Gregory J. Star litigates complex disputes for software firms and insurance companies. He has successfully represented clients, both large and small, in various forums across the country and internationally. Greg regularly advises clients in pre-litigation situations and has a proven track record of counseling clients to avoid unnecessary disputes.
Since 2007, Greg has focused on representing software industry clients in disputes arising from software implementations, alleged software defects and licensing issues. He has considerable experience in ERP software implementation project management and has worked closely with top experts in the field. He has counseled clients on project management issues during on-going software implementations and concerning warranty claims and defect resolution. He is also well versed in the relationships between software developers, systems integrators and other third parties involved in software licensing and implementation.
Greg has handled insurance coverage disputes and policy-holder claims in a variety of contexts and has been at the forefront of complex life insurance issues for many of the firm’s clients. He has significant experience in the area of stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) transactions.
In addition to his work for software industry clients and insurers, Greg has successfully represented clients in diverse matters including disputes within partnerships and limited liability companies, claims arising from professional negligence and fraud and employment disputes. He has also successfully litigated real estate disputes, unfair trade practices claims and personal injury matters. He has defended and pursued such claims in various court and arbitration proceedings across the country. Greg also has international litigation experience, including recently representing a software industry client in an ICC International Court of Arbitration matter in Paris, France.
Greg’s recent victories include:
- Following a three-week jury trial, obtained complete defense verdict on behalf of SAP arising from the licensing and implementation of ERP software. Hodell-Natco, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc., et al., No. 1:08-cv-2755 (N.D. Ohio 2015).
- Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of SAP in an action regarding the implementation of ERP software. Brighton NC Machine Corp. v. SAP America, Inc., et al., No. 11-0081 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Sept. 17, 2012).
Greg has handled insurance coverage disputes and policy-holder claims with a focus on STOLI transactions. His advocacy has contributed to a number of significant victories for insurers. Greg’s successes include:
- Obtaining summary judgement for insurer declaring that policy was void ab initio as an illegal STOLI policy used to wager on the life of a senior citizen in Florida. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada v. U.S. Bank Nat’l. Assoc., et al., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4732 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 13, 2016).
- Obtaining dismissal of claims brought against insurer in New York for lack of personal jurisdiction and in favor of prior pending action brought by the insurer in Pennsylvania challenging validity of an illegal STOLI policy. Andersen v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, et al., No. 1:15-cv-0442215 (S.D.N.Y. 2015).
- Obtaining summary judgment for insurer declaring that policy was void ab initio as an illegal STOLI policy and that purported owner could not force policy rescission. Penn Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Greatbanc Trust Co., 887 F. Supp. 2d 822 (N.D. Ill. 2012).
- Successfully opposing motion to dismiss insurer’s claims, obtaining holding on behalf of insurer that STOLI arrangement is void as against public policy and that contract must be treated as though it never existed. Penn Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. GreatBanc Trust Co., No. 09-C-06366, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81653, 14-15 (N.D. Ill. June 8, 2012).
Greg regularly represents clients in disputes involving the assignment of payments arising from personal injury structured settlements. He has appeared in courts around the country to conduct evidentiary hearings and arguments in opposition to such transactions. His representative matters include:
- Successful appeal of trial court order and obtained holding that transfer of workers’ compensation payments violated contractual anti-assignment clause. Liberty Assignment Corp. v. Bluegrass Capital Grp., 2013 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 268 (Ky. Ct. App. Apr. 5, 2013).
- Obtained order that workers’ compensation benefits are not assignable under Structured Settlement Payment Rights Act, which only applies to transfers arising from tort claim settlements. In Re Briscoe, No. 11-CI-2448 (Cir. Ct. of Jefferson Cnty., Commw. of Ky., June 16, 2011).
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer and reimbursement of more than $45,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs arising from complex, multi-party structured settlement dispute. AIG Annuity Ins. Co. v. Law Offices of Theodore Coates, P.C., No. 07-cv-01908, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24990 (D. Colo. Mar. 2, 2010).
- Successfully opposed transfer of annuity payments on the basis that the transfer violated workers’ compensation statute and was not in the best interests of the payee. In Re Francis, Board No. 052544-83, (Commw. of Mass., Dept. of Indus. Accidents).
- New Jersey
- Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2002
- University of Maryland, College Park, B.A., 1993
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- New Jersey Supreme Court
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court