Goldberg Segalla’s Transportation and Construction practices are growing in Southern California and Northern and Central Florida. Legal and business media reports on strategic hires in the firm’s Orlando and Orange County offices in early 2021—following hires across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland in 2020—highlighted the firm’s efforts to keep up with growing client demand in these sectors and regions.
Orlando-based partners R. Gavin Mackinnon and Michael J. Rigelsky, along with associates Gregory E. Jordan and Miraj M. Shah, joined Goldberg Segalla on January 19, 2021, a move noted in Law360 and ALM’s Daily Business Review.
“The four are part of an expansion of the firm’s transportation practice, with new hires across Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania in 2020 and into the new year,” Law360 reported. “The firm also added another partner to its group this week in its Orange County, California, office, Haasty S. Burns. The practice has more than 50 attorneys.”
“Two industries led us to decide it’s time to expand in central and northern Florida: transportation and construction,” Goldberg Segalla Transportation practice co-chair Robert M. Hanlon Jr., told Daily Business Review. ”We saw increased demand down there—that was a strong impetus for bringing Gavin and Michael and their folks on.”
Christopher J. Belter, chief operating officer of Goldberg Segalla and chair of its Construction practice, spoke with Law360 about the firm’s strategic plan and the growth of its practices in Florida.
“Goldberg Segalla took steps to adapt its plans and operations at the very onset of the pandemic, which translated into a strong 2020,” Chris said. “Florida is one of the next steps in our plan to advance an industry-focused growth strategy across our key markets. Gavin and his team complement our broad range of expertise in the construction [and transportation industries] throughout the state of Florida.”
Gavin spoke with the Daily Business Review about clients that are following them to Goldberg Segalla, including major drug and convenience chains, transportation companies, and national insurance carriers
“These guys developed quite the reputation and are bringing over quite a bit of work with them. At the same time, we’re busy as well,” Bobby added. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we added another three to five lawyers down there in the near future.”
Gavin also noted that the continued population migration to Florida and the state’s robust plaintiff’s bar has contributed to the sustained growth of negligence claims.
“The largest plaintiff’s firm is located in central Florida; they drive the engine of the climate and culture surrounding many of these lawsuits,” Gavin said. ”Florida is just a booming state, and with that comes lawsuits.”
“Goldberg Segalla Adds 4 Litigators in Orlando,” Law360, January 21, 2021
“4 Kelley Kronenberg Attorneys Move to Goldberg Amid Demand in Transportation Practice,” Daily Business Review, January 22, 2021
“Goldberg Segalla Expands Capabilities in Northern and Central Florida with Four Orlando-Based Litigators,” GS web release, January 21, 2021