Jeffrey R. Lerman is chair of the Insurance Defense and Coverage practice at Montgomery McCracken. His practice emphasizes business litigation, with particular expertise in the representation of insurance carriers in coverage and bad faith cases and in the insurance representation of a wide range of professionals including lawyers, accountants, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists and other medical providers, governmental employees and officials.
Jeff has had broad trial experience in major litigation in areas involving real estate, insurance, professional liability, civil rights, governmental liability, securities, financing, defense procurement, shareholder agreements, acquisitions and contractual disputes.
For nearly 20 years, Jeff has chaired Montgomery McCracken's insurance defense and coverage practice. In this capacity he has been lead trial counsel and supervising attorney in hundreds of cases. Although Jeff's practice is principally one involving the representation of defendants, his broad trial experience includes numerous major jury trials for plaintiffs in complicated commercial litigation. Jeff has frequently lectured before lawyers and other professionals on matters including the representation of professionals, insurance coverage litigation, trial practice and ethics.
Jeff's career has spanned more than thirty years. In addition to private practice, Jeff was an Assistant District Attorney in the City of Philadelphia for approximately one and a half years. During that time he was devoted exclusively to the trial of felony and major jury cases including major drug cases, rapes and other serious sexual crimes, and serious robberies involving weapons or other aggravated circumstances.
After graduating from law school, Jeff served a judicial clerkship with Chief Martin Pence of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii from 1972 to 1973.
Jeff received his J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School in New York in 1972. As editor of the Columbia Law Review, Lerman's law school career also included recognition as a James Kent Scholar (the highest honor for grades earned) and receipt of the Robert Nixon Toppen Prize (best exam in a Constitutional law course). He earned his B.A. degree, with distinction, from Pennsylvania State University in 1967.