Jeffrey G. Steinberg

Senior Counsel
Commercial Litigation Department
Group Head, Insurance Defense & Coverage Group
Jeffrey G. Steinberg

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”

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Admissions:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • New York State

Education:

  • J.D., Fordham University, 1976
    Fordham Law Review
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1973
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Memberships:

  • New York State Bar Association
    Insurance Programs Committee
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Jeffrey G. Steinberg is Senior Counsel at Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP, based in Rye, New York, where his practice focuses on professional liability coverage and defense.

Jeff has been an attorney for over 40 years, and has an extensive insurance practice. He has handled hundreds of coverage opinions and declaratory judgment actions, and has spoken and written extensively on coverage issues for a variety of organizations including the ABA, NYSBA and NYCBA as well as the NYLJ.

He and the attorneys under his supervision have also defended countless professional liability cases involving a range of insureds, but with a particular emphasis on lawyers professional liability matters.

“What Your Liability Insurance Might Be Missing: Coverage From Internet Scams”, NYSBA Journal September/October 2023
“A&E Insurance: Professional Liability and General Liability Coverage Overlap”, N.Y.L.J. May 30, 2023;
“Coverage for Fee Disputes Under Legal Malpractice Policies”, N.Y.L.J. May 16, 2023;
“Meaning and Enforceability of Insurance Company Guidelines”, N.Y.L.J. May 2, 2022;
“Insurer’s Potential Liability for Prejudgment Interest in Excess of Policy Limit,” N.Y.L.J. April 11, 2022;
“Special Interrogatories in Coverage Disputes – Part Two: How to Pop the Question,” N.Y.L.J. March 14, 2017;
“Special Interrogatories in Coverage Disputes – Part One: The Hidden Risk,” N.Y.L.J. February 23, 2017;
“Risks of Changing Professional Liability Insurers,” N.Y.L.J. January 20, 2017;
“An Insured’s ‘Right’ to ‘Independent’ Counsel,” N.Y.L.J. November 6, 2014;
“Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance: Coverage Issues,” N.Y.L.J. September 30, 2014;
“It (Sometimes) Takes Two to Tango: Possible Multiple Notification Requirements Under Professional Liability Insurance Policies,” BR Liability Update, Spring 2002;
“Look Before You Leap: Risks of Changing Professional Liability Insurers,” BR Liability Update, July/August 2001;
“Determining the Scope of an Attorney’s Responsibilities: Before, During and After His/Her Engagement,” BR Liability Update, January/February 1999;
“Promissory Estoppel as a Means of Defeating the Statute of Frauds,” 44 Fordham L. Rev. 114 1975

“Lawyers E&O Insurance Coverage Seminar,” American Bar Association (Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section), Chicago 2002;
“Essential E&O Coverage Issues,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Philadelphia 2003;
“An Annotated Legal Malpractice Insurance Policy,” American Bar Association (Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability), Miami 2004;
“Recent Developments in Professional Liability Insurance Coverage,” Professional Liability ExecuSummit, New York 2004;
“Know Your Malpractice Policy,” Nassau County Bar Association, New York 2004;
“Professional Liability Insurance Coverage Issues,” New York State Bar Association (Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section), New York 2005;
“Risk Management for Attorneys: Insurance Considerations,” New York State Bar Association (Committee on Association Insurance Programs), New York 2006 and 2007;
“Legal Malpractice Litigation and Risk Management: Professional Liability Insurance Coverage Issues,” New York State Bar Association (Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section), New York 2007;
“Risk Management for the Solo and Small Firm: Insurance Considerations,” New York State Bar Association (Committee on Association Insurance Programs), New York 2008;
“Anatomy of a Legal Malpractice Action: Identifying and Responding to Professional Liability Claims,” New York State Bar Association (Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section), New York 2009;
“Fraud Against Lawyers in the Internet Age: Loss Prevention and Coverage Implications,” American Bar Association (Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability), Miami 2009;
“Protecting Your Practice: Risk Management for Solo/Small Firms,” New York State Bar Association (Committee on Law Practice Management), New York 2009 and 2010;
“Sowing the Seeds of a Successful Small Law Practice and Making it Bloom,” New York City Bar Association (Law Practice Management Symposium), New York 2010;
“Legal Malpractice 2011: Identifying and Responding to Professional Liability Claims,” New York State Bar Association (Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section), New York 2011;
“Completing Professional Liability Applications to Maximize Your Protection,” New York City Bar Association (City Bar Center for CLE), New York 2011;
“Insurance Law: The Basics,” New York City Bar Association (Committee on Insurance Law), New York 2011;
“Risk Management for Attorneys – Protect Your Practice,” New York State Bar Association (Committee on Law Practice Management), New York 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019;
“Legal Malpractice 2017: Identifying and Responding to Professional Liability Claims,” New York State Bar Association (Committee on Continuing Legal Education), New York 2017.

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