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John L. Rivkin represents leading insurance companies in complex disputes across the country and around the world.

Over more than 30 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 currently is 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 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. 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 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.


  • West Tower, 926 RXR Plaza
    Uniondale, NY 11556-0926


  • Union College (Schenectady), BA
  • University of Virginia, J.D.

Rivkin Radler LLP
Headquarters: Uniondale, New York

23 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

24 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Insurance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Insurance Law, Long Island (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Insurance Law

Special Focus:

  • COVID-19
  • Litigation


  • 2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by American Lawyer Media
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Profiled in the Millennium Edition of “Who’s Who in American Law"

Additional Areas of Practice:

  • Litigation - Insurance

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STOLI Law Developing Across the Country As Courts Continue Deciding Cases

by John L. Rivkin

That Legal Bulletin highlighted a variety of issues frequently faced in STOLI litigation and discussed the growing life settlement market, which involves the sale of life insurance policies by owners to third parties.

STOLI Law Developing

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