Jonathan Harwood

Jonathan Harwood

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Hawthorne, NY

Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
 | Mid-Westchester Executive Park, Seven Skyline Drive
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Phone: 914-347-2600
Fax: 914-347-8898
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (60%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Harwood practices in the following areas: professional liability; insurance coverage employment practices liability; products liability;  and premises liability. He has represented lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, manufacturers, corporations, insurance companies and religious institutions in all phases of litigation. In addition to serving as counsel of record in such professional liability matters, Mr. Harwood has supervised defense counsel on a national basis in litigation and arbitrations on behalf of directors and officers liability insurers, life insurance carriers and life insurance agents, and their errors and omissions carriers. In insurance coverage matters, Mr. Harwood’s practice includes policy drafting and policy interpretation, as well as coverage and bad faith litigation. Mr. Harwood has also represented insurers in declaratory judgment actions involving coverage for environmental, professional liability and product liability claims.

Mr. Harwood received his Juris Doctor from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1990 and he graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987.  Mr. Harwood was admitted to the New York bar in 1990. He is also admitted to practice before the Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Second Circuits, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mr. Harwood recently obtained a jury verdict in a declaratory judgment action on behalf of an insurer client. The verdict confirmed that the insurer had satisfied its obligations under the policy and did not owe an additional $7.5 million in coverage, as asserted by the insured.  Mr. Harwood’s reported decisions include:Weisshaus v. Fagan, 456 Fed. Appx. 32 (2d Cir. 2012); Landmark Ins. Co. v. Pacific Indem. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97652  (S.D. Cal. 2012); 101 McMurray, LLC. v. Porter, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41219 (S.D.N.Y. 2012);  Quanta Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. Investors Capital Corp., 403 Fed. Appx. 530 (2d Cir. 2010; First Central Sav. Bank v. Meridian Residential Capital, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34234 (E.D.N.Y., Mar. 30, 2011); Rosenthal v. Nierenberg, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84887 (S.D.N.Y. 2010); Weisshaus v. New York, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116568 (S.D.N.Y., Dec. 15, 2009); Koulkina v. City of New York, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6505 (S.D.N.Y. 2009); Citak & Citak v. St. Paul Travelers Cos., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35914 (S.D.N.Y. April 28, 2008); Kear v. Katonah Central School District,2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28250 (S.D.N.Y. 2008); Evanston v. Centennial Health Care Corp., (N.D. Ga. 2007);   Arch Specialty Ins. Co. v. Entm't Specialty Ins. Servs., 04 Civ. 1852 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); Naegele v. Archdiocese of New York, 39 A.D.3d 270 (1st Dep't 2007); Fremont REalty, Inc. v. P&N Iron Works, Inc.,39 A.D.3d 586 (2d Dep/t 2007);Rivas v. AmeriMed, U.S.A., 34 A.D.3d 250 (1st Dep't 2006); MONY Life Ins. Co. v. Cordero, 22 A.D.3d 815; 802 N.Y.S.2d 632 (2d Dep't 2005); Whalen v, Allers, 302 F. Supp. 2d 194 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); Richardson v. Lindenbaum & Young, 14 Misc. 3d 1223A; 836 N.Y.S.2d 489 (Sup. Ct. 2007); Forde v. V.E. Systems, 917 F.Supp. 258; Pacific Indemnity Co. v. Bellefonte Insurance Co., 80 Cal. App. 4th 1226 (2000); Bruker v. City of New York, 92 F.Supp.2d 257 (S.D.N.Y.2000); and Whalen v. Allers, 302 F. Supp 2d 194 (S.D.N.Y. 2003).

Mr. Harwood has also published the following articles:  "Reading is No Longer Fundamental in Insured v. Broker Litigation in New York," Riding the E&O Line, Volume 5, Issue 3; "Statutes of Repose and the Design Progessional," DRI Online, March 29, 2013, http://dritoday.org/feature.aspx?id=525; "Prior Acts Limitations: Does Corregis Insurance Company v. Baratta & Fenerty, Ltd. Create A Lower Threshold For Attorney’s Malpractice Policies," PLUS Journal, June 2002; and "U.S. v. Yonkers: Can More Be Done To Remedy Housing Discrimination," St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary, Vol 4, Issue 1.

