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Abbie Havkins
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New York - Manhattan Office
40 Exchange Place, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10005

Tel:  (212) 268-7535
Fax:  (212) 268-4965
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Abbie Havkins, is a highly regarded insurance coverage lawyer in the New York metropolitan area.  He is also an accomplished and diversified litigator, focuses his insurance coverage practice litigating insurance coverage disputes and counseling insurance companies, insurance agents, brokers and third-party administrators on issues involving a wide variety of insurance policies, including errors and omissions, directors and officers, commercial general liability, environmental, professional liability and fidelity policies. Abbie advises insurance companies, claims administrators, insurance agent and brokers on all coverage issues including those involving excess insurance, extra-contractual liability, policy language, conflict of laws, reinsurance, co-insurance, rescission, misrepresentation and the interplay of other insurance clauses. He has been featured in the national media discussing insurance coverage issues, including Moneyline, National Public Radio, Investors Business Daily, the New York Law Journal as well as regional newspapers and local television stations.

Abbie is also a seasoned commercial litigator, whose practice encompasses unfair competition, breach of contract, partnership and corporate disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, trusts and estates litigation, trade secrets and unfair and deceptive business practices. His professional liability experience includes attorney, accountant, insurance brokers and agents and managing agent malpractice matters. Abbie also handles the defense of property damage actions, class actions, real estate disputes, securities fraud claims, subrogation claims and tort actions including product liability matters. He also handles commercial transactions particularly those involving small business owners and insurance agents and brokers. An accomplished state and federal appellate attorney, Abbie has in depth experience in alternative dispute resolution and has lectured frequently and nationally on negotiating tactics and strategies as well as on insurance coverage issues. Whatever the matter, Abbie utilizes innovative strategies to resolve disputes in a timely, cost-effective and favorable manner.

Abbie graduated from the University at Albany magna cum laude and cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Boston University Law Review. While serving on the Law Review, Abbie published an Article entitled “Statutory Non-Civil Rights Violations of Section 1983 and Awards of Attorneys’ fees after Maine v. Thiboutot”, 61 B.U.L. Rev. 1069 (1981), which was cited and discussed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in Stratos v. Department of Public Welfare, 387 Mass. 342 (1984). More recently, he published an article in the New York Law Journal’s Outside Counsel’s column pertaining to spoliation of evidence in product liability actions. Abbie also published an article in the Insurance Coverage Litigation Reporter. Abbie is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Massachusetts, the District of New Jersey, the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits, the United States Court of Claims and the United States Supreme Court.

Other Experience

  • Presentations
  • -When is a terrorist not a terrorist: Issues of venue violence arising from the Boston Bombing
    (North American Contingency Association Annual Conference, May 2013)
  • Publications
  • -New York Court of Appeals Allows Consequential Claims to Proceed
    Insurance Coverage Litigation Reporter (April 18, 2008)
  • -Spoliation Sanctions new York Law Journal (September 19, 1998)
  • -New York Court of Appeals Severely Limits Insurers Ability to Rely on Policy Exclusion
  • -Flood Exclusion in Commercial Property Enhancement Precludes Coverage for Superstorm Sandy Claim (Legal Insights, Summer 2015)
  • -When to Include an Assault and Battery Exclusion (NJ Property Casualty, March, 2010)


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1982
  • University at Albany, B.A., magna cum laude, 1979

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States Supreme Court
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