Philip W. Savrin

Top rated Insurance Coverage attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
Philip W. Savrin
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability, Civil Rights

Licensed in Georgia since: 1990

Education: Boston University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

100 Galleria Pkwy
Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: 770-818-1405 Email: Philip W. Savrin Visit website


Phil Savrin is a founding member of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, where he serves on its Executive Committee and leads the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith National Practice Section.  His areas of expertise include commercial insurance coverage issues, litigation of extra-contractual claims, and defense of professional liability claims.  In addition, he represents local governments and officials in defending civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Mr. Savrin began his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, after which he clerked for The Honorable Harold L. Murphy of the Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division, before entering the private practice of law in 1990.  He advises clients on matters in all 50 states and regularly appears as counsel in both state and federal courts. He has argued appeals in the federal system including the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.  He has also argued two cases in the Supreme Court of the United States that involved constitutional principles, in Scott v. Harris, 550 U.S. 372 (2007) and Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S.Ct. 2218 (2015). 

Mr. Savrin has testified as an expert on insurance coverage issues and his writings have been cited as authority by the Supreme Court of Georgia in World Harvest Church, Inc. v. GuideOne Mutual Insurance Company, 287 Ga. 149, 695 S.E.2d 6 (2010).  He continues to be listed in Best Lawyers in America for both insurance law and municipal liability and has been designated a “Super Lawyer” by Georgia Trend Magazine for several years in a row. He is a regular speaker at continuing education seminars and has written numerous articles on topics that relate to his practice. 

First Admitted: 1986

Professional Webpage:

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, 2021 Edition in the fields of Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance and Litigation - Municipal;Georgia Super Lawyers 2014 to present
Representative Clients:
  • Allied Mutual Insurance Company; AMCO Insurance Company; Argonaut Insurance Company; Canal Insurance Company; Colony Insurance Company; The Hartford; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; Nationwide Insurance Companies; Nautilus Insurance Company; Scottsdale Insurance Company; Swiss Re; Travelers Insurance Company; Trident Insurance Services, Inc.; W.R. Berkley Companies
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "A Necessary Schizophrenia? Splitting Claim Between Coverage and Defense," For The Defense;“The Evolving Duty to Settle: A Foundation Made of Shifting Sands,” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Law Journal ;"United States Supreme Court Decides the Constitutional Parameters of High Speed Police Pursuits," (Parts One and Two), For the Defense;"The Perils of Defending without a Reservation of Rights," For the Defense;"Supreme Court of Georgia Upholds Bad Faith Damages for Failing to Offer Policy Limits," Covered Events;"Does a Defense Without Reservation of Rights Waive an Insurer’s Coverage Defenses?," FMG LawLine;"Mercer Law Review's Eleventh Circuit Survey of Trial Practice and Procedure," (1996-2003); "Qualified Immunity in the Excessive Force Context," For the Defense;"Substantive Due Process Rights: Paradigms of Analysis," Defense Research Institute's Governmental Liability Committee Newsletter
  • "High Speed Police Pursuits"; DRI Governmental Liability Seminar; "Failure to Train as a Theory of Section 1983 Liability"; DRI Governmental Liability Seminar; "Defending an Insured Without a Reservation of Rights"; Continuing Legal Education Seminar; "Police Liability and Civil Rights Litigation in the Eleventh Circuit"; PESI Continuing Legal Education Seminar; "Qualified Immunity Analysis Under Recent Supreme Court Pronouncements"; DRI Teleconference Seminar on Civil Rights; "Reservations of Rights, Declaratory Judgments, and Waiver and Estoppel in Third Party Liability Actions"; Lorman Continuing Legal; Education Seminar; "Failure to Train as a Basis for Municipal Liability under Section 1983"; Institute of Continuing Legal Education Seminar; "First Amendment Implications of Hiring and Firing Decisions"; Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Popham v. Landmark Am. Ins. Co., 340 Ga. App. 603, 798 S.E.2d 257 (2017), 2017
  • Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S. Ct. 2218 (2015), 2015

Office location for Philip W. Savrin

100 Galleria Pkwy
Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30339


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019

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