John M Toriello

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John M. Toriello is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Holland & Knight's New York City office and chairs the firm's Insurance Industry Team. Mr. Toriello has extensive experience in jury and nonjury trials, appeals to both federal and state appellate courts and international arbitrations of contract disputes. He represents clients in a wide range of insurance disputes, including prosecution of fiduciary duty claims, fraud claims, coverage claims and broker/intermediary errors-and- omissions claims. He acts in marine, aviation, CGL, satellite, environmental, reinsurance, business interruption and other litigations and arbitrations.

Mr. Toriello has led the representation of aircraft lessors, equipment lessors and other aviation clients in international repossession, bankruptcy, purchase, sale, redelivery and general contract disputes related to, among other things, nonpayment, aircraft and equipment condition, compliance with (FAR)s, escalation clauses and valuation.

Mr. Toriello 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, judgment enforcement and insurance-coverage disputes. In his general practice, he represents clients on contract and product liability matters involving heavy industrial equipment, manufacturing plants, aircraft, vessels and satellites, as well as counsels sellers and manufacturers of sporting equipment, appliances and food products. Mr. Toriello has also directed judgment-enforcement litigations and been appointed an arbitrator in ICC and private arbitrations. A substantial amount of his practice relates to international transactions.

In addition, 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.

Honors & Awards

  • Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2004-2017
  • Guide to the World's Leading Insurance/Reinsurance Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2016, 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport, Aviation Contentious, 2014-2019; Who's Who Legal 100: Aviation, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Transportation Law, Insurance Law, 2012-2019
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2012, 2014-2018
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award, 2014
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine
  • Best of the Best USA, Aviation, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2017
  • Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2012, 2015, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • International Bar Association, Insurance Committee, Chairman
  • Imagine, A Center for Coping With Loss, Chairman
  • Books for Kids Foundation, Board of Advisors
  • Westfield New Jersey Board of Education, Vice President, 1986-1989; 1994-1997
  • United Fund of Westfield, N.J., Fund Distribution Committee 2010-2013
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Legal Referral Service – Joint Committee on Legal Referral Service
  • New York City Bar Association, Ethics, Insurance, Corporate/Outside Counsel Committees