John L. Rivkin

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Special Professor of Law

B.A., Union College
J.D., University of Viriginia School of Law

Phone: 516-357-3269
Fax: 516-357-3333
E-mail: john.rivkin@rivkin.com

Biography

John L. Rivkin is a Partner in the firm's Insurance Coverage & Litigation and Litigation & Appeals Practice Groups. He is AV Preeminent TM rated by Martindale-Hubbell and served for many years on the firm's Executive Committee.

Mr. Rivkin represents, on a national basis, many of the largest domestic and international insurance companies in their declaratory relief actions, domestic and international arbitrations and claims. He serves as Liaison Counsel and Steering Committee Counsel in some of the largest insurance coverage actions now pending. Throughout his nearly 30 years of practice, Mr. Rivkin has advised clients in Austria, Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland and throughout the United States. He has been actively involved in litigating and arbitrating environmental matters relating to losses projected to exceed 5 billion dollars. He has litigated and arbitrated matters involving a vast array of contaminants, such as MTBE, PCBs, TCE, PERC, arsenic, mercury, mold and asbestos.

Mr. Rivkin also has substantial expertise 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. His work paved the way for greater commercial usage of waterfront property including usage by yacht clubs, marinas and the maritime service industry.

Elected as a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Mr. Rivkin has been profiled in the Millennium Edition of Who's Who in American Law. He has written and spoken extensively in the field of complex insurance litigation and arbitration. In addition, Mr. Rivkin has served as Lecturer of Law of Practising Law Institute and has spoken before the National League of Cities, the Environmental Strategies Corp. and the Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

Mr. Rivkin is a member of the National Litigation Panel for the University of Virginia School of Law and a distinguished Lecturer of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law ("Complex Insurance Litigation") and has served for many years as a moot court judge for the University of Virginia School of Law. He is also a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master's License.