Attorney Profile:

Joseph J. Welter

Joseph J. Welter: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Biography

Joseph J. Welter is chair of the firm's Toxic Tort and Environmental Practice Group. Over the past 25 years, Joe has successfully defended the interests of companies and insurers, serving as national, regional, and local trial counsel in toxic tort litigation across the country. His experience has included cases involving alleged exposure to asbestos, Legionella bacteria, excess zinc, adulterated food, benzene and lead paint, pending in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, and other jurisdictions. Joe is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on emerging toxic tort issues, and a Continuing Education Instructor approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services. He is also the editor of Goldberg Segalla's Asbestos Case Tracker , which has been hailed as the “go-to” resource for significant asbestos decisions and developments throughout the country, and which was recently named to the ABA Journal's prestigious Blawg 100 and named the Best Litigation Blog for 2016 by the Expert Institute in its annual legal blog contest.

Joe has also served as national science and trial counsel in mass toxic tort litigation, which has included federal court multi-district litigations and state court mass tort programs. Joe has worked with clients to develop effective litigation plans, trial strategies, and settlement matrixes for mass tort claims in this unique litigation setting. On the science side, Joe has worked with clients to develop effective scientific and medical defenses, which includes extensive vetting and retention of expert witnesses and effective use of Daubertand Frye motions to preclude plaintiffs' experts.

Joe possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available rating, and has been selected for inclusion in Business First's Who's Who in Law, New York Super Lawyers, and Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition.

Honors

•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2008-2016
Business First's Who's Who in Law

Civic Activities

•Chair of the Board of Directors, National Kidney Foundation of WNY, 2006 to 2011

