John P. Freedenberg: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

John P. Freedenberg

Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Life Sciences
  • Aviation Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5487
Fax: 716.566.5401
University State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., magna cum laude, 1981
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., 1984 Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award
Admitted1985, New York; U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York

Professional Affiliations
•National Association of Fire Investigators: Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
•Defense Research Institute: Products Liability Committee (Immediate Past National Chair, Steering Committee)
•New York State Bar Association
•Erie County Bar Association: Special Service Award, 1998; Bar Revue

BornBuffalo, New York, April 6, 1959

John Freedenberg, a founding partner of the firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of products liability, catastrophic personal injury, and intellectual property litigation as a partner of the firm. He has handled over 150 trials, 100 of them to verdict, and has had many summary judgments granted making trial unnecessary.

Jack serves as national coordinating counsel for two major manufacturers, and he has handled the defense of numerous products liability actions around the United States. These have included catastrophic personal injury cases and major fire damage cases, and they have involved appliances, household products, controls, power generating and other heavy equipment, high-end products, lift trucks, electrical systems, and aircraft engines.

As a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), Jack provides Goldberg Segalla clients with a strong competitive advantage in litigation involving damage and injury from fires. He is actively and deeply involved in the investigation phase of each fire case, and in the courtroom, he brings the weight of fire investigation credentials that often match or exceed those of opposing expert witnesses. He has participated in dozens of fire scene inspections and more than 100 laboratory inspections of fire scene artifacts, and he has conducted hundreds of depositions and dozens of trials in fire-related cases. Administered by the National Association of Fire Investigators through its National Certification Board, CFEI is the largest fire investigator certification program in the world.

Jack has also had the unique opportunity to depose plaintiffs' experts in a wide range of specialties, and he has developed proven techniques for disqualifying junk science purveyors under applicable rules of evidence. He utilizes cutting-edge technology and unique strategies in order to, for example, enter into high/low agreements, and achieve the best possible outcome for clients.

•Presenter, “Beaded Wire Crossfire,” DRI Fire Science and Litigation Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ, November 6-7, 2014
•Presenter, “Lift Truck Design Litigation: Manufacturer's Role in Developing Methodologies and Legal Strategies,” DRI Product Liability Plan and Prepare Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April 11, 2014
•Presenter, “2014 Fire Loss and Fire Code Litigation - Civil and Criminal Implications,” International Association of Arson Investigators 2014 Conference - Ontario Chapter, Niagara Falls, ON, April 1, 2014
•Presenter, “Flash! Tackling Questionable Origin and Cause Determinations in Flammable Vapor Fires,” DRI Fire Science and Litigation Seminar, January 2013
•Quoted in “Have a Cow: Lessons Learned as a Litigator,”Buffalo Law Journal, July 18, 2011
•Presenter and Author, Optional Features for the Safely-Designed Product - Defeating Claims Against the Manufacturer and Dealer, Defense Research Institute, 2010
•Co-Author, Frye 'Em: Jury Psychology Can Undermine Plaintiffs' Expert Witnesses,For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, December 2007
•Presenter and Author, Using Combustion Toxicology in the Defense of Fire Cases, Defense Research Institute, 2006
•Presenter, Daubert v. Merrell Dow: A Decade of Developments in the Admissibility of Expert Testimony, Defense Research Institute, 2004
•Presenter, The Rhode Island Nightclub Fire: Mass Tort and Federal Jurisdiction Implications, Defense Research Institute, 2004
•Co-Author, Expert Discovery, Depositions and Motions to Exclude Experts, Chapter 6, Preparing For and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, second edition, New York State Bar Association, 2004
•Presenter, Effective Strategies for Excluding Plaintiffs' Experts, Defense Research Institute, 2003
•Co-Author, Expert Depositions and Motions to Exclude Experts, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, 2003
•Chair and Co-Author, Defending the Catastrophic Burn Injury Case, Defense Research Institute, 2002
•Chair and Co-Author, Products Liability Post-Kuhmo Tire: Strategy and Practice, New York State Bar Association Seminar, 1999
•Chair and Author, Products Liability in New York: Strategy and Practice, New York State Bar Association Seminar, 1997
•Co-Author, Defense Counsel's Approach to Cross-Examination in the Post-Daubert Era, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, 1996
•Co-Author, Finding the Facts in Products Liability Litigation, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, 1996

•Goldberg Segalla Partner John P. Freedenberg Named Product Liability Practice Group Chair, Earns Fire and Explosion Investigator Certification
January 26, 2012

•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015 (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
Business First 's Legal Elite of Western New York (Litigation)

•Goldberg Segalla Team Defends Putative Class Action With Potential Damages Over $200 Million
April 10, 2012
•Goldberg Segalla Defeats Plaintiff's Junk Science Claims Against Manufacturer in $5.3 Million Fire Trial
March 1, 2012

•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in Legal Elite of Western New York
September 2014
•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
•Super Lawyers Names Nearly Three Quarters of Goldberg Segalla's Upstate New York Attorneys
August 19, 2013
•Best Lawyers in America 2014 Names Thomas F. Segalla a Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year,” Lists Fifteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 15, 2013
•Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Who's Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 2012
•Ten Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2013
September 20, 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
•Goldberg Segalla attorneys selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition 2010
September 1, 2010


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John P. Freedenberg

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425


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