Jeffrey R. Lerman


Jeffrey R. Lerman focuses his practice on business litigation, with a particular emphasis on insurance coverage, commercial contract matters, and the defense 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 30 years, Jeff chaired Montgomery McCracken’s insurance practice. In this capacity he has been lead trial counsel and supervising attorney in hundreds of cases. Jeff’s broad trial experience also 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 40 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.

RELATED Practices

Insurance Recovery

Attorneys in our Insurance Recovery Practice understand the stress and uncertainty that comes with losses experienced during interruptions to everyday business operations. COVID-19 and the current shutdown present a dramatic […]

Learn more about our Insurance Recovery Practice

Commercial Litigation

Montgomery McCracken’s Commercial Litigation Practice has a long and illustrious history. We handle a wide range of individual and corporate disputes involving virtually every area of personal and business endeavors […]

Learn more about our Commercial Litigation Practice


Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department offers a deep bench of skilled and experienced litigators whose practice areas encompass a broad array of industries and substantive legal disciplines.  Our clients include individuals, […]

Learn more about our Litigation Department

Business Litigation

Montgomery McCracken’s Business Litigation Practice represents corporations and unincorporated business entities, their officers, directors, partners and managers, their financial advisors, and their shareholders and creditors in a wide array of […]

Learn more about our Business Litigation Practice

1 of 4


Selected Publications
Honors & Awards
  • Selected to the Best Lawyers in America© – Legal Malpractice – Defendants list in 2011-2024. This list is issued by Best Lawyers and a description of the selection methodology can be found here.  No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the highest court of any other state.
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. This list is issued by Thomson Reuters and a description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the highest court of any other state.
  • Selected to Who’s Who in American Law

Law School

  • Columbia University School of Law

Undergraduate School

  • Pennsylvania State University