Joseph Acquaviva

Special Counsel

    Joe is a member of the Professional Liability Department. With over 15 years of experience handling litigation matters, Joe has focused his practice on defending insurance companies in lawsuits involving first-party property breach of contract, bad faith and a variety of other extra-contractual claims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey state and federal courts. His extensive experience handling all types of first-party property claims arising under personal and business insurance policies ranges from losses arising from storms, plumbing leaks, theft, vandalism, and fire to claims involving loss of use (ALE), code upgrade, collapse and business interruption coverages.  

    Outside of litigation, Joe provides legal counseling and support to insurers throughout the claim handling process, which includes taking examinations under oath, providing coverage opinions and assisting in the investigation of suspected fraudulent claims. He has been at the forefront of providing guidance to insurers on navigating the potential pitfalls arising from the trending use of appraisal by insureds (and their public adjusters).  

    Joe was born and raised in Philadelphia and received his juris doctor from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. While in law school, he interned with the Honorable Allan Tereshko of the Philadelphia County Civil Trial Division.


    "Creative Non-Insureds Seek New Ways to Recover Benefits: How One Court Addressed This Trend," The Legal Intelligencer's Insurance Law Supplement, August 24, 2023. 

    "Assignment of Benefits Contractor Precluded from Recovery Pursuant to Mortgagee Clause," Defense Digest, Vol. 29, No. 2, June 2023

    New Jersey
    U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
    U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
    U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
    Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2006)
    Temple University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2003)
    Honors & awards
    Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star
    Year joined