Insurance Coverage


Leno, Savino and Weissman Close on Acquisition of Nassau County land by Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases
December 29, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use
After a year and meeting a year-end deadline, resulting in considerable tax savings for the client, Stephen Weissman, William Savino and David Leno closed on the acquisition of Nassau County land by Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases for a purchase price of $6.5 million. …
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Rivkin Radler Hosts NYIPLA Program on Lanham Act Damages
November 14, 2016 | Intellectual Property | Insurance Coverage
On November 10, 2016, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trademark Law and Practice Committee hosted a panel discussion at Rivkin Radler LLP’s Long Island office entitled “Show Me The Money! A Primer on Lanham Act Damages.” The panel members included Dana Trexler Smith, a partner in the Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services Group …
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Cannata and Misiti publish article in New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s “The Report”
October 24, 2016 | Intellectual Property | Insurance Coverage
Michael Cannata and Frank Misiti have written an article entitled, “Infringement of Adult Images Ex(xx)ed Out of Coverage,” which was published in the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s August/September 2016 issue of “The Report.” Click here to read the article. …
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Tolle, Kenigsberg & Ovicher to Present at ICA Conference
October 14, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Norman Tolle, Jay Kenigsberg and Julie Ovicher will each present at the International Claims Association’s 107th Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida to be held October 15-19, 2016. For more information on the Conference, click here. …
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Rivkin Radler Attorneys Named As 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers
October 11, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Health Services | Construction | Commercial Litigation | Bankruptcy | Appeals | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use | Professional Liability
UNIONDALE, NY – Rivkin Radler LLP is pleased to announce that twenty attorneys were named to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers List and five attorneys were named as New York Metro Rising Stars. Being named a Super Lawyer is a tremendous honor reserved for only the top 5% of all lawyers in a …
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Kotula and Tugander Victorious in Asbestos Insurance Coverage Dispute
October 4, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York awarded our clients, Unigard Insurance Company and QBE Americas, Inc., full summary judgment in an asbestos insurance coverage dispute, finding that Troy Belting had failed to meet its burden of proving the terms and conditions of 25 years’ worth of allegedly missing primary …
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Welch, McAloon and Mann Obtain Summary Judgment
| Insurance Coverage
Michael Welch, Sean McAloon, and Greg Mann obtained a complete dismissal of a complaint seeking extra-contractual damages brought against our client, an automobile insurance company.  Plaintiffs alleged that that they were entitled to damages in excess of $200,000.00 for breach of contract under a policy of automobile collision insurance based upon the carrier’s refusal to …
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Gorfinkel and LaPorta Save Client Millions
September 30, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
The New Jersey federal court in Castoro v. Sentry Ins. Co. et al. has granted a motion for partial summary judgment made on behalf of our client Sentry Insurance Co. by Paul Gorfinkel and Anthony LaPorta.  The case involves insurance coverage for cleaning up a contaminated site in West Windsor, New Jersey, owned by Sentry’s …
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Welch and Feinman Obtain Pre-Answer Dismissal
September 9, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Michael Welch and Matthew Feinman obtained a complete dismissal of a complaint brought against our client, an automobile insurance company.  In granting the motion to dismiss, the court adopted each of our arguments that plaintiff’s action was time-barred by the insurance policy’s one year suit limitation provision, and that plaintiff had failed to state a …
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Welch speaker at NYSBA’s 2016 Law School for Insurance Professionals
September 8, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Michael Welch will be a speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s 2016 Law School for Insurance Professionals program.   This program will explore topics that confront insurance professionals daily.  New York attorneys will provide insights and updates on current legal issues that the savvy insurance professional won’t want to miss. Michael’s session is entitled, …
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Eagle and Engeldrum present “Top 10 New York Coverage Decisions and National Trends”
August 17, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Alan Eagle and Joanne Engeldrum will present a program entitled, “Top 10 New York Coverage Decisions and National Trends.”  The program will take place at the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., New York City on Sept. 16. Program descriptive: What New York insurance coverage decisions and issues have changed the paradigm for the insurance industry? …
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8 Rivkin Radler Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers® 2017 – List Recognizes Lawyers in Uniondale and Hackensack Offices
August 15, 2016 | Insurance Fraud | Insurance Coverage | Health Services | Employment & Labor | Trusts & Estates
Uniondale, New York – Aug. 15, 2016 – The prestigious Best Lawyers in America® has included Rivkin Radler LLP in its U.S. rankings. The lawyers listed, and the categories of law in which they are listed, are as follows: Brian R. Ade, partner – Insurance Law John L. Rivkin, partner – Insurance Law Christopher J. …
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Troisi, Bank & Kruglyak Secure Pre-Answer Dismissal
