Joseph C. Savino is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group and heads the firm’s Banking Litigation sub-group. For 35 years, Mr. Savino has been a commercial litigator representing, primarily, the banking and insurance industries. Mr. Savino has tried cases and conducted evidentiary hearings in both the federal and state court systems, as well as sought certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court twice. He has also briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the First and Second Departments of the New York State Appellate Division. Mr. Savino has litigated matters ranging from multi-million dollar lending, corporate and bankruptcy disputes to mortgage foreclosure, insurance coverage, lender liability, libel and civil rights cases.
Prior to joining the firm, he was a member of Zavatsky, Mendelsohn, Gross, Savino & Levy, LLP. Previously, he was associated with the firms of Mendes & Mount, Philips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon and Wickham Wickham & Bressler. He also served as law clerk to Hon. Edward D. Re, Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade from June 1983 to June 1985. Mr. Savino is a graduate of Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y. (B.A., 1978) and New York Law School (J.D., 1983), where he was an editor of The Journal of International & Comparative Law and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. As a law student, Mr. Savino authored a case comment which was published in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce.
Mr. Savino has represented pro se appellants before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit pro bono, spoken at seminars on topics which include commercial litigation, debt workout and mortgage foreclosure and has been appointed by the Bankruptcy Court to investigate and report on lender liability issues.
Mr. Savino is the co-author of the following article: “Lien Stripping: Supreme Court Likely to Revisit ‘Dewsnup v. Timm’”, New York Law Journal, April 30, 2015
Mr. Savino is the co-author of the following article: “The Definition of ‘Applicant’ In the Equal Credit Opportunity Act”, New York Law Journal, June 14, 2016.
Mr. Savino is the co-author of the following article: “Breathing Underwater: The Survival of Second Mortgages in Bankruptcy Proceedings“, Florida Bar Journal, March, 2016.