About Jonathan Harwood

Admitted: 1990, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.traublieberman.com/profiles/jonathanharwood/

Honors/Awards:

  • This designation is reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in New York Metro receive this distinction. , New York Metro Area Super Lawyers, 2016
  • This designation is reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in New York Metro receive this distinction. , New York Metro Area Super Lawyers, 2019
  • This designation is reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in New York Metro receive this distinction. , New York Metro Area Super Lawyers, 2018
  • This designation is reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in New York Metro receive this distinction. , New York Metro Area Super Lawyers, 2017
  • New York Metro Area SupreLawyers, 2014
  • This designation is reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in New York Metro receive this distinction. , New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Harwood is a member of the American Bar Association.
  • Mr. Harwood is a member of DRI and is on the Steering Committee for the Professional Liability group of DRI.  In addition, Mr. Harwood was the Chair of the Professional Liability group's 2016 seminar, which consists of two days of sessions addressing numerous areas of professional liability.
  • Mr. Harwood is a member of PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriters' Society).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • In 2011, Mr. Harwood spoke about best practices for attorneys to adopt in order to minimize their exposure to malpractice claims., Speaker, New York State Bar Association, 2011
  • Mr. Harwood participated in a panel discussion to a large corporate employer that addressed the proper handling of a variety of discrimination and harassment claims.  Mr. Harwood focused his portion of the discussion of reent developments and trends to watch in these and related areas., Speaker, Hot Topics and Trends in Employment Practice Matters, Human Resource Professionals, 2019
  • Mr. Harwood participated in a panel discusions addressing issues taht arise when an insurance agent who procured insurance coverage gets sued. The presentation dissected defenses to these claims, including whether failure to read the policy is avalid defense., Speaker, Insurance Agent and Broker Liability, Insurance Claims Professionals And Attorneys In The Professional Liability Arena., 2018
  • Mr. Harwood presented a seminar at DRI's innaugural Professional Liability Seminar in which he discussed the numerous issues that legal and insurance industry professionals should consider when litigating a professional malpractice claim while the matter that gave rise to it has not been concluded.  The seminar addressed these issues as they apply to various types of professional liability claims, including those against attorneys, insurance agents, real estate agents and other non-medical professionals., Presenter, Double Your Fun:Managing the Professional Malpractice Claim That Proceeds Simultaneously with the Underlying Dispute, DRI, 2011
  • In November 2012, Mr. Harwood spoke at an NBI seminar entitled "Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish."  Mr. Harwood presented the sessions on Case Evaluation and Pre Litigation Steps, Initial Pleadings/Motions - Filing the Suit and Discovery of the Insurane Case - Qunatifying Damage/Loss., Speaker, Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish, NBI, 2012
  • Mr. Harwood spoke as part of a panel at the 2017 DRI Professional Liability conference focusing on mediating a professional liability claim.  The seminar will address best practices and situations to avoid in such mediations and will include attorneys and parties represneting both sides, as well as a practicing mediator., Speaker, DRI - PRofessional Liability Group, 2017

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Mr. Harwood obtained a jury verdict in favor of an insurer client in a declaratory judgment action in the Southern District of New York.  The jury found the insurer had fufilled its coverage obligations and rejected the insured's contention that the insurer owed an additional $7.5 million in coverage., 2013

Newsletters:

  • The article addresses the effect that statutes of repose has on claims against design professionals and recent changes in the law of some states on this issue., Statutes of Repose and the Design Professional, Professional Liability
  • This article appeared in Volume 5, Issue 3 of the newsletter Riding the E&O Line, published by DRI., Reading is No Longer Fundamental in Insured v. Broker Litigation in New York, Professional Liability

Educational Background:

  • University of Michjgan, 1987
  • St. John's University School of Law, 1990

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • DRI
  • PLUS
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Office Location for Jonathan Harwood

Mid-Westchester Executive Park
Seven Skyline Drive
Hawthorne, NY 10532

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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