James  Gilroy

James Gilroy



Practice Groups

James Gilroy is a trial attorney with more than 35 years' experience. He concentrates his practice in the defense of general liability and construction defect litigation on behalf of insurers and self-insureds, and he has significant experience in areas including professional liability, personal injury, product liability, municipal liability, civil rights, and environmental contamination.

Jim has defended high-exposure professional liability cases against long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, physicians, and other medical professionals. He is familiar with the interplay of the statutory cause of action created by the New York Public Health Law, with common-law professional liability claims, and has worked with facility administrators and staff, physicians, and nurses in defending both classes of claims at the pretrial and trial stages of litigation.

His experience also includes trials of general liability, asbestos and lead contamination, construction accidents, personal injury, and insurance coverage cases, and appellate litigation.

Jim has secured dismissal of a $10 million construction defect case against a Goldberg Segalla client using arguments based on the economic loss rule. He has also obtained dismissals of construction accident indemnification claims, sidewalk trip/fall litigation, motor vehicle actions, and a no-fault loss transfer arbitration against firm clients. Working with Goldberg Segalla’s Appellate Practice Group he obtained vacatur of a default judgment entered against a client where the firm was retained post-entry of judgment. 

Jim defended a large public housing authority as outside trial counsel in general liability matters for 10 years. He assisted in litigating a precedent-setting 1982 international extradition case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that examined the United States’ 200-year-old extradition treaty with Britain.

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Jim was a senior trial attorney with MacKay, Wrynn & Brady LLP. He was previously a co-founder and partner of Gilroy Downes Horowitz & Goldstein.

Professional Affiliations
  • Brehon Law Society of New York: member, 1980 to present; Former Secretary, 1980-85
  • New York State Bar Association: Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section
  • Brehon of the Year Award, from the Brehon Law Society of New York for 25 years' active membership, 2005
Civic Activities
  • New York County Supreme and Civil Court Independent Judicial Screening Panels, 2000-2016
  • Fordham University Moot Court Competition Judge, 1995
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1975
  • Author, “Ulster’s Emergency Legislations ‘Perpetuating the Emergency,’” New York Law Journal, June 4, 1981 (a critique of the UK’s Emergency Powers and Prevention of Terrorism Acts)