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, JD 1976
- Barbara E. Olk, JD (Of Counsel) 1976
- Shelly L. Friedland, JD 1997
- Jordan Rutsky, JD 2004
- Stan Gutgarts, JD 2011
A Team of Experienced Life Insurance Denial Lawyers
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.
His notable successes have included securing the second largest bank
overdraft settlement to date of $137.5 million, along with many seven-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of consumers and injured clients in a
broad array of class actions, insurance coverage disputes, and serious
personal injury cases.
Practicing law for over 35 years, Mr. Trief is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association President’s Club, the NY State Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and its Committee on Mass Disasters Planning.
He was admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts and New York in January, 1977 and in New Jersey in November, 2000, and is certified to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the District Court of New Jersey; as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Trief has been recognized in SuperLawyers in New York for Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Class Actions, and Insurance Coverage. He was also named a finalist for the Public Justice Foundation 2012 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
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.
She was admitted to the Massachusetts and New York Bars in 1977.
(Ms. Olk has since retired from the Massachusetts Bar.) She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
She was a finalist for the Public Justice Foundation 2012 Trial Lawyer of
the Year Award for her work on Checking Account Overdraft Litigation.
Ms. Friedland, who joined Trief & Olk in 2014, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and received her B.A. in economics from Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude.
Ms. Friedland has experience in a broad range of matters, including antitrust, securities, and consumer class actions, and general commercial litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. At Trief & Olk, Ms. Friedland has represented hourly employees in actions brought to enforce state and federal minimum wage laws, with a specific focus on enforcement of wage and hour regulations designed to protect tipped employees, who earn less than minimum wage. Ms. Friedland also represents both insureds and insurance brokers in litigation relating to insurance coverage disputes, including denial of coverage under life insurance and home owner’s insurance policies.
Ms. Friedland is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is certified to practice in several federal courts, including the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District Court of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Eighth Circuits. Ms. Friedland is a member of the American Bar Association and co-chaired the Emerging Issues Subcommittee for the Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee of the ABA’s Litigation Section.
Mr. Rutsky joined Trief & Olk in 2005. 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, where he was part of the Honors Program and earned the President’s Disparate Majors Award. While at Trief & Olk, Mr. Rutsky has focused primarily on medical malpractice, products liability and Labor Law construction accident claims. He has also represented clients in serious automobile accident cases, insurance denial claims, false arrest/false imprisonment/malicious prosecution claims, commercial claims, and in various other tort claims.
Mr. Rutsky is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is certified to practice in several federal courts, including the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Stan Gutgarts received his J.D. from Fordham University School of
Law in 2011, where he was a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship. In
2008, he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science
and History from Rutgers University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 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.
Please contact the Trief & Olk Insurance Litigation Law Firm today if your life insurance claim has been denied. Our experienced life insurance lawyers will help you