Matthew C. Van Vessem: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Matthew C. Van Vessem

Partner
Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone716.566.5476

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Constitutional Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal and Governmental Liability
  • Appellate
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5476
Fax: 716.566.5401
http://www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/matthew-c-van-vessem
 
University State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992
 
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1997
 
Admitted1998, New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 
Memberships 

Professional Affiliations

•Labor and Employer Relations Association of Western New York
•New York State Management Attorneys Conference
•Bar Association of Erie County
•Organization of Public Employer Negotiators
•National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA)

 
Born1970
 
Biography

Matthew Lerner concentrates his practice on appellate advocacy, insurance coverage litigation, construction worksite injury and general litigation. Many professional achievements highlight his career and continuous recognition by his peers is testament to his tireless efforts to stay at the forefront of the practice of law.

Upon joining the firm, Matt helped to defend an international manufacturer against a nationwide class action. Today, he is the Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy Practice Group, recognized for its vast appellate experience. The New York State Bar Association recently presented Matt with its Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the practice of law in the field of insurance.

He has successfully argued appeals at New York's highest court, all four Appellate Division Departments, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also authored amicus curiae briefs for a national non-profit organization that represents American and international product manufacturers.

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Matt served as a confidential clerk for the New York State Court of Appeals. His experience in the unique procedural requirements of the state's highest court enhances the vast experience of the firm's Appellate Advocacy Practice Group.

Matt is publisher of New York Civil Law , one of the first blogs dedicated to New York civil law, providing frequent updates on current legal events in New York, New York appellate issues, insurance coverage and defense issues, labor law and tort law issues. The blog also contains numerous case summaries and links to published court decisions.

Honors

•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2010-2015; Top 25 Super Lawyers for Hudson Valley; Top 50 List
•Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award, New York State Bar Association, 2008
•Law Dragon Rising Star - 2006

