Neil Goldberg has defended products liability, pharmaceutical, medical device, trucking, toxic tort, and other complex catastrophic cases across the United States for a number of New York Stock Exchange companies. He is past President of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the largest organization of civil defense attorneys in the United States. He is the past President and Board Chairman of the Lawyers for Civil Justice. He is the past Chair of DRI's Products Liability Committee as well as the past Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Products Liability Committee. Neil is on the Executive Committee of the USLAW Network and is on the Advisory Board of the Bureau of National Affairs' (BNA) Product Safety & Liability Reporter.  

Neil’s most recent trial arose from the February 2009 crash of Colgan Flight 3407 that resulted in the deaths of 50 people. This was one of only a few such trials conducted in the United States in the last 30 years.

Neil is the editor of and contributing author of seven books on the defense of complex personal injury cases. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the two-volume treatise, Preparing For and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, second edition, published by the New York State Bar Association, 2004. Neil is also Editor-in-Chief and contributing author to Products Liability in New York, Strategy and Practice, second edition (2012). He is the Editor-in-Chief of DRI's Daubert Compendium. 

Neil is a frequent lecturer on the defense of product liability and personal injury actions. He has lectured for Lloyds of London, the Defense Research Institute, Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Southern Methodist University and other prestigious organizations throughout the United States and Europe.  

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • 2016 Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year, Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013–2017 (Product Liability Litigation: Defendants; Aviation Law)
  • The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers
  • The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • Named one of the Top 50 New York Super Lawyers
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Litigation) 
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice, SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association 
  • Defense Research Institute: Distinguished Service Award
  • New York State Bar Association: Committee Chair of the Year Award; Distinguished Service Award
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who Legal 
 Professional Affiliations
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice: Past Board Chairman; Past President, Lawyers for Civil Justice, 2004-2005)
  • Defense Research Institute: Past President; Products Liability Committee, Former Chair; Research and Development Committee; Law Institute
  • USLAW Network, Executive Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association: Past Chair, Products Liability Committee; Torts, Insurance and Compensation Section; Trial Lawyers Section 
  • Products Liability Advisory Council: Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Bureau of National Affairs' Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Advisory Board Member   
  • American Arbitration Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association for Insurance Law 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Trial Lawyers of America
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1973 (Member, Buffalo Law Review)
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A. cum laude, 1969
  • Co-Presenter, "Strategic and Ethical Landscape of Defending Clients Who Have Engaged in Indefensible Conduct," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 5, 2016
  • Presenter, "Lessons Learned: Defending Catastrophic Burn Injuries," Fighting Fire With Fire, Chicago, June 22, 2016
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Preparing for and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, 2d Ed., 2016 Rev., New York State Bar Association; Author, “Cross-Examination of the Technical/Medical Witness”; Co-Author, “Understanding the Attorney-Client Privilege: A Practical Overview and Associated Ethical Rules”
  • Presenter, "Developing a Centrist Jury and Defending the Punitive Damages Case," USLAW Fall 2015 Client Conference, Boston, MA, September 18, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Fraudulent Misjoinder: Combating Artful Pleadings Designed to Destroy Diversity Jurisdiction,” DRI For the Defense, May 2015
  • Presenter, “What Professionals Should Know About Managing and Insuring Cyber Liability Risk and Defending Those Professionals in the Event of a Claim,” USLAW Fall Client Conference, Washington, D.C., October 4-6, 2012
  • Presenter, "The Use of Social Media to Defend the Catastrophic Case," USLAW Regional Meeting, Dallas, TX, January 2011
  • Presenter, "Using the New Science of Jury Psychology to Win the Battle of the Experts in High Stakes Litigation," 22nd Annual Medical Device Defense Seminar, Bend, Oregon, June 2009
  • Co-Author, "Through Regulations and in Court: The 2008 CPSIA Starts to Take Shape," For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, April, 2009
  • Co-Author, "CPSC Power Expands: Legislation Brings Change to Consumer Products Industry," USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer, 2009
  • Moderator, "Avoiding the Perils of the New CPSIA," USLAW Network Spring Conference, Charleston, SC, March, 2009
  • Co-Author, "Negotiating the Landscape of Increased Penalties under CPSIA," For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, February, 2009