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Carly A. Zagaroli

Associate | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2789

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Carly Zagaroli practices insurance law and litigation. Carly specializes in insurance and provides both insurer-side compliance counseling, as well as policyholder-side advice pertaining to insurance policies, including risk analyses, proper insurance, the claims-making process and strategies when a claim is denied. In addition, Carly focuses on high stakes litigation cases involving insurance and general corporate disputes. She provides litigation counseling 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’s tenacious approach to fact-finding and calming demeanor is an asset to her team and clients.


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


  • 2015, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association


  • 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

Honors & Awards

  • A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll, State Bar of Michigan, Tier 2, 2021
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2021
  • American Inns of Court (2013-2014)
  • Jurisprudence Achievement Award, Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute: Trial II
  • Recipient, Dean Charles H. King Scholarship


Community Affiliations

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

Speaking Engagements

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