Goodman, David M.

Partner

Mailing Address:

228 Park Avenue South
Suite 97572
New York, New York 10003-1502

Physical Location:

Buffalo, New York

Direct Dial/Text: (716) 402-5825
Fax: (646) 609-8841
Email: dgoodman@gerberciano.com

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Dave practices in our Insurance Solutions, General Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Construction and Product Liability Practice Groups.

Dave has been practicing law for almost 30 years. He is considered a “lawyer’s lawyer”. Fellow lawyers in the community, around the State and within the Firm seek out his opinion. His fellow lawyers ask him to serve as a neutral arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of disputes. Dave brings his unique skill set to the successful resolution and defense of professional liability, insurance coverage, transportation, premises, products liability, labor law, construction defect and general liability claims. He combines this broad experience in his oversight and management of portfolio risk matters.

The first 10 years of Dave’s practice involved defending doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities in malpractice and licensure matters. Doing so, Dave gained valuable trial experience and began to earn his reputation as a thorough, detailed and well-organized trial lawyer. With that firm, Dave rose from Associate to Partner in less than 4 years. After those first 10 years, Dave shifted his focus and spent the following 15 ½ years practicing plaintiff’s personal injury law with a large and established firm, joining as a Senior Trial Attorney. In that role, Dave managed a very large portfolio of cases in all stages of pre-litigation, active litigation and trial. Dave then returned to civil defense and accepted a partnership in a practice representing insureds and carriers in the defense to tort claims, subrogation matters, construction defects and insurance coverage matters. After holding this partnership for over 3 years, Dave joined us in the Fall of 2020.

He serves as a faculty member on continuing legal education panels, advising his fellow attorneys on updates in the law and practice skills. He has lectured for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Western New York Trial Lawyers. He has twice served on the Board of the Western New York Trial Lawyers, as treasurer and director. With DRI, Dave is active in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Professionally, Dave is most proud of his peer review rankings by his fellow lawyers and the judges before whom he practices. Dave is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; he has been chosen for Best Lawyers in America since 2001; he has been included in the New York State Super Lawyers since 2006; and in Buffalo Spree Best Lawyers in Western New York since 2011.

Personally, Dave is most proud of his family. He and his bride Kathleen have been married for over thirty years and have 3 children: Ben age 25; Shannon age 22; and Caroline age 16. Away from the office, (and often in the office) Dave is a devout Bruce Springsteen fan, whose music has been the soundtrack of his life. He believes that The Godfather Parts I and II are the greatest movies ever made and enjoys quoting Seinfeld references whenever possible.

Full Biography

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
EDUCATION
  • B.S. Economics, Dual Concentration, Commerce and Labor Relations, Niagara University, 1988
  • J.D. The University of Dayton School of Law, 1991
HONORS
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated – AV® Preeminent™ Listed In Best Lawyers in America Since 2001
  • New York State Super Lawyers Since 2006
  • Buffalo Spree Best Lawyers in Western New York Since 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2021 for work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Distinguished Attorneys
  • Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Chair Publications and Online Committees
    • Presenter, Litigation Skills Seminar 2019 and 2021
    • Defense Association of New York
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Bar Association of Erie County
    • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
    • Western New York Trial Lawyers

    Practice Areas

    Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
    • Advisory Board Member, Honor Flight
    • Member, Board of Directors, Hands Down With Heart, Inc.
    • Past President, St. George’s Parish Council, West Falls, New York
    • Coach and Sponsor, Orchard Park Little League

    Practice Areas

    Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
    • English

    Practice Areas

    Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
    • Rear-End Accidents in New York State, Bill of Particulars, New York State Trial Lawyers, 2011
    • Editorial Board Member, New York Motor Vehicle Accidents, James Publishing Company
    • Editor, New York Motor Vehicle Accidents

    Practice Areas

    Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
    • Presenter, “Alternate Dispute Resolution,” DRI, March 2019
    • Presenter, “Construction Site Accident Claims and Litigation,” New York State Bar Association, November 2019
    • Presenter, “Premises Liability,” New York State Bar Association, October 2019
    • Presenter, “Understanding the Labor Law,” In-House Training for Professionals and Risk Managers, September 2019
    • Presenter, “Intro to Civil Practice Motion Practice,” New York State Bar Association, June 2018

     

     

    Practice Areas

    Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

    Dompkowski v. Roussey, 30 AD3d 1105 (4th. Dept. 2006)

    Gray v. Hedlund, 244 AD2d 949 (4th. Dept. 1997)

    New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Hill, 24 AD3d 1267 (4th. Dept 2005)

    Bogardus v. Maron, 309 AD2d 1272 (4th. Dept. 2003)

    Lozzi v. Fuller Road Management Corporation, 175 AD3d 1815 (4th. Dept. 2019)

    Kladstrup v. Westfall Health Care Center, Inc., 183 Misc.2d 11 (Supreme Court, Monroe County 1999)

    Gustke v. Nickerson, 159 AD3d 1573 (4th. Dept. 2018)

    Niedermeier v. St. Joseph Hosp., 188 Misc.2d. 107 (Supreme Court, Erie County, 2001)

    Dave practices in our Insurance Solutions, General Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Construction and Product Liability Practice Groups.

