Our Insurance Consulting group, by far the largest in the firm, draws not just on the expertise of the other practice groups and specialists, but on the firm’s accumulated institutional knowledge of the insurance industry, claims handling, and strategies for prompt, efficient, economical file disposition. The Insurance Consulting group analyzes open pending caseloads as well as claims personnel performance against company or industry standards for all lines of business.
Meghan Wynkoop is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Practice group in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office of Margolis Edelstein. Her practice focuses on representing both public and private employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, hostile work environment, and breach of contract claims. Meghan also has experience in handling workplace investigations and assists employers in drafting policies, handbooks, and employment-related agreements to ensure compliance with state and federal laws while also serving employers’ individual business needs.
Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, Meghan represented parties in litigation and arbitration in a wide range of insurance coverage matters, including property damage claims and bad faith litigation.
Meghan earned her law degree from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she won the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Appellate Advocacy. While in law school, Meghan served as President of the Civil Litigation Society, Vice President of Finance for the Student Bar Association, and as a member of the Moot Court Board. She also competed in two national moot court competitions, including the New York City Bar Association Competition sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Jeffrey E. Havran merged his practice in to Margolis Edelstein in the summer of 2018 when the firm he was previously a part of Fine & Wyatt, P.C., in Scranton, ceased operations. The Margolis staff has had the privilege of working with Jeff for many years as Fine & Wyatt, P.C., was a part of The Harmonie Group, the network of litigation firms we were instrumental in forming over 25 years ago and we were delighted to welcome him.
Jeff has a broad-based practice defending medical professionals, constructors, design professionals, pharmacists, nursing homes, product manufacturers and tractor-trailer (long haul and local) operators.
Jeff frequently lectures insurance claim professionals and risk management staff addressing issues such as risk-transfer, loss prevention and claim management.
Gary Owens is a partner headquartered in the Philadelphia Office with a multistate litigation practice. He regularly represents insurance carriers and their insureds in subrogation recovery. Gary is also called on to defend carriers and clients in matters where he has substantial experience as plaintiff counsel.
Gary gained early experience as defense counsel handling construction defect, and construction and industrial site personal injury matters. This exposure led to a position as corporate counsel specializing in construction related litigation. Gary then returned to his former firm where his practice evolved to representing carriers and self-insureds in commercial litigation, product liability, manufacturing and industrial matters, both in and outside Pennsylvania. He increasingly came to represent clients and carriers as plaintiffs in commercial litigation and subrogation recovery in many of the same disciplines, as well as various fire, flood and casualty losses. Gary initially handled multistate matters as pro hac vice counsel, but with time his ongoing presence in out of state matters led to admissions to the New York State and Massachusetts State Bars. He has practiced in all his admitted states as well as Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia and South Carolina. Gary has developed a network of experts in various jurisdictions to serve as consultants and testifying experts in state and federal courts.
Earlier in his career, Gary and another partner were instrumental in the creation and implementation of an Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) for a large regional manufacturer. Once implemented, Gary handled litigation matters arising under to OCIP.
In addition to his experience as a litigator, Gary served a two year clerkship with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit immediately following law school.
Vincent J. Iozzi is a partner in the firm’s subrogation department. He has successfully recovered millions of dollars for domestic and global insurance carriers and self-insureds in commercial and residential casualty losses involving a variety of fact patterns including fire, flood, environmental contamination, explosion, collapse, construction defect, product liability, transportation, utilities, motor vehicle, bailment, blasting, fraud, embezzlement, theft, professional liability, breach of contract, personal injury protection, med pay, vehicle defects, mass tort, class action, arson, electrical failure, liens, indemnification and contribution.
Mr. Iozzi also defends select insurance companies and businesses in significant personal injury and property damage claims involving product liability, premises, trucking and other casualty events. He also represents companies in commercial disputes including wage and hour, construction, government contracting, mechanic liens and payment and performance bonds. Mr. Iozzi’s transactional experience includes construction agreements, leases, sales agreements, bonds, liens, employment agreements, and other business contracts.
Mr. Iozzi graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He obtained his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and he is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable William W. Vogel of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Iozzi has litigated matters along the eastern United States, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, as well as with the American Arbitration Association and Arbitration Forums, Inc.
Ron’s practice focuses on two distinct areas of law. He defends clients involved in both the collection of debts and the purchase of debts in matters pertaining to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and various related State Law consumer related claims. He also represents clients involved with casualty litigation regarding general liability, automobile, construction, products liability, farming and property claims. He appears regularly in the Federal and State Courts of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey for case related conferences, arbitrations, mediations, arguments and hearings and has extensive experience in litigating class action and multidistrict litigation matters.
Krista M. Reale is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware office. She is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on general and professional liability litigation. Krista has experience representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as appearing before administrative boards. Krista defends Fortune 500 companies in litigation in state and federal courts and disputes on behalf of boards of directors. She has a record of obtaining favorable results for clients by working with them closely to understand their objectives, allowing her to provide counsel that considers the effects of the clients’ defense strategy on the pending litigation, potential future litigation, and public opinion while addressing other client-specific concerns.
