Benjamin R. Messing
Benjamin R. Messing focuses his practice on counseling and defending clients in all matters related to business and insurance. Benjamin’s significant insurance coverage-litigation experience includes residential property, commercial property, inland marine, builder’s risk, commercial general liability, general liability, professional liability, crime and fidelity, employment liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, excess and umbrella, and specialty environmental. Along with other attorneys in the Global Insurance Services Practice Group, he handles a broad range of sophisticated legal needs for domestic and international insurers.
Benjamin’s practice involves assisting and advising insurers with underwriting, policy formation and delivery, fraudulent claims (including staged losses, arson, and enhanced losses), as well as bad faith and extra-contractual claims. He counsels insurers with complex coverage issues throughout the claims process, beginning with pre-suit coverage investigations through defense and post-trial appeals. He draws on this experience to draft policy forms and endorsements adopted and implemented by insurers in both personal and commercial line policies.
In addition, Benjamin has extensive litigation experience dealing with matters involving small businesses, real estate transactions, corporate defense, and employment disputes, as well as commercial financing transactions, debt collections, personal injury, Electronic Funds Transfer Act claims, and environmental claims.
Honors & Awards
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
- Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2003
- Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., 2000
- Stichter Lodge #254 F&AM
- Order of the Eastern Star, Schuylkill Chapter 338, Past Patron
- Pi Kappa Alpha, Beta Sigma
Publications & Events
- “Policy Language or No, You Can’t Depreciate Labor In Arkansas” (Co-Author), Law360, January 4, 2016
- Contributing Author, “Bad Faith Compendium,” Fire, Casualty, and Surety Bulletins (FC&S), 2014
- “Technology in the Courtroom: A Double Edged Sword” (Co-Author) The Legal Intelligencer, 2010
- “Wall Off Your Assets: Building Legal Barriers Against Catastrophic Loss” (Co-Author), Business 2 Business, 2008
- “Whose Notice Is It, Anyway?” (Co-Author), 180 N.J.L.J. 309, 2005
- “Builder Risk Claims: Never Let Your Guard Down” (Co-Presenter), Large Loss Conference, Jacksonville, FL, November 15, 2019
- “Personal Lines – A Twenty-Four Hour Water Loss Mystery,” Property and Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Large Loss Conference, October 4, 2016
- “Bad Faith Arising From Property Claims,” Annual Property Conference, September 23, 2014
- “Advanced Property Topics Panel,” Annual Property and Subrogation Conference, October 24, 2013