Michael J. Broadbent


Michael is a skilled litigator and counselor who represents insurance industry clients in matters related to life insurance and annuities, long-term care insurance, and property and casualty insurance. 

In particular, Michael focuses his practice on insurance receivership matters, including the rehabilitation and liquidation of long-term care, life, and property and casualty insurers. As counsel to regulators, receivers, insurers, and others, he adeptly leads a team of attorneys who provide skilled and comprehensive advice designed to guide insurers through all aspects of the rehabilitation process. Michael provides counsel on a full array of issues related to receivership, including the scope of the receiver’s authority, the powers of state regulatory authorities, the classification and valuation of claims, litigation for the recovery of assets, actuarial analyses and financial projections, reinsurance transactions, policyholder matters, regulatory concerns, and corporate matters arising in the course of managing the business affairs of the insurers in receivership. He routinely appears on behalf of clients in courts around the country in defense of receivership plans, and has deep contacts in the insurance regulatory space.

Michael also represents insurers in high-stakes litigation over insurable interest and wagering issues, counsels clients concerning privacy matters and regulatory concerns, and litigates breach of contract and bad faith matters all over the country.  

Outside of this practice, Michael has handled a wide range of litigation matters and internal investigations, including complex commercial cases, real estate litigation, financial services disputes, tax litigation, business disputes, and litigation arising out of estate and probate matters.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was a staff editor and a member of the editorial board of the Temple Law Review.  Michael earned his bachelor's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University.



Cozen O’Connor Promotes 17 Attorneys to Membership

April 03, 2017

The management committee is pleased to welcome a particularly qualified group to membership, composed of outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated remarkable professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to the firm and the legal community at large.

17 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Awarded Pro Bono Service Awards by First Judicial District of PA

October 29, 2015

The judges of the First Judicial Distrct of PA will present pro bono service awards to 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys who have handled pro bono matters this year in FJD courts.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor

November 04, 2014

Sixteen Cozen O'Connor attorneys have been named to the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor. Each year, the pro bono committee of the First Judicial Court recognizes attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadephia Courts. In order to be named to the Roll of Honor, an attorney must practice in Philadelphia County, must have provided services to a client in a case before the FJD, must not be employed by an organization whose primary purpose is the provision of free legal services to the underprivileged, and must have provided legal services with no expectation of receiving a fee.


Affirmative Defenses: Beware of Conclusory Pleading [The Legal Intelligencer]

July 24, 2013

The heightened pleading standard set forth by the Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal has become a familiar tool for defense counsel seeking to dismiss a complaint in federal court. But is what's good for the goose also good for the gander?

Is Choice of Law Considered a Waivable Issue? [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 29, 2012

If you think you understand the law of waiver, read on. You may be surprised to learn that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has not yet decided whether typical waiver principles apply to choice-of-law issues.

Pennsylvania Announces E-Discovery Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure [E-Discovery Law Review Blog]

June 11, 2012

Pennsylvania recently adopted amendments to its Rules of Civil Procedure that govern e-discovery practice in the Commonwealth. Although the amendments to Rules 4009 and 4011 (requests for production and the scope of discovery, respectively) use the federal term “electronically stored...

Cost Recovery Toolbox: Exceptional Cases under 35 U.S.C. § 285 [E-Discovery Law Review Blog]

August 19, 2011

In a recent post on this blog, fellow contributor Mike Zabel addressed how a prevailing party might recover the costs of e-discovery in litigating disputes in federal court under 28 U.S.C. § 1920. In Eon-Net LP v. Flagstar Bancorp, No. 2009-1308, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 15650 (Fed. Cir. July...

Discovery in the Age of Cloud Computing [E-Discovery Law Review Blog]

June 27, 2011

During the last decade, individuals and business have changed the way they manage their data by moving this data management offsite – otherwise known as cloud computing. This differs from the old model of information management that, more or less, mirrored the pre-computing era, meaning that...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2024 Insurance Resolution Workshop

April 10, 2024 - New Orleans, LA

The Challenges of SHIP’s Rehabilitation

February 10, 2022 - Santa Fe, New Mexico


  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 2006
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • 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 Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • International Association of Insurance Receivers
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association