Attorney Details

John T. Coyne - Partner

JOHN T. COYNE graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1987, and from Rutgers Law School in 1991. He is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From 1991 to 1992, he served as Law Clerk to The Honorable John M. Boyle, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, General Equity Part.

Mr. Coyne specializes in complex commercial litigation.  He represents a major consumer products company in a variety of matters, including consumer class actions, product liability suits, discrimination and whistleblower claims by current and former employees and disputes with vendors, with a particular emphasis on supply agreements. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling primary and excess insurers regarding their coverage obligations under many types of policies. He has handled a number of multi-million dollar declaratory judgment actions in state and federal court involving insurance contracts. He has extensive experience in defending claims seeking to impose extracontractual liability on insurers for bad faith denial of coverage and failure to settle. Mr. Coyne's practice also involves a variety of other types of work. Since 2000, he has served as lead outside counsel to a New Jersey-based staffing company and provided representation and counseling on all types of employer-employee disputes. He has also defended numerous other employment discrimination actions, including an age discrimination suit filed by seventeen plaintiffs against a major corporation following a reduction in force. Additionally, Mr. Coyne has defended professional liability claims brought against insurance brokers and agents, attorneys and accountants. He also has represented manufacturers and distributors in a number of products liability and toxic tort suits filed by persons suffering catastrophic injuries. The products involved in the cases include over-the-counter medications, aircraft, industrial lift trucks, farm equipment, pesticides and various chemicals. Mr. Coyne also has defended statutory and common law claims arising from environmental contamination. He also has expertise in matters involving claims of unfair competition and violation by ex-employees of covenants not to compete. Mr. Coyne also specializes in complex civil litigation arising from contractual disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, he has also assisted clients in negotiating contracts, preparing handbooks, conducting internal investigations, and providing crisis counseling.

He has tried multiple cases to conclusion and argued many cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division. He has published numerous articles on a various topics and lectured at seminars presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education and other groups. He is a member of numerous bar associations and professional groups, including the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association - Civil Trial Section.