Jonathan S. Zelig


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Jonathan Zelig represents insurers and other large companies in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. He has experience advising insurance companies in a range of coverage and reinsurance disputes, including claims involving opioids, asbestos, COVID-19, e-cigarettes, data privacy, business email compromise, cyberattacks, false advertising, intellectual property, healthcare compliance and bad faith allegations. He also regularly assists corporate clients with general business and contract disputes.

Jonathan has represented multi-national corporations at every stage of their most important matters, from pre-litigation advisory services through trial and appeal. He has advocated on behalf of his clients in arbitration proceedings and in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States.


Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Represented excess E&O insurer in coverage litigation with multinational tech company regarding settlements of defective product claims

Represented primary specialty insurer in coverage litigation regarding sexual abuse of a minor at a secondary school

Represented cyber insurer in coverage litigation regarding claim for business email compromise

Represented primary general liability carrier in coverage dispute concerning false advertising claims against a consumer goods producer

Represented excess D&O carrier in coverage litigation with multinational corporation regarding breach of fiduciary duty claims

Represented cedent mutual insurance company in arbitration seeking multimillion-dollar recovery from its reinsurer in connection with winter storm-related property damage

Represented ceding insurer in litigation seeking $250 million from its reinsurers in connection with a $1 billion underlying asbestos settlement

Represented cedent mutual insurance company in a series of state and federal lawsuits seeking recovery from its reinsurers of loss expense paid above the reinsurance accepted amount in connection with underlying asbestos litigation

Represented a mutual insurance company on appeal from a decision and order declaring coverage of a school district's multimillion-dollar settlement of intentional discrimination claims

Represented consumer television provider in a federal breach of contract action against an international media company

Represented plaintiff telecommunications company in a contract dispute that went to award after a seven-day trial before a New York arbitration panel

Represented an energy company as defendant and counter-claimant in a federal breach of contract dispute arising out of the company's $7.6 billion purchase of a subsidiary of a foreign energy conglomerate

Successfully achieved dismissal of a federal breach of contract lawsuit filed against a public utilities board by an energy consultant


Education and Credentials

Yale Law School, J.D., 2011, Yale Journal on Regulation, Editor-in-Chief
Pomona College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State of New York
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Massachusetts Insurance and Reinsurance Bar Association (MIReBA), President
Boston Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

Recognition and Community


Selected to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, 2014-2016, 2018-2022

Semifinalist, Yale Law School Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals, 2009

Pomona College Morton O. Beckner Prize for Special Talent in Philosophy, 2008

Phi Beta Kappa, 2008

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