Samuele Riva - Romano Law

Samuele Riva

Associate Attorney



New York State Bar

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Law School

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., summa cum laude

Fordham University School of Law, LL.M. in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law, magna cum laude


Farmingdale State College, B.S., summa cum laude 



Hon. Joseph F. Bianco, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Samuele is a graduate of both Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (J.D.) and Fordham University School of Law (LL.M.).  At Touro, he received seven CALI awards, the Suffolk County Bar Association Award for Academic Excellence, the Clinician of the Year Award and the Touro Law Pro Bono Service Award.  He was also recognized as the salutatorian of the Touro graduating class.  Samuele, then, earned his LL.M. in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham, where he completed coursework in Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and Digital Assets, Financial Institutions and Securities, International M&A and Sports Law.

Samuele started his career as an associate attorney at two litigation firms in New York.  He handled all aspects of litigation from inception through trial in state and federal courts on matters related to business divorces, commercial disputes, breach of contract and fiduciary claims, civil fraud claims (including RICO Act claims as defense counsel) and civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for deprivation of constitutionally-protected rights or property without due process.  He successfully assisted in settling a $282,000 federal lawsuit commenced by the firm’s client, a commercial landlord, against a local government entity during the second day of trial.

In 2021, Samuele, who spent two summers at Romano Law during law school, rejoined the firm’s corporate department, where he brings a unique perspective of being a corporate attorney with a litigation background.  He regularly advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters and transactions, using his skills and experience to protect individuals and businesses from all types of legal complexities.

Samuele was born and raised in Italy.  He is a former NCAA soccer and golf athlete who lives and breathes sports.  He is a die-hard Inter Milan, Giants, and Knicks fan who never turns down a live sports game, a golf outing or a pickup basketball game with friends.

Blog Entries

  • Confession of Judgment in New York

    Updated: January 25, 2022 A confession of judgment is an instrument used to secure the full payment of an agreed upon settlement amount.  It often arises when one party to a settlement agreement has concerns about the other party’s ability to provide full payment.  Usually, this is in instances where the settlement amount is broken

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  • Advantages and Disadvantages of a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment

    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 allows a defendant to make an offer of judgment at least 14 days before trial.  The plaintiff then has a 14-day window to serve written notice accepting the offer.

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  • Kanye and Walmart Battle Over Trademarks and Foam Shoes

    Two powerful brands, Yeezy and Walmart, are currently battling over trademarks that are allegedly too similar.  The two actions relate to Kanye’s Yeezy fashion line.  Trademark law provides important protections to brands of all sizes, so even small companies should pay attention to these cases to understand how to enforce their rights or avoid liability.

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  • S-Corporation vs. C-Corporation: Which One is Best for Your Business?

    When you are launching a new business, it is a good practice to set up a separate legal entity for the company, such as a corporation.  Incorporation allows you to protect your personal assets from business creditors, creates a formal legal structure for operating your company, provides tax benefits and may make your company more

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  • Planning for and Navigating a Business Divorce as a Start-Up

    Business divorce — the departure of a business partner on either amicable or not-so-amicable terms.   Business splits can be particularly harmful in the case of a start-up; after all, the worst time for a business to undergo a split is when it’s trying to find its feet, and the departure of a partner can create

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  • St. Louis vs. NFL: 3 Takeaways from a Multi-Billion-Dollar Relocation Lawsuit

    In April 2017, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (the “plaintiffs”) filed a lawsuit against the NFL, all of its teams, Stan Kroenke (the Rams’ team owner) and other individual owners for breach of contract and other claims in connection with the Rams’ relocation

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  • Can You Trademark a Domain Name?

    Updated: October 28, 2021 Your domain name may be an essential part of your brand.  Among the millions of domain names out there, it can be difficult to establish your web address as part of your business identity.  In simplest terms, a domain name is your website name and the unique address where Internet users

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