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2020 Attorney Elevations

Goldberg Segalla Announces 24 Partner Elevations Effective January 1, 2020

Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce the elevation of 24 attorneys to partner and three attorneys to special counsel. Based in 13 of the firm’s 22 offices, these attorneys represent practices including Appellate, Aviation, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Employment and Labor, General Liability, Global Insurance Services, Intellectual Property, Management and Professional Liability, OSHA and Worksite Safety, Product Liability, Retail and Hospitality, Sports and Entertainment, Trucking, and Workers’ Compensation.

“All of the members of our nationwide community congratulate our newest partners and special counsel,” said Richard J. Cohen, Goldberg Segalla Managing Partner. “These attorneys embody the very high standard that we set for ourselves and each other: to be excellent professionals, and even better human beings.”

“Coming from 13 of our 21 offices, representing seven of the 10 states where we have offices, and contributing to so many of our diverse practices, these new partners are a testament to the shared goals, philosophies, and values that unite us as a firm and as a team,” he added. “We’re not just growing: We’re thriving as a community, helping each other to improve, and continuing to exceed our clients’ expectations.”


Goldberg Segalla's newest partners are:

Ioannis (Yianni) S. Athanasopoulos (Workers’ Compensation and Construction—Newark) counsels employers, insurers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters and defends them in litigation before the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation and in workers’ compensation vicinages throughout the state. He draws on four years of experience as a workers’ compensation litigator for the largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance policies in New Jersey, and two years as general counsel to solar power and construction companies.

Matthew T. Austin (Workers’ Compensation—Rochester) focuses on defending the interests of insurance companies, employers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in matters subject to New York State’s Workers’ Compensation Law, and before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.

Mina Azimi (Workers’ Compensation—Manhattan) assists and defends a variety of insurers, employers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters.

Michael J. Barresi (General Liability and Product Liability—Garden City) focuses his practice in defending a wide range of general liability and products liability claims from inception through trial. Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Michael served as a Deputy County Attorney (DCA) in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney. Michael is also a PTO-registered Patent Agent with a background in biochemistry and patent-prosecution.

Kenneth L. Bostick Jr. (Retail and Hospitality and Sports and Entertainment—Buffalo) is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on general liability matters, as well as matters involving product liability. His clients include restaurants, retail stores, automobile service centers, professional sports franchises, fitness facilities, and the manufacturers of sports and fitness equipment. His practice also includes defending negligence claims against nursing homes and assisted living facilities and representing professional athletes in contract negotiations and disputes.

Cynthia J. Chin (Workers’ Compensation—Garden City) focuses her practice on defending insurance carriers in workers’ compensation claims. She has extensive experience representing clients at hearings and trials, drafting and filing appeals, conducting depositions, and preparing written and oral summations.

Nicole M. Crowley (Trucking and General Liability—Newark) is an accomplished litigator with experience across a wide variety of insurance and general liability matters. Her clients include major corporations and small businesses, insurers, and national trucking companies.

Andrew J. Even (Workers’ Compensation and Trucking—Hartford) focuses his practice on representing large and small employers, insurance companies, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation claims before the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Justin D. Kaplan (Product Liability and Commercial Litigation—Chicago) Justin D. Kaplan focuses his practice on litigating product liability matters, complex commercial disputes, and insurance defense matters.

Reshma Khanna (Employment and Labor and Management and Professional Liability—Manhattan and Newark) focuses her practice on defending employers in litigation brought in state and federal courts as well as federal, state, and city agencies, and providing preventive counseling to insurers, employers, corporate boards, and management.

Annette J. Lucas (Workers’ Compensation and Construction—White Plains) focuses her practice on defending insurers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters, with a particular emphasis on serving the construction industry.

Michael P. Luongo (Management and Professional Liability and Appellate—Philadelphia) concentrates his practice in aviation law, product liability, professional malpractice, and commercial litigation.

Amanda E. McKinlay (General Liability and Construction—Manhattan) focuses her practice on defending clients in high-exposure personal injury and professional malpractice claims as well as construction-site accidents and defects matters.

Benjamin R. Messing (Global Insurance Services and Cybersecurity and Data Privacy—Philadelphia) counsels domestic and international insurers in a broad range of matters related to commercial and coverage disputes along with new policy formation and a host of general commercial issues.

Matthew P. Palazzola (Workers’ Compensation and Construction—Garden City) counsels and defends clients in complex workers’ compensation matters. His experience includes participating in all stages of the litigation process. Matthew draws on his experience as a trial attorney and settlement department lead for a major multinational insurer.

Lisa L. Peterson (Employment and Labor and General Liability—Los Angeles and Orange County) focuses her practice on representing private and public entities in civil litigation matters involving employment and labor, general casualty and premises liability, civil rights, and professional liability claims.

Jennifer L. Rediehs (Product Liability and Retail and Hospitality—Chicago) concentrates her practice in the defense of products including allegations of defect leading to fires, personal injury, and property damage. She serves as a national counsel for a prominent consumer-product manufacturer.

Joanne J. Romero (Employment and Labor and Management and Professional Liability—Manhattan) concentrates her practice on representing employers in employment discrimination and harassment cases in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Kimberly A. Sierra (Workers’ Compensation and Trucking—Albany) maintains a focus on counseling New York-based employers, insurers, and third-party administrators through all stages of the workers’ compensation litigation process.

Jesse J. Simchera (Workers’ Compensation and Trucking—White Plains) dedicates his practice to representing clients in complex workers’ compensation claims. He counsels and defends insurers, employers, and third-party administrators in all stages of litigation from inception to appeal.

Angela M. Ulmer (Workers’ Compensation—Garden City) focuses her practice on the defense of a wide range of workers’ compensation claims.

Jacqueline S. Weinberger (Workers’ Compensation—Manhattan) concentrates her practice on complex workers’ compensation litigation, and represents insurers and employers before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Jacqueline’s litigation experience also includes high-profile and high-value white-collar crime defense.

Victor T. Xu (Employment and Labor and OSHA and Worksite Safety—Los Angeles and Orange County) represents a variety of employers in all aspects of litigation, from inception through trial, in state and federal courts throughout California, and counsels clients operating in California on the full spectrum of labor- and employment-related issues unique to the state.

In addition, Goldberg Segalla has elevated the following three attorneys from the Workers’ Compensation practice to special counsel:

These partner elevations cap another year of significant growth for the Buffalo-based national law firm. Recognized in the latest National Law Journal NLJ 500 as the 112th-largest law firm headquartered in the U.S.—and the fastest-growing firm in the top 125 that had not undertaken a merger—Goldberg Segalla brought its attorney headcount from 398 to 430 across its 10-state footprint in 2019.