Richard J. Cohen

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.

Richard Cohen, a founding partner of Goldberg Segalla, has been the firm’s managing partner since its inception and has led its dynamic growth from a team of seven attorneys into one of the largest law firms headquartered in the United States. Rick oversees all of the firm’s operations across its more than 20-office footprint, and is responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s strategic direction, driving its geographic expansion, and cultivating leadership within the firm and throughout the greater business community. He plays a primary, active role in the recruitment of all lawyers and administrative leaders firm-wide, equipping Team GS with high-caliber professionals who embody the firm’s core values of collaboration, team-orientation, and extraordinary service.

Rick has served as chair of the firm’s Management and Professional Liability Practice Group and its Global Insurance Services Practice Group, which is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. He is also a member of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group. An AV-rated trial lawyer with over 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. He is also admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, and is a registered foreign lawyer in the United Kingdom. Rick splits his time between the firm’s New York City and Buffalo offices.

Rick is very well published, and 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, and 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 was a CPCU instructor and lecturer for well over a decade. He has on multiple occasions been selected for New York Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and 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. Rick has also been named by Business First as among the most influential leaders in Western New York.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Business First's Power 250, 2016–19
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2014–19
  • 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, 2007–18
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Insurance)
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York; Legal Leader, 2013–18
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
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
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 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)


  • Profiled in "Law Firm Leaders: Goldberg Segalla's Richard Cohen," Law360, March 27, 2019
  • Quoted in "What Drove Firms with the Most New Lateral Partners in 2018," Law360, February 22, 2019
  • Profiled in "Growing Right: Goldberg Segalla Expands When Opportunity Knocks," Buffalo Business First, February 19, 2019
  • Quoted in "Communicating Staffing Changes and Finding Talent in Law Firms: Comings and Goings," National Law Review, February 5, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, "Business of Law," DRI Managing Partners and Law Firm Leaders Conference, Chicago, IL, September 7, 2018
  • 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