Thomas F. Segalla: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Thomas F. Segalla

Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Global Insurance Services
  • Insurance Regulatory
  • General Liability
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Municipal and Governmental Liability
  • Cyber Risk and Social Media
  • Construction
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5480
Fax: 716.566.5401
University University of Miami, B.B.A., department honors, 1965
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1972
Admitted1973, New York
BornLee, Massachusetts, April 7, 1943

Thomas Segalla is a nationally recognized authority on bad faith, reinsurance, and insurance, an ARIAS Board-Certified Arbitrator and mediator, and a founding partner of the firm. He has been retained as counsel and as a consultant by numerous major insurance carriers and policyholders in more than 35 jurisdictions nationally and internationally, and has served as an expert witness in more than 100 bad faith, coverage, and extracontractual cases across the country. His active practice focuses on the defense and insurance coverage aspects of matters involving bad faith; construction site personal injury accidents (Labor Law 200, 240(1) and 241(6)); toxic tort and environmental issues; and extracontractual, product liability, professional liability and railroad litigation. He also has experience representing and advising life science, pharmaceutical, and medical device industry clients.

Tom is the co-author of the renowned insurance law treatise Couch on Insurance 3d, and he has published and lectured extensively for many professional organizations. As a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), he is currently Chair of the organization's Publications Board and has previously served as Chair of DRI's Insurance Law Committee, Chair of its Law Institute, and a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, as a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, he is integrally involved in the relationship between the insurance industry and defense counsel. Tom is the immediate-past President of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, an organization which brings together the top insurance lawyers in the U.S. and Canada to focus on the creative, ethical, and efficient adjudication of disputes between policyholders and insurers over insurance coverage as well as extracontractual damages. Recently, Best Lawyers in America named him Buffalo Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year and the Defense Association of New York (DANY) presented Tom with its 2014 James S. Conway Award for Outstanding Service to the Defense Community.


• Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent

• Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014

• Defense Association of New York (DANY) 2014 James S. Conway Award for Outstanding Service to the Defense Community

• Buffalo Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America 2014

Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015 (Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)

• Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013

Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition

• Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage) ; Top 50 List

Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Insurance)

The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers

• Who's Who in America

• Who's Who in American Law

• Who's Who in the World

• United Who's Who - Honored Lifetime Member

• Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers

• International Association of Business Leaders, Life Member, January 2004, for commitment to sound business practices and having earned a reputation in the business community for vision, performance and leadership

• America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2003-2004

• National Republican Congressional Committee's Business Advisory Council's 2003 Businessman of the Year

• Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2002 Andrew C. Hecker Award; Bad Faith as a Continuum: From Claim to Trial, Fall 2001; presented in honor of Andrew C. Hecker, a leader of the defense bar; presented July 27, 2002

• Excess Surplus Lines Claims Association for contribution to the Association's Fund of Knowledge, October 2001

Previous Experience

• Co-Author, Couch on Insurance 3d (West Publications)

• Meet The Experts, Matthew Bender & Co., Insurance Law

• Scribes, The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects

Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith; LexisNexis 2004-present

• Bad Faith Update, Mathew Bender & Co., (publication advisory board, 1999-2004)

• Adjunct Professor, Practice and Procedure, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1985-1990


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Thomas F. Segalla

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425


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