Johnathan Lerner - Lerner, Arnold & Winston, LLP  NYC“Johnathan has a no nonsense approach towards litigating and is effective at getting things done.”                

                                                     ~ Matt Proman ~


Johnathan C. Lerner, founder of New York City law firm Lerner, Arnold & Winston (LAW), specializes in litigation of first-party and third-party property damage claims against insurance companies.  He is dedicated to client satisfaction and champions the rights of residential and commercial property and business owners against insurance companies.  Johnathan has successfully advocated for and attained multi-million dollar verdicts/settlements on behalf of his clients throughout his career.


Johnathan, the son of a former public adjuster, has vast knowledge and expertise in the field of first-party insurance claim litigation and has been instrumental in helping clients understand the provisions of their insurance policy’s coverage clauses and their rights to receive the appropriate indemnification for the losses/damages sustained.  His knowledge has been, and continues to be, particularly valuable during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy as wind and flood issues continue to remain at the forefront of insurance claims.   Johnathan’s expertise regarding insurance coverage issues also makes him a highly-sought after speaker on hot topic issues in insurance litigation and property damage claims.


Johnathan’s passion and commitment to the practice of law also extends to those in his community that need legal representation.  He has assisted local homeowners with preparation and submission of claims to flood carriers.   He also serves as a board member of Long Island’s Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA), an organization dedicated to helping men and women with developmental disabilities reach their highest potential of independence and lead purposeful lives.


Johnathan is the proud Dad of two boys, Nate and Jack, and provides advice and counsel as a dedicated Little League baseball and basketball coach.



Brooklyn Law School; Brooklyn, New York; Juris Doctor, 1995

University of Maryland; College Park, Maryland; Magna Cum Laude, B.S., Finance, 1992


Bar Admissions

New York State Bar, June 1997

New Jersey State Bar, December 1995

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, February 1998

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, September 1997


Practice/Specialty Areas

First-Party Property Damage Claims

Third-Party Property Damage Claims

Insurance Litigation


Publications/Speaking Engagements

American Bar Association’s “The Brief”   

American Bar Association Tort Trials and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Law Committee

  • Annual Meeting; 2007, 2009,  2012
  • Co-Chair – Litigating the Catastrophic Property Damage Claim; 2011

Harris Martin Superstorm Sandy Conference; New York City, February 2013

New York State Bar Association; 2008



American Bar Association Tort Trials and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)

  • Property Insurance  Law Committee (PILC), Vice Chair 2013-2014 Term
    • Co-Chair Litigating the Catastrophic Property Insurance Claim; 2011
  • PILC Chair-Elect for 2014-2015 term

Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA); 2007 to Present

  • Board Member
  • Golf Committee Member


Honors and Awards

Honored by CMA’s Young Leadership Council; 2011

Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation’s Teddy Award; 2011