John T. Wolak

John T. Wolak

Director, Commercial & Criminal Litigation

Mr. Wolak, Team Leader of the firm’s Insurance practice, was recently named “Insurance Lawyer of the Year” (Newark, NJ) by Best Lawyers® and selected for the New Jersey Super Lawyers list for Insurance Law. For more than 25 years, he has litigated matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for a broad range of clients, and regularly provides strategic counseling and analysis of potential risks and exposures, policy terms and conditions, and claims resolution. Mr. Wolak also co-chairs the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Team and counsels clients on data security and privacy issues, including compliance, policies and procedures, and incident response.

A wide variety of clients – including pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing companies, educational institutions, financial services companies, telecommunications companies, professional service providers, and insurance companies – rely on Mr. Wolak’s experience and advice to achieve their objectives and resolve both insurance coverage matters and commercial disputes. He has also been retained as an expert witness/consultant on insurance issues, and is a frequent speaker on insurance law topics and data privacy and security. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Wolak served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas H. Politan of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Areas of Focus

Insurance Coverage Litigation and Counseling

Mr. Wolak has extensive experience handling a broad range of insurance coverage disputes, including claims involving directors and officers liability; employment practices liability; construction defects; environmental and toxic tort coverage; business interruption and extra expense; and professional errors and omissions. Mr. Wolak litigates disputes in state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York, and Delaware, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations.

Data Privacy and Security

Mr. Wolak counsels clients on data privacy and security issues, including identifying and evaluating risks and implementing appropriate risk mitigation strategies. Mr. Wolak is also a frequent speaker on data security topics and insurance coverage for first party and third party losses that may arise in the event of a data breach.



Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)

  • Member, Fordham Law Review
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Federal Courts

Boston College, Carroll School of Management (B.S., cum laude)

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Activities

Essex County Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association
Insurance Law Section
Legislative Committee
Business and Commercial Litigation Committee

New Jersey Business and Industry Association
Legal Affairs Committee

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

American Bar Association

William J. Brennan, Jr. Inn of Court Trial Program (1994-1995)

District V-A Ethics Committee

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas H. Politan, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Civic/Charitable Activities

Elder, Presbyterian Church at New Providence

New Providence Board of Education

New Providence Downtown Alliance

United Way of Summit and New Providence
Fund Distribution Committee