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Profile - Susan E. Van Gelder - Bio
Susan E. Van Gelder
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Goldberg Segalla LLP
665 Main St Ste 400
Buffalo, NY 14203-1425
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.
Goldberg Segalla is one of the largest and fastest-growing law firms headquartered in the United States. With offices covering the eastern seaboard and stretching into the Midwest, along with an office in London, the firm advises and defends regional, national, and international clients from a wide range of industries in matters across the country and around the globe. Goldberg Segalla handles all forms of dispute resolution and provides proactive legal and regulatory counsel to help clients minimize and manage risk in a broad array of areas.
The firm’s collaborative culture and team-first philosophy have earned it respect and admiration from peers and clients, a spot on the national Fortune 100 Best Medium Workplaces list, and continual placement in statewide and regional rankings of the best places to work. Its client-driven, natural growth earned national recognition in the Law360 400 ranking of the largest U.S. law firms, which showed Goldberg Segalla to be the firm growing the fastest without taking part in a merger. The firm is proud to have received numerous recognitions for its commitment to diversity, thought leadership, and prominence in key practices and industries that place it alongside or above long-established firms many times its size.
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