Cheryl A. Possenti: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Cheryl A. Possenti

Partner
Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone716.566.5444

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Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Regulatory Compliance
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5444
Fax: 716.566.5401
http://www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/cheryl-possenti
 
University State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1978
 
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 1982 Buffalo Law Review, Senior Editor
 
Admitted1983, New York; U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of New York
 
Memberships 

Professional Affiliations
•DRI, Product Liability Committee and Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group, past chair and current panel counsel liaison
•New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
•Bar Association of Erie County; Negligence Committee and Health Law Committee
•Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
•Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence, served on the Board of Directors

 
BornYonkers, New York, December 9, 1957
 
Biography

Cheryl Possenti is a trial lawyer and founding partner of the firm with more than 30 years of experience in the defense of complex personal injury actions. She specializes in product liability and professional malpractice actions. In addition to her litigation and trial experience on a statewide and national basis including the defense of class actions, she also has extensive experience in the area of product recalls, mandatory government reporting and related issues arising from dealings with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies.

Cheryl is the past Chair and Counsel Liaison of the Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group of the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Product Liability Committee. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE). Cheryl was named a 2014 Client Choice Awards winner. She was the only lawyer in New York State - and one of just five in the United States and nine in the world - to be recognized in the product liability category. These unique awards are based solely on nominations and feedback by clients and in-house counsel.

Cheryl serves as counsel to two of the world's foremost makers of toys and children's products, and is national coordinating counsel for certain recalled products. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and was a Buffalo Law Review Senior Editor. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.

Honors
•Client Choice Award: Product Liability in New York State (2014)
Best Lawyers in America 2015 (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
•Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
•Selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell for inclusion in 2013 Women Leaders in the Law
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Business First's Who's Who in Law (Civil Litigation)
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
•Buffalo Business First Women of Influence

Publications/Presentations
• Presenter, “Product Liability Law in the United States,” Cunningham Lindsay Hong Kong (Taiwan Branch), Taipei, Taiwan, October 23, 2014.
• Presenter, “Product Liability Law in the United States,” Shenzhen Institute of Insurance, Shenzhen, China, October 21, 2014
• Presenter, “Product Liability Law in the United States,” Ping An Insurance Company, Shenzhen, China, October 20, 2014
• Presenter, “The 'Negligent Recall': A Perspective from Outside Counsel,” Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) 2014 Product Safety & Liability Seminar Conference, Washington, D.C., September 30, 2014
• Presenter, “Establishing a Safety Culture in Your Company,” ICPHSO Midwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, Richfield, MN, September 11, 2014
• Presenter, “CPSC Regulatory Updates: What Your Company Needs To Know,” SPLiCE Membership Webinar, July 11, 2014
•Quoted in “Local Law Firms Take International Approach,” Buffalo Law Journal, May 27, 2014 (and Buffalo Business First, May 16, 2014)
•Presenter, “What's in Store for Children's Product Industry, Given the Growing Aggressiveness of the CPSC and Health Canada,” Defense Research Institute Product Liability Seminar, Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group, Phoenix, AZ, April 9, 2014
•Presenter, “Product Liability Law in the U.S.,” Peoples Insurance Company of China, Shanghai, China, May 2013
•Author, “Reporting Consumer Product Safety Issues to Regulatory Agencies Worldwide: The U.S., Canadian, and Australian Experience and Recent Trends in Civil Penalty Payments,” USLAW, Fall/Winter 2012
•Presenter, Product Liability Law in the U.S., Cunningham Lindsey Hong Kong (Taiwan Branch) and Cunningham Lindsey China Co., Ltd. (Shanghai), October 2012
•Presenter, Ensuring Compliance With Consumer Product Safety Commission Reporting Requirements and Safety Incident Reporting Requirements in Canada and Australia, Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) Licensing Workshop, September 2012
•Presenter, “Doing Business in the U.S. vs. Europe Series: Product & Toy Safety Regulation Update,” European American Chamber of Commerce New York, May 24, 2012
•Presenter, Product Liability Law Overview: Planning and Conducting a Recall or Retrofit, American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, International Products Liability Committee and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Beijing, China. International Seminar Series: Doing Business in the United States: What You Need to Know About Investing, Product Liability and Dispute Resolution, April 2012
•Moderator, Sharing the Sandbox: Playing Nicely with Retailers, Insurers, Competitors and Co-defendants, Defense Research Institute Children's Products Joint Panel Counsel Conference, Defense Research Institute's Annual Product Liability Seminar, April 2012
•Quoted in “Surviving a Product Recall,” Bed Times, February 2012
•Moderator, “Consumer Product Safety Commission Database,” Defense Research Institute Product Liability Seminar, Children's Products Panel Counsel Meeting, April 5, 2011
•Presenter, Minimizing Potential Product Liability Risks from Drug and Device Recalls, American Conference Institute, Summit on Drug and Device Product Recalls, March 2011
•Presenter, Social Media and Consumer Product Incident Databases: Navigating Your Legal Practice and Your Clients through the Sea of Social Discourse, American Bar Association Conference Institute, Women in Product Liability Regional CLE Workshop, November 2010
•Presenter, CPSIA Updates and Building Sustainable Systems to Manage the 2011 Searchable Consumer Product Incident Database, Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) Licensors Workshop, October 2010
•Presenter, CPSC Searchable Consumer Incident Database, Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) Licensors Workshop, September 2009
•Co-Author, CPSC Power Expands: Legislation Brings Change to Consumer Products Industry, USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2009
•Presenter, Life Cycle of a Lead Paint Recall, Defense Research Institute Product Liability Seminar, Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group, April 2009
•Co-Author, Through Regulations and in Court: The 2008 CPSIA Starts to Take Shape, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, April 2009
•Co-Author, Negotiating the Landscape of Increased Penalties under CPSIA, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, February 2009
•Co-Author, The New CPSC Public Database of Incidents, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, December 2008
•Co-Author, The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: Preparing for the Unknown and the Unknowable, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, October 2008
•Presenter, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Product Responsibility Panel, Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) Licensors Workshop, September 2008
•Co-Author, Product Recalls Stir Public Sentiment, USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2008
•Co-Chair, DRI Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group Session and Children's Products Panel Counsel Session at DRI's Annual Product Liability Seminar, February 2007
•Presenter, CPSC Investigations-Corporate Handling and Response, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Symposium, Protecting the Corporation in a Hostile Environment: New Challenges for In-House Counsel, September 2006
•Presenter and Co-Chair, Defense Research Institute Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group Session and the Children's Products Panel Counsel Session at Defense Research Institute's Annual Product Liability Seminar, February 2006
•Presenter, Legal Aspects of Crisis Management, Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) Licensing Workshop, September, 2005
•Presenter, Licensor Liability, the Price to Pay when Selling your Company's Good Name Instead of its Products, Defense Research Institute Product Liability Seminar, Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group, February 2005
•Presenter, Age Grading Advice; The Legal Perspective, presented at Toy Industry Association, Inc. 2004 Multi-Discipline Conference, July 2004
•Presenter, Head Injury Criteria Parameters in Defending the Juvenile Product Case, DRI Product Liability Conference, February 2004
•Author, U.S. Product Safety Issues; Chapter 3, International Corporate Legal Guide to Product Liability, 2003 Global Legal Group
•Co-Author, Limiting Products Liability Damages: Your Role as the Seventh Juror, The Practical Litigator, Vol. 2, No. 2, American Law Institute - American Bar Association, March 1991. This was presented at the Defense Research Institute's 1989 Seminar and was again presented for the January 1998 ALI-ABA course on the Appellate Process.
•Author and Presenter, Punitive Damages, Economic Loss and Hedonic Damages, Defense Research Institute Coursebook Materials, Chapter Q. Ms. Possenti presented this paper before a national audience of defense attorneys and self-insurers as part of a three day Defense Research Institute seminar in New Orleans, February 1991.
•Co-Author, Cross-Examination of the Technical, Medical Witness, Preparing for and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, Chapter 11, Supplement, New York State Bar Association, 1991
•Author and Presenter, Innovative Techniques for Litigation in the '90's, Document Retention Destruction Systems, Videotaped Reenactment Depositions, Novel Use of Trade Secret and Copyright Law Protection and Other High Dividend Approaches, Defense Research Institute Coursebook materials, Chapter C., Defense Research Institute Seminar, January 1990
•Co-Author, The Seventh Juror Marches On: Mitigating Damages in the Personal Injury Case, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, Vol. 31, No. 12, December 1989

