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Carly A. Zagaroli

Associate | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2789

    f. +1.616.752.2500

Biography

Carly Zagaroli is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law Practice Groups. She focuses on high stakes litigation cases involving insurance, intellectual property, and general corporate disputes. She provides litigation counseling and trial preparation for a variety of complex litigation matters, represents clients before the court, and provides assistance in navigating the alternative dispute resolution process such as mediation and case evaluation. Carly specializes in insurance and provides clients with creative solutions and strategic advice pertaining to their insurance policies, including risk analyses, proper insurance, the claims-making process and dealing with an insurance company when a claim is denied. In addition, she writes briefs, pleadings and motions, and reviews contracts and policies. Carly’s tenacious approach to fact-finding and calming demeanor is an asset to her team and clients. 

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. 2014 summa cum laude
  • Saint Mary's College B.A. 2010 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 2015, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • American Inns of Court (2013-2014)
  • Jurisprudence Achievement Award, Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute: Trial II
  • Recipient, Dean Charles H. King Scholarship

Experience

  • Obtained seven figure insurance settlement for client from insurance company who initially denied coverage for underlying litigation, by creatively pointing out obscure provision in commercial general liability insurance policy
  • Assisted in obtaining judgment in federal court that insurance company was obligated to defend major American manufacturer in seven-figure copyright infringement action
  • Obtained dismissal of premises liability action against large manufacturing client
  • Successfully advocated for dismissal of real property action, resulting in award of costs and attorney fees to client
  • Regularly advises clients on legal issues involving insurance and indemnity
  • Regularly advises clients in connection with insurance claims for major property damage
  • Regularly handles coverage disputes between policyholders and insurers related to general and professional liability policies, directors and officers coverage, employment coverage and property coverage
  • Experienced with pleadings, the discovery process, motion practice, pre- and post- trial work

Leadership

Community Affiliations

  • Make-A-Wish Michigan, Secretary, Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) (2020)
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Action Committee (2020)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Attracting and Retaining Millennials" and "Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues," Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, October 25, 2016, Midland, Michigan

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