Peter Broeman has over thirty-five years experience practicing insurance coverage, international business and fidelity law at both the New Jersey and New York bars.

Practice Concentrations

Insurance coverage matters: coverage analysis, claim investigation, settlement negotiation and litigation, including fidelity and financial institution bond insurance.

International transactional law for smaller and closely held entities, including licensing, distributorship, sales and marketing agreements for foreign companies doing business in New Jersey and American companies doing business abroad.

Business and commercial litigation, including enforcement of foreign judgments and actions commenced in New Jersey to obtain depositions or other discovery for use in foreign litigation.

Liaison with foreign counsel for Americans with interests abroad.

Opinions for foreign counsel on New Jersey issues.


Biographical Sketch

         A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Peter Broeman was for twenty-one years an associate and partner in the New York City firm of Bigham Englar Jones & Houston, where he represented Underwriters at Lloyds and leading American insurers in matters involving financial institutions’ insurance, fidelity law and insurance coverage. Among many other matters, he handled financial bond claims totaling $140,000,000 against insurers resulting from the demise of City Federal Savings Bank, the largest savings and loan east of the Mississippi River to fail during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980’s. He is the author of a number of articles on insurance law, including "An Overview of the Financial Institution Bond, Standard Form No. 24," 110 Banking L.J. 439 (1993), which has been cited as authoritative four times by United States Courts of Appeal as well as the Court of Chancery of Delaware.

          Mr. Broeman has been interested in international law since law school. He took his first position after graduating as an assistant manager in the French Tax and Corporate Services Department of Price Waterhouse & Co.’s Paris office, chiefly working on tax and transactional issues. He followed that with a year-long certificate program in European Community law (now offered as an LL.M.) at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and then joined Bigham Englar in New York City, initially representing foreign insurers of both American and foreign financial institutions and later handling other types of commercial litigation. He is fluent in French, familiar with Europe, and has worked with clients and lawyers from numerous countries for over three decades.

          Opening a New Jersey office for Bigham Englar in the late 1980’s, Mr. Broeman became active in the New Jersey State Bar Association, serving three terms as Chair of its Section on International Law and Organizations and editing the book, New Jersey: a Basic Guide for Foreign Businesses, published by the Bar Association in 1991. He was instrumental in persuading the New Jersey Legislature to enact the Uniform Foreign Country Money Judgment Recognition Act in 1997, for which he was awarded the Bar Association’s Distinguished Legislative Service award in that year. Since 1992 he has co-authored the chapter "Special Considerations in Cases Involving Foreign Parties" in the New Jersey Federal Civil Practice Handbook (3rd edition 2008, New Jersey Law Journal Books, with annual supplements through 2012).

          Peter Broeman has represented shareholders in intracorporate disputes and insurance agents in disputes with insurers over premium collections. As an example of his international cases, he represented a leading European travel company in an action against its New York-based general agent for failure to use its best efforts in marketing the plaintiff’s product. "Best efforts" cases are notoriously hard to win. Mr. Broeman achieved a substantial settlement after intense pre-trial litigation. As in a number of his cases, both in commercial litigation and fidelity insurance, the case involved the sophisticated use of a forensic accountant as an expert witness in order to achieve a successful result.