Attorney Profile:

Richard J. Cohen

Richard J. Cohen: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Biography

Richard Cohen, the firm's Managing Partner, is a founding partner of the firm, former Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group, and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Practice Group. An AV-rated trial lawyer with 25 years of experience, Rick's practice primarily involves sophisticated insurance coverage and bad faith matters, reinsurance, and D&O and E&O litigation. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, and North Carolina, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and is a registered foreign lawyer in the United Kingdom. He splits his time between the firm's Manhattan and Buffalo offices.

Rick is well published, and he has lectured across the country and in Canada on a wide range of topics involving insurance coverage, bad faith, reinsurance, E&O and D&O issues, as well as sports law issues. Among other things, he has several times authored the annual Survey of New York Insurance Law published in the Syracuse University Law Review. He has also written for both Mealey's and Appleman's, including the chapter “Calculating the Amount of Coverage” in New Appleman on Insurance 3d Edition.

Rick is the former National Co-Chair of the Insurance Company Relations Subcommittee of the 22,000 member Defense Research Institute (DRI), and is the former Chair of the National Committee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). He has been a CPCU instructor and lecturer for well over a decade. He has on multiple occasions been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers. He has also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, has been named to the Legal Elite of Western New York, and is one of a select group of lawyers in the United States inducted into the invitation-only American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. He has been a featured speaker at the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 CPCU Annual Meetings.

Honors

•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Business First's Power 250, 2016
Best Lawyers in America 2014-2017 (Insurance Law)
•Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
•Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Insurance)

Civic Activities

•Board of Directors, Mathewson-McCarthy Babe Ruth Youth Baseball League, Amherst, New York (2005-2006)
•Roswell Park Alliance Board (1996-2001): Executive Committee (1999-2001); Corporate Committee, Co-Chair (1996-2001)
•Instructor - CPCU and AIC Programs (2000-2003)

News

•Goldberg Segalla to Launch St. Louis Office
January 28, 2015
•Richard J. Cohen and Michael T. Glascott Inducted Into American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
October 31, 2013
•Goldberg Segalla Is Nations Fourth-Fastest Growing Law Firm, Third-Fastest in New York
June 26, 2013
•Goldberg Segalla Intensifies Growth in Manhattan
March 26, 2013
•Goldberg Segalla's Growth Featured in “Law Firms Upbeat About Hiring, Growth,” Business First and Buffalo Law Journal
January 18, 2013

Blog

•Professional Liability Matters
•The Insurance and Reinsurance Report

Achievements

•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in 2016 Legal Elite
October 4, 2016
•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
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in Legal Elite of Western New York
October 7, 2015
•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

