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Industries in Focus: Construction and OCIP/CCIP


Industries in Focus: Construction and OCIP/CCIP

Goldberg Segalla is home to the most sophisticated construction defense practice in the industry. Representing large contractors, construction managers, and owners across our nationwide footprint, we offer an integrated suite of construction services including workers’ compensation, general liability, construction defect, insurance coverage, and construction contract and commercial litigation.

Because of the combination of our experience in construction and Labor Law litigation, the bench strength of our Workers’ Compensation practice, and the firm’s distinctively collaborative culture, we have developed an innovative joint-defense model for OCIP (Owner Controlled Insurance Program) and CCIP (Contractor Controlled Insurance Program). By partnering with clients from the outset of a project, we have developed proactive legal solutions to mitigate risks, limit liability, lower the client’s legal spending, and protect OCIP/CCIP loss funds—making an impact on each project’s bottom line. The first ever of its kind in New York State, we are now rolling out the model across our footprint, serving site-specific and rolling wrap-up projects ranging from major commercial development to cross-border natural gas pipelines.

Uniform risk programs are best served by a unified legal team. Learn more about how Goldberg Segalla’s joint-defense approach can serve your OCIP/CCIP project in this webinar from Workers’ Compensation Practice Group Co-Chair Sean J. McKinley and seasoned trial partner Kelly A. McGee.

In addition to our joint-defense capabilities, Goldberg Segalla offers unparalleled experience and a comprehensive suite of services for clients in all parts of the construction industry. Other practice highlights include:

  • Mastery of workers’ compensation liens, global settlements, and mediation
  • National OSHA team led by a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and including multiple litigators with OSHA 30-hour training, equipped to assist with both litigation and regulatory matters involving multiple federal and state agencies
  • Robust Construction Site Personal Injury practice staffed by trial-tested attorneys—including a Rapid Incident Response team—with a deep understanding of the changing daily worksite environment, standard and specialty equipment, and the roles of the general contractor and subcontractors on site
  • Dedicated transactional attorneys and commercial litigators offer counsel and defense wherever contracts come into play
  • Experienced construction defect litigators and trial attorneys, with a successful track record in matters involving catastrophic damages, fatalities, business interruption, and other complications

To learn more about Goldberg Segalla’s capabilities, contact:

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

  • Developed Goldberg Segalla’s cohesive and holistic workers’ compensation model built on efficient file-handling and cost-effective closure, long-range strategic management of risk programs and caseloads, and proactive efforts to identify new efficiencies and reduce workplace injuries
  • Trusted partner to many national self-insured companies, including some of the largest and most prominent employers in industries including construction, retail, trucking, maritime, health care, sports and entertainment, staffing, and manufacturing
  • Works with clients to create and execute plans for aggressive file closure, settlements, and national risk management, and to implement tailored programs 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

Sean J. McKinley
Workers’ Compensation Co-Chair
Manhattan and Garden City
516.281.9833 |

  • Nearly two decades of experience representing large contractors, construction managers, and owners in workers’ compensation matters in Metro New York City
  • Trusted counselor to major companies and their executives in industries including construction and development, sports and entertainment, retail and hospitality and health care, including long-term care and home health care
  • Highly regarded for handling large OCIP/CCIP construction projects, created the first-ever workers’ compensation and Labor Law joint-defense program for New York State
  • Spent three years as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department, where he defended the city in litigation involving work-related accidents, occupational disabilities, and World Trade Center claims

Emilio F. Grillo
General Liability Co-Chair
646.292.8710 |

  • Nationally recognized trial attorney with more than two decades of litigation experience in personal injury claims, professional liability claims, commercial disputes, criminal law, labor law, and transportation law
  • Clients include local and national construction and real estate holding companies, product manufacturers, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment companies, as well as national and international retailers
  • Recent trial results include a jury verdict (sustained on appeal) for a New York City agency in a $25 million, highly publicized construction site catastrophic injury case in Brooklyn

Christopher J. Belter
Construction Chair
Manhattan and Buffalo
716.566.5412 |

  • Over two decades of experience representing major contractors, international companies, and other businesses in courts and arbitration forums in more than a dozen states
  • Has taken more than 100 trials and arbitrations to verdict or award
  • Handles breach of contract, delay and acceleration, design and construction defect, performance and payment bond, and other high-value claims for contractors, construction managers, and others in connection with large-scale private and public construction projects
  • Past national chair of the DRI Construction Committee and co-author of the New York chapter in DRI’s Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State-by-State Compendium