Goldberg Segalla Welcomes Richard J. Femia
Rich has extensive experience defending prominent New York State medical institutions and medical professionals in high-value, high-profile matters involving sophisticated medical concepts and fact patterns. He also dedicates a significant portion of his practice to defending governments and government entities in alleged civil rights violations, torts, and employment law matters. In this area, Rich draws on a deep background in public service. Rich most recently served as Deputy County Attorney in the Litigation Bureau of the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, in which role he handled a demanding caseload, defending the county, its agencies, and its employees, and repeatedly won successful defense verdicts in multimillion-dollar federal lawsuits. Before this, Rich simultaneously served as Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Office of Labor Relations in Nassau County and Legal Counsel to the Nassau County Parks Commissioner.
Rich earned his bachelor’s at St. John’s University, where he was a Dean’s List student and a member of the National Criminal Justice Society, National Leadership and Honors Society, and College of Professional Studies Honors Society. After graduating, Rich gained investigative and legal experience as a private investigator, managing, among other responsibilities, a nationwide court-mandated compliance program brought against one of the world’s largest financial institutions. He then returned to St. John University for his law degree, during which time he served as a senior staff member on the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Before entering private practice, Rich earned valuable experience as a legal intern in the Homicide Trial and Narcotics Trial Bureaus of the Queens District Attorney’s Office and as a judicial intern for the Hon. Arthur M. Diamond in the New York State Supreme Court.