Cozen O’Connor: Kalman, Sarah E.

Sarah E. Kalman

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4146

(215) 372-2349

Recent Publication:

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Stranger-Originated Life Insurance Is Illegal and Void

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently condemned stranger-originated life insurance (“STOLI”) transactions as void ab initio human life wagers in a case that the life insurance and life settlement industries watched closely.

Sarah assists clients with complex insurance and commercial litigation, including pre-trial, trial, and appellate matters. Sarah has assisted with appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court on a certified question from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and other state and federal appellate courts. She is regularly involved in preparing high-stakes summary judgment filings in state court, federal court, and arbitration proceedings.

Sarah actively engages with life insurance-related secondary market issues, including stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI), fraud, and premium financing litigation. She also assists clients with software contract litigation, enforcing foreign judgments, efficiently resolving interpleaders, and other general commercial litigation. Though not her primary practice area, Sarah has worked with property and casualty insurers and brokerage general agencies on coverage issues under specialized policies.

Sarah earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Drexel University. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law where she was an editor of the Temple Law Review. While in law school, Sarah served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Sarah was also an extern in the Temple Law Compliance Practicum, where she consulted on risk management and legal compliance topics in the health care industry, such as evaluating technical security standards for network-enabled medical devices and finding industry-specific trends in corporate integrity agreements.

Experience

News

Cozen O'Connor’s Life Insurance & Annuities Group Named One of the Top Lateral Hires of 2018

March 23, 2019

The Cozen O'Connor Life Insurance and Annuities Group was named by The Legal Intelligencer one of the Top Lateral Hires of 2018 after joining the firm in April 2018.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Commercial Litigation Practice in Philadelphia with Group from Drinker Biddle

April 26, 2018

Cozen O’Connor announced today that three nationally recognized commercial litigators — Michael J. Miller, Gregory J. Star, and Stephen R. Harris — along with 11 others have left Drinker Biddle to join Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation practice

Publications

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Stranger-Originated Life Insurance Is Illegal and Void

August 15, 2019

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently condemned stranger-originated life insurance (“STOLI”) transactions as void ab initio human life wagers in a case that the life insurance and life settlement industries watched closely.

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Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2017
  • Drexel University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2014

Awards & Honors

Fellow, Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society, Temple University Beasley School of Law

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania