Areas of Practice
Firm Management Positions
New York Office, Contact
Evaluation Committee, Member
Honors and Awards
- Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers in Insurance Litigation" by Chambers USA, 2012
- Named a "Local Litigation Star" in New Jersey by Benchmark Litigation, 2011 to present
- Has received honors and awards for his work with inner city high school mock trial and moot court teams
Memberships and Affiliations
New York State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Association of Life Insurance Counsel
Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU)
Leadership Newark, Board of Trustees
- Leadership Newark's 2011 Annual Gala Committee Chair
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, 1998, with highest honors
- Editor, Rutgers Law Review
- Saul Tischler Scholar
B.A., Kean College of New Jersey, 1994, summa cum laude
- New Jersey
- New York
Michael S. Gugig
Michael Gugig is an experienced commercial litigator who has tried cases in federal and state courts around the country in numerous areas including insurance, contracts, trade secrets, employment, consumer fraud, patents, partnership dissolution, environmental and class actions. He has also conducted many internal investigations for financial services companies.
In the insurance industry, Mike recently earned a complete victory for a long- term disability carrier, having a putative class action dismissed on the pleadings, with an affirmance by the Seventh Circuit. Mike also has defeated class certification in an action brought in the New York State Supreme Court against a long-term care carrier over allegations of fraud, breach of contract and violation of New York's consumer protection statutes. In another matter, he represented a long-term care insurance provider at trial and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in a dispute over long-term care facility benefits, and the Tenth Circuit ruled entirely in the insurer's favor. In addition, Mike earned a victory in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, in a case for a liability carrier that resulted in the Court's confirmation of the continued viability of New York's "no-prejudice rule" with respect to late notice of occurrence.
Mike has also successfully represented numerous clients in lawsuits alleging violations of non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets and related causes of action.
Additionally, Mike represents clients in complex commercial and employment litigation. Specifically, he litigated Riccard v. Prudential Insurance Co., where Prudential was accused of age and disability discrimination and retaliation. After a 26-day arbitration, and significant related litigation in the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Prudential was completely exonerated. Also in that case, Mike succeeded in persuading the Eleventh Circuit to adopt new law regarding arbitrations in employment disputes involving former NASD (now FINRA) members. He also secured a complete victory in a New York State Supreme Court trial in a partnership dissolution case.
Mike is an adjunct law professor at Rutgers School of Law – Newark, his alma mater, where he teaches New York Civil Practice.
More About Michael S. Gugig's Experience In The Following Areas
News & Press Releases
- June 11, 2013
- March 28, 2013
- Benchmark Nominates Saul Ewing for Diversity Award and Maryland Firm of The Year; Saul Ewing Offices in Four States And Nine Attorneys Included in Litigation GuideJanuary 15, 2013
- June 20, 2012
- December 2, 2011
Articles, Alerts & Newsletters
- New York's First Department holds that parties must preserve electronically-stored information when litigation should be reasonably anticipatedFebruary 2012
- New Jersey Supreme Court holds that principals can be liable for company’s breach of consumer fraud regulationsJuly 2011
- New Jersey Appellate Division holds that principals can be liable for company’s breach of consumer fraud regulationsJune 2010