Jay   M.   Levin
Principal and Chair of the Insurance Recovery Practice


Phone: 267.338.1326
Fax: 267.338.1335
Mailing: 1801 Market Street ,
Suite 2300 , Philadelphia , PA   19103
Linkedin: Jay Levin

“My goal is to resolve disputes with insurers before litigation. If my policyholder clients have to sue I am prepared to take it all the way.”

-Jay Levin


Jay M. Levin is an insurance recovery attorney and serves as the chair of the firm's Insurance Recovery practice group in the Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on representing policyholders in disputes with insurance companies involving all types of insurance coverage. Jay has extensive litigation experience in multi-million dollar property insurance coverage cases, including suits involving policy construction and application, cause and origin, valuation, and business interruption issues. He has assisted clients in successfully resolving eight and nine figure Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy cases without litigation, and successfully representing other policyholders in litigating Katrina and Sandy cases. Jay represents financial institutions and other commercial policyholders in claims arising under fidelity and crime policies, including claims arising out of defaulted mortgages and employee embezzlement. He has also litigated significant professional liability and general liability coverage cases. In the Directors and Officers liability area, Jay actively works with clients to resolve all types of disputes, including application of exclusions and allocation issues. Jay has also arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and in private binding arbitration. Most of his litigated cases involve allegations of bad faith and he is well-versed in that area, as well.

Jay is an experienced appellate lawyer with over thirty years of experience in briefing and arguing appeals in state and federal court. In addition to insurance coverage cases, Jay has argued cases involving indemnity agreements, case dispositive procedural issues, tort liability and criminal law.

Jay also counsels policyholders in non-litigation contexts. He analyzes coverage after a loss has occurred or claim has been made to assist policyholders in presenting the claim to the insurance carrier. He assists policyholders in responding to inquiries and in pointing out errors in the carrier’s coverage position in order to avoid litigating insurance claims, including,inter alia, first-party, professional liability, EPL, D & O, fidelity, crime, and general liability claims. Jay also counsels clients and evaluates coverage in connection with policy renewals, primarily in property, D&O and professional liability insurance.


Jay is an editor and contributing author of the Property Insurance Litigator's Handbook. The first edition was published by the American Bar Association in 2007. The second edition was published by the ABA in 2013.  He frequently speaks on insurance coverage and has spoken at dozens of programs sponsored by, inter alia, the ABA, American Conference Institute, PLI, Mealey’s, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Urban Land Institute, and other organizations.  He was the 2007-2008 Chair of the TTIPS Property Insurance Law Committee.


  • Listed in Chambers USA, Insurance, 2016
  • Ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Insurance - Pennsylvania, Chambers USA, 2015-2016
  • Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers*

*Jay Levin was selected to the 2016 Super Lawyers list. 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.

Education & Admissions

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1977, A.B.
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan


  • Member of the CGL Reporter Editorial Board (2016)
  • Member of the Insurance Editorial Advisory Board (2015 & 2016)
  • Former chair of the ABA TTIPS Property Insurance Law Committee
  • Active member of the ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee


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