Caitlin P. Strauss

Caitlin P. Strauss

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-7153
Fax: (215) 972-4167

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Caitlin P. Strauss

Partner

Caitlin Piccarello Strauss is a litigator who represents companies in disputes involving insurance, employee benefits and ERISA, real estate, and restrictive covenants. Caitlin understands from her secondment as an in-house attorney for a Fortune 100 insurance company the value clients place on finding cost-effective solutions to resolve disputes. As a result, she approaches litigation with the goal of providing strategic and practical advice that balances dispute resolution with mitigating risk.

Caitlin is a leader of the Firm's Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation team. Insurance companies rely on her to defend them in coverage disputes particularly involving claims for benefits under group employee benefits policies governed by ERISA. The litigation experience Caitlin has gained from representing insurance companies dovetails with her experience litigating commercial disputes involving food, beverage and consumer products companies. Caitlin also serves as co-chair of the firm's Food & Beverage Practice.

Caitlin represents clients in the real estate industry as well and defends  property managers, real estate brokers and agents in professional liability disputes stemming from residential and commercial real estate transactions. She also represents title insurance companies and their insureds in cases involving title insurance claims and title agent defalcations.

Caitlin is a leader and advocate for the development and advancement of women attorneys both inside the firm and in the larger legal community.  As a founding member and co-chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Women's Development Initiative (WDI), she provides women attorneys with opportunities for networking and business development.  She also serves as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in Law Firms Initiatives Task Force and regularly participates in panel discussions about women's initiatives in law firms.

Experience

Insurance

Caitlin represents insurance companies and insurance brokers, including a large international insurance broker, in coverage-related disputes and claims of professional malfeasance. She also represents insureds, including food manufacturers, on covered claims involving D&O and CGL policies.

Provide opinion to insurer on coverage afforded by professional liability policies
Defend insurance broker in professional malpractice suit by client involving analysis of coverage afforded by yacht policy
Employee Benefits / ERISA Litigation

Caitlin has managed coverage disputes involving group employee disability policies nationwide. Her experience includes defense of over 100 group and individual life, health and disability cases (both ERISA and non-ERISA) for the country's leading insurers. Caitlin has particular experience defending these cases in the Third Circuit and federal courts therein. Caitlin co-edits Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's monthly Friday Five which keeps the industry apprised of developments in ERISA litigation.

Argued motion for summary judgment in federal court on interpretation of group disability policy
Secured dismissal of lawsuit against insurer concerning implementation of group life insurance policy
Real Estate Litigation

Residential and commercial real estate transactions, particularly with first-time buyers or sellers can result in litigation risk for real estate brokers and agents. Caitlin has successfully defended and obtained dismissal of these cases. Caitlin has also secured injunctions and recovery for title insurance companies in cases involving title agent defalcations and represented insureds in title insurance claims.

Obtain judgment for real estate broker in claim stemming from commercial real estate transaction and obtaining favorable judgment awarding attorney's fee for frivolous litigation
Represent title insurer in multimillion dollar defalcation by title agent securing injunction for insurer
Represent commercial real estate services firm in premises liability dispute involving breach of contract and securing favorable opinion from 3rd Circuit
Employment & Restrictive Covenant Litigation

Caitlin has represented employers in a variety of employment litigation matters with a particular emphasis on non-compete agreements and employee raiding claims for the financial services and insurance industries.

Represent employer in suit against executive officer for breach of forfeiture for competition provision in severance agreement
Defend financial services firms in multi-week Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations brought by competitors alleging employee raiding, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy
Represent employer in employment contract dispute against former CEO, defeat summary judgment for employee and obtain summary judgment for employer as the non-moving party
Food & Beverage

Caitlin has represented clients in the food and beverage industry in matters involving premises liability, products liability and breach of contract.

Represented food processing facility in major premises liability action brought by contractor
Represented food manufacturer and retail store in products liability actions brought by consumers

Thought Leadership

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named one of Pennsylvania's "Top Women in Law" by The Legal Intelligencer, 2016

Named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List for General Litigation, 2012 to present

Named one of Pennsylvania's "Lawyers on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer, 2011

Selected to Forum of Executive Women Mentoring Program, 2011

Memberships and Affiliations

DRI- The Voice of the Defense Bar, Life, Health & Disability Committee

Philadelphia Bar Association

American Bar Association

  • Litigation Section, Products Liability Committee, Food & Supplements Subcommittee
  • Labor & Employment Law Section

Board of Directors, New Century Trust, 2012-2014

Board of Directors, Homeless Advocacy Project, 2008-2011

 

Education

J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2006, magna cum laude

  • Internship, Honorable Mary L. Cooper, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey
  • Publication, "Comment: Terrorism, Tourism, and Torts: Liability in the Event of a Terrorist Attack on a Sports or Entertainment Venue"

B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 2003

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Firm Management Positions

Food and Beverage Practice, Co-Chair

Caitlin Piccarello Strauss is a litigator who represents companies in disputes involving insurance, employee benefits and ERISA, real estate, and restrictive covenants. Caitlin understands from her secondment as an in-house attorney for a Fortune 100 insurance company the value clients place on finding cost-effective solutions to resolve disputes. As a result, she approaches litigation with the goal of providing strategic and practical advice that balances dispute resolution with mitigating risk.

Caitlin is a leader of the Firm's Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation team. Insurance companies rely on her to defend them in coverage disputes particularly involving claims for benefits under group employee benefits policies governed by ERISA. The litigation experience Caitlin has gained from representing insurance companies dovetails with her experience litigating commercial disputes involving food, beverage and consumer products companies. Caitlin also serves as co-chair of the firm's Food & Beverage Practice.

Caitlin represents clients in the real estate industry as well and defends  property managers, real estate brokers and agents in professional liability disputes stemming from residential and commercial real estate transactions. She also represents title insurance companies and their insureds in cases involving title insurance claims and title agent defalcations.

Caitlin is a leader and advocate for the development and advancement of women attorneys both inside the firm and in the larger legal community.  As a founding member and co-chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Women's Development Initiative (WDI), she provides women attorneys with opportunities for networking and business development.  She also serves as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in Law Firms Initiatives Task Force and regularly participates in panel discussions about women's initiatives in law firms.


 

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