Benjamin I. Wilkoff

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-7258

(215) 665-2013

Recent Publication:

Class Certification Denied in Portion of COI Case Based on Argument that the Policies are STOLI [Alert]

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued a decision denying class certification to a sub-class in a cost of insurance class action based upon the insurer’s defense that certain of the claims were barred because “a substantial number of the policies at issue were obtained through stranger-originated life insurance schemes.”

Ben focuses his practice on Life Insurance & Annuity litigation. He has experience litigating matters from initiation through trial in complex litigation, insurance defense, premises liability, construction defect, personal injury and employment matters. He represents insurers in investigating fraud cases and seeking to have STOLI policies declared void ab initio. Ben also works on long term care and nursing home cases. In addition to his insurance litigation work, Ben also handles commercial litigation matters including breach of contract, trusts and estates, and employee misconduct. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ben was an assistant district attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Major Trial Division where he gained considerable experience trying jury trials. While at the District Attorney's Office, he focused on handling complex criminal issues dealing with violent crimes, narcotics, and white collar prosecutions. 

Ben earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and his law degree, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law. During undergrad, Ben interned at the Office of U.S. Representative Robert A. Brady where he collaborated with the military legislative assistant to analyze and prioritize appropriations proposals to the House Appropriations and Armed Service Committees; and was a district policy and legislative issues representative at the Office of Mayor Adrian Fenty, Correspondence Unit in Washington, D.C. While in law school, he was a member of Order of the Barrister, Moot Court Honor Society, a Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society fellow and a certified clinical student for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA).

Publications

Class Certification Denied in Portion of COI Case Based on Argument that the Policies are STOLI [Alert]

September 10, 2020

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued a decision denying class certification to a sub-class in a cost of insurance class action based upon the insurer’s defense that certain of the claims were barred because “a substantial number of the policies at issue were obtained through stranger-originated life insurance schemes.”

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Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 2010
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey