Michael F. Chazkel

Michael F. Chazkel

Of Counsel
Springfield, New Jersey

Michael concentrates his practice in the area of complex insurance coverage, environmental and commercial litigation as well as criminal arson and insurance fraud  matters. His insurance litigation experience covers all lines of insurance, for both residential and commercial property owners, and includes coverage disputes against insurance carriers as well as brokers and agents for professional negligence. He also is involved in insurance portfolio reviews for individuals and businesses for catastrophic loss preparedness and related coverage adequacy issues.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of NJ, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1971
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - 1971
  • Long Island University
    • B.S. - 1967

Published Works

  • Handling Contested Insurance Claims Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1981
  • Your Rights as a Policyholder Could Be Going Up In Smoke, Insurance Law Alert, November 2006, 2006
  • Proving Bad Faith of an Insurer, Burning Issues, January 2003, 2003
  • Recent Court Decisions, Burning Issues, January 2003, 2003
  • Hot Topics, Burning Issues, January 2003, 2003


  • Resolving Property Insurance Claims, ICLE, 1980 - Present
  • First Party Insurance Coverage Issues, Professional Insurance Agents Association, October 12, 2006 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Institute for Cont. Legal Education (ICLE), Lecturer
  • NJ Assoc. of Public Insurance Adjusters, Executive Dir. & General Counsel, 1976 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Committee on Insurance
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Tort and Insurance Law
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Committee on Insurance International Association of Arson Investigators
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters


  • Italian