Goldberg Segalla added partners Joseph Cagnoli Jr., Jeremy G. Dongilli, and Christopher McGowan, along with associates Michael W. Aceto, James F. Coleman, Timothy C. Connor, and Gregory M. McNamee to the firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Practice Group in Philadelphia.
For over a decade, Joseph has served as national coordinating counsel for a high-tech corporation, directing and implementing his client’s national litigation strategy. Other current clients include major manufacturers of aircraft, cranes, and ink. Cagnoli is also nationally recognized as a leading attorney in oil and gas and hydrofracturing matters, and frequently publishes and presents on this emerging area of environmental litigation. In addition, he has been a pioneering attorney in the area of asbestos bankruptcy trusts: He was integral in drafting an unprecedented discovery order in Pennsylvania that requires plaintiffs to apply for and disclose all bankruptcy trust submissions to defendants in third-party asbestos litigation. Cagnoli also defends clients in cases involving alleged municipal or public entity liability, and has counseled clients in film, music, and the arts. He recently served as legal consultant on a major motion picture.
Jeremy focuses his practice on defending clients involved in products liability matters arising from exposure to toxic substances including asbestos, benzene, silica, lead, diacetyl, and thimerosal. As a lead trial attorney, he also defends the interests of pharmaceutical clients involved in multijurisdictional product liability lawsuits. An authority on contemporary lung cancer litigation as well as nanotechnology in consumer products, he presents and publishes on the subjects regularly and has created and led programs to educate risk managers, insurance brokers, and clients on emerging litigation trends in these areas. Prior to entering private practice, Jeremy worked in-house at one of the world’s leading insurance companies, handling insurance coverage matters and advising on asbestos and toxic tort defense cases. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Jeremy gained experience as a legislative aide for the Hon. Robert Ehrlich, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, later Governor of Maryland. He also clerked for the Hon. Harvey Weissbard on the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.
An experienced lead trial attorney, Christopher focuses his practice on defending clients involved in products liability matters arising from exposure to toxic substances including asbestos, benzene, silica, mold, and other environmental hazards. In addition, Christopher counsels clients in construction, tort claims immunity, and general liability matters. He has also represented clients in numerous mediations, and is a mediator in the Chester County, Pennsylvania mediation program. A generous donor of his time and legal talents, Christopher regularly represents pro bono Philadelphia-area homeowners facing foreclosure and has volunteered at an orphanage in South Africa. He has also been a member of various environmental and conservation groups, including the Board of Directors of the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trusts and the Nakota Horse Conservancy.
A talented team of associates will continue to support Joseph, Jeremy, and Christopher in their nationwide toxic tort and environmental work at Goldberg Segalla, while building their own practices and collaborating with other members of the firm.
Michael concentrates his practice on toxic tort, product liability, construction negligence, environmental, and commercial litigation. He also represents architects and engineers against professional liability claims. Before entering private practice, Aceto served as a law clerk in the Torts Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Edward Griffith in the Chester County, PA Court of Common Pleas. He distinguished himself at Elon University, New York University, and Widener University School of Law where he earned his Bachelor’s in English, Master’s in Publishing, and J.D., respectively.
James focuses his practice on products liability, premises liability, and toxic tort litigation. Prior to entering private practice, Coleman gained experience at e-discovery consulting firms in San Francisco and New York, and served as a law clerk for the Delaware Department of Justice in the Drug and Social Vices Abatement Division. Coleman earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law, where he was a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and a first-year mentor and student ambassador; he earned his Bachelor’s at Dickinson College.
After graduating from San Diego State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law, Timothy began his legal career in California before returning to his native Philadelphia. A member of a national coordinating counsel team that oversees the defense of a high-tech manufacturer in jurisdictions throughout the United States, Connor manages the litigation of a substantial docket of cases from inception to trial. Timothy’s experience in both Pennsylvania and California state and federal courts includes matters involving toxic tort, asbestos, product liability, general liability, commercial, construction, intellectual property, and pharmaceutical claims. Along with large corporations involved in complex litigation, Timothy also defends architects and building tradesmen in commercial and residential construction litigation, advises individual clients in copyright and trademark matters, and provides counsel to insurance companies.
Gregory defends clients in construction, toxic tort, commercial, product liability, and premises liability litigation. His clients include prominent insurers, private contractors and subcontractors, and a national motorcycle manufacturer. His appellate experience includes briefing a variety of insurance issues stemming from contractual risk transfer, indemnification provisions, and additional insured endorsements. A founding member of the Board of Directors at Clementine Montessori, a Montessori preschool in Philadelphia, Gregory also serves on the Executive Committee of the Boston College Law School Alumni Association. He was named to the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor in 2013.