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Michael E. Quiat

NJ State Disability Lawyer - Michael E. QuiatMichael E. Quiat, a NJ state disability lawyer has been practicing for more than 30 years and is a senior partner with Uscher, Quiat, Uscher & Russo, P.C. He began his career in New York City, where he had a diverse and active career involving Federal and State court litigation in a wide variety of fields and specialties.

In 1996, he obtained one of the nation’s ten biggest defense verdicts in Teague v. Bakker, which involved a securities fraud class action lawsuit against the former television evangelist.

Since then, Michael has turned his major attention to matters of complex insurance litigation, with an emphasis on disability income insurance claims, ERISA claims, Life Insurance claims and related fields. He is now one of the region’s foremost legal authorities on such complex insurance issues.

A former Law Review editor in his law school days, Michael is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Defense Research Institute and the New York City and Bergen County Bar Associations.

In addition to a strong background in disability insurance litigation matters, Mike has significant experience in other types of health and life insurance coverage disputes with carriers. He has pursued disability income cases, most under ERISA laws and regulations, with UnumProvident and every major life and disability insurer in the U.S. In addition to his busy ongoing practice, Michael finds the time to lecture and write on health and disability insurance, ERISA and related issues.

Having represented many clients in a wide variety of insurance matters, Mike Quiat decided fifteen years ago to maintain a focus on claimant representation for disability and life insurance disputes. “This type of work is so much more rewarding,” he says. “It is making an important contribution to the lives of so many people who have lost the ability to work and earn a living for themselves and their families. “These people must be heard.”

Practice Areas

  • ERISA, LTD and Private Disability Income Claims
  • Long Term Care Insurance Claims
  • Other Complex Life and Health Insurance Litigation

Professional Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • Bergen County (NJ) Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Defense Research Institute

Education

  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law
  • B.S., Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

If you would like to learn more about how Mike Quiat thinks and works, follow his blog: Quiat on Disablility

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What Our Clients Say

  • Mr. Quiat was very specific about my options, chances of a successful appeal, and the costs of same. We did discuss the possibility of taking […]

    ~ Kevin

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  • Mr. Quiat, and his Team were able to re-instate my disability benefits discontinued by Aetna Insurance. Mr. Quiat was always available, and responded quickly to […]

    ~ Carlos

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  • Mr. Quiat . Is thorough , pleasant to work with . He exhibits complete competency of his profession . I would highly recommend him . […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • Mike took the time in our initial meeting to truly understand my situation and what I was up against. He listened to my concerns and […]

    ~ Kevin

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  • As I was facing some of the most difficult times of my life with seemingly no way out, I was most fortunate to meet Michael […]

    ~ Long Term Disability Client

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  • HE IS THE BEST!!!! He listened very intently to me and took copious notes. At the end of my meeting with him I knew that […]

    ~ Arbitration Client

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  • GREAT ADVOCATE, CARING, HIGHLY ATTENTIVE, NOT GREED DRIVEN.
    Michael Quiat handled my long term disability case and did so in a very caring manner. […]

    ~ Barbara

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  • TOP OF THE LIST OF ATTORNEYS Mr. Quiat responded to all of my phone calls and emails in a timely manner. Mr. He is very […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • SOLID EXPERTISE Solid expertise… Very responsive in client concerns\Effective advocate in handling interactions with opposing party.

    ~ Employee Benefits Client

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  • THE MOST RESPONSIVE ATTORNEY Mike stands out as the most responsive attorney…He always made it as easy as possible for me to get things done, […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY Mike Quiat is an extraordinary attorney…His extensive experience and expertise was instrumental in obtaining and maintaining my LTD benefits… The compassion he showed […]

    ~ LTD Client

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  • WE NEVER HAD TO GO TO COURT Mr. Quiat took over the case, and, due to a combination of his meticulous attention to detail in […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • EXCELLENT!They were very professional, responsive to my questions, and successfully represented me with my claim. I would highly recommend Michael Eli Quiat and Joe Russo […]

    ~ LTD Client

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  • WELL PREPARED AND PRESENTED Mr. Quiat’s appeal on my behalf was so well prepared and presented there is no doubt something like this is best […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • MIKE GOT RESULTS I’ve worked with many attorneys over the course of my business career. Mr. Quiat is not only knowledgeable and capable, but also […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • WE SUED AND WON… My disability insurance company stopped paying me. We sued and won and Mike got my payments reinstated… I trusted Mike completely, […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • GENUINE CONCERN FOR THE CLIENT I have personally seen Mike Quiat in action on ERISA long term disability cases. Mike takes a personal interest in […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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  • I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM… I have found him to be experienced, knowledgeable, but not over-bearing … I never had a problem getting appointments, reaching […]

    ~ Employee Benefits Client

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  • THE HIGHEST REGARD… Michael and his staff have always been very professional, polite, and well informed. … I have nothing but the highest regard for […]

    ~ Contracts Client

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  • RESPECT AND COMPASSION… I was very scared, anxious, intimidated and unsure of how to handle a particular disability insurance claim with a big company.Mike immediately […]

    ~ Arbitration Client

    unum disability claims
  • “CAN DO” ATTITUDE… When my wife and I met Mr. Quiat my life was in turmoil. Mike sat us down and very calmly listened …When […]

    ~ Insurance Client

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