Debra L. Doby

Debra L. Doby: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP
  • Partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP
  • 11 Martine Avenue, Suite 750, White Plains, NY 10606-1934
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Debra Doby concentrates her practice on workers’ compensation litigation, maritime law, and intellectual property . Named a “Rising Star” in New York Metro Super Lawyers every year since 2016, she has built a reputation on success in the courtroom as well as a history of deep and substantive engagement with the issues her clients face. On top of her service litigating and advising her clients, Debra has written and presented on subjects including opioid addiction and overprescription, obesity, and the clash of whalers and protestors in the Southern Ocean - and well beyond their merely legal applications.

Debra has extensive experience representing clients before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board and in appellate courts, deposing medical professionals and other experts, and advising on all aspects of workers’ compensation law - including claims arising under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Jones Act. Debra also counsels employers on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and frequently conducts training seminars on minimizing the risk of workplace accidents and related litigation.

Drawing on both her undergraduate degree in chemistry as well as her insights into workers' compensation issues and trends in pain medication prescription practices nationally, Debra created Goldberg Segalla’s Opioid Impact Program (OIP) - a comprehensive program designed to help claims professionals reduce claimants’ use of prescription medications. The program also helps identify and mitigate claims that have the potential to spiral out of control in terms of cost and exposure. She frequently writes and presents on the subject for industry publications and conferences.

In addition to developing OIP, Debra organizes the firm’s workers’ compensation webinar series. The free, monthly series highlights state-specific information on workers’ compensation claims and litigation, and provides a high-level look at industry trends. Debra is also co-editor of Goldberg Segalla’s Workers’ Compensation Defense blog, which examines the latest rulings, developments, and trends impacting the defense of workers' compensation claims.

Debra is also an authority on maritime law generally and on workers’ compensation issues arising from maritime occupations. She developed this interest as a legal clinician at Maritime New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand, where she counseled employees on OSHA, delegations, and other obligations under the Maritime Transport Act. She continued to develop her study of international trade while earning an L.L.M. at Trinity College, Dublin, and has written on comparative law and maritime jurisdictional conflicts. Today, Debra assists her clients in ensuring compliance with a wide range of internal conventions including the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), International Convention on Load Lines, International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STWC), pilotage, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). She also represents her clients in litigation arising from maritime workers’ compensation claims, and has tried many cases involving the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Jones Act, the Limitation of Liability Act, and other federal and international regulations.

Debra graduated cum laude from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor's in chemistry. At Vermont Law School Debra studied patent and copyright law, and has since written on the subject. As a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, she works to protect the ideas, innovations, inventions, and creative property that have fueled her clients’ successes. This included litigation and arbitration involving patents, trademarks and copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and portfolio management, and unfair competition - especially in matters of international trade.

While completing her J.D., Debra was a legal clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Legal Clinic in Vermont, where she worked on issues involving the Clean Air Act. She was also co-chair of the International Law Society and organizer of the 2009 ILS Annual Conference, and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Legal Students.


•New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-18


• Business Busters: Protecting Your Business from Employment Risks (Co-Presenter), Buffalo Niagara Partnership Speaker Series, Buffalo, NY, October 19, 2018
• Business Busters - Protecting Your Business from Employment Risks (Co-Presenter), Buffalo Niagara Partnership, June 28, 2018
• Marijuana, Opiates, and Alcohol, Safety Executives of New York Professional Development Conference, New York City, NY, March 20, 2018
• Perception vs. Reality of Formularies, New York Self-Insurers Association, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 8, 2017
• Reducing Overprescription of Narcotic Medications, ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, February 1, 2017
• Medicinal Marijuana and Its Impact on New York WC, SES Advanced Worker’s Compensation, January 2017
• Tricks to Navigating the New York Workers' Compensation Electronic Data Interchange, Workers' Compensation Webinar, November 16, 2016
• Preventive Strategies to Reduce Risk for Employees On Drugs, Alcohol, or Marijuana, Facilities Conference, Indian Wells, CA, October 19, 2016
• Lovin’ & Leavin’ Them: Over-Prescription of Medications, Worker’s Compensation Institute National Conference, Orlando, FL, August 17, 2016
• Litigation Strategies for Addressing Over-Prescription of Narcotic Medications, Workers' Compensation Webinar, August 10, 2016
• How to Limit Medical Exposure Using New York’s Medical Guidelines, SES Advanced Worker’s Compensation, January 23, 2015
• Sue Everyone! The Anatomy of a Construction Lawsuit (Co-Presenter), Professional Women in Construction, New York, May 22, 2014
• The Practical Ramifications of Zamora, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, March 2013
• Limitation of Liability Regimes in the U.S. and E.U., Irish Comparative Law Conference, Belfast University, March 2011


