Debra Doby concentrates her practice on workers’ compensation litigation, maritime law, and intellectual property. Named a “Rising Star” in New York Metro Super Lawyers in 2016, she has built a reputation on success in the courtroom as well as a history of deep and substantive engagement with the issues her clients face.
On top of her service litigating and advising her clients, Debra has written and presented on subjects including opioid addiction and overprescription, obesity, and the clash of whalers and protestors in the Southern Ocean — and well beyond their merely legal applications.
Debra has extensive experience representing clients before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board and in appellate courts, deposing medical professionals and other experts, and advising on all aspects of workers’ compensation law — including claims arising under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Jones Act.
Debra also counsels employers on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and frequently conducts training seminars on minimizing the risk of workplace accidents and related litigation.
Drawing on both her undergraduate degree in chemistry as well as her insights into workers’ compensation issues and trends in pain medication prescription practices nationally, Debra created Goldberg Segalla’s Opioid Impact Program (OIP) — a comprehensive program designed to help claims professionals reduce claimants’ use of prescription medications.
The program also helps identify and mitigate claims that have the potential to spiral out of control in terms of cost and exposure. She frequently writes and presents on the subject for industry publications and conferences.
In addition to developing OIP, Debra organizes the firm’s workers’ compensation webinar series. The free, monthly series highlights state-specific information on workers’ compensation claims and litigation, and provides a high-level look at industry trends.
Debra is also co-editor of Goldberg Segalla’s Workers’ Compensation Defense blog, which examines the latest rulings, developments, and trends impacting the defense of workers’ compensation claims.
- American Bar Association
- Washington, D.C. Bar Association
- Professional Women in Construction
- Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, LL.M., focusing on public and private international law bearing on arbitration and cross border disputes, with honors, 2011
- Vermont Law School, J.D., with Certificate in International and Comparative Law, 2009
- University of West Georgia, B.A. in Chemistry, cum laude, 2003
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