Attorney Profile:

Thomas F. Segalla

Thomas F. Segalla: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP


Thomas Segalla is a nationally recognized authority on bad faith, reinsurance, and insurance, an ARIAS-U.S. 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. In 2016, Tom was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice by the State University of New York at Buffalo Law Alumni Association in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession and the community in which he serves.

Tom is the co-author of the renowned insurance law treatise Couch on Insurance 3d and editor of the Reinsurance Professional's Deskbook published by Thomson Reuters and DRI, and he has published and lectured extensively for many professional organizations. As a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), he currently serves on the organization's Publications Board and Barrister Task Force 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
The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2017 (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, 2007-2016; Top 50 List, 2008
Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Insurance)
Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance, 2014-2017
Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, 2015
Expert Guides: Insurance and Reinsurance

•Who's Who in America
•Who's Who in American Law
•Who's Who in the World
•United Who's Who - Honored Lifetime Member
•Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice, SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association
•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
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


•American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel Establishes Thomas F. Segalla Award
May 2014
•Richard J. Cohen and Michael T. Glascott Inducted Into American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
October 31, 2013
•Defense Research Institute to Establish Honorary Chair and Education Award for Thomas F. Segalla
September 2013
•The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel Hits a Membership Milestone
July 25, 2013
•Thomas F. Segalla the Founding President of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
November 8, 2012


•The Insurance and Reinsurance Report


•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
•Neil A. Goldberg and Thomas F. Segalla Presented with Distinguished Alumni Award
May 12, 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

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Global Insurance Services
  • Insurance Regulatory
  • General Liability
  • Municipal and Governmental Liability
  • Cyber Risk and Social Media
  • Construction
  • Aviation Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716.566.5480  Phone
716.566.5401  Fax
University Attended:
University of Miami, B.B.A., department honors, 1965
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1972
1973, New York

Professional Affiliations

•American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel: Immediate-Past President
•Defense Research Institute: Publications Board; Barristers Task Force; Former Member, Board of Directors; Former Board Liaison to the Insurance Law Committee; Past Chair of Law Institute
•Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel: Insurance Coverage Section; Reinsurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Section; International Practice & Law Section; Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Section; Insurance Industry Initiatives Committee; Publications Committee; Insurance Symposium Committee; Extra Contractual Liability Section
•FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
•American Association of Insurance Management Consultants, 2012 to present
•International Association of Defense Counsel: Ethics, Insurance/Reinsurance, International and Toxic Tort sections
Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board Member, 2016
•British Law Association
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance: Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Fraud Committees
•International Association for Insurance Law
•American Arbitration Association: Roster of Neutrals
•National Foundation for Judicial Excellence: State Liaison
•National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
•ARIAS-U.S. Certified Arbitrator
•American Bar Association: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
•USLAW: Former Chair, Insurance Committee
•New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
•General Building Contractors of New York State: Associate Member
•Bar Association of Erie County
•Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
•Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York
•Insurance Club of Buffalo 1996, Director 1998-2001
•Buffalo Insurance Claims Association, 1972-present
•Utica Insurance Claims Association, 1990-present
•Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Matriculated Student
•New York State Insurance Department (CPCU Sponsorship), Continuing Education Instructor
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance: Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Fraud Committees
•Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers
•Center for Advancement of Technology in Education (C4ATE), Board of Directors 2016-present

Birth Information:
Lee, Massachusetts, April 7, 1943

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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