Trief & Olk Insurance Litigation Attorneys

New York, New Jersey & Massachusetts

The law firm of Trief & Olk, founded in 1987, consists of many experienced litigation attorneys. During the course of our practice, we have had to litigate many claims in which insurance companies have denied life insurance claims to bereaved family members. We have settled life insurance denial claims. We also have brought claims to trial and through the appeals process. Consequently, we have developed experience in this area of law.

Trief & Olk has a reputation in legal circles as a top notch litigation firm. In fact, because of our success, we often receive referrals from law firms we have litigated against.

About Our Attorneys

Trief & Olk takes a team approach to every case we accept. Every client has at least two – and sometimes more – senior attorneys staffing the case. Associates are never given responsibility for a case without the involvement of one or more partners. Our lawyer-to-case ratio is extremely high, thus assuring the degree of personal attention and thoroughness for which our firm is known.

Our attorneys are litigators that have achieved consistently high results throughout New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The Trief & Olk partners are:

Ted Trief

Ted Trief received his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School, graduating with honors in 1976. He received his B.A. in 1973 from State University of New York at New Paltz. He is a former Assistant D.A.

Barbara Olk

Barbara Olk graduated from New York University Law School with a J.D. degree in June of 1976. Ms. Olk completed her B.A. degree in English and Political Science at the University of Rochester in 1973, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Shelly L. Friedland

Shelly L. Friedland, who joined Trief & Olk in 2014 and became a partner in 2016, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and received her B.A. in economics from Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude.

Stan Gutgarts

Stan Gutgarts received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011, where he was a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship. Mr. Gutgarts is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, and the District Court of New Jersey.

Jordan Rutsky

Jordan Rutsky joined Trief & Olk in 2005 and became a partner in 2017. He received his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 2004, and his B.S. and B.A. in Business Administration – Finance and Political Science, respectively, at the University at Buffalo in 2001.

If your life insurance claim has been denied, contact us today.