Robert J. Kelly: Lawyer with Coughlin Duffy LLP

Robert J. Kelly

Morristown,  NJ  U.S.A.
Phone(973) 631-6003

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Securities Litigation
University Yale College, B.A., 1972
Law SchoolRutgers School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1975; New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1981
Admitted1975, New Jersey; 1990, New York; 2001, Colorado; 1975, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; 1980, United States Supreme Court; 1981, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; 1992, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; 1992, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; 2011, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 2013, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
BornEast Orange, New Jersey, February 23, 1950

Robert Kelly is a Founding Partner of the firm where his practice includes insurance litigation and counseling, commercial litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, bad faith litigation, and professional liability litigation. Mr. Kelly served as law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, for the 1975-1976 Term. He has appeared in jurisdictions nationwide on behalf of insurers and other commercial clients. Mr. Kelly is ratedAV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell.

Memberships and Professional Activities:

Member, American Bar Association

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Member, Essex County Bar Association

Member, Monmouth County Bar Association


Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers, Insurance & Reinsurance (2009 - 2013)

Reported Cases

Gould v. Ruefenacht, 737 F.2d 320 (3d Cir.), aff'd, 471 U.S. 701 (1985) (federal securities law); Williams v. Red Bank Bd. of Educ., 662 F.2d 1008 (3d Cir. 1981) (federal constitutional law); JP Morgan Chase & Co. v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 930 N.Y.S. 2d 175 (N.Y. Sup. 2011) aff'd, 947 N.Y.S. 2d 17 (1st Dept. 2012) (insurance coverage); Intel Corp. v. American Guarantee and Liability Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139903 (N.D. Cal. 2010) (insurance coverage); First Advantage Litigation Consulting, LLC v. American International Specialty Lines Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 10021 (2d Cir. 2013) (insurance coverage); Celotex Corp. v. AIU Ins. Co., 152 B.R. 652; 149 B.R. 997; 152 B.R. 661; (M.D. Fl. 1993) (insurance coverage); General Linen Ser. Co. v. Charter Oak Fire Ins. Co., 951 F. Supp. 15 (D.N.H. 1995) (insurance coverage); Olin Corp. v. Insurance Co. of North America, 972 F. Supp. 189 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (insurance coverage); United States Fid. & Guar. Co. v. Treadwell Corp., 58 F. Supp. 2d 77 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (insurance coverage); In Re September 11th Liab. Ins. Coverage Cases, 458 F. Supp. 2d 104 (S.D.N.Y. 2006) (insurance coverage); Schlumberger Indus. v National Surety Corp., 36 F. 3d 1274 (4th Cir. 1994) (federal jurisdiction); Re/Max of New Jersey v. Wausau Ins. Co., 162 N.J. 282 (2000) (insurance coverage); Champion Dyeing & Finishing Co. v. Centennial Ins. Co., 355 N.J. Super. 262 (App. Div. 2002) (insurance coverage); Globe Motor Car Co. v. First Fidelity Bank, 291 N.J. Super. 428 (App. Div. 1996) (commercial contract); LaMantia v. Durst, 234 N.J. Super. 534 (App. Div. 1989) (attorney fee dispute); Johns-Manville Prods. v. Dronebarger, 211 N.J. Super. 520 (L. Div. 1986) (legal malpractice); Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. v. Florham Park Borough, 5 N.J. Tax 343 (1983) (state tax); Mueller Estate v. Transfer Inheritance Tax Bureau, 5 N.J. Tax 642 (1983) (state inheritance tax).

 (Also at New York, N.Y. Office)


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New York Trial Court Denies Sony’s Claims against Primary CGL Insurers to Pay for Defense Costs Related to Cyber-Attack Litigation
Steven D. Cantarutti,Kevin T. Coughlin,Robert J. Kelly, March 12, 2014
On February 21, 2014, a New York trial court (Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing, J.S.C.) in Zurich Amer. Ins. Co. v. Sony Corp. of Amer., et al., Index No. 651982/2011 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., N.Y. Cnty.), made a significant ruling in the area of cyber risk coverage. The Court rejected claims by Sony Computer...

In Rare Move, New York Court of Appeals Grants Motion For Reargument in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company
Michael S. Chuven,Robert J. Kelly, September 12, 2013
On September 3, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals granted American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company’s motion for reargument in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company. Granting of such a motion is extremely rare, with the Court granting...

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Robert J. Kelly

350 Mount Kemble Avenue
MorristownNJ 07962-1917


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