William M. SavinoPartner
A partner in the firm’s Insurance Coverage & Commercial Litigation Practice Groups, Bill litigates before trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.
He has represented insurers in the September 11 World Trade Center Liability Coverage Litigation, the BPA-Plastic Products Coverage Litigation, and Shell Oil Company v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Company. He has served as counsel for insurers in the defense of class actions involving underwriting and claim procedures and numerous insurance coverage claims and suits ranging from intellectual property liabilities and business torts to national environmental, antitrust, and reinsurance claims.
Bill served as lead counsel in Nassau County’s suit opposing financial oversight by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority and in suits against the County regarding certain tax-related claims.
An active speaker across the United States, Bill has presented workshops on reinsurance, fracking liabilities, medical monitoring “no injury” suits, privacy, terrorism-related liabilities, and the relationship between primary and excess insurers.
Bill is a member of the Executive Committee of the Long Island Association. He serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Fireman’s Fund Indemnity Corporation (and is Chair of its audit committee) and the Insurance Federation of New York, Inc. Bill is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Long Island’s United Way and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Long Island Association and the Nassau County Bar Association, where he served as President. He also has served as Mayor of the Village of Old Brookville, New York, and as President of the Villanova University Alumni Association.
Bill served as Chair of the Nassau County Bar Association Judiciary Committee and Chair of the State of New York Tenth Judicial District’s Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission. He has been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Long Islanders by the Long Island Business News, and among the Top 50 Most Influential Long Islanders by the Long Island Press.
New York State’s Chief Judge named Bill to the Advisory Committee tasked with making recommendations with respect to the implementation of a pro bono service requirement for attorneys seeking admission to the New York Bar and the Commercial Division Advisory Council regarding the review of the rules of the New York State Supreme Court’s Commercial Division. The Board of Directors of the New York Bar Foundation elected Bill a Fellow of the Foundation on November 1, 2014.
Bill also serves on the distinguished panel of neutrals at National Arbitration Mediation.
Bill is a recipient of the Fordham University School of Law Long Island Distinguished Alumni Award, the Firefighters Leadership Award by the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, the Nassau County Bar Association’s We Care Fund Honor and the Long Island YMCA Honor.
The 2019 edition of the well-respected Legal 500 recommended Bill in the insurance: advice to insurers category. Chambers and Partners in 2018 and 2019 named Bill a “Ranked Practitioner” in Band 3 within the insurance: dispute resolution: insurer in New York” category. He has been named to the 2017-2020 Best Lawyers in America in Insurance and Insurance Litigation by U.S. News & World Report and has been named a 2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by American Lawyer Media. He also has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer, 2008-2019, and is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
In 2019, The Legal 500 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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New YorkCourt Admissions
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New YorkBar Affiliations
Nassau County Bar Association – Past President
Chair – Judiciary Committee
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Fordham University, Juris Doctor
Villanova University, B.S. in Economics