Jeffrey Kingsley is the co-chair of the firm’s Global Insurance Services Practice Group and oversees a team of 65 attorneys, handling matters from cybersecurity to extra-contractual bad faith litigation. He maintains an international practice that focuses on matters involving complex insurance and reinsurance coverage, commercial and regulatory issues, and extra-contractual liability arbitration and litigation. Specifically, he has extensive experience handling and consulting clients on complex allocation issues, regulatory issues, arbitrations, transactional issues, and disputes involving the eco bad faith exposure across the country.

Jeff routinely provides comprehensive legal representation for Fortune 500 companies, insurers, reinsurers, and other businesses to help them manage risk at every stage of business and protect their interests when disputes may arise. He works with clients during the developmental phase of business relationships to analyze agreements, develop potential strategies to reduce liability exposure, and identify issues that may impede growth such as threats to a company’s reputation or intellectual property rights.

Jeff currently serves as national litigation and regulatory counsel for several companies, including one of the largest companies providing vehicle service contracts and extended insurance warranties for both commercial and personal vehicles. In that role, he handles the resolution of coverage claims and disputes with dealers, producers, and competitors, including representing the company in litigation and arbitration, drafting reinsurance agreements to create captive reinsurance companies, assisting with the drafting of vehicle service contracts and warranties, and counseling on a range of regulatory matters such as advertising regulations. Jeff’s recent experience also involves consulting with one of the world’s top auto manufacturers in the development of a national program.

Drawing on his extensive background in environmental law, Jeff represents individuals and companies in matters regarding claims of property contamination and other environmental issues. He has handled cases involving the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other federal and state regulations. His experience includes representing a wine producer in a salt contamination claim and assisting the Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Division in drafting its position relative to compliance-related issues regarding coal facilities.

Jeff lectures and writes extensively on emerging issues in the insurance and reinsurance industry. In 2013, he co-authored the "Duties of Reinsurers" chapter in the New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition. He also regularly presents on extra-contractual exposure, multiple claimant, and insufficient claims at insurance conferences across the world.

At Goldberg Segalla, Jeff is co-editor of the Reinsurance Review, a monthly international publication that provides timely summaries of and access to the latest worldwide reinsurance law developments, as well as the co-editor of the Insurance and Reinsurance Report blog.

 

Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Reinsurance Law Committee; Life, Health and Disability Committee; Insurance Law Committee
  • ARIAS-US
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Charles B. Desmond American Inn of Court
Honors
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage), 2017–18; Rising Stars, 2013–18
  • Business First’s 40 Under 40, 2013
  • Business First’s Who’s Who in Law (Insurance), 20102012
  • Pathfinder Award for Community Service, bestowed by Business First, the Buffalo Alliance for Education, and the Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council for service as a mentor, coach, and leader for the Bennett High School Law Magnet Program
  • LexisNexis Top 50 Insurance Blog Recognition, 2009-2012
  • Top 15 Insurance Professional Blog Recognition, Insurance Quotes, August 2011
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
Community Involvement
  • Founder and Chairperson for Village of Williamsville Mill Restoration Committee
  • Treasurer, University at Buffalo Law School Alumni, G.O.L.D. Group
  • Member, Amherst and Erie County Republican Committees
  • Former Attorney Coach, Bennett High School Mock Trial Team
  • Former Tutor/Mentor, Bennett High School
  • Coordinator, United Way Campaign Drive
  • Volunteer/Coordinator, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2002
  • Hamilton College, B.A., 1996
Publications/Presentations