Cheryl Possenti is a founding partner of the firm and has more than 30 years' experience in the defense of complex personal injury actions. With a practice that focuses on product liability matters and related litigation, plus extensive experience that includes defending high-profile, high-exposure class actions and professional and medical malpractice claims, Cheryl helps clients navigate the regulatory terrain set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other agencies.
A respected counselor to the makers of toys and other children's products, small appliance manufacturers, and many others, Cheryl assists clients in maintaining CPSC compliance, manages product safety litigation, helps coordinate effective product recalls - both limited and widespread - and advises on mandatory government reporting and the assessment of civil penalties. Over the course of the past 20 years, she has handled more than 150 issues involving the CPSC, and serves as counsel to two of the world's foremost toy and children's products manufacturers.
Cheryl has handled various types of professional malpractice actions - including pharmacy malpractice, dentist malpractice, physical therapy malpractice, veterinary malpractice, and nursing malpractice - as well as licensing and disciplinary actions for health care providers. She has also represented a number of major hospitals in medical malpractice cases as self-insured entities.
Cheryl is a sought-after speaker and writer on product safety issues and is the past Chair and Panel Counsel Liaison of the Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group of the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Product Liability Committee. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE). Amongst her many other accolades and commendations, in 2014, Cheryl was named a Client Choice Awards winner by the International Law Office and Lexology. She holds the distinction of being 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.
•Client Choice Award: Product Liability in New York State (2014)
•Best Lawyers in America 2015-2017 (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 Women Leaders in the Law, 2013, 2015
•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, 2007-2009, 2011-2016
•Buffalo Business First Women of Influence
•Spaulding Lake Homeowners Association, Past President
•Product Liability Playbook
•Twenty Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017
August 16, 2016
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Named 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 15, 2016
•The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Names Albert J. D Aquino, Sean P. Beiter Two Buffalo Lawyers of the Year, Lists Nineteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
September 2, 2015
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2015
•Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 22, 2014