Buffalo law firm to open office in London

March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM EDT

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By Business First by Matt Chandler

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March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM EDT

Goldberg Segalla LLP is taking its business across the pond.

The Buffalo-based law firm announced March 13 that it is opening an office in London next month.

The new office - the first international office for the firm - will be located in the heart of London's financial and insurance district and will be headed by Clive O'Connell, a London-based attorney who served as the former head of the commercial risk and reinsurance department at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP.

Goldberg Segalla currently operates 10 offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Managing Partner Richard Cohen said it made good business sense for the firm.

"The London opportunity was one that, from a timing standpoint, presented perfectly for us," he said. "We do a tremendous amount of insurance and reinsurance work for a very large insurer community."

Cohen said the firm was already doing a significant amount of work in both Bermuda and London, making the decision to open the firm's first international office in the U.K. an easier one.

"The way our firm has expanded has been on a very organic basis," Cohen said. "This wasn't so much a function of needing to be in London right now, as it was an opportunity to build a London office around the right person."

Daniel Gerber is the co-chair of Goldberg Segalla's Global Insurance Services Practice Group. He echoed Cohen's statement, saying that the opportunity to land an attorney of O'Connell's international standing was too good to pass up.

"Our clients will greatly benefit from Clive's talents, experience, and unparalleled understanding of the complex global insurance and reinsurance markets," Gerber said.

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