    Dave has been practicing law for almost 30 years. He is considered a “lawyer’s lawyer”. Fellow lawyers in the community, around the State and within the Firm seek out his opinion. His fellow lawyers ask him to serve as a neutral arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of disputes. Dave brings his unique skill set to the successful resolution and defense of professional liability, insurance coverage, transportation, premises, products liability, labor law, construction defect and general liability claims. He combines this broad experience in his oversight and management of portfolio risk matters.

    The first 10 years of Dave’s practice involved defending doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities in malpractice and licensure matters. Doing so, Dave gained valuable trial experience and began to earn his reputation as a thorough, detailed and well-organized trial lawyer. With that firm, Dave rose from Associate to Partner in less than 4 years. After those first 10 years, Dave shifted his focus and spent the following 15 ½ years practicing plaintiff’s personal injury law with a large and established firm, joining as a Senior Trial Attorney. In that role, Dave managed a very large portfolio of cases in all stages of pre-litigation, active litigation and trial. Dave then returned to civil defense and accepted a partnership in a practice representing insureds and carriers in the defense to tort claims, subrogation matters, construction defects and insurance coverage matters. After holding this partnership for over 3 years, Dave joined us in the Fall of 2020.

    He serves as a faculty member on continuing legal education panels, advising his fellow attorneys on updates in the law and practice skills. He has lectured for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Western New York Trial Lawyers. He has twice served on the Board of the Western New York Trial Lawyers, as treasurer and director. With DRI, Dave is active in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

    Professionally, Dave is most proud of his peer review rankings by his fellow lawyers and the judges before whom he practices. Dave is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; he has been chosen for Best Lawyers in America since 2001; he has been included in the New York State Super Lawyers since 2006; and in Buffalo Spree Best Lawyers in Western New York since 2011.

    Personally, Dave is most proud of his family. He and his bride Kathleen have been married for over thirty years and have 3 children: Ben age 25; Shannon age 22; and Caroline age 16. Away from the office, (and often in the office) Dave is a devout Bruce Springsteen fan, whose music has been the soundtrack of his life. He believes that The Godfather Parts I and II are the greatest movies ever made and enjoys quoting Seinfeld references whenever possible.

    EDUCATION
    • B.S. Economics, Dual Concentration, Commerce and Labor Relations, Niagara University, 1988
    • J.D. The University of Dayton School of Law, 1991
    HONORS
    • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated – AV® Preeminent™ Listed In Best Lawyers in America Since 2001
    • New York State Super Lawyers Since 2006
    • Buffalo Spree Best Lawyers in Western New York Since 2011
    • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2021 for work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Distinguished Attorneys
    • Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs
    • Defense Research Institute
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
      • Chair Publications and Online Committees
      • Presenter, Litigation Skills Seminar 2019 and 2021
      • Defense Association of New York
      • New York State Bar Association
      • Bar Association of Erie County
      • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
      • Western New York Trial Lawyers
      • Advisory Board Member, Honor Flight
      • Member, Board of Directors, Hands Down With Heart, Inc.
      • Past President, St. George’s Parish Council, West Falls, New York
      • Coach and Sponsor, Orchard Park Little League
      • English
      • Rear-End Accidents in New York State, Bill of Particulars, New York State Trial Lawyers, 2011
      • Editorial Board Member, New York Motor Vehicle Accidents, James Publishing Company
      • Editor, New York Motor Vehicle Accidents
      • Presenter, “Alternate Dispute Resolution,” DRI, March 2019
      • Presenter, “Construction Site Accident Claims and Litigation,” New York State Bar Association, November 2019
      • Presenter, “Premises Liability,” New York State Bar Association, October 2019
      • Presenter, “Understanding the Labor Law,” In-House Training for Professionals and Risk Managers, September 2019
      • Presenter, “Intro to Civil Practice Motion Practice,” New York State Bar Association, June 2018

       

       

      Dompkowski v. Roussey, 30 AD3d 1105 (4th. Dept. 2006)

      Gray v. Hedlund, 244 AD2d 949 (4th. Dept. 1997)

      New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Hill, 24 AD3d 1267 (4th. Dept 2005)

      Bogardus v. Maron, 309 AD2d 1272 (4th. Dept. 2003)

      Lozzi v. Fuller Road Management Corporation, 175 AD3d 1815 (4th. Dept. 2019)

      Kladstrup v. Westfall Health Care Center, Inc., 183 Misc.2d 11 (Supreme Court, Monroe County 1999)

      Gustke v. Nickerson, 159 AD3d 1573 (4th. Dept. 2018)

      Niedermeier v. St. Joseph Hosp., 188 Misc.2d. 107 (Supreme Court, Erie County, 2001)