Joanna Roberto concentrates her practice in complex insurance coverage, product liability, and commercial litigation, with significant experience in aviation litigation. She serves as counsel for multi-national insurance carriers in numerous matters pending throughout the country, and has counseled large insurers on risk management, underwriting procedures, and policy rewriting and claims practices. She has litigated all phases of declaratory judgment actions and arbitrations. 

Joanna has handled all phases of nationwide litigation for commercial and general aviation companies.  She has counseled domestic and international aviation manufacturers and led safety risk meetings for management teams.  She has a deep understanding of the aviation industry and is equally knowledgeable in areas of litigation, insurance and contractual disputes.

She also focuses her practice on professional liability claims, including errors and omissions; property claims; life, health, and disability; construction liability coverage; Coverage B litigation; and products liability.

Joanna is multi-lingual and has attained a degree in linguistics in Florence, Italy. She has a familiarity with and appreciation for international claims handling practices as a result of her experience handling claims arising in Mexico, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and France.

Joanna is currently the editor of the TICL Insurance Coverage eNews, published by the New York State Bar Association’s Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section, and an editor of Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Coverage Report newsletter. She is also a commentator for Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2013–17
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Insurance Law Committee Steering Committee Member, Directors and Officers Subcommittee Chair, and Expert Database Chair
  • Insurance and Reinsurance Legacy Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association: Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section (Chair, Insurance Coverage Committee; Executive Committee Member; Editor, TICLInsurance Coverage eNews); Chair, 2011 Insurance Coverage Update
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Tenth Circuits
  • Connecticut, 1997 
  • Pennsylvania
  • Italian
  • French
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Diploma di Conoscenza, Centro Linquisto, Florence, Italy, 1997
  • Hofstra University, B.A.,1994
  • Author, “Estoppel: The Reason Why Coverage Ends or, Really, Begins,” DRI Covered Events, December 23, 2016
  • Statewide Program Chair, Labor Law Claims, Coverage and Litigation, New York State Bar Association CLE, December 2016
  • Presenter, "Deep Dive into Defending," DRI's Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, New York, NY, December 9, 2016
  • Presenter, “Insurance Coverage Update 2016,” New York State Bar Association, June 3, 2016
  • Author, “What You Need to Know: The Rise of Global Insurance Policies,” DRI For the Defense, May 2016
  • Statewide Program Chair, Intro To Civil Practice Skills: Torts and Insurance LI, New York State Bar Association CLE, October 2015
  • Statewide Program Chair, Insurance Coverage Update 2015: Coverage Disputes and Litigation, New York State Bar Association CLE, May 2015
  • Co-Author, “NY Insurers May Benefit From Lower Disclaimer Standard,” Law360, July 17, 2014
  • Author, “Advertising Offenses,” chapter in Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium, Defense Research Institute, May 2014
  • Statewide Program Chair, Advanced Insurance Coverage: Emerging Issues, Developments, and Strategy, New York State Bar Association CLE, May 2014
  • Statewide Program Chair, Advanced Insurance Coverage: Hot Topics, Tough Issues and a Look Ahead, New York State Bar Association CLE, May 2013
  • Editor, Professional Liability Insurance: A Compendium of State Law,” Defense Research Institute, 2012
  • Presenter, “Law School for Claims Professionals,” New York State Bar Association, October 11, 2012
  • Author, “Notice of Claim Provisions Under Claims-Made Policies,” DRI’s Covered Events (Newsletter of the Insurance Law Committee) April 17, 2012
  • Statewide Chairperson, Insurance Coverage Update, New York State Bar Association, New York, New York, May 2011
  • Co-Author, “Investing in Death Creates Judicial and Regulatory Issues,” DRI, For the Defense, July 2011
  • Author, “Gulf Coast Oil Spill Coverage Impact on the Insurance Industry,” NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Summer 2011
  • Author, “Direct or Derivative? Direct Injury Test Applied to LLC Member from Asserting Claims,” DRI Covered Events, March 21, 2011
  • Co-Author, “D&O Insurer Ordered to Pay Defense Costs: The Stanford’s Victory & The Insurer’s Vanquish” DRI, The Voice, February 2010
  • Co-Author, “A Right or a Privilege: Recouping Uncovered Settlement Funds,” DRI, The Voice, October 2008
  • Presenter, “Additional Insured Issues,” NYSBA Law School for the Claims Professionals, Long Island, New York, September 2008
  • Co-Author, “D&O Fraud and Dishonesty Exclusion: How Broad Should It Be?,” DRI, For the Defense, May 2008