Michael Menapace


Michael Menapace
offices Hartford
New York
phone 860-297-3733
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Michael is an insurance lawyer, counselor, law school professor and general litigator.  He represents insurers in state and federal courts as well as in arbitrations across the country. Michael has litigated insurance disputes concerning business practices, bad faith, insurance coverage, reinsurance, premium calculations, and allocation among policies. As a general litigator, he has tried cases concerning utility and energy infrastructure construction, securities class actions, and merger and acquisition claims. Leading insurance industry trade groups have engaged Michael to represent them on matters of industry-wide importance before trial and appellate courts. He has tried numerous cases through final verdict.

Michael also advises insurers on policy construction, coverage, compliance and regulatory issues, and often represents stock, mutual, and captive insurers on their dealings with state regulators, including proceedings concerning rates, applications for acquisition of control, and market conduct exams. In addition, Michael advises companies on a variety of data security and privacy issues and defends companies facing potential data breach liability. He has advised clients in connection with internal investigations and responses to government inquiries and subpoenas, including federal and state inquiries into forced placed insurance, contingent commissions/broker compensation, and finite reinsurance transactions.

With regard to his class action experience, Michael has represented defendants in a wide range of suits. His experience includes defending actions alleging violations of insurance, unfair trade practices, securities, federal and state environmental laws, and the Alien Tort Act.

Michael lectures and publishes regularly on insurance and cybersecurity topics. He teaches insurance law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, is co-editor of The Handbook on Additional Insureds, published by the American Bar Association (2012), and co-author of The Reference Handbook on the CGL Policy – Coverage A Principal Exclusions, 2nd ed., published by the ABA (2014).

Michael began his legal career in the insurance/reinsurance practice group of a major international law firm. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.M. from University of Hartford/The Hartt School of Music and received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Michael is the President-elect of the Hartford County Bar Association, the oldest bar association in the country, and a long-time member of the HCBA Board of Directors. He is Co-Chair of The Hartt School's Board of Trustees. He was the recipient of the New Leaders of the Law Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2005. Before practicing law, Michael was a college music professor and administrator with an active U.S. and international music performance schedule, including as saxophonist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.


  • New Leaders of the Law Award, Connecticut Law Tribune (2005)


  • ARIAS - U.S.
    • Member, Technology Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
    • James T. Cooper Fellow
  • Hartford County Bar Association
    • President-elect
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • American Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, TIPS Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee


11.06.2017Insurance News, Fall 2017
11.02.2017Massachusetts Adopts Minority Rule in Determining Priority Among Policies
05.16.2017Insurance News Spring 2017
01.06.2017Although Delayed, New York's Aggressive Cybersecurity Law Expected to Affect Financial Services and Insurance Firms
12.15.2016Insurance News, December 2016
08.11.2016Insurance News, Summer 2016
04.21.2016Insurance News, Spring 2016
12.16.2015Insurance News, December 2015
09.08.2015Insurance News, Summer 2015
02.24.2015Insurance News, Winter 2015
02.17.2015The $750 Million Comma? BP Is Not Entitled to Coverage for the Gulf Oil Spill as an Additional Insured Under Policies Issued to Transocean
02.09.2015Cybersecurity Updates Newsletter, Winter 2015
12.10.2014The Connecticut Supreme Court Opens Door for Expanded Negligence Liability Based on HIPAA Violations
08.05.2014Insurance News, Summer 2014
12.18.2013Insurance News, Winter 2013
06.20.2013Connecticut Supreme Court Resolves Insurance Coverage for Fatal Nursing Home Fire
06.11.2013Connecticut Supreme Court Weighs in on Faulty Workmanship as an Occurrence in the Standard CGL Policy
04.30.2013Insurance News, Spring 2013
02.08.2011Client Alert: Thomas B. Leonardi Appointed Next Commissioner of the Connecticut Insurance Department
08.09.2009Insurance News - Chinese Drywall

Published Works

05.05.2017Ensuring E-mail SecurityARIAS Quarterly - Spring 2017
02.19.2015The $750 Million Comma? Texas Supreme Court Rules BP Is Not Entitled to Coverage for the Gulf Oil Spill as an Additional Insured Under Policies Issued to Transocean.Insurance Ltiigation Reporter, Vol. 37, No. 2
09.30.2013In Re: Deepwater Horizon Insurance Litigation - The Fifth Circuit Reverses the District Court's Additional Insured Decision but then Withdraws its Decision and Certifies Issues to the Texas Supreme Court
03.18.2013In Re: Deepwater Horizon Insurance Litigation - Fifth Circuit Reverses in Favor of BP's Additional Insured ClaimInsurance Litigation Reporter, Vol. 35, No. 4
01.19.2012The Handbook on Additional InsuredsABA Publishing
12.08.2011In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010Insurance Litigation Reporter, Vol. 33, No. 20
10.01.2010When Worlds Collide: The Battle for D&O Insurance Proceeds in BankruptcyAmerican Bankruptcy Institute Journal
07.10.2009Brown & Brown, Inc. v. Blumenthal Amicus Brief

offices Hartford
New York
phone 860-297-3733
view LinkedIn profile



  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of Hartford, B.M., magna cum laude


  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • State of Connecticut
  • State of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)

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