Publications/Presentations

•Author, “ Cosmetic Talc Products at the Core of Two Emerging Mass Tort Litigations ,” FETTI, Spring 2017
•Presenter, Talc Science Debate/Update, ABA Spring Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, April 8, 2017
•Co-Author, “ Asbestos Litigation: Alive and Strong ,” DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Compendium, Spring 2017
•Author, Talc and Ovarian Cancer: Does Reliable Science Even Matter Anymore? Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2017
•Author, Talc and Ovarian Cancer: Why Juries are Rejecting the Science and Punishing Defendants , USLAW, March 30, 2017
•Co-Presenter, To Warn or Not to Warn: When the Science Behind the Hazard is Controversial, MedMarc Risk Management Webinar Series, March 22, 2017
•Presenter, “Reviewing the Recent Uptick in Talc Cases: Litigating Claims Involving Products Containing Talc (Industrial, Cosmetic) and Determining How the Increase in Ovarian Cancer Claims Factors Into These, ACI's Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PA, January 12, 2017
•Author, Talc and Ovarian Cancer: A Tale of Two Extremes , DRI Toxic Torts Newsletter, December 19, 2016
•Presenter, Overview on Upstate New York, The New York Asbestos Litigation Conference, Perrin Conferences, New York, NY, December 6, 2016
•Presenter, Medical Causation 101, Webinar, November 28, 2016
•Presenter, “Talc/Ovarian Cancer and Asbestos-Contaminated Talc: A Litigation Overview” Cardno Chemrisk Talcfest 2016, New Orleans, LA, November 9, 2016
•Presenter, Talc and Ovarian Cancer: Overview of This Emerging Litigation, Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
•Moderator, Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report; Staying Ahead of the Curve, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
•Author, Talc and Ovarian Cancer: Does Reliable Science Even Matter Anymore ? Chem.Info, September 20, 2016
•Author, Legal Perspectives for Processed Meat Producers , Prepared Foods, February 1, 2016
•Presenter, Introduction to Food Legislation and Regulation in the United States, Food Litigation ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, February 1, 2016
•Presenter, Dealing with Increased Requests for Corporate Witness Depositions and Preparing Company Witnesses for Testimony, ACI Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PA, January 15, 2016
•Author, “ Punitive Damages in Mass Tort Cases: Discovery and Trial Strategies ,” InsideCounsel, August 10, 2015
•Panelist, Asbestos Litigation: Business as Usual in a 'Judicial Hellhole?,' Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, New York, NY, June 30, 2015
•Panelist, Asbestos Medicine With a Focus on Lung Cancer, ACI's National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 23-24, 2015
•Presenter, Key Jurisdictional Updates in California, Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, Beverly Hills, CA, March 16-17, 2015
•Conference Chair and Presenter, “NYCAL Updates/Developments,” First Annual Asbestos Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, December 2-3, 2014
•Co-Author, “ 'Weight of the Evidence' Approach: A Backdoor Attempt to Undermine the Court's Daubert Gatekeeping Obligation ,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, September 2014
•Co-Author, “Asbestos Litigation: Alive and Strong in 2014,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, April 2014
•Co-Author, “Wireless Devices and Mobile Apps: FDA Speaks,” Defense Research Institute Medlaw Update, February 28, 2014
•Co-Author, “Plaintiff Win in Asbestos Case May Not Be Defense's Loss,” Law360, December 18, 2013
•Presenter, “Mobile Medical Apps: FDA Regulation and Products Liability Implications,” Medmarc Webinar, October 23, 2013
•Author, “Apportioning Liability in Jurisdictions with Fault Allocation: Sorting Out Verdict Form and Other Complexities Given That Today's Cases Name Dozens of Parties as Liable for Exposure,” American Conference Institute's 15th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, New York, NY, October 7-8, 2013
•Presenter, Apportioning Liability in Jurisdictions with Joint and Several Liability and/or Fault Apportionment: Sorting Out Verdict Form and Other Complexities Given That Today's Cases Name Dozens of Defendants as Liable for Exposure,” ACI Annual Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 26-27, 2013
•Presenter, Apportioning Liability in Jurisdictions with Joint and Several Liability and/or Fault Apportionment: Sorting Out Verdict Form and Other Complexities Given That Today's Cases Name Dozens of Defendants as Liable for Exposure,” ACI Annual Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, January 2013
•Co-Author, “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects “Any Exposure” Expert Opinion,” Chartis Legal Insights, Fall 2012
•Author, “Multidistrict Litigation: What Is It, and What Can You Do About It?” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, December 2010
•Author, “Should Local Installers That Provide Asbestos-Containing Materials Be Subject to Products Liability Claims?,” Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter, Defense Research Institute, April 2009
•Co-Author, “Through Regulations and in Court: The 2008 CPSIA Starts to Take Shape,” For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, April 2009
•Co-Author, “CPSC Power Expands: Legislation Brings Change to Consumer Products Industry,” USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2009
•Author, “Retailer's Particular Purpose Warranty: A Fine Line Between Customer Service and Liability Exposure,” In-House Defense Quarterly, Defense Research Institute, Winter 2009
•Co-Author, “Negotiating the Landscape of Increased Penalties Under CPSIA,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, February 2009
•Co-Author, “The New CPSC Public Database of Incidents,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, December 2008
•Co-Author, “The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: Preparing for the Unknown and the Unknowable,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, October 2008
•Presenter, “Automobile Issues and Trends,” New York State Bar Association, Law School for Claims Professionals, Syracuse, New York, September 2008
•Presenter, “State of the Art in Toxic Tort Cases: Convincing the Jury the World is Flat,” September 2008
•Presenter, “Belt and Suspenders: Don't Get Caught With Your Insurance Coverage Pants Down,” Buffalo Claims Association, 2006

Blog

•Asbestos Case Tracker
•Life Science Matters
•Product Liability Playbook

Achievements

•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Named 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 15, 2016
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2015
•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

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Life Sciences

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716.566.5457  Phone
716.566.5401  Fax
www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/joseph-j-welter
University Attended:
City University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986
Law School Attended:
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989
Year of First admission:
1989
Admission:
New York; Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York; U.S. District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of New York
Memberships:

Professional Affilaitions

•Defense Research Institute: Insurance Law Committee; Product Liability Committee and Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, 1964
ISLN:
902849080

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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