Goldberg Segalla added partner Eric A. Fitzgerald as a leader in the firm’s Global Insurance Services practice in Philadelphia. Eric was previously with Marshall Dennehey in Philadelphia, where he served on the firm’s board of directors, chaired its insurance coverage practice, and was deputy directory of its professional liability practice.
“I am very excited to join Goldberg Segalla,” said Eric. “I have devoted my career to representing the insurance industry and the firm’s Global Insurance Services group is a perfect match for me. The firm is already a respected and valued partner with every major insurer in the country, so the integration of my practice has been seamless. The firm-wide understanding of teamwork and the culture based on collaboration shows that they truly are driven, dynamic, and different.’”
Eric acts as coverage counsel for insurance companies in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New York. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of professional, casualty, property, and specialty lines including errors and omissions (E&O); cyber; directors and officers (D&O); employment practices liability; law enforcement liability; commercial property; boiler and machinery; inland marine; builder’s risk; owner controlled insurance programs (OCIPs); commercial auto; and worker’s compensation. He has also served as both a mediator and an arbitrator in insurance coverage disputes.
Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Eric was the assistant director of in Marshall Dennehey’s Professional Liability Department, chair of its Insurance Coverage group, and firm risk manager, where he was in charge of overseeing 16 practice groups and a total of 150 attorneys. Prior to Marshall Dennehey, Fitzgerald practiced in Rochester, New York, where he provided statewide coverage counsel for several large national insurers. He started his career in 1993 as a judicial clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, where he participated in the drafting of many significant coverage decisions.
“Eric is well-respected throughout the insurance industry, both in coverage and professional liability spheres,” said Jeffrey L. Kingsley, co-chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Global Insurance Services practice. “Eric fits in well with our national coverage practice, and we’re excited to have him join Mike Hamilton as a state team leader in Pennsylvania. More importantly, he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.”
“I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Eric to Team GS and to introduce him to our client community,” said Goldberg Segalla Managing Partner Richard J. Cohen. “I’ve known and admired Eric for 25 years. We’re happy to broaden our capabilities in Pennsylvania and additional markets around the country and to deepen our already significant bench-strength and recognition in the insurance industry. Even better, we know that with Eric we’re getting a partner who shares our values and our vision, and who will deliver the same exceptional standard of service that we promise our clients.”
A nationally recognized leader in the insurance industry and authority on various coverage issues, Eric has devoted his career to representing the interests of the insurance industry. He has received his designation as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe). He has served on the Executive Committee of the CPCU Society’s National Board of Governors, as well as on its Nominating Committee and its Champions committee, and is a former CPCU instructor. In association with the American Institute for CPCU, Fitzgerald participated in the drafting of several textbooks. In addition to his CPCU activities, Fitzgerald is a Certified Litigation Management Professional with the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and he is an instructor in the CLM Claims College. He is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), the Property Legal Research Bureau (PRLB) and the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). He is the recipient of many honors, including an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester and his juris doctor at the University at Buffalo School of Law.