Richard J. Cohen

Richard J. Cohen

Managing Partner

Practice Groups

The use of the word ‘partner’ herein refers to a member of Goldberg Segalla which includes Goldberg Segalla LLP and Goldberg Segalla Global LLP. Mr. Cohen is a member of both partnerships, is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales, and an attorney at law, admitted in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, and North Carolina, U.S.A. The London office of Goldberg Segalla is operated by Goldberg Segalla Global LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC373080.

Richard Cohen, the firm's Managing Partner, is a founding partner of the firm, Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group, and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Practice Group. An AV-rated trial lawyer with 25 years of experience, Rick's practice primarily involves sophisticated insurance coverage and bad faith matters, reinsurance, and D&O and E&O litigation. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, and North Carolina, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and is a registered foreign lawyer in the United Kingdom. He splits his time between the firm’s Manhattan and Buffalo offices.

Rick is well published, and he has lectured across the country and in Canada on a wide range of topics involving insurance coverage, bad faith, reinsurance, E&O and D&O issues, as well as sports law issues. Among other things, he has several times authored the annual Survey of New York Insurance Law published in the Syracuse University Law Review. He has also written for both Mealey's and Appleman's, including the chapter “Calculating the Amount of Coverage” in New Appleman on Insurance 3d Edition.

Rick is the former National Co-Chair of the Insurance Company Relations Subcommittee of the 22,000 member Defense Research Institute (DRI), and is the former Chair of  the National Committee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). He has been a CPCU instructor and lecturer for well over a decade. He has on multiple occasions been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers. He has also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, has been named to the Legal Elite of Western New York, and is one of a select group of lawyers in the United States inducted into the invitation-only American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. He has been a featured speaker at the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 CPCU Annual Meetings.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Business First's Power 250, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014–2017 (Insurance Law)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Insurance)
Professional Affiliations
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance: former Chair, National Committee
  • Defense Research Institute: Law Practice Management Committee (Co-Chair of Programming, 2013); Construction Law Committee (Chair, Construction Insurance Coverage Specialized Litigation Group, 2008-2010); Insurance Company Relations Subcommittee (Vice Chair, 2000-2004); Insurance Law Committee; Professional Liability Insurance Specialized Litigation Group; Life, Health & Disability Insurance Committee (Membership Chair, 2000 - 2002)
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel: Fellow
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • SUNY Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association
  • American Bar Foundation
Admitted to Practice
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • New York, 1991 
  • Connecticut, 2013
  • North Carolina, 2013
  • Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1989
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management, B.S., with distinction, 1986
Civic Activities
  • Board of Directors, Mathewson-McCarthy Babe Ruth Youth Baseball League, Amherst, New York (2005-2006)
  • Roswell Park Alliance Board (1996-2001): Executive Committee (1999-2001); Corporate Committee, Co-Chair (1996-2001)
  • Instructor - CPCU and AIC Programs (2000-2003)
  • Co-Presenter, "Strategies for Defending General Liability Claims," Carlsbad, CA, March 1, 2017
  • Featured in "Goldberg Segalla's Growth Quick Yet Methodical," Buffalo Law Journal, December 27, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Litigating and Protecting the Insurance Claim,” Preparing for and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, 2d Ed., 2016 Rev., New York State Bar Association
  • Quoted in Partnership Is the ‘Holy Grail’ for Law Firm Associates,” Buffalo Law Journal, February 1, 2016
  • Quoted in “Legal Presence Goes Beyond WNY Borders,” Buffalo Law Journal, March 16, 2015
  • Featured in “New Jersey Powerhouse: Goldberg Segalla LLP,” June 24, 2014
  • Quoted in “The Site of Two Growth-Minded Law Firms,” Buffalo Law Journal, June 3, 2014
  • Quoted in “A Paradigm Shift,” Intelligent Insurer Monte Carlo Edition, September 2013
  • Co-Author, “Asset Managers Do Not Owe Fiduciary Duty to Note Holders,” Chartis Legal Insights, Fall 2012
  • Presenter, “The Additional Insured Illusion,” CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 8-11, 2012
  • Presenter, “Emerging Issues,” CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 8-11, 2012 
  • Presenter, “Emerging Issues - Information and Insight You Can Bet On!,” CPCU Annual Meeting,  Las Vegas, NV, September 2011
  • Presenter, “Don't Roll the Dice in Managing Agent and Broker E&O Exposures and Claims - The Lessons You Didn't Learn in E&O Class,” CPCU Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, September 2011
  • Author, "Calculating the Amount of Coverage," New Appleman on Insurance 3d Edition, Chapter 47, LexisNexis, Spring 2011