Thomas Emala is a Partner in MKC&I’s Florham Park, New Jersey office. His practice focuses on litigation, including the defense of individuals, businesses, non-profits, and insurance carriers in a variety of contexts. Mr. Emala’s litigation practice includes the defense of automobile and trucking claims, premises liability claims, and defending clients who are public entities and educational institutions against numerous lawsuits and allegations, which cover issues such as athletic training, bullying/hazing, and supervision and abuse of children. He is also experienced in defending clients against employment discrimination claims, toxic tort and mold exposure claims, construction-related claims, and a number of other areas of law.
In addition to his defense practice, Mr. Emala routinely represents insurance carriers directly, both in connection with insurance coverage analyses and disputes, as well as in connection with arbitration proceedings and litigation involving first-party coverages, including UM/UIM litigation, and No-Fault or PIP litigation. As a member of the Firm’s General Liability, Insurance Coverage, D&O and Professional Liability, and Schools and Colleges Liability Practice Groups, Mr. Emala handles matters from inception, sometimes as early as the claim investigation stage, through completion, whether it be trial to verdict or all the way through the appeals process.
Prior to beginning his practice with MKC&I, Mr. Emala served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Wilson, in the Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, where he managed the Vicinage’s Complex Business and Construction Litigation Program.
Mr. Emala graduated cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2014, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Seton Hall Circuit Review, and was appointed President of the Seton Hall Law Federalist Society chapter. Mr. Emala graduated from Fordham University in 2011, where he received a B.A. in Political Science.