Edward J. Savidge is a trial attorney specializing for over 20 years in the defense of insureds in motor vehicle, premises liability and Labor Law matters. Mr. Savidge’s detailed and tenacious approach in the Courtroom has brought his clients great successes and earned him the reputation of a formidable adversary.
Mr. Savidge received his J.D. with honors from Hofstra University in 1996. He was admitted to practice before all New York State Courts and the U.S. District Court, Southern District and Eastern District, in 1997. He began his career as an associate with a large national law firm where he defended a large volume of bodily injury matters that encompassed significant motor vehicle and premises liability
matters. Mr. Savidge was further designated as the key attorney to defend high exposure personal injury matters and insurance coverage disputes for a national rental car company.
Thereafter Mr. Savidge joined a boutique law firm as a partner. He continued successfully defending national rental car companies in high exposure bodily injury matters and insurance coverage disputes. Additionally, he represented rental car companies in the Court of Appeals, the highest Court in the State of New York. Most notably, Mr. Savidge was instrumental in the Court of Appeals’ decisions that limited all rental car companies’ exposure by establishing a rental car company’s right to indemnification for all amounts in excess of the minimum financial responsibility limits.
In 2003, Mr. Savidge joined an established Nassau County law firm and shortly thereafter, was promoted to partner. He continued his work successfully defending high exposure bodily injury matters and insurance coverage disputes in automobile, premises liability and labor law matters for major insurance companies and rental car companies. During his tenure, Mr. Savidge amassed countless exceptional verdicts, settlements and decisions.
Simultaneously, he created and implemented a successful system for the cost-effective management and defense of first party no-fault lawsuits plaguing his liability clients.
Mr. Savidge has been further called upon to present educational lectures to insurance carriers and national rental car companies on topics ranging from serious injury threshold to defending wrongful death actions. He has been invited to and has lectured on multiple occasions to the New York State Bar Association on first party insurance disputes.
In 2017, Mr. Savidge joined forces with another formidable adversary, Carolyn S. Rankin, to form the firm of Rankin Savidge. Mr. Savidge continues in his life’s work defending major personal injury, property and coverage matters.
Representative Notable Verdicts and Decisions:
Quinn v. Lundy, Supreme Court, Suffolk County. Defense verdict on damages in automobile case where plaintiff underwent a knee surgery.
Reilly v. Stephan and Elrac, Inc., Supreme Court, Nassau County. Defense verdict on liability where insured driver passed a stop sign. Plaintiff sustained fractures and claimed significant disabilities.
Robinson v. Noel, Supreme Court, Kings County. Both plaintiffs claimed total disability and underwent shoulder surgeries and presented evidence of total disability. Against a $750,000 demand, case tried to verdict and each plaintiff only awarded $50,000.
Rosen v. Elrac, Inc., Federal District Court, Eastern District. Plaintiff’s hand caught in automatic closing trunk and plaintiff presented evidence of crush injury and permanent disability. After plaintiff rested, matter settled for fraction of settlement value.
Chambers v. Tom, Supreme Court, Bronx County. Labor law claim. Plaintiff sustained amputation of multiple fingers. Case dismissed on summary judgment motion.