Krista has represented manufacturers, landowners, contractors, and suppliers in mass tort and asbestos matters in Delaware and Philadelphia. Krista is one of only several attorneys in Delaware history to have successfully briefed and argued an asbestos-related appeal to a full en banc panel of the Supreme Court of Delaware. Riedel v. ICI Americas Inc., 968 A.2d 17 (Del. 2009); In re Asbestos Litigation (Riedel), 2007 WL 4571196 *1 (Del. Super. Ct. December 21, 2007).
Krista represents professionals, including attorneys, insurance agents, realtors, and veterinarians, in various professional liability matters. Krista served on the trial team that defended a hospital in multiple medical malpractice cases.
Krista practices before the Delaware Chancery Court, where she defends officers and directors in actions for breach of fiduciary duty. In addition, Krista has represented clients, including homeowners associations, in breach of contract actions. She has also obtained and defended against expeditated requests for injunctive relief.
Krista also represents employers in labor and employment law matters representing both public and private employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, hostile work environment, and breach of contract claims.
As part of her general liability practice, Krista represents manufacturers and suppliers in product liability actions, and landowners and contractors in construction accident and other liability actions. Krista was a member of the trial team defending a medical device manufacturer in the first pelvic mesh case to go to trial in Delaware. Krista also represents insurance companies in insurance coverage disputes.
Krista is licensed to practice law in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Jason Berger is a partner at the at the firm’s Philadelphia office and manages the firm’s Entertainment and New Media practice group.
Jason’s expertise lies in recognizing talented artists, individuals and companies, developing strategies to achieve long-term success, and protecting their interests by rigorously negotiating and drafting the agreements forming the basis of their business relationships. Jason also has substantial civil litigation experience in a variety different industries and practice areas.
Jason’s practice focuses on securing and negotiating agreements in the music, television/film, digital media, technology, art and fashion industries. Jason’s client base covers the entertainment, media and technology industries and includes established and developing artists, songwriters, producers, bands, independent record labels, digital distribution companies, content creation and management companies, music publishing companies, apparel companies, management companies, executives, influencers, actors, models, and multimedia fashion and lifestyle companies.
Jason is a member and active participant in The Recording Academy’s Philadelphia Chapter, presently serving on the Board of Governors and Co-Charing the Chapter’s Advocacy Committee.
Jason is active in his community of Philadelphia, PA, where he is an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s acclaimed Music Industry Program, teaching a wide variety of music and entertainment related topics. When not assisting his clients or working with his students, he is involved in a variety of music related endeavors.
Kyle Wu is a Partner in Margolis Edelstein’s Employment and Labor Law group.
He represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and age discrimination cases, as well as wrongful discharge, FMLA, NJLAD, and Fair Labor Standards claims. Kyle also counsels employers on workplace matters, including employment policies and handbooks, medical and religious accommodations, employment contracts, workplace discrimination, and other employment issues.
Kyle also represents attorneys and law firms in defending professional liability matters. He has handled a wide range of legal malpractice claims stemming from blown statutes of limitations and negligent handling of underlying matters, including employment cases, tax foreclosure matters, transactional matters, and personal injury cases.
Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, Kyle served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable M. Patricia Richmond, J.S.C., in the Civil Division of Burlington County, New Jersey until her retirement. For the remainder of his clerkship, Kyle served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John E. Harrington, P.J.Cv., the Honorable Marc. M. Baldwin, P.J.Cv. (Ret.), the Honorable Michael J. Hogan, P.J.Ch. (Ret.), and the Honorable Susan L. Claypoole, J.S.C. Kyle also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Sherry R. Fallon, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Kyle graduated with honors from Widener University School of Law (Delaware Law School) where he attended on a Full Merit Scholarship that covered his full law school tuition for all three years. Kyle also served as President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society. Additionally, Kyle served as a member of the Transactional Law Honor Society, and was a Regional Champion of the LawMeets Mid-Atlantic Transactional Law Competition.
Prior to law school, Kyle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of New Jersey, where he majored in Criminology.
Christopher J. Gilligan is a partner in Margolis Edelstein’s Employment and Labor Law group.
His practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including sexual harassment, race, national origin, disability and age discrimination cases, wrongful discharge, Family Medical Leave Act, NJLAD, and Fair Labor Standards claims. He also counsels employers on matters such as employment policies and handbooks, employment contracts, workplace discrimination and other employment issues.
Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, Christopher served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marc M. Baldwin, presiding civil judge, serving the New Jersey Superior Court’s Law Division in Burlington County until his retirement. For the remainder of his clerkship, Christopher served the Honorable Aimee R. Belgard, special civil part judge, serving the New Jersey Superior Court’s Law Division in Burlington County. Additionally, he has worked as an Associate in a Suburban New Jersey law firm.