Goldberg Segalla, a law firm known for its game-changing service model and unmatched record of dynamic, natural growth, kicked off 2018 with the opening of an office in Los Angeles, its 20th location.
The expansion extends the firm’s office footprint — which already covers the entire eastern seaboard and stretches deep into the Midwest — to the Golden State, offering its national client base an on-the-ground presence in jurisdictions coast to coast. The L.A. office opens with strong capabilities in areas including cyber risk, sports and entertainment, and complex product liability litigation, and will expand to cover the firm’s full set of capabilities spanning all areas of civil litigation, corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, and risk-avoidance counsel.
Leading the firm’s Los Angeles office and west coast operations is partner Steven S. Vahidi, a trial attorney who spent six years in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton, New Jersey office before heading back to his native Southern California in 2012.
Goldberg Segalla is one of the largest and fastest-growing law firms headquartered in the United States. With nearly 350 attorneys in 20 offices strategically located across 10 U.S. states, the firm advises and defends regional, national, and international clients from a wide range of industries in matters across the country and around the globe. The firm earned national recognition in the 2017 Law360 400 ranking of the largest U.S. law firms, which showed Goldberg Segalla to be the firm growing the fastest without taking part in a merger. Goldberg Segalla has added another 80 lawyers since Law360’s results came out — largely one lawyer at a time.
“We’re proud of our growth, but headcounts and lists of offices aren’t the metrics that matter to us — or our clients,” says Managing Partner Richard J. Cohen, one of Goldberg Segalla’s founding partners and the leader responsible for the firm’s strategic direction, expansion and hiring, and overall operations. “Maintaining a consistent culture of collaboration and a shared commitment to superior service across our entire footprint — this is what makes us different, and what our clients continue to value.”
“We’re also thrilled for Steve Vahidi to return to the team, which has always been our hope and intention,” Cohen adds. “Steve left because Southern California was his home — and he’s returning because Goldberg Segalla is his home, too, a testament that after six years of dynamic expansion, our culture and our core philosophy haven’t changed.”
Steven Vahidi will join the firm’s Product Liability, Class Action Litigation, and Transportation Practice Groups. With deep experience in product liability matters and class action litigation, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, as well as consumer fraud, he represents national and international companies, including manufacturers of motor vehicles, power tools, pharmaceuticals, clothing, glass products, outdoor power equipment, and industrial machinery.
He has also defended clients in complex civil litigation involving premises liability, employment disputes, habitability, and intellectual property claims.
In addition, Steven has extensive experience in the transportation realm, including matters involving the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Among other notable courtroom victories, he tried the first successful defense of an employer under a “whistleblower” section of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA). Along with the Federal Bar Association and the Riverside County Bar Association, Steven is also an active member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
“I’m thrilled to rejoin Goldberg Segalla. We share the same vision for dedicated client service, quality advice and counsel, and adherence to the highest standards of professionalism,” Steven says. “Goldberg Segalla’s expansion into the California market and the firm’s existing relationships with leading product manufacturers provide tremendous growth opportunities for my practice. The firm has a long history of exceptional legal service and a clear vision for building on that history in the years to come. I look forward to being a part of that future.”