtained a bench verdict in favor of an insurer in an action brought by an insurance agency alleging that the insurer’s cancellation of a professional liability policy was not effective.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a commercial property owner in a seven-figure construction accident personal injury case where the property owner was alleged to be acting as its own general contractor.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a truss contractor for alleged property damage caused by a commercial building roof collapse.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an engineer after a two and one-half day Lopez hearing on the statute of limitations in a condominium construction defect case.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a wrongful death case for a commercial property owner as a joint employer based on the worker’s compensation bar.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a land surveyor third-party defendant for claims of contribution or indemnification in an alleged trespass claim against one of the property owners in a boundary line dispute because the land surveyor could not be jointly liable for trespass.
  • Obtained dismissals in professional malpractice cases involving insurance agencies, architects and surgical center defendants based on New Jersey’s Affidavit of Merit statute.

Services

  • Appellate
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)
  • United States Military Academy (B.S.)

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Membership

  • Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (Retired)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Morris County Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute

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