Achievements

Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Appointed to Prestigious DRI Positions December 27, 2012

Four attorneys from the law firm Goldberg Segalla were appointed to prestigious leadership positions within the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the country’s leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Daniel W. Gerber, a partner in the firm’s Buffalo office, was appointed Chair of DRI’s Life, Health and Disability/ERISA Committee. John J. Jablonski, also a partner in the firm’s Buffalo office, was appointed Chair of the Electronic Discovery Committee. Michael J. Leegan, special counsel in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton office, was appointed Atlantic Region Director. Joseph M. Hanna, a partner in the Buffalo office, was named 2013 National Marketing Chair for the DRI Annual Meeting. 

Mr. Gerber is Co-Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Global Insurance Services Practice Group across the firm’s 11 offices and Co-Chair of its Cyber Risk and Social Media Practice Group. He maintains an international practice in complex insurance coverage and reinsurance matters. An active DRI leader, he also chairs its Social Media Task Force, has served on its Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and is a past Chair of DRI’s national Insurance Roundtable.

Mr. Jablonski is Chair of the firm’s E-Discovery Practice Group and the other Co-Chair of its Cyber Risk and Social Media Practice Group. He focuses his practice on complex e-discovery issues, including admissibility challenges related to electronic evidence, best practices and rules regarding records retention, cyber liability, and legal holds. He has been involved with DRI as a member of the Product Liability Committee and the E-Discovery Specialized Litigation Group.

Mr. Leegan is a civil trial litigator who concentrates in the defense of insureds, insurance carriers, self-insureds, and individuals in all aspects of civil law, including matters involving premises liability, automobile accidents, products liability, general negligence, insurance coverage, and bad faith litigation in the state and district courts of New Jersey. He has been a member of DRI since 2000 and has served as a State Representative for New Jersey.

Mr. Hanna concentrates his practice in commercial litigation with a focus on sports and entertainment law, construction litigation, and intellectual property law. He is the Chair of Goldberg Segalla's Diversity Task Force. He served as Marketing Vice-Chair for DRI’s 2012 Annual Meeting and holds numerous diversity-focused chair or liaison positions at the organization.

For more than 50 years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for more than 22,000 members that include defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and defending the integrity of the civil judiciary.