• Impact of the USMCA on the Medical Device Industry (Co-Author), MD+DI, January 11, 2019
• Will Sovereign Immunity Shield Patent Owners From IPR Challenges? (Co-Author), New York Law Journal, May 18, 2018
• Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law (Co-Author), Tort Trial and Insurance Law Journal, Winter 2018
• Applicability of 101 Challenges in ANDA Pharmaceutical Litigation (Co-Author), New York Law Journal, March 23, 2018
• Marijuana and Opioids: Controlling Their Effects in the Workplace (Co-Author), IndustryWeek, May 26, 2017
• Curbing Overprescription of Painkillers With Interstate Data Sharing (Co-Author), American Bar Association TortSource, Vol. 19, No. 1, Fall 2016
• Data-Driven Solutions for America’s Expanding Obesity Problem (Co-Author), USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016
• There’s No Such Thing as Free Labor: Risks Associated With Internships (Co-Author), American Bar Association Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Newsletter, Summer 2014
• Employment of Undocumented Workers by Subcontractors: Evaluating General Contractor Workers’ Compensation Potential Liability (Co-Author), USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2014
• Whale Wars: How to End the Violence in the Southern Ocean, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, April 2013
•Contributor, Australia and New Zealand, The ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions, American Bar Association, 2012
• The Wreck of the Andrew J. Barberi: The Role of Limitation of Liability, Florida Journal of International Law, August 2011
• Piracy Jure Gentium: The Jurisdictional Conflict of the High Seas and Territorial Seas, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, October 2010


•Thirty-Four Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Featured in 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers
September 13, 2018
•Another Strong Showing for Goldberg Segalla in New York Metro Super Lawyers
September 27, 2016


•Kristin Klein Wheaton and Debra L. Doby Present Business Busters - Protecting Your Business from Employment Risks, at Buffalo-Niagara Partnership
July 2018
•Goldberg Segalla Continues to Rise in 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers Listing
September 20, 2017
•Goldberg Segalla Announces New Partners
January 1, 2017
•Debra L. Doby Joins Goldberg Segalla
August 12, 2013


•Maryland Employer Wins Weaning Order in Complicated Opioid Prescription Case
June 4, 2018
•Opioid Impact Program Clears Path to Reducing Prescription Abuse in North Carolina Legacy Claim
May 17, 2018
•Three-State Team Navigates Overlapping Workers Comp and Longshore Claims
March 20, 2018


•Workers Compensation Defense

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Construction
  • Opioid Exposures
  • Cannabis Law
  • Maritime

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
914.798.5421  Phone
914.798.5401  Fax
University Attended:
University of West Georgia, B.A., Chemistry, cum laude, 2003
Law School Attended:
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, LL.M., Public and private international law bearing on arbitration and cross border disputes, with honors, 2011; Vermont Law School, J.D., with Certificate in International and Comparative Law, 2009
Year of First Admission:
Washington, D.C.; New York

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association
•Vice Chair, Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Committee,
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
•Washington, D.C. Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•Professional Women in Construction
•National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP)

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