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reimbursement of thousands of safe deposit boxholder claims affected by these tragedies. He has supervised a team of experts and handled all aspects of litigation resulting from these claims.

Mr. Oliva has conducted the insurance coverage investigation of a $23 million fraud by a bankrupt automobile leasing corporation perpetrated against a major financial institution in Puerto Rico. He handled all phases of the bankruptcy litigation on behalf of underwriters and the financial institution.

He investigated and defended against a bad faith claim by a major financial institution against underwriters for a fidelity loss arising out of Argentina.

Mr. Oliva has also analyzed, investigated and defended insurance coverage claims concerning property damage, check-kiting, ERISA fraud and precious metal loss.

He has had a number of reported cases of note, including:

  • Santiago v. United Artists Communications, Inc., 263 A.D.2d 407, 693 N.Y.S.2d 44 [1st Dept. 1999];

  • Encarnacion v. Manhattan Powell, 258 A.D.2d 339, 685 N.Y.S.2d 227 [1st Dept. 1999];

  • Raum v. Restaurant Associates, 252 A.D.2d 369, 675 N.Y.S.2d 343 [1st Dept. 1998];

  • Rum v. Pam Transport, 250 A.D.2d 751, 673 N.Y.S.2d 178 [2d Dept. 1998];

  • Maimone v. Charles Virga, 250 A.D.2d 651, 674 N.Y.S.2d 372 [2d Dept. 1998];

  • Cazsador v. Greene Central School, 243 A.D.2d 867, 663 N.Y.S.2d 310 [3rd Dept. 1997]; and

  • Salas v. Otis Elevator, 234 A.D.2d 356, 651 N.Y.S.2d 880 [2d. Dept. 1996].

Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments

Mr. Oliva is admitted to practice in New York (1994), New Jersey (1995) and the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1996). He is active in many local and national associations including the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Columbian Lawyers Association. Mr. Oliva is a member of the Supervisory Committee of the Montauk Credit Union in New York City.

He is a frequent lecturer on appellate practice as a faculty member of the St. John’s University School of Law’s Continuing Legal Education Program and the New York City Civil and Criminal Bar Associations. He has also lectured at the New York State Safe Deposit Association.


Mr. Oliva received his J.D. (1993) and his B.A. (1990), summa cum laude, from St. John’s University. While a law student at St. John’s, he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Executive Board and the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law.

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