About Michael Quiat

Michael Quiat, a practicing attorney for 27 years, is a senior partner with Uscher, Quiat, Uscher & Russo, P.C., began his career in New York City, where he had a diverse and active career involving Federal and State Court litigation in a wide variety of fields and specialties.

In 1996, he obtained one of the nation’s ten biggest defense verdicts in Teague v. Bakker, which involved a securities fraud class action lawsuit against the former television evangelist. Since then, Michael has focused his major attention on matters of complex insurance litigation, with an emphasis on disability income insurance claims, LTD and other ERISA claims and related fields. He is now one of the region’s foremost legal authorities on such complex insurance issues, having published numerous articles in area state law journals and financial publications.

A former Law Review editor in his law school days, Michael is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Defense Research Institute and the New York City and Bergen County Bar Associations.

Mike has significant experience in other types of health and life insurance coverage disputes with carriers. He has pursued disability income and LTD cases, most under ERISA laws and regulations, with UnumProvident and every major disability insurer in the U.S.

Practice Areas

  • ERISA, LTD and Private Disability Income Claims
  • Long Term Care Insurance Claims
  • Other Complex Life and Health Insurance Litigation

Professional Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • Bergen County (NJ) Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Defense Research Institute


  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law
  • B.S., Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court