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Omar J. Harb

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3910 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

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Practice Areas

  • Surety & Fidelity Law
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Law

Omar J. Harb has extensive experience in handling contract and commercial surety matters, including probate and notary bond claims and litigation. His practice also includes general construction litigation, as well as salvage, subrogation, and indemnity issues on behalf of sureties, and fidelity bond matters.

He has given presentations relating to performance and payment bond topics, fidelity bond issues, claims handling, indemnity agreements, the surety’s subrogation rights, and probate and notary bonds.

Mr. Harb’s areas of practice include:

  • Contract Surety Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Surety Law
  • Fidelity Law
  • Notary Law
  • Commercial Disputes

Mr. Harb is an active member and serves in leadership positions for industry associations that help to shape rules, regulations and policy, including:

  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Editor-in-Chief, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Newsletter.
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Past Technology Chair/Website Coordinator.
  • Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Association.

Mr. Harb is AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and in 2019 he was designated as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the sixth consecutive year.

  • Co-Chaired Fidelity Program (“A Whole New World: The Impact of Technology and Cyber Crime on Fidelity Policies”) at the FSLC Mid-Winter Meeting, New York, NY, January 2020.
  • “That Doesn’t Count: Legal Issues Involving the Inventory Computation Exclusion” (co-authored), presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2019.
  • “E-Discovery, Document Management and Discovery Disputes” (co-authored), in MANAGING AND LITIGATING THE COMPLEX SURETY CASE, presented at the FSLC Spring Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, May 2018.
  • “The Surety’s Liability to the Obligee for Damages” (co-authored), in THE ANNOTATED PERFORMANCE BOND , presented at the FSLC Spring Meeting, Naples, FL, May 2017.
  • “Prior Dishonest Acts: An Overview of Issues for the Claims Handler” (co-authored), presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2017.
  • “The Continued Viability of the ‘Pay-if-Paid’ Defense for the Surety” (co-authored), presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2016.
  • “Unraveling the Mystery of Court Bonds” (co-authored), in Surety Bond Quarterly, National Association of Surety Bond Producers, Winter 2015.
  • “Completion by the Bond Obligee” (co-authored), in BOND DEFAULT MANUAL, 4th Ed., presented at the FSLC Spring Meeting, La Jolla, CA, May 2015.
  • “Other Miscellaneous Surety Bonds” (co-authored), in NEW APPLEMAN ON INSURANCE LAW LIBRARY EDITION, 2014.
  • “Computer Fraud Coverage: Balancing the Needs of the Insured against the Risk and Cost Associated with the Product” (co-authored), presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2014.
  • “The Surety’s Subrogation Rights and Claims Against the Federal Government” (co-authored), in THE CONTRACT BOND SURETY’S SUBROGATION RIGHTS (2013), presented at FSLC Spring Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2013.
  • “An Insurer’s Liability to Reimburse the Insured for its Payment to a Third Party Resulting from Employee Theft/Dishonesty” (co-authored), presented at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2012.
  • “The Contract Document Provisions Relating to the Scope of Work” (co-authored), presented at the FSLC Mid-Winter Meeting, New York, NY, January 2011.
  • “Regulating Ethics – Attempts to Regulate Surety Claims Practices” (co-authored), moderated panel at Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2010.
  • “Doing Battle with the IRS Over Contract Funds” (co-authored), for Eastern Bond Claims Conference seminar materials, May 2009.
  • “The Indemnity Agreement and the Handling of Surety Claims” (co-authored), in THE SURETY’S INDEMNITY AGREEMENT: LAW AND PRACTICE, 2nd Ed., presented at the FSLC Spring Meeting, Kansas City, MO, May 2008.
  • “Liability of Surety for Loan to Principal from Estate,” presented at Probate Bonds program, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 2001.
  • “When an Obligee Takes Matters into its Own Hands” (co-authored), in For the Defense (DRI), March 2007.
  • “Michigan” (co-authored), in PERFORMANCE BOND MANUAL, 2006.
  • “Michigan” (co-authored), in CONTRACTOR’S STATE LICENSE BONDS DESK REFERENCE 2006.
  • “Notary Bonds,” co-presented at DRI Fidelity and Surety Roundtable, Chicago, IL, May 2006.
  • “Liability of Surety for Loan to Principal from Estate,” presented at Probate Bonds program, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 2001.
  • Cornell University, B.A. Economics; B.A. Government
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Michigan
  • • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Editor-in-Chief, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Newsletter
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Past Technology Chair/Website Coordinator

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