SEDGWICK ATTORNEY PROFILE
Joseph A. Oliva Associate, New York, New York
Insurance Coverage Commercial Litigation
JOSEPH A. OLIVA
Current Scope of Practice
Joseph A. Oliva is responsible for all aspects of commercial litigation, from initial complaint to trial verdict, appeal and recovery. He has been involved in numerous matters involving bad faith litigation, financial institution fraud, embezzlement, employee dishonesty, check-kiting, ERISA fraud, property damage and safe deposit box loss.
Prior to joining Sedgwick, Mr. Oliva worked as a senior litigation and appellate associate at a mid-size regional New York law firm. He assisted clients with all phases of litigation from inception through trial in numerous property damage and personal injuries matters. As the attorney in charge of the firm’s appellate practice in the New York office, he conducted jury trials and wrote over 75 appellate briefs.
Mr. Oliva’s earlier experience includes a two-year judicial clerkship as a senior appellate court attorney for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. He clerked for the entire bench and wrote over 150 bench memos on a variety of issues in the areas of criminal, civil and commercial law.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Oliva has obtained appellate argument experience in the First, Second and Third Judicial Departments of the New York State Supreme Court.
Since joining Sedgwick, Mr. Oliva’s practice has focused on insurance coverage analysis and commercial litigation. As first chair, he conducted a trial on behalf of certain underwriters as subrogee to a major financial institution in a fraud, employee dishonesty and embezzlement case which resulted in a favorable $61 million judgment.
He has conducted and supervised the investigation and coverage analysis of a number of safe deposit box losses for underwriters of major financial institutions resulting from a rash of burglaries in the New York area, the destruction of the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Oliva has developed a strategy and procedure for analysis and