As head of the firm’s Insurance Law practice group, Cynthia Borrelli provides quality legal advice relating to property-casualty and life, annuity and health, managed care, disability insurance and reinsurance matters, with particular emphasis on insolvency regulation. Cynthia has advised clients and handled contested issues in insurance related matters for most of her career, including insurance and reinsurance transactions, mergers, acquisitions and other holding company transactions, contractual, employment and other business disputes, enforcement proceedings, filings, rate hearings and appeals of administrative actions.

Cynthia's practice focuses on regulation and compliance for insurers, brokers and trade associations in the property/casualty and life and health areas. She also has appeared in court on behalf of clients in many significant and precedential cases. Cynthia is also a member of Bressler's Senior and Vulnerable Investor Group. The lawyers in this group have a shared interest in providing counsel to corporate clients who confront issues affecting seniors.

Cynthia is widely published in her field of practice and has authored  articles and book chapters about insurance and healthcare law, most recently as an editor of the Lexis Practice Advisor Section on insurance. She is frequently invited to speak publicly, participate in panels and lectures at Rutgers Law School. She has participated in the Defense Research Institute's symposium on Diversity for Success. She is also a past chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and previously served on the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Cynthia is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel, a past Chairman of that Board of Directors, has chaired the Legal Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds, and has served on the Legal Committee for the National Association of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations. She also sits on the Board of Ambassadors of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP).

Awards & Accolades

  • Selected to the list of Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent lawyers
  • Included in the list of the The Best Lawyers in America®2016-2023
  • Selected to the list of the New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005-2022
  • Recognized in the NJBIZ Leaders in Law Honoree List, 2022
  • Recognized in the ROI-NJ Influencers in Law List, 2022
  • Recognized in the list of the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Insurance and Reinsurance, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014-2021
  • Received the Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year" award in Insurance Law, 2019
  • Included in the list of Martindale-Hubbell's “Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers,” 2010-2013
  • Recognized in the list of A.M. Best's Directory of Insurance Professionals, 2014-2015
  • Recognized in the New Jersey Monthly, “Top Attorneys in New Jersey” List, April 2013

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Cynthia’s substantial experience consistently reveals her style in simplifying the complex.

She successfully secured regulatory approval for a multi-state/multi-affiliate’s acquisition of a major health insurer.

She pursued approval for several HMOs to offer commercial and government funded products in New Jersey.

She counseled clients on ACA compliance and is assisting a carrier in participating on the Federal Insurance Exchange.

She assisted clients in forming captive insurers, including review and revisions to regulations to implement New Jersey’s Captive Insurance Law.

She facilitated compliance with recently adopted life insurance and annuity disclosure laws for both fixed and variable products.

She counseled clients in evaluating advertising rules and restrictions underlying the sale of Medicare insurance and Medigap overages.

She has assisted several clients in designing, drafting and securing regulatory approval for variable products.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Professional Insurance Women
  • Member, Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Member, Legal Committee, National Conference of Guaranty Funds
  • Member, Board of Directors, Federation of Regulatory Counsel
  • Member, Diversity Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Board of Directors 2008-2013
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Board of Ambassadors, National Health Law Program


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Lehigh University, B.A., 1982


  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • 2022 Super Lawyers
  • 2022 Best Lawyers Badge
  • SL2021
  • 2020 Super Lawyers
  • Cynthia Borrelli - Lawyer of the Year (Insurance Law)
  • 2019 Super Lawyers
  • 2018 Best Lawyers - Firm
  • 2018 Super Lawyers
  • 2017 Best Lawyers - Firm
  • 2017 Super Lawyers
  • AV MArtindale-Hubbell
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