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William E. McGrath, Jr.

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William E. McGrath, Jr.


  • Insurance Coverage
  • Reinsurance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation


New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
New York, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Courts of Appeal, Second and Third Circuits


William E. McGrath, Jr. has been a partner in the firm since 1996. Bill’s professional experience includes the litigation, mediation and arbitration of complex insurance and reinsurance claims and a variety of commercial disputes.  His trial experience includes commercial claims, general liability, insurance coverage, insurance fraud, land use, and contract claims.  Bill also serves as a Court Appointed Arbitrator for Contract and Commercial Litigation for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Vicinage 13 (Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties), and he is recognized as a NJ Court Rule 1:40 Qualified Mediator. Bill was named to the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance, one of only 14 New Jersey attorneys. His more recent professional experience includes acting as counsel:

  • for an excess insurer of the National Football League in coverage litigation for the class action concussion MDL in Pennsylvania;
  • for a Korean insurer in coverage litigation in the District of New Jersey concerning a Michigan product liability class action;
  • to a European insurer on U.S. gadolinium products liability claims;
  • in a London arbitration involving coverage for U.S. pharmaceutical claims;
  • on behalf of an excess insurer in a two-month trial involving coverage for asbestos and silica liabilities, as well as in an allocation phase before a special allocation master;
  • obtaining an injunction through arbitration in a trademark infringement claim;
  • for an umbrella insurer in a coverage action in Connecticut involving OxyContin®;
  • for a cedant in a reinsurance litigation and appeal involving a New York workers' compensation claim;
  • in a reinsurance arbitration involving coverage for punitive damages; and,
  • for the reinsurer of a state insurance fund involving a catastrophic personal injury claim.

Bill served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joseph Michael Hannon in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 


J.D., Catholic University of America
B.A., Gettysburg College


  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Member, Insurance Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation and Tort/Insurance Practice Sections)


  • Speaker, American Conference Institute,“Stacking, Viking Pump and Non-Cumulation of Liability,” New York, NY, June 2016
  • Editor, Construction Defect Resource Guide, 2013 and 2015 eds. (published by Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.)
  • Editor, Environmental Coverage Case Law Review, 2011 (published by Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.)
  • “Allocating Coverage Among Covered and Non-covered Claims: An Update on the Duty to Defend,” The Brief Winter 2009, Vol. 28, No. 2, American Bar Association
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, TIPS Annual Meeting, Tuscon, AZ, February 2007
  • Speaker, Excess and Surplus Lines Claims Association, New York, NY, April 2006