Michael E. Quiat

Michael E. Quiat: Attorney with Uscher Quiat Uscher & Russo, P.C.

Biography

Michael E. Quiat, a NJ state disability lawyer has been practicing for more than 30 years and is a senior partner with Uscher, Quiat, Uscher & Russo, P.C. He began his career in New York City, where he had a diverse and active career involving Federal and State court litigation in a wide variety of fields and specialties.

In 1996, he obtained one of the nation’s ten biggest defense verdicts in Teague v. Bakker, which involved a securities fraud class action lawsuit against the former television evangelist.

Since then, Michael has turned his major attention to matters of complex insurance litigation, with an emphasis on disability income insurance claims, ERISA claims, Life Insurance claims and related fields. He is now one of the region’s foremost legal authorities on such complex insurance issues.

A former Law Review editor in his law school days, Michael is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Defense Research Institute and the New York City and Bergen County Bar Associations.

In addition to a strong background in disability insurance litigation matters, Mike has significant experience in other types of health and life insurance coverage disputes with carriers. He has pursued disability income cases, most under ERISA laws and regulations, with UnumProvident and every major life and disability insurer in the U.S. In addition to his busy ongoing practice, Michael finds the time to lecture and write on health and disability insurance, ERISA and related issues.

Having represented many clients in a wide variety of insurance matters, Mike Quiat decided fifteen years ago to maintain a focus on claimant representation for disability and life insurance disputes. “This type of work is so much more rewarding,” he says. “It is making an important contribution to the lives of so many people who have lost the ability to work and earn a living for themselves and their families. “These people must be heard.”

Oracle Society. Member, Board of Editors and Notes and Comments Editor, Hofstra Law Review, 1980-1981. Law Intern, Legal Aid Society, 1979-1980. Associated with Obermaier, Morvillo & Abramowitz, P.C., New York, N.Y., 1981-1985.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • ERISA
  • Ltd. and Private Disability Income Claims
  • Long Term Care Insurance Claims
  • Complex Life and Health Insurance Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
2013427100  Phone
www.uqur.com
University Attended:
Ithaca College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
Hofstra University, J.D., 1981
Year of First admission:
1982
Admission:
1985, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. Supreme Court; 1982, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Circuits
Memberships:
American Bar Association; American College of Legal Medicine.
Birth Information:
Englewood, New Jersey, June 27, 1957
ISLN:
904272978

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (12 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 05/11/18 in Litigation

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 12/31/16 in ERISA

    I've never met a lawyer who is more effective than Michael at drilling down into an ERISA problem and plucking out the solution. He is especially good at the disability-insurance cases, both ERISA and non-ERISA. I can remember once, he and I were c... Read more

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    I've never met a lawyer who is more effective than Michael at drilling down into an ERISA problem and plucking out the solution. He is especially good at the disability-insurance cases, both ERISA and non-ERISA. I can remember once, he and I were co-counseling a case. We were at a settlement conference. The judge came out and commended him by name for his good skill. I like interacting with Michael about these disability-insurance cases because he's such a problem-solver. I learn from him. Read less

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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • 100% (1 recommendation)
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    5.0/5.0
  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 06/02/13 in Workers Compensation.

    I had the most unfortunate experience of having to retain seven attorneys in the past two years. Michael stands so far out above the rest. Very simply: He was almost always available and returned phone calls quickly; he always spoke to me with res... Read more

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    I had the most unfortunate experience of having to retain seven attorneys in the past two years. Michael stands so far out above the rest. Very simply: He was almost always available and returned phone calls quickly; he always spoke to me with respect; he was truly an advocate when I was in a fragile condition and greatly needed one. He was protective and shielded me from an abusive insurance company. Although these might seem like simple things one would expect only Mr. Quiat provided them Read less

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