Steve Goldman is the managing partner of the firm and a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience litigating and trying a diverse range of cases throughout the United States.
Class Action and Property Insurance Litigation
Steve has served as counsel for insurers in many of the country's most significant property insurance and class action cases. These include The Standard Fire Insurance Company v. Knowles (Supreme Court of United States holding that plaintiff's stipulation cannot defeat federal jurisdiction under Class Action Fairness Act); Travco v. Ward (Virginia Supreme Court upholding trial court's judgment that property insurance policies do not cover losses caused by presence of Chinese drywall); Sher v. Lafayette Insurance Company (Louisiana Supreme Court upholding the flood exclusion in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina); Landry v. Louisiana Citizens Insurance Company (Louisiana Supreme Court holding Louisiana's Valued Policy Law inapplicable to certain Katrina-related claims); Johnson Gallagher Magliery LLC v. Charter Oak Fire Ins. Co. (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York granting partial summary judgment in favor of insurer in applying flood exclusion to loss of electrical power in lower Manhattan and precluding business income losses related to Superstorm Sandy power interruption) and Streamline Capital v. Hartford Insurance (refusing to adopt the time necessary to rebuild the World Trade Center as the "period of restoration" for WTC tenants).
As an advocate and advisor for a wide range of insurance companies and insurance industry organizations, Steve has handled numerous high-impact cases arising from catastrophes such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the anthrax scare in 2001. He has tried many high-exposure cases throughout the Northeast and in jurisdictions as diverse as Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa.
Steve also has significant experience litigating class actions, especially those based on insurance coverage issues and insurer market conduct. In addition to the Knowles case, he has successfully argued class action related appeals in three federal circuits and in state appellate courts, and has successfully defeated class certification in many state and federal trial courts.
Steve is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a prior chair of the Connecticut State Committee for that organization. He is also a prolific speaker on insurance coverage, litigation, and ethics matters and has published numerous papers on these subjects. In addition, he contributes to the firm's Property Insurance Coverage Insights blog. Steve has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Insurance Law since 2006, and was named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford in the area of Insurance Law for 2011, 2016, and 2018. He also has been selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2018 and the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers for 2009.