The New York Law Journal has selected Thomas F. Segalla, founding partner of Goldberg Segalla, to receive a Lifetime Achievement award as part of its 2022 New York Legal Awards. The Lifetime Achievement award honors Tom’s accomplishments and impact on the legal community and the practice of law over the course of his entire career.
Tom is a nationally recognized authority on bad faith, reinsurance, and insurance, and an ARIAS-U.S. Certified Arbitrator and mediator. He has been retained as counsel and as a consultant by numerous major insurance carriers and policyholders in more than 40 jurisdictions nationally and internationally, and has served as an expert witness in more than 100 bad faith, coverage, and extracontractual cases across the country. His practice focuses on the insurance coverage, and claims-handling process of matters involving bad faith; defense; construction site personal injury accidents (Labor Law §§ 200, 240(1) and 241(6)); toxic tort and environmental issues; and extracontractual, product liability, professional liability and railroad litigation.
Tom is the co-author of the renowned insurance law treatise Couch on Insurance 3d and editor of the Reinsurance Professional’s Deskbook published by Thomson Reuters and DRI. He crafted DRI’s Uniform Billing and Reporting Guidelines for Defense Counsel and Insurers, ensuring that legal services received by insureds are of highest quality and provided in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner. He has published and lectured extensively for many professional organizations and provided customized training for Goldberg Segalla clients.
Throughout his career, Tom has served in numerous leadership positions for some of the industry’s most prestigious organizations, including the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the American Bar Association (ABA), USLAW, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), and others.
“New York Law Journal Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners,” New York Law Journal, August 11, 2022
Tom Segalla’s law career has been dedicated to the insurance and reinsurance industry. He carries the principles of professionalism into his practice as an expert witness on critical coverage and bad faith issues, effectively changing the perspective of litigants in this area of law. Tom has been retained as counsel and as a consultant by numerous major insurance carriers and policyholders in more than 40 jurisdictions – including Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and dozens of U.S. states – and has served as an expert witness in over 100 bad faith, coverage, and extracontractual cases.