Michael J. Needleman

Michael J. Needleman is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation section, and handles insurance defense, insurance coverage, and employment litigation matters.  He practices in the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania; the District of New Jersey; and, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Mr. Needleman also practices in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and has extensive trial experience.

Mr. Needleman has delivered lectures to the insurance industry on various topics, and has taught several CLE classes on a variety of subjects.  Mr. Needleman has also conducted training seminars for employers on maintaining harassment-free workplaces and minimizing claims.

Mr. Needleman sits on the Special Advisory Board to the Board of Directors of the Charcot-Marie Tooth Association, and delivered a lecture to the Board and the National Conference of Group Facilitators on disability and workplace issues in November 2012.  He is also a member of the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and is occasionally appointed by the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to assist in civil rights cases.

Mr. Needleman is a 1998 graduate of American University, and a 2001 graduate of Widener University School of Law, where he was a member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.  Upon graduation, he served a one-year clerkship for the Honorable Theodore Z. Davis, P.J.Ch., Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, Law Division, General Equity Part.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a mid-size manufacturer in discrimination litigation in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, 2012
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a large insurer in bad faith litigation in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2012
  • Successfully represented a large manufacturer and supplier in Title VII and related litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • Won a defense verdict at trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey in bad faith litigation, 2011
  • Won a defense verdict on behalf of a homeowner at trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2010

Education

  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., American University, 1998

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Community/Civic Involvement

  • Co-Chair of the ADR committee of the New Jersey Defense Association
  • Member, Advisory Board to the Board of Directors of the Charcot Marie Tooth Association
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Member, Civil Rights Panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Honors/Awards

  • Honored as Attorneys on the Court’s Civil Rights and Employment Panels of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Selected for Inclusion on the 2008, 2010 – 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars Super Lawyers® list

Selected Presentations/Seminars