Directors and Officers

As business leaders increasingly find themselves the targets of aggrieved investor and whistleblower lawsuits — a condition that only worsens as the global markets grow more uncertain and volatile — insurers, companies, and executives turn regularly to Goldberg Segalla to handle their director and officer liability defense. 

Comprising leading trial lawyers and complex commercial litigators whose breadth of knowledge, talent, and experience sets them apart, our team successfully represents directors and officers in high-value disputes throughout the U.S., in both federal and state courts, and around the world.

With members that include the current chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Professionals, Officers, and Directors Liability Committee, and a number of complex commercial litigators trained at AmLaw100 firms but ingrained with the Goldberg Segalla ethos of providing efficient and cost-effective solutions, our team provides extraordinary capability and value when defending directors and officers, executives, and their respective enterprises.

The quality of our work in D&O professional liability lawsuits and other commercial matters continually earns our Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation Practice Group regional placement in Chambers USA Commercial Litigation directories and other leading law firm rankings, with Chambers commentary noting our team acts for “a variety of prominent clients throughout the USA.”

Our D&O clients include both public and private companies, nonprofit entities, governmental divisions, investment trusts, limited and general partnerships, and homeowner’s associations. One of the areas in which our team is particularly adept (and recognized by the Chambers USA editors) is financial services, where companies and officials face civil and administrative litigation brought under federal and state banking, consumer, and securities laws and regulations. We bring not only extensive experience litigating claims involving these rules and statutes, but also a thorough understanding of the individualized concerns and nuanced needs of public as well as privately held financial institutions.

While our goal is to avoid litigation whenever possible, when necessary, our attorneys prepare comprehensive, business-minded strategies to zealously defend against the claim. We employ creative and results-oriented pre-suit negotiations and pre-answer motions to resolve disputes at the earliest possible stage. Most importantly, we work with our clients to tailor and achieve cost-effective and efficient resolutions of all D&O disputes at every step along the way.

Our team of attorneys with nationwide and global experience is here to:

  • Resolve complex, high-exposure commercial and fraud-based disputes on behalf of businesses and their executives and board members
  • Conduct pre-suit investigations and pre-trial settlement negotiations
  • Defend against regulatory investigations and enforcement by state and federal agencies
  • Litigate or arbitrate any dispute that cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation in cases involving single-plaintiffs or class actions, as well as derivative actions
  • Advise on litigation and regulatory risk, conduct internal investigations, and provide best-practices training to avoid pitfalls that can lead to litigation and regulatory action
  • Provide data privacy regulatory guidance on compliance with the evolving requirements placed on companies and their officials in various industries to protect their networks and data

While no two D&O suits are the same, our lawyers have a broad base of experience in the traditional risks associated with changes in corporate ownership, mergers and acquisitions (strike suits), executive compensation, IPO or private offerings, antitrust, business torts, trade practices, intellectual property and trade secrets, bankruptcy, whistleblower actions, commercial fraud, and regulatory investigations.

Goldberg Segalla’s D&O attorneys are leaders in the professional discourse relating to trends and emerging issues impacting the D&O and financial institutions marketplace. For example, our team includes the chair of the American Bar Association’s Professional Liability Insurance Committee (formerly the Committee on Professionals, Officers, and Directors Liability), along with nationally recognized authors and lecturers about D&O and other professional liability topics, arbitrators and mediators who handle D&O cases, and adjunct legal professors.