William F. Savino

Partner

At A Glance

William F. Savino is a Partner in the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on matters involving business litigation (including construction, corporate and partnership dissolution, accounting malpractice, and Uniform Commercial Code matters) and insolvency (both debtor and creditor) with an emphasis on reorganizations. Mr. Savino also mediates corporate and commercial disputes, including those arising out of the organization, operation and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures.

In May of 2014, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni for Business at the 52nd annual University at Buffalo Law School alumni dinner. Mr. Savino has repeatedly earned the designation as a Top 10 Upstate New York Attorney and was ranked third in 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine. He has also been named as one of the 2017 Top 50 Upstate New York Attorneys. Mr. Savino has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in this year's edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.  Mr. Savino has been named in the Best Lawyers' 2018 Buffalo Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year" and was named Best Lawyers' 2014 Buffalo Litigation - Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year." Additionally, he has been listed as one of Business First of Buffalo's Who's Who in Law" List for the past seven years. He has also been named a Legal Elite in Western New York for 2017.

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Education

State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude

University of Rochester, B.A., High Honors

Bar Admissions

Mr. Savino is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Ohio, the United States District Court for the Western, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits.

Key Representative Matters

  • Mediated the termination of the Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of the publicly traded biotechnology company he founded. The mediation was conducted over months in conjunction with dual lawsuits and resulted in a mutually acceptable resolution. As a result, the Company will pay its former CEO certain severance payments and engage him as a consultant and he resigned as Chairman and member of its Board of Directors. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/201511090055...
  • Represented a nursing home in an arbitration hearing that resulted in a $2.5 million award.  On examination, New York State officials admitted failing to enter the needed  information in to the Social Services Department computer systems by a stipulated deadline so the nursing home owner was able to recover  payment from his Medicaid challenge. http://buffalonews.com/1997/10/24/state-slip-up-nets-man-2-5-million
  • Has repeatedly been appointed by New York State Supreme Court justices as receiver over fraudsters to recover assets for victims of their fraud. As a court-appointed Receiver for an attorney who built a mansion with millions stolen from his own clients, Mr. Savino cleared title on the residence of the convicted lawyer and sold it to defensive end Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills, to obtain a windfall for the injured parties. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=8085231
  • Represented a general contractor against its surety in Federal District Court on claims that the insurance carrier wrongfully canceled a multi-million dollar bond program for the builder. Years of litigation resulted in a settlement before the damage portion of the trial providing a $4.6 million recovery for the client. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-22969133.html
  • Engaged by Erie County to appear in the bankruptcy proceeding of Adelphia to prevent the Buffalo Sabres from leaving the region. Served as spokesperson to ESPN and other media on the need of the courts to delay any move, as had been done with the Pittsburgh Penguins. http://a.espncdn.com/nhl/news/2003/0129/1500938.html
  • While still an associate at his first private practice law firm, successfully argued to the United States Second Circuit regarding technical issues of application of the Uniform Commercial Code to lien perfection against a 50 foot ocean going yacht in Florida. The decision of the appellate court was so significant that it appeared on the cover of the New York Law Journal. http://openjurist.org/717/f2d/25/payment-plans-inc-v-p-strell-r
  • For each year from 2004-2008, Mr. Savino was co-author for the Commercial Law Section of the Syracuse Law Review's Annual Survey of New York Law. Sample citations to Savino’s five Commercial Law Updates are listed below:

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Former Member Board of Directors
  • Member of the Corporate Council for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Current Counsel and Former Member of Board of Governors and Treasurer of Park Country Club
  • The American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • The Buffalo Club


Honors

Mr. Savino has repeatedly earned the designation as a Top 10 Upstate New York Attorney and was ranked third in 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine. He was named as one of the Top 50 Upstate New York Attorneys in 2015. Mr. Savino has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Mr. Savino has been named in the Best Lawyers' 2014 Buffalo Litigation - Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year." Additionally, he has been listed as one of Business First of Buffalo's Who's Who in Law" List for the past seven years.

