Aviva Stein Partner




Aviva Stein is an experienced civil litigator whose practice encompasses general liability defense work with a strong emphasis on construction cases, labor law matters and insurance coverage litigation. She handles high-exposure Labor Law and general liability matters pending before the New York Supreme Courts and the Appellate Divisions of the First and Second Departments, and has achieved favorable decisions for numerous Wilson Elser clients.

Much of Aviva’s practice includes coverage analysis and litigation for large domestic and international primary and excess insurers with an emphasis on complex coverage issues within the United States. She routinely provides coverage assessments and litigation assistance (whether for declaratory judgment issues or defense litigation) for international carriers with high-exposure claims based in the United States and has achieved notable and favorable results for underwriters in the London insurance market.

Areas of Focus

General Liability
In connection with her general liability practice, Aviva defends many well-known real estate investment trusts, commercial real estate conglomerates, hospitals and medical facilities, nursing and other community living homes, sports franchises, global investment firms and national construction entities in their capacities as owners and contractors in connection with general liability claims, premises litigation and complex Labor Law claims brought against them. Aviva’s significant experience defending premises liability matters includes defense of claims regarding personal injury, assault, conspiracy, inadequate security, and elevator and escalator malfunction accidents. She also handles cases involving property damage, navigation law claims against petroleum companies and commercial carriers, and product liability matters. Aviva has successfully defended large corporations against product liability claims.

Insurance Law
A significant portion of Aviva’s practice includes insurance coverage work focused on analysis and litigation of complex coverage issues for domestic and international market insurers. Her practice includes coverage analysis, opinions, defense work and declaratory judgment actions in cases at all levels of exposure, particularly coverage disputes involving large and/or complex claims on primary and excess policies. Aviva’s work for the international insurance markets brings her to the firm’s London office quarterly where she consults with various underwriters on U.S.-based claims, providing advice and guidance in all aspects of ongoing insurance coverage litigation.