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Michael L. DeBona Associate

Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.7129Fax 215.789.7537
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Michael DeBona is an associate in the Subrogation Department, where he represents major property insurers in property damage cases caused by product and construction defect. Michael litigates in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Michael has served as subrogation, coverage and defense counsel. He has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, including as first-chair at jury trial. In addition to trying jury and bench trials to verdict, Michael has taken dozens of cases before binding arbitration panels.

Michael serves as a writer for The Subrogation Strategist, White and Williams’ subrogation blog, providing commentary on emerging subrogation issues. Michael is also a contributor to Subrogator, a publication of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. 

In law school, Michael served as Business and Projects Editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and published his comment in Volume 22 of the Journal.

Representative Matters

  • Recovered against product manufacturer for large water loss to Orange County, California mansion
  • Litigated half-million dollar claim arising from construction defect to remodeled Victorian home in Cape May, New Jersey
  • Settled multi-party construction defect case involving complex negligence and breach of contract claims in Pennsylvania
  • Successfully opposed product manufacturer’s motion for summary judgment in Florida federal court, which then resolved in six-figure settlement at mediation
  • Litigated multi-million dollar subrogation claim arising out of fire in New York
  • Represented global insurance carrier in multi-million dollar water loss at historic landmark in Washington, DC
  • Represented major insurance carrier in overturning six-figure verdict

Recognition & Involvement

Michael handles pro bono cases for the Senior Law Center, where he assists Pennsylvania seniors with their legal matters. He also serves as a volunteer attorney for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Legal Line. 


Practice areas

Bar and Court Admissions


New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Villanova University School of Law, JD, 2011

Rutgers University – New Brunswick, BA, magna cum laude, 2008

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