Press Mentions

Mr. Savino has appeared in numerous articles relating to his practice.

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/buffalo-law-journal/2014/06/ub-law-alumni-lauded-at-52nd-annual-dinner.html?s=image_gallery

http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bills-nfl/what8217s-next-for-the-bills-for-now-the-team-will-be-controlled-by-a-trust-20140325

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131203005604/en/22nd-Century-Group-Purchases-Manufacturing-Facility-Bankruptcy#.VAs_PUrD8rI

http://www.law360.com/energy/articles/470424/norse-energy-siphoned-off-50m-to-other-units-creditors-say

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2013/08/12/phoenix-frontier-files-for-bankruptcy.html?page=all

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/print-edition/2011/09/16/attorney-rockin-more-than-just-the.html

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/03/01/delshah-wins-dismissal-of-55-gansevoort-suit/

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/02/26/delshah-seeks-hotel-tenant-for-meatpacking-site-despite-ownership-dispute/

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2012/08/08/battle-intensifies-over-meatpacking-building-with-28m-in-debt/

http://www.globest.com/news/12_410/newyork/acquisitions_dispositions/DelShah-Capital-Resolves-Troubled-Situation-at-55-Gansevoort-St-324063.html

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2012/08/08/battle-intensifies-over-meatpacking-building-with-28m-in-debt/

http://www.rew-online.com/2012/08/15/question-mark-hangs-over-gansevoort-deal/

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Bills-Williams-new-home-windfall-for-scam-victims-93794296

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/print-edition/2011/09/16/attorney-rockin-more-than-just-the.html


Practice Areas

Business Litigation
Corporate Governance
Creditors' Rights
Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Business Divorce
Delaware Corporate Governance
Construction & Surety Law Litigation
Cross Border Transactions

Contact

Direct: 716-248-3210
Fax: 716-248-3310
Wsavino@woodsoviatt.com

Articles

11-13-17 As Seen in the Buffalo Law Journal - Buffalo Attorneys Win Big in NYC
8-14-17 Twenty-Six Woods Oviatt Attorneys Named to "Best Lawyers in America"
As Seen in the U.K.'s Daily Mail - Bill Savino discusses Cellino and Barnes Split
5-12-17 As Seen in the Buffalo News- Bill Savino interviewed regarding Cellino and Barnes Split
9-26-16 Brian D. Gwitt, Esq. and William F. Savino, Esq. are named "2016 Legal Elite of Western New York".
9/9 & 9/23 - Brian D. Gwitt, Esq. and William F. Savino, Esq. to Speak at the Erie County Bar Association's New York Procedure Seminar
8-18-2016 Five Woods Oviatt Attorneys Named "Lawyers of the Year" and Twenty-Six Attorneys Named to "Best Lawyers in America" List.
8-15-2016 Twenty-Four Woods Oviatt Gilman Attorneys Named to the 2016 Super Lawyers List
7-27-16 William F. Savino to Speak at NYSSCPA's Buffalo Symposium on Auditor consideration of laws and regulations/successor liability
5-23-16 William F. Savino, Esq. Was a Speaker at Erie County Bar Association's Commercial Mediation Course
12-16-2015 William F. Savino, Esq. to speak at Erie County Bar Association's Receivership Training Program.
9-3-2015 William F. Savino, Esq. of Woods Oviatt Named Top 50 Lawyer in New York State by Super Lawyers.
As Seen in Buffalo Business First "Radio Shack plans to close multiple stores around Buffalo"
As Seen in the Buffalo Law Journal "Woods Oviatt Makes Quick Transition in Buffalo."
5-2008 William F. Savino, Esq. Quoted in "Written Offers/Rejections in the Modern Age"
As Seen in the Buffalo News - "Rochester Law Firm to Open Office - Woods Oviatt To Build on Buffalo Connections"