Catherine A. Savio - Complex Commercial Disputes - Nixon Peabody LLP

Catherine A. Savio

Catherine Savio is an associate in the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group. She represents a wide range of clients from individuals to national and international companies in federal and state courts, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings.

What do you focus on?

I litigate a vast array of commercial disputes and white-collar matters pertaining to financial services, securities, hedge funds, partnerships, real estate, intellectual property, construction, government contracts, and entertainment. I develop and implement litigation, discovery, settlement, arbitration, and mediation strategies, prepare witnesses and parties for depositions and arbitration testimony, take and defend depositions of witnesses and parties, and negotiate complex commercial settlements. I am involved in hearings, ex parte matters, and matters involving post-judgment relief. I also draft motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss, motions for emergent relief, and various discovery motions. I have significant oral advocacy experience and have appeared as lead counsel at trial and second chaired multiple trials before arbitration and mediation tribunals.

What do you see on the horizon?

I am focusing on alternative dispute resolution and other means to guide clients through litigation in a most cost-effective manner. I am also following developments in intellectual property law as companies rely more on social media as a manner of communicating with clients and colleagues.

Representative Experience

  • Appeared as lead counsel on a trial regarding employee compensation.
  • Won motion to dismiss corporate client from FINRA arbitration involving claims of undue influence, fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and failure to supervise in connection with a dispute concerning brokerage and individual bank accounts.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in lawsuit involving claims of securities fraud, conversion, corporate director misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Lewis, et al v. Calmare Therapeutics, Inc., et al, 2018 WL 6264040 (S.D.N.Y. 2018).
  • Successfully represented documentary filmmaker’s company in connection with a dispute concerning a life-rights agreement and potentially privileged materials that remained in the custody of an attorney following the death of the life-rights grantor. Last in Line Pictures, LLC v. Douglas Sughrue, 2019 WL 2410668 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2019).
  • Responded to, and successfully resolved without litigation, numerous claims of trademark and copyright infringement involving motion pictures.
  • Successfully represented multiple individuals in litigation against an auction house involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment, and unfair competition resulting in recovery of full amount of the client’s demands.
  • Represented individuals and companies under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Prior Experience

Before joining NP, I worked as a litigator at another firm for four years, and as a Dean Acheson Stagiaire at the General Court of the European Union where I conducted legal research and drafted memoranda in a variety of areas of European law in both French and English.

I was a judicial extern to the Honorable Jerome St. John, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Additionally, I served as a law clerk at an Atlantic City-based law firm.

I was a member of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal staff. I also volunteered for the Seton Hall Law Civil Practice and Litigation Clinic, where I handled a variety of litigation matters, primarily focusing on assisting low-income clients who were victims of mortgage fraud scams.


  • “Think Before You Tweet: Discoverability of Private Social Media Account Information in Litigation,” NY Litigator Journal, 2018.
  • “SEC's 'Obey-the-Law' Injunction: Is it Ever Possible To Vacate?,” New York Law Journal, 2017.
  • “Retaliation for Victimless Discrimination: New Jersey Dramatically Expands the Scope of Protected Conduct,” Seton Hall Legislative Journal, 39 Seton Hall Legis. J. 125, 2015.
  • “Gender Considerations on the Boards of European Union Companies: Lesson for U.S. Corporations or Cautionary Tale?,” Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law AW, 16 Geo. J. Gender & L. 505, 2015.

Get ready: Legalized adult-use marijuana in N.Y. isn’t far off

Rochester Business Journal | February 12, 2021

Rochester Corporate partner and Cannabis practice co-leader Lori Green, Rochester Corporate associate Brandon Coyle, and New York City Complex Commercial Disputes associate Catherine Savio, all of the Cannabis practice, contributed this article discussing the legislative path toward legalized adult-use marijuana in New York State and best practices for businesses to prepare now.

New York Takes Next Step Toward Legalizing Recreational Marijuana—How you can best prepare for and benefit from legalized recreational use

Cannabis Business Executive | January 13, 2021

Following New York’s reintroduction of a bill that would legalize and tax adult-use recreational marijuana, Rochester Corporate partner and Cannabis practice co-leader Lori Green, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes associate Catherine Savio, and Rochester Corporate associate Brandon Coyle contributed this article highlighting key focus areas for those looking to enter the potential new industry.

Cannabis legalized in New Jersey — Is New York next?

Cannabis Business Executive | November 25, 2020

On the heels of New Jersey’s vote to legalize cannabis, Rochester Corporate partner and Cannabis practice co-leader Lori Green, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes associate Catherine Savio, and Rochester Corporate associate Brandon Coyle wrote this contributed article on potential side effects for neighboring New York and actions for businesses anticipating legalization in the Empire State.

Peloton case an example of intellectual property rights of copyright owners

Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column analyzing a copyright dispute between home exercise giant Peloton and the National Music Publishers Association regarding the use of popular music in Peloton video workouts. This column was adapted from an NP alert by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp, and associate Catherine Savio.


Catherine A. Savio


New York

Phone: 212-940-3104

Fax: 212-940-3111

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Villanova University, B.A.

New York

New Jersey

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Catherine was named to the 2022 list of “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation in New York, NY.
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