A seasoned litigator with over three decades of experience, Rob Nobel is a tenacious advocate for primary, excess, and umbrella insurers grappling with complex insurance coverage issues. Providing in-depth analysis, opinions, and recommendations, he’s a strategic partner throughout every phase of litigation, expertly handling both prosecution and defense of coverage actions across the country. Rob’s insurance coverage repertoire spans a wide spectrum from comprehensive general liability policies to professional liability, Directors & Officers Liability, Bermuda Form, and various other policy types.

In addition to representing insurers, Rob collaborates closely with risk managers and claims professionals. He defends property owners, tenants, contractors, and security companies entangled in personal injury and property damage disputes, including premises, labor law, construction, negligent security, and other torts. His professional liability practice focuses on championing the rights of architects and engineers.

Rob enjoys solving problems for his clients, crafting thoughtful, practical solutions for the complex challenges they face. His background in both defense and coverage enables him to see the larger picture within the context of both evaluation and litigation. Moreover, judges, mediators, and opposing counsel all hold him in high regard, significantly enhancing the odds of successful settlements.

Beyond his litigation prowess, Rob is a frequent lecturer and prolific author. His contributions include serving as a Director on the USLAW Network's Board of Directors and as Chair of both the USLAW Network Construction Law Practice Group and the Insurance Services and Risk Management Group.

Before joining London Fischer LLP, Rob specialized in insurance coverage and construction-related litigation at another prominent East Coast-based insurance defense firm. Prior to that, he served as Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Department of Buildings and as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, where he represented City agencies and employees in civil rights actions alleging excessive force and false arrest, Article 78 proceedings, and other matters.

Rob's journey into the legal profession began with a Cum Laude J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, complemented by a B.S. in Psychology from Binghamton University in New York.

When Rob isn't in the courtroom, he takes pleasure in spending quality time with friends and family, as well as painting landscapes with acrylics. Despite his passion for film and television, he also maintains an active lifestyle by engaging in activities like hiking, kayaking, participating in boxing classes, and enjoying pickleball matches. Additionally, Rob is actively involved in community service, generously volunteering his time to support organizations like Latino U College Access and the Run for the Warriors.

Representative Cases

  • Maxum Indem. Co. v. A One Testing Labs., Inc., 150 F. Supp. 3d 278 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) Holding that insurer did not owe a duty to defend or indemnify insured in an underlying construction defect action because that action did not allege "property damage" caused by an "occurrence." Maxum also was entitled to recover back defense costs.
  • George Campbell Painting v National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 92 A.D.3d 104 (1st 2012) applying New York Insurance Law § 3420(d)(2) to disclaimer issued by excess insurer.
  • West 64th St., LLC v. Axis U.S. Ins., 63 A.D.3d 471 (1st Dept. 2009) Holding that defendant insurer established that plaintiffs were not additional insureds under the insurance policy at issue.