John L. RivkinPartner
John L. Rivkin is a partner emeritus. He has represented leading insurance companies in complex disputes across the country and around the world.
Over more than 35 years of practice at Rivkin Radler, John has litigated and arbitrated environmental matters with a potential exposure exceeding $5 billion, involving contaminants such as MTBE, PCBs, TCE, PERC, arsenic, mercury, mold, and asbestos.
He has served as liaison counsel and steering committee counsel in some of the largest insurance coverage actions in the nation.
A U.S. Merchant Marine Officer who holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master’s License, John also has substantial experience in admiralty and maritime zoning matters. He was responsible for groundbreaking legal decisions preventing villages from regulating navigable waterways under British land patents dating back to the 1600s. John’s legal work paved the way for greater commercial usage of waterfront property, including usage by yacht clubs, marinas, and the maritime service industry.
John has been named the 2019 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. He is a 2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by American Lawyer Media and has also been named to Best Lawyers in America® in Insurance Law by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2023. He is rated AV PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell and is an American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law.” John also is an elected member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and was profiled in the Millennium Edition of “Who’s Who in American Law.”
John writes and lectures extensively on a broad range of complex insurance law issues. He is a member of the National Litigation Panel and a distinguished lecturer of law on complex insurance litigation at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he also has served for many years as a moot court judge.
An adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law, John teaches complex insurance litigation. In addition, he has served as a lecturer at the Practising Law Institute and has spoken before the National League of Cities, the Environmental Strategies Corporation, and the Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.
Since 2019, The Legal 500 has recommended Rivkin Radler’s Insurance Coverage practice in the insurance: advice to insurers category. The Insurance Coverage Practice Group since 2016 has been included in the Chambers USA directory in the Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer category.
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University of Viriginia School of Law, Juris Doctor
Union College, B.A., summa cum laude
Nott Scholar (first in class in major)