Debra  L.  Doby

Debra L. Doby


Practice Groups

Debra Doby concentrates her practice on workers’ compensation litigation. She has extensive experience representing clients before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board and in appellate courts, deposing medical professionals and other experts, and advising on all aspects of workers’ compensation law — including claims arising under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Jones Act. Debra also counsels employers on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and frequently conducts training seminars on minimizing the risk of workplace accidents and related litigation.

Debra created Goldberg Segalla’s Opioid Impact Program (OIP) — a comprehensive program designed to help claims professionals reduce claimants’ use of prescription medications. The program also helps identify and mitigate claims that have the potential to spiral out of control in terms of cost and exposure.

In addition to developing OIP, Debra organizes the firm’s workers’ compensation webinar series. The free, monthly series highlights state-specific information on workers’ compensation claims and litigation, and provides a high-level look at industry trends. Debra is also Co-Editor of Goldberg Segalla’s Workers’ Compensation Quarterly newsletter, which examines the latest rulings, developments, and trends impacting the defense of workers' compensation claims.

While receiving her juris doctor from Vermont Law School, Debra was a legal clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Legal Clinic in Vermont, where she worked on issues involving the Clean Air Act. As a legal clinician at Maritime New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand, she counseled employees on OSHA, delegations, and other obligations under the Maritime Transport Act.

In addition to her work as a legal clinician while at Vermont Law School, she was co-Chair of the International Law Society and organizer of the 2009 ILS Annual Conference, and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Legal Students.

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2016
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association: Vice Chair, Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Washington, D.C. Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, LL.M., with honors, 2011                          
  • Vermont Law School, J.D., 2009                                                
  • University of West Georgia, B.A., cum laude, 2003
  • Presenter, "Perception vs. Reality of Formularies," New York Self-Insurers Association, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 8, 2017
  • Presenter, "Reducing Overprescription of Narcotic Medications," ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, February 1, 2017
  • Presenter, "Medicinal Marijuana and Its Impact on New York WC," SES Advanced Worker’s Compensation, January 2017
  • Presenter, "Tricks to Navigating the New York Workers' Compensation Electronic Data Interchange," Workers' Compensation Webinar, November 16, 2016
  • Presenter, "Preventive Strategies to Reduce Risk for Employees On Drugs, Alcohol, or Marijuana," Facilities Conference, Indian Wells, CA, October 19, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Curbing Overprescription of Painkillers With Interstate Data Sharing,” American Bar Association TortSource, Vol. 19, No. 1, Fall 2016
  • Presenter, "Lovin’ & Leavin’ Them: Over-Prescription of Medications," Worker’s Compensation Institute National Conference, Orlando, FL, August 17, 2016
  • Presenter, "Litigation Strategies for Addressing Over-Prescription of Narcotic Medications," Workers' Compensation Webinar, August 10, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Data-Driven Solutions for America’s Expanding Obesity Problem,” USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016
  • Presenter, "How to Limit Medical Exposure Using New York’s Medical Guidelines," SES Advanced Worker’s Compensation, January 23, 2015