Adam A. Alster, counsel to the firm, is a member of the New Jersey (1998 admission) and New York (2000 admission), is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York and is permitted to appear before the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Adam has also appeared as counsel pro hac vice in court proceedings in other states, including Illinois and Florida. Adam graduated in 1993 from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and communications. During his tenure at Rutgers University, Adam was a finalist in the first New Jersey Collegiate Mock Trial Competition. He graduated in 1998 from Rutgers Law School with a Juris Doctorate after a brief stint gaining work experience at a photography company.
Adam handles complex first and third party insurance coverage matters for multinational insurance companies. Throughout his career, Adam has handled insurance coverage litigation involving many types of insurance policies, including property, commercial general liability, environmental, errors and omissions, directors and officers, cyber, professional liability, construction and auto. Adam has handled environmental and mass tort claims, including claims involving asbestos and other toxins and chemicals. Adam has litigated large matters involving multi-million and billions of dollars in coverage with many insurers on the risk, and which involved complex allocation issues. He also handles complex property insurance litigation involving difficult construction related issues. Adam also regularly provides legal advice and counsel to insurers in the pre-litigation stages of claims. Adam has experience in subrogation actions on behalf of insurers and policyholders. He also has experience defending companies and individuals in commercial, class action and mass-tort litigation.
During his years of handling large-scale lawsuits, Adam has gained an expertise in E-discovery. He consistently improves the efficiency of discovery in matters involving large-scale document productions and works to lower clients’ litigation costs through the use of technology.
Prior to joining Finazzo Cossolini O'Leary Meola & Hager, LLC, Adam was associated with some large law-firms, including White and Williams LLP, McCarter & English, LLP and Day Pitney LLP. At McCarter & English, Adam represented policyholders in insurance coverage actions, and, therefore, has the ability to consider a matter from both the insurer and policyholder perspectives. This has proved invaluable in many lawsuits. Adam also spent one year working in-house at an environmental insurer, Berkley Environmental, where he gained useful insight into the inner-workings and procedures of insurers, which has allowed him to better serve his insurer clients.Adam believes in community service, and served for many years while living there as a member of the Board of Directors, usually in the role of President, for a condominium community.
Rutgers Law School, 1998
Rutgers University, English Literature and Communications
New Jersey, 1998
New York, 2000
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; Southern and Eastern Districts of New York