Goldberg Segalla’s fast-growing Workers’ Compensation Practice Group continues its expansion with the addition of three associates across as many offices in the Northeast. John W. Becker and Lee C. Stoddard join the firm in Albany and Syracuse, New York, while James V. Durgana is resident in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office.
John and Lee both have extensive experience appearing before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board on behalf of the state’s Special Funds Conservation Committee, where they were hearing attorneys before joining Goldberg Segalla. James previously defended work-related claims with AIG in Brooklyn, New York.
James is a seasoned workers’ compensation litigator — as inside counsel at one of the country’s largest insurers and in private practice — and has also litigated complex personal injury cases. He frequently appears in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey and before administrative agencies. James graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2008, holding several internships and clerkships, and he also served as a judicial extern with the Hon. Petrese B. Tucker in Philadelphia.
John’s experience includes previously serving as a legislative assistant in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as a law clerk for the Hon. Arnold L. New in the Civil Trial Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. He was also an intern in the American Petroleum Institute’s Office of the General Counsel, where he drafted memoranda regarding issues facing the oil and gas industry, analyzed EPA regulations, advised employees on bylaws and governance issues, and tracked litigation pertaining to oil and gas projects. John is a 2014 graduate of Villanova University School of Law.
Lee’s background includes working as an independent closing attorney — handling residential real estate purchases, equity loans, and refinance agreements — for the country’s top three mortgage lenders. During law school at Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 2012), he was a student attorney in the school’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, where he represented clients in administrative proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service, in federal tax court, and in federal district court. He also assisted clients with collection matters and handled appeals to the IRS.