Publications/Presentations

•Co-Author, “ Fraudulent Misjoinder: Combating Artful Pleadings Designed to Destroy Diversity Jurisdiction, ” DRI For the Defense, May 2015
•Co-Author, “Not Business as Usual for NY Court of Appeals, ” Law360, January 13, 2014
•Co-Author, “Emerging Trends and Changing Perspectives on Construction Defect Claims, ” Mealey's Construction Defects, December 2013 (This article also appeared in Mealey's Construction Defects Insurance, November 2013)
•Co-Author, “Your State or Mine? Supreme Court to Rule on Choice-of-Law and Forum-Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts, ” American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2013
•Co-Author, “Construction Defect Claims: An Update (Part I), ” DRI's The Critical Path (Newsletter of the Construction Law Committee), September 2012
•Author, The Court Rules on State Secrets in General Dynamics, For the Defense, May 26, 2011
•Lecturer, Bad Faith in New York, NYSBA 2010 Law School for Insurance Professionals - More than the Basics, October 2010
•Co-Author, “Not So Simple: Manufacturer's Liability for an Altered Product, ” Personal Injury Quarterly, New York Law Journal, September 7, 2010
•Co-Author, Accidents Happen - Even Under the State Labor Law, New York Law Journal, June, 22, 2010
•Contributor, Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation, New York Labor Law, New York State Bar Association 2010 Supplement
•Co-Author, The Defense Lawyers Guide to the Internet: How to Find Golden Nuggets, 2009
•Program Chair and Presenter, Establishing the Biomechanical Defense, NYSBA Keeping Current with Automobile Litigation CLE Seminar, September 2008
•Author, The Art & Zen of Interjurisdictional Certification: An Introduction to the Certified Question, Certworthy, Appellate Advocacy Newsletter of the Defense Research Institute, 2008
•Co-Author, Trade Secret Privilege, DRI Young Lawyer Compendium, 2008
•Lecturer, The Advantages of Technology in Modern Litigation, The Defense Research Institute, 2008
•Lecturer, Legal Blogging: Prepare to Practice in the Blogosphere, The Defense Research Institute, 2008
•Co-Presenter, Update for Insurance Coverage/UM-SUM/No-Fault, Albany County Bar Association, March 2008
•Author, Decisions Lend Definition; Refinement to Novel Statutory Issues, New York Law Journal's New York Court of Appeals: The Year in Review, September 2008
•Co-Author, The Defense of SUM Claims and the Serious Injury Defense, Defendant, Winter 2007/2008
•Co-Author, Reforms to Notice of Claim Will Affect Policyholders and Insurers Alike, Buffalo Law Journal, October 25, 2007
•Co-Author with Professor of Philosophy Dr. James Delaney, Using Intuition in Persuasive Legal Reasoning, For the Defense, July 2007
•Lecturer, Using the World Wide Web to Investigate Your Case: Effective Pre-Trial Strategies and Techniques in New York, Lorman Education Series, June 2007
•Lecturer, Free Legal Research on the World Wide Web, The Association of the Bar of New York City, March 2007
•Author, An Introduction to the New Publishing Revolution: Blawgs, Plawdcasts, & Real Simple Syndication, The National Paralegal Reporter, Vol. 31, No. 4, Feb./Mar, 2007
•Lecturer, Finding It Free and Fast on the Internet: Advanced Internet Strategies for the New York Legal Professional, National Business Institute, 2007
•Author and Presenter, New York Court of Appeals Review: Recent Trends in the Labor Law and Workers' Compensation Law, September 2006
•Author, Alternative Resources on the World Wide Web, For The Defense, June 2006
•Presenter, Style Points for Exemplary Briefs: A Former Court Attorney's View, Certworthy, Appellate Advocacy Newsletter of Defense Research Institute, Winter 2006
•Lecturer, Commercial Lines, Coverage for the Construction Defect Claim, New York State Bar Association, 2006
•Lecturer, Helping Your Trial Attorney Win: Essential Trial Preparation and Techniques for Paralegals in New York, Lorman Education Series, 2006
•Lecturer, Finding It Free and Fast on the Internet: Advanced Internet Strategies for the New York Legal Professional, National Business Institute, 2006
•Author, You Don't Have to Be a Techno Geek to Join the Information Revolution: A Step-By-Step Primer on Using Weblogs, R.S.S., and Podcasts, Albany County Bar Association Newsletter: Technology Section, Two-Part Series, 2006
•Author, New York Court of Appeals Update, In Touch, New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers' Electronic Monthly Newsletter, 2006
•Author, Surprises in Labor Law and Workers' Compensation, New York Law Journal's New York Court of Appeals: The Year in Review, Sept. 12, 2005
•Lecturer, Weblogs and R.S.S.: What Are They and How to Use Them, Erie County, Supreme Court Lunchtime Series, 2005
•Lecturer, Late Notice and Untimely Disclaimer Update, New York State Bar Association, 2005
•Lecturer, Bad Faith, New York State Bar Association, 2005
•Author, Weblogs: A Publishing Revolution Ripe for Lawyers, The Whisper, Issue 11, Nov. 4, 2004
•New York Civil Law (http//nylaw.typepad.com/)
•Featured in, The American Bar Association Journal and The New York Law Journal

Prior Experience

•New York Court of Appeals, Confidential Clerk, 1999-2002

Successes

•Third Dept. Dismisses NY Scaffold Law Claim Where Elevation Differential Is Not Physically Significant Enough
June 4, 2015
•Coverage Dispute Victory Sets Forth Misrepresentation Is Material as a Matter of Law
March 26, 2013
•Team Effort Leads to Appellate Victory in $30 Million Commercial Case
February 2013
•William Greagan and Matthew Lerner Successful for Electrical Contractor in Worksite Injury Case
•Matthew Lerner Obtains Pre-Answer Dismissal of Complaint Alleging Defamation

Achievements

•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
•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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Office Information

Matthew C. Van Vessem

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425




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