Publications/Presentations

•Co-Presenter, Strategies for Defending General Liability Claims, Carlsbad, CA, March 1, 2017
•Featured in Goldberg Segalla's Growth Quick Yet Methodical, Buffalo Law Journal, December 27, 2016
•Co-Author, “Litigating and Protecting the Insurance Claim,” Preparing for and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, 2d Ed. , 2016 Rev., New York State Bar Association
•Quoted in “ Partnership Is the 'Holy Grail' for Law Firm Associates, ” Buffalo Law Journal, February 1, 2016
•Quoted in “ Legal Presence Goes Beyond WNY Borders, ” Buffalo Law Journal, March 16, 2015
•Featured in “New Jersey Powerhouse: Goldberg Segalla LLP,” June 24, 2014
•Quoted in “The Site of Two Growth-Minded Law Firms,” Buffalo Law Journal, June 3, 2014
•Quoted in “A Paradigm Shift,” Intelligent Insurer Monte Carlo Edition, September 2013
•Co-Author, “Asset Managers Do Not Owe Fiduciary Duty to Note Holders,” Chartis Legal Insights, Fall 2012
•Presenter, “The Additional Insured Illusion,” CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 8-11, 2012
•Presenter, “Emerging Issues,” CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 8-11, 2012
•Presenter, “Emerging Issues - Information and Insight You Can Bet On!,” CPCU Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, September 2011
•Presenter, “Don't Roll the Dice in Managing Agent and Broker E&O Exposures and Claims - The Lessons You Didn't Learn in E&O Class,” CPCU Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, September 2011
•Author, Calculating the Amount of Coverage, New Appleman on Insurance 3d Edition, Chapter 47, LexisNexis, Spring 2011
•Presenter, Hypothetically Speaking-Where is the Coverage? , Defense Research Institute Construction Law Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, October 2010
•Presenter, 24 Ways to Avoid Getting into Trouble - Best Practices for Managing Agent and Broker E&O Exposures and Claims, CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, September 2010
•Presenter, Emerging Issues for Today's Insurance Professional, CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, September 2010
•Presenter, “A Close Examination of the Wasa v. Lexington Decision and its Impact on the Reinsurance Market Moving Forward,” CPCU Society's Reinsurance Symposium in Philadelphia, PA, March 2010
•Presenter, Electronic Discovery - Don't Let it Zap You, CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, September 2009
•Presenter, Coverage Evaluations and Declaratory Judgment Actions, CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, September 2009
•Presenter, Emerging Issues for Today's Insurance Professional, CPCU Society Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, September 2009
•Presenter, Emerging Challenges of Electronically Stored Information and E-Discovery, CPCU Society Webinar, May 2009
•Presenter, Emerging Developments in Insurance Coverages, CPCU Society Webinar, January 2009
•Presenter, Coverage Evaluations and Declaratory Judgment Actions, A Practical Tactical Approach, CPCU Society Workshop, June 2008; CPCU Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2008
•Co-Author, Topps Turns the Lights Out on Cool Papa Bell, NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Summer 2008
•Presenter, The Duty to Defend, What Is It and What Does It Really Mean?, CPCU Society Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, June 2008
•Co-Author, Insured's Failure to Provide Any Notice of Claim When So Required for Coverage Under the Policy, Mealey's Expert Commentaries, May 2008
•Co-Author, The Rangers' Gloves are Off in a Digital Tussle with the NHL, NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Spring 2008; Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Winter 2008
•Author, Cedant's Latitude in Allocating its Defense and Indemnity Obligation Amongst Policies to be Reinsured: The Follow the Settlements Doctrine Examined, Mealey's Expert Commentaries, March 2008
•Co-Author and Presenter, Conflict of Laws in the United States, Canadian Defence Lawyers' National Insurance Coverage Symposium, Toronto, ON, February 2008
•Co-Author, Life Insurance Chapter for the Renowned Insurance Treatise, New Appleman's Insurance Law Practice Guide, Matthew Bender & Co., LexisNexis Group, 2008
•Co-Author, When is an Indemnity Agreement Not an Insured Contract? - Contractual Contribution and the Construction Contract Conundrum, DRI, The Voice, February 2007
•Co-Author, Chapter - Discovery in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Disputes, Insurance Law Practice, New York State Bar Association (2006 Edition)
•Co-Author, Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation - New York Law Sections 200, 240(1), 241(6), New York State Bar Association publication, 2006
•Co-Author, Discovery and Bad Faith Cases, Insurance Law Practice, Second Edition, New York State Bar Association, 2005
•Contributing Author, Preparing for and Trying the Civil Lawsuit, Second Edition, New York State Bar Association publication, 2004
•Co-Author and Presenter, Bad Faith - Baloney or Real Beef? (The Lurking Dangers of Bad Faith), Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, 2004
•Author and Presenter, Fishing at Chelsea Piers: Discovery in Coverage and Bad Faith Cases, DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, New York, NY, 2004
•Co-Author, 2000-2001 Survey of New York Insurance Law, 52 SYR L. Rev. 449, 2002
•Contributing Author, Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation, ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 2002
•Co-Author and Presenter, The Special Investigation Unit - Determining Fraud Proactively, Defense Research Institute Insurance Coverage and Practice Seminar, New York, NY, 2002
•Co-Author and Editor, 1999-2000 Survey of New York Insurance Law, 51 SYR L. Rev. 563, 2001
•Co-Author and Presenter, New Trends in Declaratory Judgment Actions, Defense Research Institute Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Chicago, IL, 2001
•Co-Author and Co-Presenter, The Defense Rests . . . But on Whose Shoulders? Defense Research Institute Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 2000
•Contributing Author, Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation, Choice of Law, West Publications, 2000
•Author and Presenter, Shifting the Risk: Anti-subrogation and Additional Insureds, Defense Research Institute Construction, Surety, and Insurance Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, 1999
•Co-Author, Insurance Coverage Concerns for the Millennium, The Defense Practitioner's Guide to the Year 2000 Problem, Defense Research Institute Library Series, 1999
•Author, Allocation of Defense Costs, Understanding Allocation, Defense Research Institute Library Series, 1999
•Co-Author, The Innocent Co-Insured: Coverage under the Homeowners Policy, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, 1999
•Co-Author and Co-Presenter, Coverage Minefield or Walk in the Park?, Defense Research Institute Insurance Coverage and Practice Seminar, San Francisco, CA, 1999
•Author and Presenter, Controlling the Defense, Defense Research Institute Excess and Reinsurance Seminar, New Orleans, LA, 1999
•Author and Presenter, The Insured's Selection of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 1998
•Co-Author, Direct Actions - Current Developments, Insurance Litigation Reporter, 1998
•Co-Author, Anti-Subrogation, Additional Insureds and Other Related Issues, Construction-Related Insurance Coverage Issues, DRI Annual Monograph, 1997
•Co-Author, Loading and Unloading - The 'Walton Rule' (updated), New York Department of Insurance Bulletin, 1997
•Co-Author, The Anti-Subrogation Rule, TIPS Journal, 1997
•Co-Author, Direct Actions: Current Developments (a national perspective), Defense Research Institute, Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, New York, NY, 1997
•Co-Author, A Tactical Approach to Declaratory Judgment Actions, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, 1996
•Co-Author, Loading and Unloading - The 'Walton Rule,' New York State No-Fault/SUM Arbitration Reporter, 1996
•Co-Author, The Insured's Entitlement to Select Defense Counsel and the Retention and Use of Coverage Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, New York, NY, 1996
•Co-Author, Contractual Liability Claims and Additional Insureds, Defense Research Institute, Insurance Conference, San Francisco, CA, 1995
•Co-Author, Insurance Coverage for Emotional Distress Claims, Defense Research Institute, Insurance Claims Supervisors National Conference, Seattle, WA, 1994
•Co-Author and Editor, 1993-1994 Survey of New York Insurance Law, SYR L. Rev., 1994
•Co-Author, Effectively Preparing Claims Supervisors For Their Deposition and Trial Testimony, Defense Research Institute, Insurance Claims Supervisors National Conference, Boston, MA, 1993
•Co-Author, Can The Puzzle Be Solved: Are Punitive Damages Awardable In New York For First-Party Bad Faith?, 44 SYR L. Rev. 723, 1993