August 12, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Michael Troisi, Brian Bank, and Viktoriya Kruglyak secured a pre-answer dismissal of all claims asserted against our client, an insurance carrier, in a case where a bicyclist was injured when he collided with a box unloaded from a delivery truck insured by our client.  The Court dismissed the bicyclist’s claim for first-party no-fault benefits based …
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Welch and Kruglyak Obtain Pre-Answer Dismissal of a Complaint
August 9, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Michael P. Welch and Viktoriya Kruglyak obtained a pre-answer dismissal of a complaint brought against our clients, an insurer and agent, based on the plaintiff’s failure to timely serve the action and the complaint pursuant to CPLR 306-b and CPLR 3012(b).  The court denied the plaintiff’s cross motion to extend his time to serve the …
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Savino on panel for Suffolk County Bar Association
July 27, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
On September 28, Amistad, in conjunction with several other bar associations and the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission will be holding a seminar on “How to Become a Judge,” at the Suffolk County Bar Association. William M. Savino will be on the panel as a representative of the Independent Judicial Screening Committee. …
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Rutkin to Speak at FDCC Annual Meeting
July 23, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) will be holding its annual meeting from July 23 – July 30 in Charlevoix, Quebec. Alan Rutkin will participate in a panel discussion at the event. A Recipe for Controversy: Evaluating the Availability of Coverage for Atypical Claims Insurers on both sides of the US-Canadian border must …
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Valverde Appointed Vice Chair of American Bar Association Committee
July 14, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Frank A. Valverde has been appointed as Vice Chair for the Excess Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Law Committee for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. This leadership appointment is in recognition of Frank’s commitment to TIPS and his reputation among its 24,000 members. The committee deals with all manner of legal issues relating to excess insurance law, …
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Kotula Appointed to the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism of the ABA TIPS Section
| Insurance Coverage
Michael Kotula has been appointed a member of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism of the American Bar Association’s TIPS section, and an editor of the TIPS Law Journal for 2016-2017.  Michael is also the immediate past chair of the Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance general committee of ABA TIPS. Since 1908 the Association’s …
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Maloney Re-appointed Vice Chair of American Bar Association Committee
| Insurance Coverage
Robert Maloney has been re-appointed as Vice Chair for the Automobile Law Committee for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. This leadership appointment is in recognition of Rob’s commitment to TIPS and his reputation among its 24,000 members. The committee deals with all manner of legal issues relating to automobiles and its goal is to be a …
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Rivkin Radler Attorneys Recognized by American Lawyer Media
July 6, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
American Lawyer Media (ALM), publisher of The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel, and the National Law Journal, among other legal and professional publications, has named Jonathan Bruno, Michael A. Kotula, Evan Krinick, Peter P. McNamara, John L. Rivkin, Leonard L. Rivkin, John J. Robertelli, Alan Rutkin, William M. Savino and Norman L. Tolle – …
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Monteleone to Speak at Insurance Allocation Summit
June 23, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Directors & Officers Liability
Joseph Monteleone will be a speaker at the American Conference Institute’s 3rd Insurance Allocation Summit, being held at the Carlton Hotel in New York City on June 23-24. This event will cover the following topics: Recent Case Law Rulings Impacting Allocation: Examining the Latest Significant Choice of Law Issues and Key Variations in How States …
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Pappas reappointed to Bergen County Bar Association Committees
June 15, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Alexander Pappas was re-appointed to the following Bergen County Bar Associations Committees for the year 2016-2017: Professionalism in the Law Civil Practice NJSBA General Council. …
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Ade reappointed to Bergen County Bar Association Committees
| Insurance Coverage
Brian Ade has been reappointed to the following Bergen County Bar Association Committees for the 2016-2017 year: Construction Law Judicial Selection Products Liability …
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Cannata & Misiti Published in FC&S Legal
June 14, 2016 | Intellectual Property | Insurance Coverage
Michael Cannata’s and Frank Misiti’s article entitled, “No Coverage for the Sale of Counterfeit Goods,” was published in FC&S Legal: The Insurance Information Center publication. To read the full article, Click Here. …
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Monteleone to Present CLE Webcast for LawLine New York
June 13, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Directors & Officers Liability
Joseph Monteleone will be presenting a CLE webcast entitled, “Removing the Mysteries from Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O) Liability Insurance,” on June 13, 2016. Some topics that will be covered include: Understand key provisions in the typical D&O insurance policy Discuss key areas of coverage disputes Highlight recent case law from various jurisdictions on these coverage …
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Valverde and Korman Victorious in Article 78 Proceeding Before the Appellate Division, Second Department
June 7, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Appeals
