Patrick Naylon, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Rochester office, is among the firm's senior litigators, with over 35 years of litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience. Acknowledged by his peers as an AV Preeminent attorney and recognized by Best Lawyers in America as among the top five percent of attorneys practicing in his field, Pat has taken dozens of trials to verdict in the state and federal courts, and has achieved countless successful resolutions as a mediator for both state and federal matters. A former police officer, whether proceeding as a litigator or a mediator, Pat seeks to reach the best possible resolution for his clients by practicing exhaustive investigation and founding all legal decisions and counsel on a comprehensive understanding of the matter at hand.

Pat is an active member of several of the firm's practice groups, including Employment and Labor, Municipalities and Public Entities, and Professional Liability. His experience in litigated matters runs the gamut from inception through appeals. He has taken trials to verdict in federal and state courts involving civil rights, product liability, and labor law claims, as well as claims of professional malpractice, negligence, and catastrophic injury. He also represents several municipalities not only in litigation, but in day-to-day counseling and in negotiation with respect to labor and employment matters.

Recent litigation successes include:

Summary judgment dismissing an action against a local sheriff's office involving a bystander injured by a suspect in a police pursuit

Summary judgment dismissing an action against a municipality relative to an injury claimed to have been suffered due to a design defect

Trial verdict for a nationally prominent exercise equipment manufacturer in a product liability action

Arbitration victory dismissing an employee for misconduct

While a seasoned litigator, Pat understands the inherent value of early resolution, and has pursued this when it is the most efficient and strategic way to meet his clients’ short-term needs and long-term goals. He has resolved hundreds of his own cases via all avenues of ADR, and was among a small and select group of attorneys invited by the Western District of New York federal judiciary to become a Certified Federal Court Mediator. As a mediator, he has successfully resolved a very high percentage of employment discrimination and personal injury cases. Pat likewise mediates state court cases as selected by individual attorneys, serving as a panel mediator for Resolute, Inc. and National Arbitration and Mediation Services. Pat helps parties and their attorneys reach prompt and cost-efficient dispositions, drawing on his distinct career background, holistic understanding of the nature of disputes, extensive litigation experience, and common-sense guidance.

Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants, 2013–18
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013–18
Mediation Credentials and Training
  • Certified Federal Court Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • New York State Certified Mediator pursuant to New York State Unified Court System Part 146
  • National Arbitration and Mediation Services Mediator (NAMS)
  • Resolute Systems, Mediator
Community Involvement
  • Volunteer Mediator for the Rochester Center for Dispute Settlement 
  • Huntingtons Disease Bill Lawler 5K Board Member
  • Rochester Irish Festival Committee, Past Member
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians: Past President
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1982, cum laude (Justinian Honor Society)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S., 1978, summa cum laude (Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society)
Publications/Presentations
  • Presenter, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What You Can Do to Prevent It, and the "Me Too" Movement,” for Western New York Municipal Supervisors on behalf of New York Municipal Insured Reciprocal, Geneseo, NY, March 2018
  • Presenter, “Primer on Antidiscrimination Statutes Applicable to the Workplace,” New York Association of Counties Workshop, Syracuse, NY, September 2017
  • Presenter, “Municipal Highway Superintendents:   Roads, Streets, and Highway Liability,” for Western NY Highway Superintendents on behalf of New York Municipal Insured Reciprocal, Batavia, NY, November 2015
  • Presenter, “Municipal Highway Superintendents:   Roads, Streets & Highway Liability,” for Central NY Highway Superintendents on behalf of New York Municipal Insured Reciprocal, Auburn, NY, October 2015
  • Quoted in "Panel Cautions Judge, Revives Foreclosure Proceeding," New York Law Journal, March 22, 2013
  • Quoted in "Judge Sanctions Bank, Law Firm in Foreclosure Case," New York Law Journal, December 28, 2011