Samuel J. Arena Jr.

Chair, Fidelity & Surety

sarena@stradley.com

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Samuel J. Arena Jr

Overview

For more than 32 years, Sam Arena has concentrated his practice on insurance law and fidelity and surety law. A leader in Stradley Ronon’s insurance practice group and the chair of the firm’s fidelity and surety practice group, he represents insurance companies in complex insurance coverage, extra-contractual liability, and fidelity and surety matters.

Sam remains abreast of developments in the insurance industry through his active participation in a number of American Bar Association and insurance industry organizations and as a frequent speaker, panelist and author on insurance coverage, fidelity and surety topics.

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Results

Representative Matters

Sam has represented:

  • primary and excess carriers through all phases of complex insurance coverage and extra-contractual liability disputes and litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States
  • fidelity carriers in claims under all types of fidelity bonds and policies, including financial institution bonds, commercial crime insurance, and other proprietary bond forms and policies
  • sureties in claims under all types of contract surety, commercial surety and miscellaneous surety bonds, including fiduciary bonds (probate, administrator and guardian bonds), appeal bonds, public notary bonds, payment bonds, bid bonds, public official bonds and workers’ compensation self-insurance bonds
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Ursinus College
Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Past Chair
    • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Past Vice Chair
    • Publications Editorial Board, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Fidelity Law Association
    • Advisor Emeritus
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Insurance Law Committee
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • Insurance Coverage Section
    • Reinsurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Section
    • Life, Health and Disability Section
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Fidelity and Surety Committee, Vice Chair 
    •  Insurance and Reinsurance Committee
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Surety Claims Association
    • Vice President
    • Founding Member, Board of Directors
  • Schuylkill Alliance Chamber of Commerce
  • Surety and Fidelity Association of America
    • Advisor
  • Surety Claims Institute
  • The Americans of Italian Heritage Council, Inc.

Publications

  • The Contract Bond Surety’s Common Law Right to Equitable Subrogation – The Basics (Chapter 1)
    April 2013
    Article

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-presenter, “Complex Business Interruption Claim Disputes,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE
  • Moderator, "The Judicial Perspective on Manuscripted and Non-Standard Policy Language," American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Program
  • Presenter, "What Are The Limits of Liability," American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Fall Meeting
  • Program Co-chair, Fidelity Law Association Annual Conference Program
  • Moderator, “What’s Next in Fidelity Underwriting?,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Program
  • Presenter, “Limits of Liability – Commercial Crime Insurance Coverage,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Fall Program
  • Panelist, “Hot Issues in Employee Dishonesty Coverage,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Fall Program
  • Presenter, “Salvage and Recovery: The Use of Technology to Assist in Recovery Efforts,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee’s Mid-Winter Meeting
  • Panelist, “Hot Topics in Fidelity Law, ”American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Fall Fidelity Program
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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
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In The Community

Sam remains an active participant in community activities and served for 18 years on the board of directors of the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute. He is a member of the Americans of Italian Heritage Council and the Schuylkill Alliance Chamber of Commerce. Sam served as a volunteer marshal at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
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