Frank A. Valverde and Cheryl F. Korman obtained a victory in an Article 78 proceeding before the Appellate Division, Second Department.  In Cappuccia v. N.Y. State Div. of Human Rights, a former employee commenced an Article 78 proceeding against his former employer and the N.Y. State Division of Human Rights (“DHR”) disputing the DHR’s determination …
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Ade and Doran Obtain Summary Judgment for MLMIC
May 27, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Brian Ade and Patricia Doran obtained summary judgment from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County in a coverage dispute in connection with a medical malpractice policy. The Court granted Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (“MLMIC”) summary judgment dismissing the insured’s claims that MLMIC breached the insurance policy by settling the underlying medical malpractice claim …
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Rivkin Radler Recognized in Chambers USA 2016 – Insurance and Health Services practices selected for inclusion
| Insurance Coverage | Health Services
Uniondale, New York – June 1, 2016 – The prestigious Chambers USA Directory has included Rivkin Radler LLP.  The firm is listed in the Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer category and its Health Services Practice Group is recognized among “Notable Firms” for Healthcare in New York. “The Chambers USA Directory is one of the premier resources …
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Monteleone, Bruno & Jones Host Lunch ‘N Learn Presentation
May 24, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Professional Liability
Joseph Monteleone, Jonathan Bruno and Michael Jones hosted a lunch ‘n learn presentation for client, Hudson Insurance Company, at their offices in New York on May 24th.  They discussed various topics, including insureds’ rights to independent counsel in key jurisdictions, frequent areas of coverage disputes under professional liability policies and the impact of professional services …
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Savino reappointed as Chair of the State of New York Tenth Judicial District’s Judicial Election Qualification Commission
May 23, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
William Savino has been reappointed as Chair of the State of New York Tenth Judicial District’s Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions. The work of the Commissions promotes greater confidence in the judicial election process and the judiciary as a whole by assuring voters that candidates have been thoroughly screened to ensure that they possess the …
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Valverde and the Long Island Chamber of Commerce host the Latina Hat Luncheon
May 20, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Frank Valverde and the Long Island Chamber of Commerce hosted the Latina Hat Luncheo hosted the Latina Hat Luncheon recognizing Latina business leaders in Long Island. The luncheon honors and celebrates hardwarking, inspirational, women leaders, role models, and advocates on Long Island.  The event draws a diverse audience made up of small and corporate businesses, as …
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Eagle co-chair and speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage 2016: Recent Cases, Hot Issues, and Advanced Topics
| Insurance Coverage
Alan Eagle is a co-chair and speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s CLE program entitled, “Insurance Coverage 2016:  Recent Cases, Hot Issues, and Advanced Topics.”  Alan’s program is entitled, “Recent General Liability Coverage Decisions,”  and will address the top ten liability coverage decisions and trends.  Alan will be on the faculty for the May …
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Valverde inducted as Vice President of Nassau County Latino Republican Alliance
May 5, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Frank Valverde was inducted as the Vice President of the Nassau County Latino Republican Alliance.  The NCLRA is committed to developing and maintaining a Republican Latino voting constituency to promote the traditional ideals of American democracy, values, freedom, free-market enterprise, and limited government. …
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Cannata Published in The Suffolk Lawyer
April 28, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Intellectual Property
Michael Cannata’s article, “You Should Trademark That!” was published in the April edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. The Suffolk Lawyer – April 2016 …
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Conneely and Savino publish article for The Suffolk Lawyer
April 22, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Employment & Labor
Brian S. Conneely and William M. Savino published an article for The Suffolk Lawyer entitled, “Suffolk Courts Validate School Districts’ Use of RFPs for School Bus Contracts.” Click here to read article. …
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Eagle and Greenberg victorious in their motion for summary judgment
| Insurance Coverage
Alan Eagle and Janice Greenberg were victorious in their motion for summary judgment filed in Supreme Court, Queens County, and obtained a declaration of no coverage on behalf of an insurer in connection with a property damage lawsuit filed by a cooperative apartment building against an insured contractor.  The lawsuit sought amounts paid to repair …
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McAloon to Speak at ABA TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Meeting
April 7, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Sean McAloon will be speaking at the ABA TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Meeting in Las Vegas, NV from April 7 – 10. Sean is a Vice Chair of the Property Insurance Law Committee and his topic will be, “Bad Faith Issues in Catastrophic Losses/Big Bad Faith Cases.” He and Jeffrey Cohen of Carlton Fields …
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Rutkin speaker at FDCC program
April 6, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Alan Rutkin was a speaker at an FDCC program entitled, “Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Clients and Your Firm in A Dangerous World.”  Alan spoke on coverage issues arising from the Internet. …
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Federal Court Predicts Georgia Law is Pro Rata Time On Risk Allocation
