Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Michael J. McLaughlin is an Associate at Butler who joined the firm in 2012. Working in the Philadelphia office, Michael is focused on areas that involve first-party coverage and casualty defense litigation. He also has experience with bad faith litigation, representing insurers in state and federal courts, and has defended insured and self-insured clients in personal injury, premises liability, and product liability cases. Michael is skilled in oral argument, alternative dispute resolution, pleading and brief drafting, and taking depositions, and has been successful in obtaining favorable rulings in numerous cases. He has also supervised residential and commercial property inspections throughout the mid-Atlantic.  

His past experience involved working as a law clerk for Judge Susan Peikes Gantman of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Michael received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law in 2008. 


  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • Arcadia University
  • Temple University
    Juris Doctor

W.G. Tomko, Inc. v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co., Franklin County, Ohio C.C.P. (Aug. 21, 2014) (dismissing suit against insurer pursuant to suit limitations clause).

Year, Inc. v. Travelers Cas. Ins. Co. of America, Pennsylvania Super. Ct. (April 22, 2014) (affirming summary judgment ruling in favor of insurer per protective safeguard endorsement)

April 01, 2015 PUBLICATIONNew Jersey Expands Traditional Notions of Physical Loss or Damage

New Jersey courts continue to expand traditional notions of physical loss or damage in recent decision of the New Jersey Federal District Court, Gregory Packaging, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of America, Civ. No. 2:12-cv-04418 WHW, 2014 WL 6675934 (D.N.J. Nov. 25, 2014) (J. Walls).

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Blog Posts

March 05, 2015 BLOG POST"Physical" Damage Without Any Tangible Change - New Jersey Federal Court Continues the Expansion of "Physical" Loss or Damage
"Physical" Damage Without Any Tangible Change - New Jersey Federal Court Continues the Expansion of "Physical" Loss or Damage
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith
  • BI (Bodily Injury)
  • Business Interruption - Coverage
  • Business Owner's - Coverage
  • Class Action
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Stucco
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - Business Owner's
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Inland Marine
  • Coverage - Property
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Homeowner's - Coverage
  • Homeowner's - Insurance
  • Personal Injury Protection
  • Structural Collapse
  • UIM