Michael E. Holzapfel, Esq.
Michael E. Holzapfel is a partner in the firm’s litigation department, where he specializes in the fields of healthcare, construction and real estate, and general corporate litigation. With 15 years of experience, Mr. Holzapfel has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely-held family businesses and sole proprietorships. He has served as lead and local counsel in numerous cases before state and federal courts at all levels throughout New Jersey. On numerous occasions since being admitted to the bar in 2002, Mr. Holzapfel has been selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers New Jersey Rising Stars list, and has previously been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of Construction Litigation.
Mr. Holzapfel’s clients over the years have included health insurance companies and plan administrators, self-insured health benefit plans, real estate development firms, large and mid-size general contractors and subcontractors, banks and private equity lenders, and general liability insurers.
He has written articles for various legal and trade publications, and has been a featured speaker at industry-specific seminars. Mr. Holzapfel has argued cases as lead and associate counsel before trial and appellate courts throughout the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has also been admitted as counsel pro hac vice in several U.S. District Courts outside New Jersey, and his clients are located throughout the country, from Hawaii to New Jersey.
As a public official elected to the Borough Council of the Borough of Little Silver, and an appointed member of the Little Silver Planning and Zoning Board, Mr. Holzapfel also has an intimate familiarity with municipal laws and regulations.
In addition, Mr. Holzapfel is a Fellow of the American Bar Association as well as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Monmouth County Bar Association. He also sits on various local boards and committees.
Mr. Holzapfel has spent his entire career in private practice with Becker LLC, which he joined in 2003 following completion of a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Lawrence M. Lawson (retired), the former Assignment Judge of Monmouth County. Mr. Holzapfel received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1999 and his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2002, where he was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Health and Law Policy.
Areas of Specialty:
Insurance Coverage Litigation
Municipal Land Use Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
The Catholic University of America,
Columbus School of Law, J.D.
College of the Holy Cross, B.A.
Admitted to Practice:
U.S. District Court (D.N.J.)
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court