Seth I. Weinstein

Partner

  • location icon New York, NY
    77 Water Street
    Suite 2100
    New York, NY 10005

Seth Weinstein is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the First Party Property Practice. Mr. Weinstein’s practice is principally concentrated in the areas of insurance coverage and property damage litigation, including the defense and prosecution of subrogation actions. These claims/cases often involve catastrophic building fires, explosions, building collapse, equipment and machinery malfunction, construction accidents, construction defects, adjoining property damage, hail, water damage, freeze-ups, ice dams, floods, hurricanes, water main breaks, mold, theft of property, business interruption and income loss, employee dishonesty, property contamination, and other pollution-related matters.

Mr. Weinstein has passionately assisted insurance carriers, managing general agents and third-party claims and program administrators with claims investigation, coverage interpretation, policy drafting, and litigation of losses throughout the Unites States and abroad for over 20 years. He regularly conducts and participates in fraud investigations, including examinations under oath. He has significant experience in first-party property, general liability and directors and officers liability coverage disputes. He has served as national coverage counsel for clients and monitors claims and litigation across the country. Mr. Weinstein has vast experience with regard to insurance claims, disputes and lawsuits concerning condominiums, homeowner’s associations, and co-op’s. He has served on condominium and co-op boards for over a decade. Mr. Weinstein is also a certified mediator.

Mr. Weinstein has been involved with many high profile property losses and multi-party litigations, including losses involving damages in excess of $100 Million Dollars. Representative claims/cases include:

Numerous claims, mediations and lawsuits arising from Superstorm Sandy:

  • Mr. Weinstein defended numerous insurers in mediations in connection with the mandatory mediation programs established in New York and New Jersey following the storm. He conducted examinations under oath of insureds claiming damage from the storm and spear headed fraud investigations on behalf of clients. Further, he is defending insurers in declaratory judgment actions.  Mr. Weinstein has lectured on the relevant coverage issues faced by insurers in connection with the storm and assisted clients with establishing best practices protocols to promptly and efficiently resolve claims. 

Numerous claims and lawsuits arising from the events of September 11, 2001 and clean-up efforts:

  • Mr. Weinstein represented numerous insurers in declaratory judgment actions filed in connection with the tragic events of September 11th. He also conducted examinations under oath and assisted clients with establishing settlement programs to promptly and effectively resolve claims. He worked with numerous experts to investigate claims, which lead to many claims being withdrawn or settled for a fraction of what was initially claimed. Mr. Weinstein also defended parties in litigation concerning the clean-up efforts at the WTC site.

Con Edison Steam Pipe Explosion at 41st Street and Lexington Avenue litigation:

  • Mr. Weinstein has been one of the lead counsel defending over 100 lawsuits filed in connection with a large steam pipe explosion.

Central Synagogue fire litigation:

  • Mr. Weinstein defended one of the target defendants in this $50 Million property damage action concerning a catastrophic fire to one of the oldest synagogues in the United States. This case went to verdict in 2001. 

Served as lead counsel for numerous cases concerning large water main breaks in New York City:

  • Mr. Weinstein has served on numerous plaintiffs’ committees in prosecuting large property damage actions, subrogation and otherwise, arising from water main breaks in New York City. He has been involved in such losses for over 20 years. He served as the Chairman of a Plaintiff’s Committee that recovered over $15 Million as a result of a water main break in 1998. Mr. Weinstein’s efforts lead to the settlement of all of the cases.

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Professional Presentations

  • Conducting Effective Examinations Under Oath, November 17, 2015
  • Hail Claim Investigations and Coverage Issues, October 8, 2015
  • Ice Dam and Snow Claim Strategies, August 11, 2015
  • Appraisals – Scope v. Valuation Disputes, March 16, 2015
  • Liability and Coverage Concerns From Short Terms Rentals, August 26, 2014
  • Storm Sandy Mediation Programs and Northeast Property Insurance Intricacies, July 30, 2014
  • Reservation of Rights Letters – General Rules and Protocols under New York and New Jersey Law, April 8, 2014
  • Material Misrepresentation – Legal Standard for Rescinding a Policy Due to Material Misrepresentation In An Insurance Application, April 8, 2014
  • What You Say May Come Back to Haunt You - Protecting the Claim File, October 25, 2013
  • Superstorm Sandy and its Aftermath - the Latest Developments and What Property Insurers Need to Know, March 14, 2013
  • Techniques in Defending Property Damage Actions - Adjoining Construction Cases and Related Coverage Issues, July 27, 2012
  • Insurance Claims: Investigation and Adjuster Negotiations, March 15, 2012
  • Director and Liability Coverage Law Update, January 26, 2012
  • Good Faith Claims Handling, November 17, 2011
  • Property Insurance Law Update, October 7, 2008
  • Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Trends, June 16, 2006
  • E-Discovery and its Impact on Insurance Industry, November 17, 2005
  • Current Issues Impacting Defense Practice (Mold and Insurance Coverage), August 5, 2005
  • Challenges in New York Litigation – Subrogation, August 10, 2004
  • Mold Insurance Coverage and Litigation Update, June 18, 2004
  • Oil Spill and Property Damage Litigation, April 29, 2004

Admissions

New York

Associations

  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)-Property Committee
  • Community Association Institute

Education

New York Law School

Juris Doctor, 1995

Florida Atlantic University

Bachelor of Business Administration, 1991

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