Philip J. Farinella


PJ focuses his practice on complex life insurance and financial services disputes. He aids his clients in litigating and fighting the fraudulent creation of multimillion-dollar life insurance policies that lacked insurable interest at inception, otherwise known as stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI).  PJ counsels insurance clients on an array of complex claims, including breach of contract, bad faith, fraud, and unjust enrichment in state and federal courts across the country.

Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, PJ worked as an associate handling complex litigation matters involving catastrophic loss, product liability, and premises liability issues in state and federal court. He also clerked for the Honorable Heidi W. Currier, J.A.D., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division and interned for both the Honorable Jack M. Sabatino, P.J.A.D., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division and the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J. 

PJ earned his bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College, where he is currently a visiting chair to its board of trustees, and his law degree from Rutgers Law School - Camden. During law school, PJ was a legal writing fellow for Professor Sarah E. Ricks's first-year Legal Analysis, Writing and Research course, was a member of the Hunter Moot Court Board, and was the executive editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy. PJ was also a semi-finalist in the Hunter Moot Court oral argument competition and was awarded the “Best Brief” award for the Hunter Moot Court Appellate Advocacy course. 

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  • Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, J.D., 2017
  • McDaniel College, B.A., 2014
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey

The Honorable Heidi W. Currier, J.A.D., The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division

Board of Trustees, McDaniel College