Samuel J. Arena Jr.

Chair, Fidelity & Surety

sarena@stradley.com

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Samuel J. Arena Jr

Overview

For more than 33 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

  • Co-author, Insuring Agreement (B): On Premises Coverage 
    Financial Institution Bonds, Fourth Edition
    2016
    Article

  • Co-author, Annotated Commercial Crime Insurance Policy (Chapter 11)
    American Bar Association, Exclusions Other Than Inventory Loss
    2015
    Article

  • Co-author, Commercial Crime Insurance Coverage, (Chapter 12), Limit of Insurance
    American Bar Association
    2014
    Article

  • Co-author, New Appleman On Insurance Law Library Edition, Vol. 10
    Fidelity Insurance, (Chapter 133), Key Exclusions
    2014
    Article

  • Co-author, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Vol. 11
    Suretyship, (Chapter 146), Surety Salvage – Indemnity and Subrogation
    2014
    Article

  • The Contract Bond Surety's Subrogation Rights, (Chapter 1)
    The Contract Bond Surety's Common Law Right Equitable Subrogation – The Basics
    American Bar Association
    2013
    Article

  • Editor, The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds, Second Edition
    American Bar Association
    2012
    Article

  • Co-author, Financial Institute Bonds, Third Edition, (Chapter 5), Insuring Agreement (B) – On Premises Coverage
    American Bar Association
    2008
    Article

  • Co-author, The Surety's Indemnity Agreement, Second Edition, (Chapter 2)
    Creation of the Relationship Among The Surety, The Principal, The Indemnitors – Who and How
    American Bar Association
    2008
    Article

  • Co-author, Loan Loss for Coverage Under Financial Institution Bonds, (Chapter 4)
    Determining the Amount of Loan Loss and the Potential Income Exclusion
    American Bar Association
    2007
    Article

  • Co-author, The Annotated Commercial Crime Policy, Second Edition, Chapter 9, Exclusions Other Than Inventory Loss
    American Bar Association
    2006
    Article

  • Co-author, The Payment Bond Manual, Third Edition, Delaware Law Chapter
    American Bar Association
    2006
    Article

  • Co-author, The Payment Bond Manual, Third Edition, Pennsylvania Law Chapter
    American Bar Association
    2006
    Article

  • Co-author, The Performance Bond Manual, Third Edition, Delaware Law Chapter
    American Bar Association
    2006
    Article

  • Co-author, The Performance Bond Manual, Third Edition, Pennsylvania Law Chapter
    American Bar Association
    2006
    Article

  • Pennsylvania Public Works Contractors’ Bond Law: An Overview and Update
    Fidelity & Surety Review
    Winter 2005
    Newsletter

  • Co-author, The Annotated Financial Institution Bond, Second Edition, Chapter 2, Exclusions
    American Bar Association
    2004
    Article

  • Third Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for National Union on Issue of Employee’s “Manifest Intent”
    Fidelity & Surety Review
    Spring 2003
    Newsletter

  • First and Ninth Circuits Rule on Significant Fidelity and Surety Issue
    Fidelity & Surety Review
    June 09, 2003
    Newsletter

  • Co-editor, The Fidelity Law Topical Index and Bibliography
    American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    2002
    Article

  • Contributing Author, The Surety’s Indemnity Agreement, Law and Practice
    American Bar Association
    2002
    Article

  • Co-editor, The Surety Law Topical Index and Bibliography
    American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    2002
    Article

  • Co-author, The “Manifest Intent” Handbook
    American Bar Association
    2002
    Article

  • Current Issues in Health Insurance Law
    Eastern Claims Conference
    1999
    Article

  • Editor, Hot Topics in Fidelity Law
    American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    1999
    Article

  • Some Outcomes You Might (and Might Not) Expect Under the New Restatement of Suretyship: There is Good News and Bad News
    American Bar Association
    1999
    Article

  • The Performance Bond Surety’s Liability for Latent Defect and Warrant Claims
    Surety Claims Institute
    1999
    Article

  • Co-author, State Performance and Payment Bond Law, Pennsylvania Law
    The Surety Association of America
    1999
    Article

  • Allocation of Insurance Coverage: Finding The Path Through The Trees
    A Primary Carrier’s Perspective
    American Bar Association
    1996
    Article

  • Multiple Secondary Obligors: Cosuretyship and Subsuretyship Under the Restatement of Suretyship and Guaranty
    American Bar Association
    1996
    Article

  • Non-Cumulation of Liability Under Fidelity Bonds and Policies: The Policy Language vs. The Renewal Process
    American Bar Association
    1996
    Article

  • Fidelity and Surety Law Annual Survey
    American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    Winter 1995
    Article

  • The Validity of Time Limitations in Accidental Multiple Indemnity Death Provisions of Life Insurance Policies
    Villanova Law Review
    1983
    Article

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Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Insuring Agreement (B): On Premises,” Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Fall Conference
  • Moderator, “Developing Risks and Exposures Including Cyber and Social Engineering,” Fidelity Law Association Annual Conference 
  • Panelist, “The Ethics of Mediation,” “Staying in Bounds at Mediation” and “What Have We Learned,” Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Program
  • Presenter, “Other Key Exclusions: What You Absolutely Must Know,” American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Committee’s Commercial Crime Insurance Policy Program
  • 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
  • Panelist, “Understanding Ethical Limitations on Attorney Behavior During Settlement Negotiations,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Spring Surety Program 
  • Panelist, “Understanding Ethical Limitations on Attorney Behavior During Settlement Negotiations,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Meeting
  • 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
  • Program Co-Chair, “The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds,” American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Spring Surety Program
  • Panelist, “Hot Topics in Fidelity Law, ”American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Fall Fidelity Program
  • Program Co-Chair, Fidelity Law Association Annual Conference Program
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Recognition

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