David J. Tetlak, Esq. is Managing Attorney for the No-Fault UM/SUM Coverage areas. He brings clients a broad range of experience developed over 25 years of working within the insurance industry. His many roles have included claims adjuster and supervisor and in-house and outside counsel for several insurance companies. He was Vice President and Corporate Counsel for a major automobile insurance company where he was responsible for all legal operations, including corporate transactions and staff counsel operations. He previously served as the Managing Attorney and Attorney of Record for several insurance affiliated companies in New York State, overseeing all legal operations in the state and managing a staff of 40 professionals. Dave also launched and managed several law firms where he handled bodily injury, no-fault, and premises liability claims as well as coverage disputes and corporate transactions.
At the firm, Dave manages the No-Fault, UM/SUM and Insurance Coverage practice areas, involving litigation and arbitration in civil courts and arbitration forums throughout New York State. He also handles appeals in the Appellate Terms and Divisions and Master Arbitrations in the various Arbitration Forums. In addition, Dave assists insurers with claim and insurance coverage investigations and disputes by reviewing policy forms and documentation, conducting Examinations Under Oath, performing legal research, providing legal opinions and commencing various court actions. Finally, Dave also defends insurance companies in bad faith actions.
His breadth of knowledge about insurance company, staff counsel and law office operations has made Dave a sought-after consultant. He analyzes clients’ organization, procedures, and staffing and advises them on how they can make improvements in claims handling and litigation management so as to improve effectiveness and efficiency with the goal of improved results and cost savings. He has conducted seminars on various topics including New York No-Fault Law and Litigation, Good Faith Claims Handling, and The Life of a Lawsuit in New York State and he has provided training and workshops on various litigation and transactional topics to numerous corporate clients and departments.
Dave is a busy husband and father with 3 teenage children and a black Labrador retriever. In his downtime, he enjoys attending his children’s swim meets and football games, playing golf, working on home improvement projects and tinkering with automobiles.
Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, JD 1995
State University of New York at Oneonta, BA 1987
New York State Bar Association
Managing Attorney for the No Fault UM/SUM Coverage Team