Rodney J. Janis

Rodney J. Janis

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

Rod Janis is the managing partner of Goldberg Segalla’s Florida offices and co-chair of the Retail and Hospitality Practice Group. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and currently serves as National Trial Counsel for a captive specialty insurer. In this role, he has served as lead trial counsel in matters in some of the most challenging jurisdictions nationwide, including Louisiana, Florida, California, New York, Washington, D.C, Texas, West Virginia, Alabama, and Pennsylvania — on-the-ground experience that translates into a measurable advantage for clients who rely on Rod’s ability to parachute in to respond quickly to their needs, regardless of venue.

Rod's wide-ranging litigation practice includes defending professional liability matters such as the defense of insurance agents, insurance brokers, mortgage brokers, accountants, attorneys, financial advisors, architects, engineers, landscape architects, property managers, and other construction professionals. He regularly handles cases all over the country involving high-exposure retail and restaurant defense and construction-related accidents.  

Rod’s dynamic practice, trial expertise, and skill-set has allowed him to gain a wide range of experience spanning over multiple practice areas. Rod has litigated on behalf of corporations and insurance carriers in the areas of construction defect and construction accidents, including contractual and insurance risk transfer issues; elevator and escalator liability; monitoring and resolution of complex excess risk and catastrophic personal injury claims; hotel and restaurant liability, including premises, security, and dram shop claims; municipal liability; premises and security liability, including property damage and personal injuries; products liability; transportation-related litigation; and wrongful death actions. He counsels on first-party, excess, self-insured, and captive matters, and litigates complex third-party claims and coverage issues.

Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2009-2013
  • Florida Legal Elite, 2009-2011
Professional Affiliations
  • The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF)
  • American Bar Association (ABA): Forum on the Construction Industry, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2009-present
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
  • Colorado
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • U.S District Court for the Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Florida 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 
  • U.S. Supreme Court 
Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with honors, 2003
  •       Editor-in-Chief, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2003
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A, 1999

 

Publications and Presentations