Bethany A. Abele is a partner in Riker Danzig's Commercial Litigation Group, and focuses her practice on banking and title insurance litigation. She has represented title insurance companies and their insureds in a wide variety of actions, including coverage investigations, disputes between the insurance company and insured, and serving as retained counsel in matters concerning allegations of forgery, mortgage fraud schemes, priority disputes, boundary line disputes, and actions arising from alleged title defects. Bethany also handles foreclosure matters, including numerous complex commercial foreclosure actions.
Bethany is Second Vice President of the Morris County Bar Association and also serves as Trustee of the Morris County Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Morris County Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Committee, Civil Practice Committee, Chancery Committee and Financial Services Committee. She served as the Co-Chair of the Morris County Bar Association Women Lawyers Committee from 2015 - 2018. Bethany is also a member of the Lafayette College Alumni Interfraternity and Sorority Board and is an Alumni Admissions Representative for the College.
Bethany was named one of the NJBIZ Forty Under 40 recipients for 2017. The Forty Under 40 awards program celebrates the state’s most accomplished young businessmen and women who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community. Bethany was named a “New Leader of the Bar” in 2016 by the New Jersey Law Journal. A high honor, the Law Journal selects for this recognition attorneys in their second decade of practice whose achievements in the workplace and public service involvement distinguish them from their peers. Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Bethany on its Best Lawyers list in the field of Commercial Litigation for 2022, 2021 and 2020. Thomson Reuters has included Bethany on its Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list for Business Litigation in 2010, and 2017 - 2021. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Bethany has also been instrumental in contributing to the Firm’s
collegial culture and charitable efforts. When beginning her legal career
at Riker, she helped spearhead a toy drive for children during the holidays,
something that she had also done in law school. Bethany now leads the
initiative, collecting hundreds of toys and other gifts each year for donation
to local charities to help brighten the holidays for families in need.
Bethany is co-host for the Firm’s title insurance podcast, “Title Nerds.” Each episode draws on insights from other members of the Firm on issues that impact those in the title insurance arena, such as real estate, governmental affairs, banking, and bankruptcy, discussing trends, pending legislation and new laws that affect title insurers. Bethany has also presented at a number of seminars and webinars, including presentations on the following topics:
- Critical Policy Terms and the Current Case Law Defining Them
- The Impact of 2020 Court Opinions on Title Insurance
- Curing Defects in Deeds and Mortgages and Addressing Loan Fraud: Not So Fast, Not All is Lost
- Understanding a Lender's Title Insurance Policy: What Every Bank Needs to Know
- Evidence in the Electronic Era
- Top Ten Title Defects – Cured
- Back to the Basics: Title Insurance for Lenders
- Title Law from Start to Finish
- Hot Ethical Topics Faced by In-house Counsel
- Policy of Title Insurance: Overview of Coverage Issues Under Title Policies and CSLs
- Women in Leadership - Lessons Learned
Bethany earned her B.A. degree from Lafayette College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law, cum laude. While studying at Fordham University School of Law, Bethany was a staff member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, President of the Catholic Law Students Association and a member of the Board of Student Advisors.