Susan E. Van Gelder

Susan E. Van Gelder: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP


Susan Van Gelder concentrates her practice in the areas of toxic tort litigation, product liability litigation, and general litigation, maintaining a primary focus on defending complex asbestos cases. With nearly 15 years’ experience representing manufacturers of asbestos-containing equipment and component parts in lawsuits spanning the Northeast, Susan uses her deep well of practical knowledge of asbestos litigation to develop tailored defense strategies, ensure consistency in representation, and find expedited paths to resolution.

Susan has handled thousands of asbestos cases over the course of her career - hands-on experience that translates into relationships with the country’s foremost experts and a proven ability to find the right witnesses (oftentimes, decades after the initial exposure) to best defend her clients’ interests. One of the hallmarks of Susan’s proactive approach to asbestos litigation is her ability to isolate what works - or what doesn’t work - in a given matter and apply it, where appropriate, over time. Indeed, Susan builds cumulative defense strategies that ultimately help clients better anticipate legal costs and, where possible, avoid protracted litigation.

In addition to asbestos litigation, Susan represents clients involved in exposure to silica, lead paint, and other toxic materials and substances. She also handles matters involving professional liability, municipal law, general negligence, and premises liability. She has extensive appellate experience, having successfully argued appeals before New York's intermediate Appellate Courts and the New York Court of Appeals. She has also successfully tried cases to verdict.

Susan writes about asbestos litigation for Goldberg Segalla's award-winning Asbestos Case Tracker, 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.


•Top 25: Women Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2016-2017
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2017
Business First Who's Who in Law (Civil Litigation)


•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
•Thirty-Nine 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
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Whos Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 2012


•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in 2017 Legal Elite
September 2017


•Summary Judgment in Asbestos Case


•Asbestos Case Tracker


•Co-Author, “ Asbestos Litigation: Alive and Strong ,” DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Compendium, Spring 2017
•Co-Author, “ NYS Court of Appeals Makes Significant Duty-To-Warn Decision ,” Business First , August 17, 2016
•Co-Author, “ Non-Traditional Asbestos Litigation: New Products and Industries in the Crosshairs ,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Asbestos, November 19, 2014
•Co-Author, “Asbestos Litigation: Alive and Strong in 2014,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, April 2014
•Co-Author, “Lung Disease From Microwave Popcorn Flavoring? Searching for Kernels of Truth in the Litigation ‘Maize,’” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, November 2008
•Co-Author, “Causation in Mold Cases: Pointers for Defending Exposure Claims,” Defense Research Institute’s Library Series Publication, Exploring Toxic Tort and Environmental Liability Claims, 2007
•Co-Author, ”The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York on Sovereign Immunity,” New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Summer 2006

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716.566.5463  Phone
716.566.5401  Fax
University Attended:
State University of New York at Oswego, B.S., cum laude, 1994
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First admission:
1998, 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
•Steering Committee Chair, Professional Liability Expert Witness
•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
•Co-Chair, Annual Meeting, 2007 -2008,
•Member, Seminar Planning Committee, 2007-2008
•Chair, Publications/Newsletter, 2008-2010)

Birth Information:
Canandaigua, New York, August 30, 1972
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