Methfessel & Werbel Announces Promotions, Staffing Changes

June 6, 2017

As M&W celebrates its 45th Anniversary, Stanziale, Sternback, and Johnstone become Partners of the Firm; Thornton moves to “Of Counsel.”

Methfessel & Werbel is proud to announce the promotion of a number of attorneys, as well as staffing and managerial changes, to take effect immediately. These promotions coincide with the firm’s 45th Anniversary serving the needs of the Insurance and Claims Industry.

As part of those promotions, Gina Stanziale, Lori Brown Sternback, and I. Blakely Johnstone aII have been named Partners of the Firm. Amanda Sawyer and Leslie Koch have been named Counsel to the Firm, and Paul Endler has been named an Attorney Manager.

The firm also announces that Edward L. Thornton will become Of Counsel to the firm as of July 1, 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce these promotions, recognizing the deep contributions and significant impact to our clients and the firm of these professionals,” said Matthew Werbel, co-Managing Partner. “They have all been with the firm for substantial periods of time, and are recognized by bench and bar alike for their expertise and professionalism in their specific fields of practice, all of which relate of course to the Insurance and Claims Industry. We applaud and congratulate all of them.”

Ms. Stanziale is co-Attorney Manager of the Property Team at M&W, and practices in the areas of Property Claims, Coverage, and First Party claims. Ms. Sternback is a liability defense trial attorney handling complex claims and high-value injury cases.  She has tried well over 50 cases to verdict. Mr. Johnstone is the attorney Manager of the Subrogation Team at M&W, and specializes in the prosecution of high value subrogation claims. Ms. Sternback and Mr. Johnstone are both certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Civil Trial Attorneys.

Ms. Koch has specialized in the defense of employment claims and third party claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act and other civil rights statutes, since joining the firm in 2006. Ms. Sawyer began her career at M&W in 2009 and handles complex liability defense cases of all types.

The firm also recognizes the untold noteworthy contributions of Ed Thornton. “Ed is universally recognized as one of the top civil trial attorneys in the State of New Jersey,” said co-Managing Partner John Methfessel Jr. “He has been with the firm for almost 40 years, and while he will reduce his role somewhat, we and our clients are still extremely fortunate that he will be with us and available to us in an ‘Of Counsel’ role. We wish Ed well in this new chapter of his professional life, comforted by the fact that he will still be part of our team.”

About Methfessel & Werbel
Methfessel & Werbel was established in 1972 to serve the needs of the Insurance and Managed Risk Industry. Our team of 58 attorneys and approximately 50 support staff pursues excellence with integrity in its mission to serve our clients every day. To learn more, visit the company’s website at http://njinslaw.com.