Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Michael Wolfer saves clients time and money by doing the heavy lifting, effectively communicating the potential of a case, and focusing on the best end result. He is a Senior Associate in the Philadelphia office and navigates Subrogation, First-Party Coverage and Casualty Defense claims seamlessly. Fire losses are no stranger to Michael, as he regularly handles seven figure fire losses involving various risks including condominiums and apartment buildings. His experience also comprises complex product liability cases and trucking cases, one of which he settled involved damaged medical equipment with damages in excess of $1.8 million.  Michael also handles cases involving construction defects, building collapse, water damage, as well as other types of property damage.

A Division 1 wrestler in college, Michael’s rigorous training and academic schedules taught him perseverance and time management. With that same dedicated mentality, he resolved a high profile building collapse case that resulted in more than $1 million in damages. Clients are thankful for Michael’s proactive approach to cases and note that he always keeps their interests and goals first.

Michael believes in being plugged into his community. He serves as the Board Secretary for Columbia University’s Club of Philadelphia where he participates in various community and charitable events. He also volunteers in the Philadelphia VIP pro bono program, handling cases on behalf of those who cannot afford a representative. In addition, Michael enjoys deciding cases as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Arbitration Program.


  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Certified Civil Arbitrator


  • Columbia University, New York
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Rutgers University School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Board Secretary of Columbia Club of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia State Bar Association


  • Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas
  • United States District Court - District of New Jersey

Court Decisions

COURT DECISIONDistrict Judge in New Jersey Rules Waiver of Subrogation Provision in Residential Lease Is Unenforceable

This case is significant because it shows that the existence of a waiver of subrogation provision is not sufficient, by itself, to determine the validity of subrogation rights.  A review of the circumstances (and application of contract principles) is required to determine whether the waiver is valid and enforceable.

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COURT DECISIONDistrict of New Jersey Rejects Waiver of Subrogation in Residential Solar Contract

Recently, Judge Sheridan of the District of New Jersey rejected a waiver of subrogation in a residential solar contract, finding that the contract was one of adhesion and that the waiver was against public interest. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group v. Vivint Solar, Inc., 2018 WL 1003745 (D.N.J. 2018), involved a home in Union, New Jersey insured by New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group (NJMIG). In 2014, the homeowner’s were approached by a door-to-door salesman from Vivint Solar, Inc., and ultimately entered a Contract with Vivint for the design, installation, service and maintenance of a residential solar panel system for their property.

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COURT DECISIONLots of Cold Feelings in Pipe Freeze Claims

A recent Pennsylvania decision highlights the difficulties and critical issues associated with identifying potentially liable parties in pipe freeze cases.

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October 09, 2019 PODCASTSSubro Sense Podcast - Unpacking Product Claims against Amazon

Historically, many jurisdictions have held that Amazon was not a “Seller” when considering products sold on its website by third-party vendors.  Recently, a U.S. Court of Appeals held for the first time that Amazon was a “Seller” and therefore potentially liable for defective products purchased on its website...

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Blog Posts

July 08, 2019 BLOG POSTAmazon is subject to liability as "Seller," rules the Third Circuit

The Third Circuit issued a groundbreaking opinion in Oberdorf v. Amazon.Com, 2019 WL 2849153, that may have a significant impact on the way Amazon conducts business. For the first time, a U.S. Court of Appeals has found Amazon is a “Seller” and therefore potentially liable for defective products purchased on its website. The Third Circuit diverged from the Fourth and Sixth Circuits which has previously found Amazon should not be subjected to liability...

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May 30, 2019 BLOG POSTShould Amazon be Liable for Products Sold in its Marketplace?

Amazon, the largest e-commerce website in the world and a member of the “Big Four” has repeatedly, and successfully, argued that the company is not liable for harm caused by the defective products that are sold by third parties on its website. Most recently, Amazon avoided potential liability arising from a house fire caused by a defective headlamp...

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April 17, 2019 BLOG POSTNotre Dame and Handling Tragic Losses

Imagine you just received an email, subject line “New Assignment – April 15 2019 loss – Paris France.” You open the email and learn that you will be assisting in the rebuilding of Notre Dame.

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July 11, 2019 NEWSCongratulations to our newest Senior Associates!

Today we congratulate our firm's newest Senior Associates, Michael Wolfer and Gray Kelly!

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