Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law - Newark (J.D., 1992)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (B.A., 1988) General Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1992
  • New York, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2012

Memberships/Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee)
Attorney at Law

Andrew S. Kent

Counsel
Phone (973) 530-2054
Fax (973) 530-2254
NY Phone (212) 973-0572
akent@wolffsamson.com
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Andrew Kent, counsel in Wolff & Samson’s Fidelity and Surety Group, practices primarily in the areas of commercial and contract law, surety and fidelity law, commercial litigation and public contract bid disputes.

Andrew has advised on numerous reported decisions, including:

  • Sentinel Trust Company v. Universal Bonding Insurance Company, 316 F.3d 213 (3rd Cir. 2003) (held that former indenture trustee lacked standing to sue under surety bond issued to obligee in its capacity as trustee; obligee collaterally estopped by state court findings of negligence against it from suing surety for negligence, despite vacature of state court judgment)
  • Conestoga Title Ins. Co. v. Premier Title Agency, Inc., 328 N.J. Super. 460 (App. Div. 2000), aff’d, 166 N.J. 2 (2000) (held that owner/director of the insured company was not an “employee” of the insured for purposes of a fidelity bond covering thefts by employees)
  • United States ex rel PCC Construction v. Star Insurance Company, 90 F. Supp.2d 512 (D.N.J. 2000) (held that state court judgment against principal does not preclude Miller Act surety from defending against subsequent payment bond claim brought in federal court; evidence sufficient to require a trial as to whether claimant was a subcontractor entitled to claim under the payment bond, or an undisclosed joint venturer with the principal and not a beneficiary of the bond)

Andrew regularly authors and assists on articles related to the topic of fidelity and surety law. His contributions are acknowledged in the following:

  • “Limits of Liability,” Chapter 10, Handling Fidelity Bond Claims (Tracey Santor, Armen Shahinian and Andrew S. Kent; ABA TIPS, Michael Keeley, Sean W. Duffy, Eds. 2005)
  • “The Subtleties of Insuring Agreement (C) of the Financial Institution Bond,” (Mark A. Gamin, Armen Shahinian and Andrew S. Kent; IX Fid. L.J. 115, Oct. 2003)
  • “Law of Developers or Subdivision Bonds,” Chapter 2, The Law of Miscellaneous and Commercial Surety Bonds (Joseph C. Glavin Jr., Armen Shahinian and David C. Veis; ABA TIPS, Kazlow and King, ed. 2001)
  • “The General Indemnity Agreement,” Chapter 27, The Law of Suretyship, 2nd Ed. (Armen Shahinian; ABA TIPS, E. Gallagher, Ed. 2000)
  • “Effect of an Arbitration Provision in the Principal’s Contract with the Obligee,” Chapter 11, The Law of Payment Bonds (James D. Ferrucci; ABA TIPS, L. Moelmann & J. Harris, Ed. 1999)
  • “Effect of an Arbitration Provision in the Principal’s Contract with a Claimant,” Chapter 8, The Law of Payment Bonds (James D. Ferrucci; ABA TIPS, K. Lybeck & B. Shreves, Ed. 1998)

Andrew earned his B.A. from Rutgers College, where he was in the General Honors Program and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After obtaining his law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark, Andrew served as a law clerk the Honorable Leo Yanoff, Superior Court, New Jersey from 1992-1993.
 

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