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Industries in Focus: Retail and Hospitality


Industries in Focus: Retail and Hospitality

Goldberg Segalla’s Workers’ Compensation practice is home to a dedicated team serving as counsel to many of the globe’s leading retailers, developers, and hospitality companies. Offering strong defense, comprehensive counsel, and long-term strategic guidance, we partner with our clients to help them achieve their long-term goals. Some highlights of our practice include:

  • Individual attorney file ownership from conception to closure—a revolutionary and proven method for effectively closing claims, resulting in significant and measurable cost savings
  • Quick-Closure Programs tailored for clients’ unique needs and modified for every state in which they operate, offering invaluable certainty about claim lifecycles and total legal spending
  • Interdisciplinary long-term cost-reduction programs for related workers’ compensation and employment matters, including our Opioid Impact Program, Medicare Compliance and Strategic Settlement Planning, and Integrated Disability and Workforce Management
  • Legacy settlement projects designed to close long-tail comp claims and significantly reduce claim inventory and overall exposure

Our workers’ compensation attorneys serving the industry are fully integrated with the firm’s cross-disciplinary Retail and Hospitality practice, which operates from coast to coast handling our clients’ diverse legal needs, from workers’ compensation and employment and labor to product liability, premises liability, real estate, commercial litigation, transactions, intellectual property, and cybersecurity. We’re also committed to the health of these industries, as active members of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and Associated General Contractors (AGC), as well as retail and hospitality groups and committees within DRI and CLM.

For access to GS resources like our Opioid Pain Management Checklist, Medicare Checklist, or Guide to Maximizing Results of Independent Medical Examinations—along with webinars covering the latest evolving issues in your industry—please contact one of our team members below.

Damon M. Gruber
Workers’ Compensation Co-Chair
Manhattan | Buffalo
716.566.5491 |

  • Founder and architect of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation practice, directly handling claims in over 10 states and overseeing local counsel in many others
  • Trusted counsel to large, multinational retail and hospitality companies, working to create and execute plans for aggressive file closure, settlements, and national risk management
  • Collaborates with other team members and practice leaders to implement tailored programs for clients that target reducing costs involved with Medicare Set-Asides, opioids and other prescription drugs, long-tail claims, permanency awards, return-to-work issues, and emerging risks
  • Member of NRRDA, New York Self-Insurers Association, and CLM, and a former member of CLM’s Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Community Advisory Board


John M. Allen
Retail and Hospitality Leadership Team
St. Louis
314.446.3370 |

  • Represents large employers in workers’ compensation matters throughout Missouri, Illinois, and other parts of the Midwest
  • Frequently practices maritime, personal injury, commercial, environmental, and employment law to provide clients with strategic and comprehensive solutions to interrelated legal concerns
  • Draws on previous experience as in-house counsel at The May Department Stores Company, now Macy’s Inc.


Emily E. Borg
Retail and Hospitality Leadership Team
312.572.8420 |

  • Trusted counselor to the executives of global retail and hospitality brands, managing statewide quick-closure programs for multiple clients
  • Boasts a 90-percent success rate before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, and proven experience discrediting claimants and treating physicians through aggressive cross-examination
  • Extensive experience advocating before the Illinois Appellate Court, drawing on previous experience as an elbow clerk to Justice Patrick Quinn