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Global Insurance Services
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Regulatory
  • Sports and Entertainment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716.566.5442  Phone
716.566.5401  Fax
www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/richard-j-cohen
University Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management, B.S., with distinction, 1986
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1989
Admission:
1989, Pennsylvania; 1991, New York; 2013, Connecticut; 2013, North Carolina; 2014, Illinois; U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance: former Chair, National Committee
•Defense Research Institute: Law Practice Management Committee (Co-Chair of Programming, 2013); Construction Law Committee (Chair, Construction Insurance Coverage Specialized Litigation Group, 2008-2010); Insurance Company Relations Subcommittee (Vice Chair, 2000-2004); Insurance Law Committee; Professional Liability Insurance Specialized Litigation Group; Life, Health & Disability Insurance Committee (Membership Chair, 2000 - 2002)
•American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel: Fellow
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•American Bar Foundation: Fellow
•Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
•SUNY Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association
•American Bar Foundation

Birth Information:
Buffalo, New York, August 9, 1963
ISLN:
908299049

Peer Reviews

  • 4.7/5.0 18 reviews
  • 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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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 11/01/12 in Insurance Coverage Defense

    Richard is a fine lawyer and I am happy to be his colleague. Read more

    Richard is a fine lawyer and I am happy to be his colleague.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/12 in Insurance Bad Faith

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/12 in Insurance Coverage

    Mr. Cohen is an exceptional lawyer in all respects. I wish I could give him an even higher ranking. Read more

    Mr. Cohen is an exceptional lawyer in all respects. I wish I could give him an even higher ranking.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/15/12 in Insurance Coverage

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 10/15/12 in Insurance Coverage

    Mr. Cohen has the deep level of ability and confidence that enables him to have an impact even when he is silent. He is a competitor of mine and has my upmost respect an... Read more

    Mr. Cohen has the deep level of ability and confidence that enables him to have an impact even when he is silent. He is a competitor of mine and has my upmost respect and admiration.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 10/15/12 in Insurance

    Rick is extremely knowledgable in this area of law. Read more

    Rick is extremely knowledgable in this area of law.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 10/15/12 in Torts

    Rick has the highest ethical and professional standards. He is a credit to the profession. Rick is extremely knowledgable and competent. He is highly organized and enjo... Read more

    Rick has the highest ethical and professional standards. He is a credit to the profession. Rick is extremely knowledgable and competent. He is highly organized and enjoys an excellent reputation among his peers.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Member on 10/10/12 in Insurance Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Member on 10/10/12 in Insurance Coverage Defense

    Richard Cohen is an outstanding coverage attorney and the managing attorney for his firm. His expertise in this area has fueled growth for his firm in multiple jurisdict... Read more

    Richard Cohen is an outstanding coverage attorney and the managing attorney for his firm. His expertise in this area has fueled growth for his firm in multiple jurisdictions. He is a recognized authority in the insurance industry and a frequent speaker at industry trade organizations nationwide.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 10/08/12 in Insurance

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