Michael A. Sabino

New York
Phone: +1 212.895.4270
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Michael A. Sabino is an associate in the firm’s Insurance/Reinsurance Group in the New York office. Michael has represented and counseled insurers, Fortune Global 100, and international companies in complex litigation, arbitration, and regulatory matters involving the financial services industry, construction defects, products liability, consumer technology, and government investigations.

Michael has advised insurers, insurance syndicates, and reinsurers on coverage disputes and underlying litigations impacting an array of policy lines and coverages, including errors and omissions, directors and officers, fidelity bonds, cyber breach and response, product liability and recall, and environmental. These matters include complex issues of contract construction and underwriting intent; excess insurance and exhaustion; rescission; late notice defenses; allocation; privilege and access to records; and broker liability. He has handled litigations in the federal and state courts, as well as confidential arbitration proceedings.

Michael has also advised clients on securing and maintaining regulatory approvals and licenses to market and sell insurance products; and provides counsel on new liability exposures, regulatory implications, and insurance coverage issues.

In addition to resolving insurance coverage disputes on behalf of domestic and international insurers, Michael has also litigated and resolved disputes on behalf of various funds, private holding companies, construction consortiums, and non-profit entities. Such disputes have involved claims of breach of fiduciary duty, construction defect allegations, patent pool agreements, and government investigations.

Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a law clerk for the Honorable Leonard B. Austin, Appellate Division, Second Department in Brooklyn, New York, and the Honorable Kenneth J. Slomienski in the New Jersey Superior Court.

Representative Matters

  • Defended an insurance company against a retail company’s claim in U.S. District Court for insurance coverage arising out of the settlement of shareholders’ commencement of appraisal proceedings before the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Represented insurer of a PRP in coverage litigation commenced as a result of contamination and subsequent mitigation and clean up at an EPA Superfund site.
  • Represented creditor in the recovery of $270 million in customer funds in the Chapter 11 and SIPA liquidation proceedings of defunct investment bank MF Global, as well as obtained a favorable settlement in related civil litigation against former executives.
  • Successfully defended insurers’ assertion of privilege in connection with the management of claims and related coverage issues arising out of D&O and E&O liability policies issued to financial institutions.
  • Counseled insurance syndicates in connection with professional liability and fidelity bond programs underwriting mortgage banking professionals and practices.
  • Favorably resolved employment dispute arising out of non-compete agreements regarding retail industry service provider.


Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Exposure to AI – Integration AI into the Claims Environment including Visual Intelligence," RAA's Re Claims: Navigating the World of Reinsurance Protection, New York, NY (October 18, 2019). Presenter: Michael A. Sabino.


  • "Feeling The Effect," Best's Review (May 6, 2020). Author: Laura Foggan, and Michael A. Sabino.
  • "Insurer Rebate Laws May Shift Toward Allowing Smart Devices," Law360 (July 24, 2019). Authors: Michael A. Sabino, Richard G. Liskov, and Laura Foggan.
  • "Americold, Diversity Jurisdiction, and Modern Business Entities: Reconciling Two Centuries of Supreme Court Precedent with Today’s Domestic and Global Forms of Business Organizations," 16 Journal of International Business & Law 165 (2017). Author: Michael A. Sabino.
  • "Rule 68 Offers of Judgment: Supreme Court Invites the Next Case," 255 New York Law Journal 4 (March 1, 2016). Author: Michael A. Sabino.
  • "Challenging the Power of SEC ALJs: A Constitutional Crisis or a More Nuanced Approach?" 43 Securities Regulation Law Journal 369 (2015). Author: Michael A. Sabino.
  • "Warrantless Blood Tests, Drunk Driving and 'Exigent Circumstances': Preserving the Liberty Guarantee of the Fourth Amendment While Evolving the Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement," 34 The Review of Litigation 27 (University of Texas School of Law 2015). Author: Michael A. Sabino.
  • "Confronting the 'Crucible of Cross-Examination': Reconciling the Supreme Court’s Recent Edicts on The Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause," 65 Baylor Law Review 255 (2013). Author: Michael A. Sabino.

Client Alerts & Newsletters

Firm News & Announcements

Aug.20.2020 The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Recognizes 46 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Two Selected as Lawyer of the Year