Civic Activities

•Spaulding Lake Homeowners Association, Past President

Publications
• Coping with Proposed Rules, Proposed Guidance and the Growing Aggressiveness of the CPSC and Health Canada, DRI In-House Defense Quarterly
Fall 2014
•“The 'Negligent Recall': A Perspective from Outside Counsel,” Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) 2014 Product Safety & Liability Seminar Conference, Washington, D.C.
September 30, 2014
• Cheryl A. Possenti Quoted in Local Law Firms Take International Approach, Buffalo Law Journal / Business First
May 27, 2014
• Reporting Consumer Product Safety Issues to Regulatory Agencies Worldwide, USLAW
Fall/Winter 2012
• “Surviving a Product Recall,” Bed Times
February 2012
• Through Regulations and in Court: The 2008 CPSIA Starts to Take Shape, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute
April 1, 2009

Presentations
•Product Liability Law in the United States, Cunningham Lindsay Hong Kong (Taiwan Branch), Taipei, Taiwan
October 23, 2014
•Product Liability Law in the United States, Shenzhen Institute of Insurance, Shenzhen, China
October 21, 2014
•Product Liability Law in the United States, Ping An Insurance Company, Shenzhen, China
October 20, 2014
•“Establishing a Safety Culture in Your Company,” ICPHSO Midwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, Richfield, MN.
September 11, 2014
•“CPSC Regulatory Updates: What Your Company Needs To Know,” SPLiCE Membership Webinar
July 11, 2014
•“What's in Store for Children's Product Industry, Given the Growing Aggressiveness of the CPSC and Health Canada,” Defense Research Institute Product Liability Seminar, Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group
April 9, 2014
• Moderator, “Consumer Product Safety Commission Database,” DRI Product Liability Seminar, Children's Products Panel Counsel Meeting
April 5, 2011

Blog
Product Liability Playbook

Successes
Goldberg Segalla Team Defends Putative Class Action With Potential Damages Over $200 Million
April 10, 2012
Nationwide Consumer Fraud Class Action Dismissed
February 16, 2011

Achievements
Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists Eighteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 22, 2014
Forty-Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 11, 2014
Cheryl A. Possenti Named 2014 Client Choice Awards Winner
April 1, 2014
Super Lawyers Names Nearly Three Quarters of Goldberg Segalla's Upstate New York Attorneys
August 19, 2013
Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Who s Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 2012
Twenty-Three Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2012
Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2011 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
September 6, 2011

 
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665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425




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