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Rivkin Radler
United States

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 4

Rivkin Radler covers a wide range of issues, providing coverage advice and helping clients resolve disputes via litigation, mediation or arbitration. Vastly experienced practice head Alan Rutkin  has resolved a large number of claims involving the environment, energy, and other complex issues. Michael Kotula  is a key lawyer of the team, defending clients against various high-exposure claims including those involving health hazards, toxic torts, construction defects, and sex abuse. All lawyers mentioned here are based in Long Island. Norman Tolle retired in March 2021.

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Key clients

Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited

Allianz Resolution Management

Ark Syndicate Management Limited

Badger Mutual Insurance

Central Insurance Companies

Crum and Forster Insurance Company

Factory Mutual Insurance Company

Global Indemnity Group

Great American Insurance

Hanover Insurance

Markel Service Incorporated

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

National General Lenders Service

Nautilus Insurance Group (a Berkley Company)

Preferred Contractors Insurance Company

Primerica Financial Services Inc.

Safepoint Insurance Company

Seneca Insurance

Sentry Insurance

Sompo Insurance

The Cincinnati Insurance Company

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America


Trustmark Insurance Company

Utica National Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing the Fireman’s Fund’s in the North Carolina Supreme Court regarding the allocation of asbestos and benzene claims, involving past costs of $85 million and potentially tens of millions of dollars in future costs.
  • Advising Allianz on appeal at the Ohio Court of Appeals in a coverage action regarding Sherwin Williams’ $100+ million portion of a Santa Clara Count lead paint nuisance settlement.
  • Representing Badger Mutual in business interruption claims brought by a group of Las Vegas restaurateurs.

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers

Rivkin Radler’s Uniondale office represents a wide range of service providers, with Benjamin Malerba and Christopher Kutner’s team acting on major transactions in the New York area and providing select regulatory advice.

Founded in 1950, Rivkin Radler gained national recognition for the firm’s role in groundbreaking cases. Many of the world’s largest companies rely on Rivkin Radler to address their complex legal challenges. As a result, many clients have been placing their trust in us for decades.

Over the past 70 years, Rivkin Radler has become the advisor-of-choice to large corporations, middle-market: companies and successful individuals. The firm offers representation in 21 practice areas across five offices in the Northeast. With approximately 200 lawyers, Rivkin Radler has grown to become a nationally recognized provider of superior legal representation to a broad array of clients.

Rivkin Radler’s attorneys are leaders in legal, business and charitable arenas. Time and again, they are recognized by peer-review programs that recognize professional excellence.

The firm is committed to fostering diversity within an inclusive environment that respects the individual, promotes different perspectives, encourages distinctive ideas and drives dynamic results. Rivkin Radler employs individuals with varied backgrounds and life experiences who together create a firm with a rich and vibrant culture, enabling the firm to attract and retain the best talent and to bring a diversity of thinking to bear for its clients.

Main areas of practice

Insurance coverage: Rivkin Radler handles all aspects of insurance coverage law including litigation and dispute resolution, coverage advice and policy drafting. The firm’s practice includes casualty coverage (CGL, umbrella and excess liability); D&O liability coverage; employment practices liability; extra-contractual and bad faith; life, health and disability; personal lines (home and auto, professional liability); property; reinsurance; specialty and other coverage lines; and title insurance litigation.

With more than 60 attorneys and a long track record, Rivkin Radler’s insurance coverage group is one of the largest coverage-focused practice groups in the US. The firm represents insurers big and small, domestic and foreign, investor-owned and policyholder-owned.

The firm tackles the insurance industry’s newest and most challenging issues, with innovative strategies.  Rivkin Radler was among the first firms to handle complex coverage issues such as pollution, cyber, asbestos, advertising injury, molestation, life sciences, medical technologies, climate change, terrorism, antitrust, intellectual property, and fraud.  The firm stays at the cutting edge of insurance law.

We are committed to outstanding client service.  And our commitment is validated by our client retention rate.  Many of our insurer relationships are decades old.

The attorneys handle all aspects of insurance coverage law, including litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.  Insurers rely on our coverage advice.

Insurance fraud: the firm represents insurers across all lines of coverage and at every stage of the claim, from the initial report of the loss to resolution, obtaining groundbreaking results in all areas of health insurance fraud, ‘no-fault’ automobile insurance fraud and first-party property damage. The firm prosecutes RICO, fraud and declaratory judgment actions to extinguish exposure to fraudulent claims and recover wrongfully obtained claim payments.

Health law:  Rivkin Radler represents a diverse group of healthcare clients, such as multi-provider healthcare delivery systems, including clinically integrated networks, IPAs, specialty provider networks, managed care organizations and ACOs, urgent care centers, hospitals, and physician practices.

The firm’s expertise encompasses complex healthcare transactions, regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, managed care contracting, disputes, and defense of criminal prosecutions. The firm frequently advises clients on privacy and security laws including HIPAA and the HITECH Act. The firm also represents clients in fraud and abuse cases, including False Claims Act and qui tam/whistleblower cases.


