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Vivian Costandy Michael

New York

Vivian Costandy Michael is an attorney in Anderson Kill's New York office. Vivian's practice concentrates in insurance recovery, exclusively on behalf of policyholders.

Through jury trials, summary judgment, mediation, and settlements, Vivian has helped to recover millions of dollars in insurance assets under liability and property insurance policies sold to banks, government entities, not-for-profits, Fortune 500s, medical practices, and small businesses.  Vivian has secured declarations of future coverage for asbestos and environmental liabilities, and she regularly pursues coverage under both general liability insurance policies and specialized directors & officers policies, management liability, and banker's liability policies.

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Professional Memberships

Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
  • Trial counsel to defendant Amtrak in Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London et al. v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. (“Amtrak”), et. al. (E.D.N.Y.).  Received a multi-million-dollar verdict in a jury trial regarding environmental liabilities in declaratory judgment action filed by London market insurers.
  • First-chair trial counsel to New York-area hospital in successful defense of $1 million property damage lawsuit by former landlord.
  • Counsel to plaintiff Amtrak against first-party property insurance companies, seeking coverage for property damage and business interruption losses arising from Superstorm Sandy in National Railroad Passenger Corp. (“Amtrak”) v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co. et al. (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of financial institution in dispute with professional services liability insurance companies regarding “disgorgement” and “ill-gotten gains” exclusions.
  • Obtained summary judgment regarding duty to defend and indemnify claims for coverage arising out of asbestos liabilities in American Home Assurance Co. v. Port Auth. of N.Y. and N.J. et al. (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty.).
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Trade Credit Insurance & COVID-19
Global Trade Magazine | April 14, 2020
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Tide Turns on Phantom Exclusion
Corporate Counsel Business Journal | May 01, 2018
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Recognizing and Combating Bad-Faith Claim Tactics
Coverage Journal | August 11, 2016
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Complying With the Cooperation Clause Without Compromising Privilege
Policyholder Advisor & Alert | October 02, 2014
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Emerging Legal Issues in Financial Services Insurance

Willis Towers Watson

March 28, 2019  |  New York, NY
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Managing Credit Risk in an Uncertain Economic Climate

Anderson Kill's 20th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference "Maximizing Your Insurance Recovery"

November 11, 2016  |  New York, NY
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Bad Faith Recovery for Insurance Denials

Anderson Kill's 19th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference 'Maximizing Your Insurance Recovery'

October 29, 2015  |  New York, NY
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Insurance Coverage Considerations for Products Liability Claims

GAF Seminar

October 27, 2014  |  Wayne, NJ


City University of New York School of Law, J.D.

Southern Methodist University, B.A., magna cum laude


New York


Second Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.