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Michael J. Needleman

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2929 Arch St 13th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Michael J. Needleman is a Partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia Office and member of the Litigation, Insurance, Employment Practices, Franchise & Distribution and Corporate & Business Services Groups. Mr. Needleman has extensive experience handling insurance defense, insurance coverage, employment litigation, and complex commercial litigation matters, including litigating franchise dispute matters. He practices in the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania; the District of New Jersey; and, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Needleman also practices in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and has extensive trial experience.

Mr. Needleman has delivered lectures to the insurance industry on various topics, and has taught several CLE classes on a variety of litigation-related subjects. Mr. Needleman has also conducted training seminars for employers on maintaining harassment-free workplaces and minimizing claims.

Mr. Needleman sits on the Special Advisory Board to the Board of Directors of the Charcot-Marie Tooth Association, is a Co-chair of the New Jersey Defense Association. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and is occasionally appointed by the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to assist in civil rights cases.

Mr. Needleman is a 1998 graduate of American University, and a 2001 graduate of Widener University School of Law, where he was a member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Upon graduation, he served a one-year clerkship for the Honorable Theodore Z. Davis, P.J.Ch., Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, Law Division, General Equity Part.

Some of Mr. Needleman’s more notable experience includes:

  • Efficiently obtained a full dismissal on behalf of our client, an excavation and site work contractor, before extensive discovery was conducted on a multi-million dollar motor vehicle accident claim, saving the client a significant amount of money in litigation fees. 
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability case in Philadelphia
  • Successfully represented a mid-size manufacturer in discrimination litigation in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a large insurer in bad faith litigation in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Successfully represented a large manufacturer and supplier in Title VII and related litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Won a defense verdict at trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey in bad faith litigation
  • Won a defense verdict on behalf of a homeowner at trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Mr. Needleman is also a frequent contributor to Reger Rizzo & Darnall's Employment Law Update, a collection of timely, informative and thought-provoking updates on critical topics impacting employers, employees, HR professionals, business owners, and everyone associated with the employment law arena. Please visit our Employment Law Update page for access to all of our educational client alerts. 

J.D., Widener University School of Law (2001)

B.A., American University (1998)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Pennsylvania
New Jersey
District of Columbia
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Civic & Charitable Associations
Co-Chair, The ADR committee of the New Jersey Defense Association
Member, Advisory Board to the Board of Directors of the Charcot Marie Tooth Association
Volunteer, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Member, Civil Rights Panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Honors & Awards
Honored as Attorneys on the Court’s Civil Rights and Employment Panels of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Selected for Inclusion in the 2008, 2010 – 2016 list of Pennsylvania Rising Stars Super Lawyers®
Publications & Press Mentions
Author, If Drafting an Arbitration Agreement, Take Your Time and Draft Wisely. The New Jersey Defense Association. (Winter 2018)
Author, The Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Distribution of Settlement Funds: Life in the Trenches. (December 14, 2015)
Author, Forum Non Conviens in the Keystone State: A Common Sense Approach. DRI: The Voice (Vol. 14, Issue 44). (November 4, 2015)
Author, Out of Joint (and Several Liability). New Jersey Defense Association. (Spring 2015)
Featured, Michael Needleman Named 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Star.
Author, Defending Workers’ Compensation Discrimination Claims. New Jersey Defense Association. (Fall 2013)
Author, New Jersey Makes it Easier for Employees to Sue Under the Family and Medical Leave Act. (March 5, 2013)
Author, Update Regarding the SMART Act. (March 1, 2013)
Author, Expansion of Bad Faith Case Law Blog. (November 6, 2012)
Presentations & Speaking Engagements
Presenter, Summary Judgment in Bad-Faith CasesStrafford Webinars. (April 21, 2020)
Presenter, Federal Court 101: How to Take a Federal Court CaseLawPractice CLE. (April 10, 2020)
Presenter, Personal Injury from A to Z. LawPractice CLE. (April 3, 2020)
Presenter, The Risk of Anonymity - Privacy Laws Reach Beyond TechSt. Joseph's University Annual Insurance & Reinsurance Symposium. (March 12, 2020)
Presenter, Court Rules and Updates: What You Need to KnowThe National Business Institute. (December 20, 2019)
Presenter, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate GuideThe National Business Institute. (December 18-19, 2019)
Presenter, Current Laws Update & Bad Faith TrendsThe National Business Institute. (December 17, 2019)
Presenter, 2019 Civil Trial SeminarThe New Jersey Defense Association. (December 13, 2019)
Presenter, Personal Injury from A to ZThe National Business Institute. (November 14, 2019)
Presenter, Federal Court: Start to FinishLawPractice CLE. (October 7, 2019)
Presenter, EPLI: Current Issues, Trends, Coverages. St. Joseph's University Annual Insurance & Reinsurance Symposium. (March 14-15, 2019)
Presenter, Representing Your Client in Federal CourtLawPractice CLE. (February 11, 2019)
Presenter, Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law. The National Business Institute. (December 21, 2018)
Presenter, Nuances of Federal Trial Practice and Removal Procedures. The Federal Bar Association. (February 8, 2018)
Presenter, Nuances of Federal Trial Practice and Removal ProceduresThe Federal Bar Association. (August 10, 2016)