Matthew Lerner concentrates his practice on appellate advocacy, insurance coverage litigation, construction worksite injury and general litigation. Many professional achievements highlight his career and continuous recognition by his peers is testament to his tireless efforts to stay at the forefront of the practice of law.

Upon joining the firm, Matt helped to defend an international manufacturer against a nationwide class action. Today, he is the Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy Practice Group, recognized for its vast appellate experience. The New York State Bar Association recently presented Matt with its Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the practice of law in the field of insurance.

He has successfully argued appeals at New York's highest court, all four Appellate Division Departments, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also authored amicus curiae briefs for a national non-profit organization that represents American and international product manufacturers.

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Matt served as a confidential clerk for the New York State Court of Appeals. His experience in the unique procedural requirements of the state's highest court enhances the vast experience of the firm's Appellate Advocacy Practice Group.

Matt is publisher of New York Civil Law, one of the first blogs dedicated to New York civil law, providing frequent updates on current legal events in New York, New York appellate issues, insurance coverage and defense issues, labor law and tort law issues. The blog also contains numerous case summaries and links to published court decisions.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2010-2016; Top 25 Super Lawyers for Hudson Valley; Top 50 List 
  • Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award, New York State Bar Association, 2008
  • Law Dragon Rising Star — 2006
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Association of New York (DANY)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
Prior Experience
  • New York Court of Appeals, Confidential Clerk, 1999-2002
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, cum laude, J.D., 1999 (publications editor of the Buffalo Law Review)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude, 1995 (Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science)
  • Author, “Preserving the Trial Record for Appellate Review,” Preparing for and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, 2d Ed., 2016 Rev., New York State Bar Association
  • Co-Author, “Fraudulent Misjoinder: Combating Artful Pleadings Designed to Destroy Diversity Jurisdiction,” DRI For the Defense, May 2015
  • Co-Author, “Not Business as Usual for NY Court of Appeals,” Law360, January 13, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Emerging Trends and Changing Perspectives on Construction Defect Claims,” Mealey's Construction Defects, December 2013 (This article also appeared in Mealey’s Construction Defects Insurance, November 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Your State or Mine? Supreme Court to Rule on Choice-of-Law and Forum-Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts,” American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2013
  • Co-Author, “Construction Defect Claims: An Update (Part I),” DRI’s The Critical Path (Newsletter of the Construction Law Committee), September 2012
  • Author, "The Court Rules on State Secrets in General Dynamics," For the Defense, May 26, 2011
  • Lecturer, "Bad Faith in New York," NYSBA 2010 Law School for Insurance Professionals - More than the Basics, October 2010
  • Co-Author, “Not So Simple: Manufacturer’s Liability for an Altered Product,” Personal Injury Quarterly, New York Law Journal, September 7, 2010
  • Co-Author, "Accidents Happen - Even Under the State Labor Law," New York Law Journal, June, 22, 2010
  • Contributor, "Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation, New York Labor Law," New York State Bar Association 2010 Supplement
  • Co-Author, "The Defense Lawyers Guide to the Internet: How to Find Golden Nuggets," 2009
  • Program Chair and Presenter, "Establishing the Biomechanical Defense," NYSBA Keeping Current with Automobile Litigation CLE Seminar, September 2008
  • Author, "The Art & Zen of Interjurisdictional Certification: An Introduction to the Certified Question," Certworthy, Appellate Advocacy Newsletter of the Defense Research Institute, 2008
  • Co-Author, "Trade Secret Privilege," DRI Young Lawyer Compendium, 2008 
  • Lecturer, "The Advantages of Technology in Modern Litigation," The Defense Research Institute, 2008
  • Lecturer, "Legal Blogging: Prepare to Practice in the Blogosphere," The Defense Research Institute, 2008
  • Co-Presenter, "Update for Insurance Coverage/UM-SUM/No-Fault," Albany County Bar Association, March 2008
  • Author, "Decisions Lend Definition; Refinement to Novel Statutory Issues," New York Law Journal's New York Court of Appeals: The Year in Review, September 2008
  • Co-Author, "The Defense of SUM Claims and the Serious Injury Defense," Defendant, Winter 2007/2008