Attorney Details

Michael R. Morano - Partner

MICHAEL R. MORANO practices in the areas of construction, surety, fidelity and commercial litigation, and also assists business clients with transactions and employment-related matters. 

In his construction practice, Michael has represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties and insurance carriers in a variety of matters.  Michael prosecutes and defends lien, contract, defective work and equitable adjustment claims.  He also provides construction clients with general advice concerning regulatory and statutory issues, and the drafting and negotiation of contracts, subcontracts, supply agreements, rental agreements and financing agreements.

Michael’s surety experience includes performance bond defaults, distressed contractor transactions, bankruptcies, complex underwriting matters, M&A due diligence, bad faith claims, payment bond claims, liens, union benefits claims, and wage and hour claims, among other matters.  Michael has substantial experience assisting contract sureties during all phases of a construction project, including during completion efforts.  In the area of commercial surety, Michael has dealt with a variety of products and has experience handling claims and protecting the surety’s rights in connection with bankruptcy proceedings. In the area of fidelity, Michael has handled coverage determinations and litigations.  Michael also regularly assists clients with salvage and subrogation issues.

In addition, Michael handles commercial litigations and business disputes.  In these areas, Michael has handled matters involving breach of contract, tortious interference, conversion, negligence, defamation, director and officer liability, violations of restrictive covenants, avoidance claims and environmental claims.  Michael also assists corporate clients with matters relating to formation, the sale/purchase of assets and stock, operating agreements, leases, bankruptcies and creditor’s rights.

Michael is Practice Group Manager of the Firm’s Construction, Fidelity & Surety Practice Group.  He has also been recognized as Super Lawyers® Rising Star.  Prior to joining the Firm, Michael served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Esther Salas of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  During this clerkship, Michael was fortunate to assist Judge Salas during the end of her tenure as U.S. Magistrate Judge and following the confirmation of Her Honor as U.S. District Judge.  During law school, Michael served as an intern for the Honorable Jose L. Linares of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.