John M. Toriello is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Holland & Knight's New York City office. He has extensive experience in jury and nonjury trials, appeals to both federal and state appellate courts, and international arbitrations of contract disputes. With regard to banking litigation, he has led the representation of financial institutions and obligors in connection with the enforcement of loan and other obligations, the pursuit of fraud and fraudulent conveyance claims, the defense of lender-liability claims and insurance-coverage disputes. He has significant experience in disputes related to asset and trade financing. Insurance-related controversies in which he has acted include reinsurance disputes, prosecution of fiduciary duty and fraud claims, coverage claims, and broker/intermediary errors-and- omissions claims. He has significant experience in connection with marine, aviation, satellite, commercial, CGL and business interruption insurance policies. His general commercial background includes contract and product liability matters involving heavy industrial equipment, manufacturing plants, aircraft, vessels, and satellites, and he has acted for sellers and manufacturers of sporting equipment, appliances and food products. He has also directed judgment-enforcement litigations and arbitrations. A substantial amount of his practice relates to international transactions.
Mr. Toriello has delivered papers at meetings for various professional organizations on topics including Asbestos Litigation, Piercing the Corporate Veil, Environmental Risks Faced by Lenders Under United States Law and Resolution of International Insurance Disputes. He has written several articles for the New York Law Journal and Reactions.
While in law school, he served as articles editor for the St. John's Law Review.
Collision: defending the owner of a commercial vessel, the M/V Barkald, and its P&I insurer against death and personal injury claims by the crewmembers of a sailing yacht, the S/V Essence, following a collision on the Long Island Sound
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Transportation Law; Insurance Law New York Super Lawyers magazine
Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine
Best of the Best USA
World's Leading Aviation Lawyers; World's Leading Insurance/Reinsurance Lawyers
AVR Preeminent. Peer Review Rated, Martindale.HubbellR
Imagine (grief counseling not.for.profit), Board of Directors
Books for Kids Foundation, Board of Advisors Member
Westfield New Jersey Board of Education, Vice President, 1986.1989; 1994.1997
United Fund of Westfield, N.J., Fund Distribution Committee
American Bar Association
International Bar Association, Member