Suzanne Cocco Midlige is the Managing Partner of Coughlin Duffy LLP and a member of the Insurance and Reinsurance Services Group. Ms Midlige's practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international insurers and reinsurers in litigated and non-litigated matters. Ms Midlige has extensive experience representing multi-national companies involved in transnational disputes. She also concentrates on the representation of companies embroiled in commercial and antitrust disputes. Ms Midlige has extensive experience representing the interests of insurers and reinsurers in disputes relating to financial institutions, director and officer disputes, asbestos, pollution, health hazards, and the recent opioid litigation. Ms Midlige acted for multinational reinsurers in a series of corporate malfeasance claims and failed tax strategy claims, as well as coordinating counsel for a multinational reinsurer in relation to subprime and credit exposures. She has significant experience with asbestos coverage disputes, including the area of asbestos bankruptcy litigation. Significant cases include acting as lead counsel to multinational insurers in a coverage dispute involving claims of water contamination arising out of application of an herbicide; acting as counsel to fifty multinational insurers in an insurance and antitrust dispute involving US and Australian asbestos claims, as well as counsel to European insurers in asbestos coverage litigation filed in the US and London. Ms Midlige works closely with insurers in relation to the development and implementation of models to allocate losses across complex insurance programmes, and in evaluating future loss projections and developing burn rate analyses.
Ms Midlige served as a judicial clerk to Hon. William G Bassler, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Ms Midlige was named as leading attorney by the Guide to the World's Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers in 2004 – 2018 and was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2006 – 2018.
Ms Midlige was selected for inclusion in the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law in 2010 – 2018, and by Leading Women Entrepreneurs as one of New Jersey's 2017 Top 25 Leading Women Intrapreneurs and Corporate Leaders.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel, a member of the Association for Professional Insurance Women, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), ARIAS, and the New Jersey, International and American Bar Associations where she serves as co-chair of the London Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation.
Ms Midlige was selected as a Leader Among Women and Minorities in New Jersey by the New Jersey Law Journal. She is a founding member of Coughlin Duffy's Women's Initiative Group and is led by her firm's partnership with the New Jersey Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education.
Education: Seton Hall University (JD, 1991), Muhlenberg College (AB, 1984)