Goldberg Segalla added James M. Andris to the firm’s Product Liability and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration groups and Kristen J. Coleman to the Management and Professional Liability group in the firm’s Philadelphia office.
James focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and product liability matters. He represents a range of clients in complex civil actions involving product liability, toxic tort, and mass tort claims. James has defended manufacturers of automobiles, industrial equipment, and playground equipment from the preliminary stages of a lawsuit through trial. He has also handled premises liability, catastrophic injury, construction defect, and malpractice claims for entertainment venues, general contractors, and white-collar professionals. James earned his bachelor’s degree at Elon University and his juris doctor from the William and Mary Law School. James has worked for every level of the state judiciary system. Following law school, he clerked for three New Jersey trial judges. As a law school student, he served as a judicial extern for a judge on the Court of Appeals of Virginia and a justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Kristen counsels and represents licensed professionals in a variety of professional liability matters arising from alleged errors and omissions. She draws on experience defending hospitals, health systems, health care facilities, physicians, and nurses in complex litigation matters. Her background includes defending parent or holding companies in liability actions against their subsidiaries and/or employees. Kristen earned her bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and her juris doctor from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Following law school, Coleman served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. George W. Overton in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. During law school, she gained experience as a judicial intern for the Hon. Lynne A. Sitarski in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She also held internships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.