Susan E. Van Gelder: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Susan E. Van Gelder

Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5463
Fax: 716.566.5401
University State University of New York at Oswego, B.S., cum laude, 1994
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., 1997
Admitted1998, New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York

Professional Affiliations

•Defense Research Institute: Member, Women in the Law Committee; Professional Liability Expert Witness Chair, Steering Committee; Member, Lawyers' Professionalism and Ethics Committee; Member, Planning and Marketing Committees, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar; Past Member, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee (Annual Meeting Co-Chair, 2007 -2008, Seminar Planning Committee, 2007-2008; Publications/Newsletter Chair, 2008-2010)
•New York State Bar Association: Environmental Law Section; Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section; and Trial Lawyers Section
•Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York: Past Board Member

BornCanandaigua, New York, August 30, 1972

Philip Unwin has been defending workers' compensation claims and Section 120 discrimination claims since 2005. He has handled hundreds of trials at the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB), including lay witness testimony and medical testimony on the issues of accident, notice and causal relationship, period and extent of disability, entitlement to medical benefits under the board's Medical Treatment Guidelines, and fraud. He has advised clients on claims handling procedures and the defenses available at the outset of claims, and the timelines for conducting investigation and filing with the WCB.

As part of this practice, Philip consistently meets with employer and carrier witnesses well in advance of trial to ensure timely preparation and evaluate the strength of defenses and tailors the initial C-7 and PH-16.2 forms to the defenses available to the client. He also negotiates and drafts section 32 agreements to resolve claims on a full and final basis with a priority on moving the agreements quickly to ensure resolution of the claim with minimal delay.

Philip is a Medicare Set-Aside Certified Consultant and has assisted clients with Medicare Set-Asides and conditional payments. He has also advised them of their rights and obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer laws in both workers' compensation and general liability claims. He has spoken on this topic at continuing legal education classes .

•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013 (Workers' Compensation)

Super Lawyers Names Nearly Three Quarters of Goldberg Segalla's Upstate New York Attorneys
August 19, 2013

Goldberg Segalla Names New Partners, Special Counsel Promotions
January 2, 2014
Goldberg Segalla Attorney S. Philip Unwin Designated as a Medicare Set-Aside Certified Consultant
March 26, 2013
Goldberg Segalla Names Five New Partners, Two New Special Counsel
January 1, 2012
Section 32 Agreements Subject to Reopening
June 2011

publication & presentation

Author, “Minimizing Workers' Comp Risk for Your Business,” Rochester Business Alliance Chamber News, November-December 2013
Author, “Miami Investigation Ends With a Whimper, Predictably,” Journal of NCAA Compliance, September-October 2013
Author, “Medicare Set Asides,” American Bar Association Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Law Committee News, Summer 2013
Presenter, “Workers' Compensation Risk Management Seminar,” Rochester Builders Exchange, January 2013
Presenter, “ WCB Medical Treatment Guidelines,” QBE, January 2013
Presenter, Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation Law,” CLE, Monroe County Bar Association
Co-Author, “Getting in the Game: 2011 Report Shows Ups, Downs in Pro Sports Diversity,” Sports Litigation Alert, December 30, 2011
Presenter, “Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation,” Sterling Education Services, Inc., 2009, 2011
Author, “NFL Scores Its First 'A' on Diversity Report Card, Yet Still Remains at the Back of the Class,” The Business Suit, Defense Research Institute, May 2011
Co-Author, The NFL's Diversity Report Card, ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Spring 2011
Author, “Impending Decline in Public Funding May Push Stadium Costs Downward,” New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Summer 2010

Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation, Sterling Education Services, Inc.
2009, 2011

Sports and Entertainment Law Insider
Product Liability Playbook

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Office Information

Susan E. Van Gelder

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425


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