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Goldberg Segalla Names New Partners January 2015

Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce the law firm has elected to its partnership Richard J. Ahn, Soo-young Chang, Eric S. Cohen, Angeline N. Ioannou, Michael J. Leegan, Michael Rubin, Jonathan Schapp, and Theodore W. Ucinski III, from special counsel. The firm also elevated to partner Paul J. Kilminster, Laura Ashley Martin, Daniel B. Moar, Karen Saab-Dominguez, Paul C. Steck, and Jensen Varghese from their positions as associates.

The promotions highlight the dynamic and organic growth that, in only 13 years, has earned the firm a spot on the NLJ 350 list of the largest U.S. law firms and international recognition as the 2014 Law Firm of the Year at the Reactions London Market Awards, among other honors. They represent the broad range of practices offered by the firm, including Business and Commercial, Construction, General Liability, Global Insurance Services, Product Liability, Professional Liability, and Workers’ Compensation.

Newly elected partners from special counsel are:

Richard J. Ahn, of the New York office, focuses his practice on insurance coverage matters involving various policy types and issues, including those related to commercial general liability, excess and umbrella coverage, and toxic torts. His experience includes complex insurance and reinsurance issues as well as regulatory matters.

Soo-young Chang, of the Buffalo office, is a trial attorney with extensive experience in product liability and general litigation. He has represented large companies, airlines, municipalities, and real estate developers in various litigation including product liability, construction-site accidents, and insurance coverage disputes. He has obtained numerous jury verdicts on cases involving multimillion-dollar potential exposure.

Eric S. Cohen, of the New York and Garden City, Long Island offices, focuses his practice on professional liability and commercial litigation, including negligence and breach of duty causes of action. He represents contractors, property managers, design professionals, and others in the construction field, as well as corporate directors and officers.

Angeline N. Ioannou, of the Hartford office, focuses her practice on health care litigation as well as general liability, professional liability, and product liability matters. She has significant experience defending professional malpractice claims on behalf of nursing homes, and 15 years of trial and appellate experience representing insurance carriers, product manufacturers, and global retail and restaurant chains in civil litigation and general tort matters.

Michael J. Leegan, of the Princeton office, is a civil trial litigator who concentrates in the defense of insureds, insurance carriers, self-insureds, and individuals in all aspects of civil law, including matters involving premises liability, automobile accidents, products liability, general negligence, construction defect, and construction accidents in the state and district courts of New Jersey. He has tried more than 15 cases to verdict.

Michael Rubin, of the Buffalo office, focuses his practice on complex and high-exposure personal injury actions involving construction, New York Labor Law, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, and environmental claims. In addition, he has experience in class action litigation, where his clients include construction site owners, general contractors, and subcontractors; commercial premises owners and lessees; and residential premises owners and managing agents. He is a co-editor of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA: Legal Developments and Defense Strategies blog.

Jonathan Schapp, of the Buffalo office, is an experienced litigator in complex insurance, professional liability, and commercial matters. He defends insurers under commercial general liability and excess liability policies and against fraud claims, and he represents them in complex first-party property claims, which has resulted in recoupment of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for his clients. He also has represented owners and contractors in construction disputes.

Theodore W. Ucinski III, of the Garden City office, is an experienced litigator in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. He focuses his practice on multi-party construction defect litigation as well as New York labor law and high-exposure personal injury actions. In addition, he regularly defends premises liability actions with a focus on negligent security and dram shop cases.

Newly elected partners from associates are:

Paul J. Kilminster, of the Garden City office, focuses his practice on workers’ compensation. His experience includes a wide variety of cases involving accidental injuries and occupational diseases, such as occupational hearing loss and carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries, claims related to the World Trade Center attack, and claims for asbestos-related injuries and death benefits.

Laura Ashley Martin, of the White Plains office, has significant experience litigating complex product liability and commercial matters in both federal and state court. She defends clients in a variety of industries, including medical device manufacturers, automotive products manufacturers, and consumer product businesses.

Daniel B. Moar, of the Buffalo office, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. His experience includes complex and high-exposure commercial cases involving breach of contract, business torts, business valuation disputes, non-competition agreements, and intellectual property claims. He has also defended directors and officers of corporations in shareholder disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, and against claims alleging negligence, bad faith, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Karen Saab-Dominguez, of the Garden City office, handles a broad range of litigation, including premises liability, negligent security, products liability, labor law, and transportation matters for a variety of high-profile clients, including one of the world’s largest beverage manufacturers. Her civil litigation experience includes trials, depositions, hearings, and successful summary judgment motions including a high-profile case in federal court involving claims of civil rights violations.

Paul C. Steck, of the Buffalo office, concentrates his practice on insurance coverage. He provides comprehensive policy and coverage analysis and defends insurers in complex disputes involving priority of coverage, additional insured status, professional liability claims including errors and omissions, workers' compensation, and environmental coverage claims.

Jensen Varghese, of the White Plains office, defends clients in  matters involving insurance coverage, construction defect, malpractice, labor law, and personal injury. He has also litigated and arbitrated a variety of cases in the state and federal courts of New York.