Goldberg Segalla added associates Tomi Balogun, Ashley M. Monette, and Edward E. Warnke to the law firm’s Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Workers’ Compensation Practice Group in New York City.
Tomi joins the firm’s Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation Practice Group as well as its Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on white-collar defense and government investigations. Given his prior professional experience as an industry regulator with the New York State Department of Financial Services, where he worked on a number of complex regulatory issues and enforcement actions, Tomi brings an insightful perspective to his counsel in matters involving government institutions. His previous legal experience cuts across New York, London, and Lagos, and includes representing large corporations and financial institutions in high-profile regulatory investigations, corporate transactions, and commercial litigation. Tomi received his LL.B., the equivalent of a Juris Doctor, from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria, where he served on the editorial board of the school’s Law Review and as a member of the Students’ Society Judicial Council. He was also awarded the school’s Justice Teslim Elias Prize for Best Student in Public Law and Jurisprudence. He later went on to earn his Bar Qualifying Certificate from Nigerian Law School, and then to earn his LL.M. in Corporate, Compliance, and Finance from the Cardozo School of Law.
Ashley and Ed will join Tomi in the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, counseling and defending employers, insurers, and third-party administrators in the full spectrum of workers’ compensation claims, from inception through resolution.
Ashley draws on experience handling mass tort claims in the realm of commercial litigation, as well as matters involving breach of contract, antitrust and non-compete claims, shareholder derivative claims, real estate disputes, and intellectual property disputes. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology before earning her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, where she served as form and accuracy editor of the school’s Law Review, member of the Moot Court Honor Society Executive Board, and member of the Justinian Honor Society. As a law student, she interned in the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah H. Karalunas.
Ed received his bachelor’s in Government and Politics from St. John’s University before going on to earn his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. As a law student, he served as a legal intern in the Civil Enforcement Unit of the New York City Police Department and as a student attorney in the Law Reform Clinic in Hempstead, New York. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Ed served as an Amphibious Reconnaissance Marine with the First Reconnaissance Battalion in the United States Marine Corps, where he was awarded the Gold Level Public Service Award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for Combat Distinguishing Device.