Joao P. Santa-Rita


João Santa-Rita focuses his practice on insurance recovery litigation, counseling a wide range of clients, including corporations, investment firms, charter schools, and state prosecutorial authorities, on issues in connection with insurance coverage claims and disputes.

He is conversational in Spanish and Portuguese.

Outside the Firm

Outside of the Firm, João enjoys motorcycling, surfing, and urban hiking with his family.

Related Services


  • Represented a global electricity producer in a $30 million breach of contract action submitted to AAA Arbitration, including discovery disputes, dispositive motions, acting as second chair at the hearing, and post-hearing memoranda.
  • Represented directors and officers of an investment services firm in a multi-jurisdictional matter in connection with their claim for $80 million in insurance coverage and corporate indemnification for the defense of class action lawsuits, opt out actions, and several governmental investigations.
  • Represented a nationwide network of charter schools regarding insurance coverage for potential tort claims, including acting as second chair in mediation against both the underlying claimants, and the client’s multiple insurers.
  • Counseled state prosecutorial authorities regarding potential insurance coverage available to fund settlements of high-profile civil rights suits.



  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York


  • University of Chicago Law School, JD
  • St John's College, BA