March 29, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Michael Kotula and Michael Jones obtained summary judgment from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in an asbestos bodily injury coverage matter.  The Court held that the Asbestos Exclusion barred coverage for all claims, including claims that alleged asbestos and other non-asbestos related injuries.  Additionally, the Court held that …
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Mascia and Valverde present “Immigration Law for Businesses” before the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
March 24, 2016 | Corporate | Insurance Coverage
Henry Mascia and Frank Valverde will present “Immigration Law for Businesses” at an upcoming event before the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce being held at Firm on March 24, 2016. The presentation will describe Rivkin Radler’s corporate immigration practice, which includes: Compliance with E-Verity and Form I-9 requirements for employment eligibility verification Applications for …
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Murray and Valverde obtain summary judgment
March 21, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Anne Murray and Frank Valverde obtained summary judgment for an insurance client in a case where a claimant was seeking over $2.1 million on a default judgment obtained against the client’s purported additional insured in an underlying New York Labor Law action.  Despite various challenges, they successfully argued that the claimant could not meet his …
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Savino re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Insurance Federation of New York, Inc. for 2016
March 16, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
William Savino has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Insurance Federation of New York, Inc. for 2016. The Insurance Federation of New York is a highly diverse group of professionals, brought together by the following common denominators: A mutual interest in the viability of New York as a sound economic environment for the …
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Maloney appointed Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS Automobile Liability Committee
| Insurance Coverage
Robert Maloney appointed Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS Automobile Liability Committee for the current term (9/15-9/16).  The committee deals with all manner of legal issues relating to automobiles and its goal is to be a substantive resource for those practicing in these areas, whether it is personal injury, product liability or coverage. To that end Robert, …
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Eagle and Engeldrum Obtain Summary Judgment For Insurer Client Declaring No Duty To Defend Or To Indemnify Three Alleged Insureds In Underlying Wrongful Death Case
| Insurance Coverage
Alan Eagle and Joanne Engeldrum obtained summary judgment on behalf of the Firm’s Insurer client declaring that the Insurer had no duty to defend or to indemnify three alleged insureds under a $3 million business auto policy based upon the Mechanical Device Exclusion.  The three alleged insureds sought coverage for an underlying wrongful death case. …
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Monteleone to Speak at C5’s 25th Conference on D&O Liability Insurance
March 9, 2016 | Insurance Coverage | Directors & Officers Liability
Joseph Monteleone will present “The Essential Claims Roundup” at C5’s 25th Conference on D&O Liability Insurance being held at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London, March 8-9, 2016. The conference is Europe’s premier event on D&O, FI Insurance and Cyber Risk Management. Joe will present with the Executive Director of Aon Risk Solutions, David …
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Savino, Gorfinkel, and Misiti Obtain Summary Judgment for Insurer, Defeating Alleged Additional Insured’s Estoppel Claim
February 5, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
William Savino, Paul Gorfinkel, and Frank Misiti obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurer in an action by a party claiming to be an additional insured. The ruling is an important victory for insurers because it rejects an alleged additional insured’s attempt to expansively apply the estoppel doctrine. In Temple Beth Shalom Foundation, Inc. …
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North Carolina Goes Pro Rata Allocation And Rejects Any Excess Policy Defense Obligation
February 4, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
On January 28, 2016, a North Carolina state court decided important coverage issues, granting motions for summary judgment filed by Michael Kotula and Robert Maloney on behalf of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.  The Court decided issues of first impression under North Carolina law, including that a pro rata time-on-the-risk allocation method applies to coverage claims …
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Rutkin to Present at American Bar Association Annual Meeting
January 26, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
Alan Rutkin will be a panelist at the 24th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Mid-Year Program, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. The program entitled, “The Heat Is On: Hot Topics in the World of Insurance,” will take place on February 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s program, co-sponsored …
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Savino re-elected to board of the Insurance Federation of New York
January 15, 2016 | Insurance Coverage
William Savino has been re-elected to serve as a Director of Insurance Federation of New York, Inc. for 2016. IFNY serves the men and women of the insurance industry by providing them with a forum for discussion of the legislative and regulatory matters that most affect the success of their enterprises in the City and …
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Leonard Rivkin Inducted Into Long Island Business Hall of Fame
December 10, 2015 | Insurance Coverage
UNIONDALE, NY – Rivkin Radler is proud to announce that our Founding Partner, Leonard Rivkin, was among a select group of inaugural inductees for Long Island Business Hall of Fame. Long Island Business Hall of Fame, created by the Long Island Business News, recognizes the accomplishments of Long Island’s most impactful business leaders past and present. …
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