Appeals Cheryl Kormancheryl.korman@rivkin.com516-357-3573
Appeals Evan Krinickevan.krinick@rivkin.com516-357-3483
Banking William Cornachiowilliam.cornachio@rivkin.com516-357-3111
Banking Harvey Epsteinharvey.epstein@rivkin.com516-357-3512
Banking Michael Hellermichael.heller@rivkin.com516-357-3451
Bankruptcy Stuart Gordonstuart.gordon@rivkin.com516-357-3055
Commercial Litigation Evan Krinickevan.krinick@rivkin.com516-357-3483
Commercial Litigation William Savinowilliam.savino@rivkin.com516-357-3349
Commercial Litigation Michael Versichellimichael.versichelli@rivkin.com516-357-3431
Complex Torts and Product Liability Brian Adebrian.ade@rivkin.com(201) 287-2461
Complex Torts and Product Liability David Richmandavid.richman@rivkin.com516-357-3120
Compliance, Investigations and White Collar Geoffrey Kaisergeoffrey.kaiser@rivkin.com516-357-3161
Compliance, Investigations and White Collar Kenneth "Casey" Murphykenneth.murphy@rivkin.com516-357-3154
Construction David Grilldavid.grill@rivkin.com516-357-3011
Corporate Walter Gumersellwalter.gumersell@rivkin.com516-357-3098
Corporate Stella Lellosstella.lellos@rivkin.com516-357-3373
Corporate Jeffrey Rustjeffrey.rust@rivkin.com516-357-3404
Directors & Officers Liability Jonathan Brunojonathan.bruno@rivkin.com212-455-9554
Directors & Officers Liability David Wilckdavid.wilck@rivkin.com516-357-3347
Employment & Labor Barry Levybarry.levy@rivkin.com516-357-3149
Employment & Labor Kenneth Novikoffken.novikoff@rivkin.com516-357-3110
General Liability Jacqueline Bushwackjacqueline.bushwack@rivkin.com516-357-3239
General Liability Frank Raiafrank.raia@rivkin.com516-357-3321
General Liability Eric Strobereric.strober@rivkin.com516-357-3434
Health Services Robert Isemanrobert.iseman@rivkin.com518-641-7055
Health Services Christopher Kutnerchris.kutner@rivkin.com516-357-3355
Health Services Benjamin Malerbabenjamin.malerba@rivkin.com516-357-3128
Insurance Coverage Alan Eaglealan.eagle@rivkin.com516-357-3545
Insurance Coverage Michael Kotulamichael.kotula@rivkin.com516-357-3066
Insurance Coverage Alan Rutkinalan.rutkin@rivkin.com516-357-3278
Insurance Fraud Max Gershenoffmax.gershenoff@rivkin.com516-357-3444
Insurance Fraud Barry Levybarry.levy@rivkin.com516-357-3149
Insurance Fraud Michael Sirignanomichael.sirignano@rivkin.com516-357-3073
Intellectual Property Gregory Millergregory.miller@rivkin.com201-287-2474
Intellectual Property Stephen Smirtisteve.smirti@rivkin.com516-357-3351
Medical Malpractice Defense David Richmandavid.richman@rivkin.com516-357-3120
Privacy, Data & Cyber Law Shari Claire Lewisshari.lewis@rivkin.com516-357-3292
Privacy, Data & Cyber Law Benjamin Malerbabenjamin.malerba@rivkin.com516-357-3128
Professional Liability Jonathan Brunojonathan.bruno@rivkin.com212-455-9554
Professional Liability Janice DiGennarojanice.digennaro@rivkin.com516-357-3548
Professional Liability David Wilckdavid.wilck@rivkin.com516-357-3347
Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use Erez Glamboskyerez.glambosky@rivkin.com516-357-3065
Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use Yaron Kornblumyaron.kornblum@rivkin.com516-357-3082
Tax Scott Eisenmesserscott.eisenmesser@rivkin.com516-357-3085
Tax Kate Heptigkate.heptig@rivkin.com516-357-3421
Tax Karen Soslerkaren.sosler@rivkin.com518-641-7053
Trusts & Estates Scott Eisenmesserscott.eisenmesser@rivkin.com516-357-3085
Trusts & Estates Jeffrey Greenerjeffrey.greener@rivkin.com516-357-3177
Construction Pia Riversopia.riverso@rivkin.com516-357-3159
Intellectual Property Nancy Del Pizzonancy.delpizzo@rivkin.com201-287-2472
Alan Eagle photo Alan EagleAlan C. Eagle maintains a national insurance coverage practice that is supported…
Joanne Engeldrum photo Joanne EngeldrumJoanne M. Engeldrum counsels insurance companies on complex first- and third-party claims,…
Michael Kotula photo Michael KotulaMichael A. Kotula handles complex litigation involving asbestos, environmental pollution, health hazards,…
Evan Krinick photo Evan KrinickEvan H. Krinick, Rivkin Radler’s managing partner, is a trial and appellate…
Greg Mann photo Greg MannGreg Mann represents and advises some of the nation’s leading insurers on…
Peter McNamara photo Peter McNamaraPeter P. McNamara serves as coverage and defense counsel to America’s major…
Anne Murray photo Anne MurrayAnne M. Murray counsels insurance companies on complex first- and third-party claims,…
Alan Rutkin photo Alan RutkinAlan S. Rutkin handles every aspect of insurance coverage law. Alan has…
William Savino photo William SavinoA partner in the firm’s Insurance Coverage & Commercial Litigation Practice Groups,…
Stephen Smirti photo Stephen SmirtiStephen J. Smirti, Jr., represents clients in insurance coverage and reinsurance matters…
Michael Troisi photo Michael TroisiMichael A. Troisi represents insurance companies across the country in coverage lawsuits,…
Michael Versichelli photo Michael VersichelliMichael P. Versichelli focuses his practice on commercial and insurance coverage litigation,…
Number of Partners : 101
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 124
Other Staff : 137
Managing partner : Evan H Krinick (T: 516 357 3483; F: 516 357 3333)