Debra Doby concentrates her practice on workers’ compensation litigation, maritime law, and intellectual property. Named a “Rising Star” in New York Metro Super Lawyers every year since 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.
Debra is also an authority on maritime law generally and on workers’ compensation issues arising from maritime occupations. She developed this interest as a legal clinician at Maritime New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand, where she counseled employees on OSHA, delegations, and other obligations under the Maritime Transport Act. She continued to develop her study of international trade while earning an L.L.M. at Trinity College, Dublin, and has written on comparative law and maritime jurisdictional conflicts. Today, Debra assists her clients in ensuring compliance with a wide range of internal conventions including the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), International Convention on Load Lines, International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STWC), pilotage, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). She also represents her clients in litigation arising from maritime workers’ compensation claims, and has tried many cases involving the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Jones Act, the Limitation of Liability Act, and other federal and international regulations.
Debra graduated cum laude from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor's in chemistry. At Vermont Law School Debra studied patent and copyright law, and has since written on the subject. As a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, she works to protect the ideas, innovations, inventions, and creative property that have fueled her clients’ successes. This included litigation and arbitration involving patents, trademarks and copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and portfolio management, and unfair competition — especially in matters of international trade.
While completing her J.D., Debra was a legal clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Legal Clinic in Vermont, where she worked on issues involving the Clean Air Act. She was also co-chair of the International Law Society and organizer of the 2009 ILS Annual Conference, and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Legal Students.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2016-18||Super Lawyers||N/A|
|Partner||Goldberg Segalla, LLP||2013 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Vice Chair, Worker's Comp and Employers' Liability Committee||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section||N/A|
|District of Columbia Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Professional Women in Construction||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute (DRI)||Member||N/A|
|National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP)||Member||N/A|
|New York Law Journal||Co-Author, “Will Sovereign Immunity Shield Patent Owners From IPR Challenges?”||2018|
|Tort Trial and Insurance Law Journal||Co-Author, "Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law,"||2018|
|New York Law Journal||Co-Author, "Applicability of §101 Challenges in ANDA Pharmaceutical Litigation,"||2018|
|IndustryWeek||Co-Author, "Marijuana and Opioids: Controlling Their Effects in the Workplace,"||2017|
|American Bar Association TortSource, Vol. 19, No. 1||Co-Author, “Curbing Overprescription of Painkillers With Interstate Data Sharing,”||2016|
|USLAW Magazine||Co-Author, “Data-Driven Solutions for America’s Expanding Obesity Problem,”||2016|
|American Bar Association Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Newsletter||Co-Author, “There’s No Such Thing as Free Labor: Risks Associated With Internships,”||2014|
|Professional Women in Construction||Co-Presenter, “Sue Everyone! The Anatomy of a Construction Lawsuit,”||2014|
|USLAW Magazine||Co-Author, “Employment of Undocumented Workers by Subcontractors: Evaluating General Contractor Workers’ Compensation Potential Liability,”||2014|
|Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce||Author, “Whale Wars: How to End the Violence in the Southern Ocean,”||2013|
|The ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions, American Bar Association||Contributor, “Australia” and “New Zealand,”||2012|
|Florida Journal of International Law||Author, “The Wreck of the Andrew J. Barberi: The Role of Limitation of Liability,”||2011|
|Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce||Author, “Piracy Jure Gentium: The Jurisdictional Conflict of the High Seas and Territorial Seas,”||2010|
|Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland||LL.M - Master of Laws, focusing on public and private intl. law||2011|
|Vermont Law School||JD - Juris Doctor, with Certificate in Intl. and Comparative Law||2009|
|University of West Georgia||BA - Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, cum laude||2003|
|Safety Executives of New York Professional Development Conference, New York City, NY||"Marijuana, Opiates, and Alcohol"||2018|
|Buffalo Niagara Partnership Speaker Series, Buffalo, NY||"Business Busters: Protecting Your Business from Employment Risks" (Co-Presenter)||2018|
|Buffalo Niagara Partnership||"Business Busters — Protecting Your Business from Employment Risks" (Co-Presenter)||2018|
|SES Advanced Worker’s Compensation||"Medicinal Marijuana and Its Impact on New York WC"||2017|
|New York Self-Insurers Association, Saratoga Springs, NY||"Perception vs. Reality of Formularies"||2017|
|ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT||"Reducing Overprescription of Narcotic Medications"||2017|
|Worker’s Compensation Institute National Conference, Orlando, FL||"Lovin’ & Leavin’ Them: Over-Prescription of Medications"||2016|
|Workers' Compensation Webinar||"Litigation Strategies for Addressing Over-Prescription of Narcotic Medications"||2016|
|Workers' Compensation Webinar||"Tricks to Navigating the New York Workers' Compensation Electronic Data Interchange||2016|
|Facilities Conference, Indian Wells, CA||"Preventive Strategies to Reduce Risk for Employees On Drugs, Alcohol, or Marijuana"||2016|
|SES Advanced Worker’s Compensation||"How to Limit Medical Exposure Using New York’s Medical Guidelines"||2015|
|Professional Women in Construction, New York||"Sue Everyone! The Anatomy of a Construction Lawsuit" (Co-Presenter)||2014|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||"The Practical Ramifications of Zamora"||2013|
|Irish Comparative Law Conference, Belfast University||"Limitation of Liability Regimes in the U.S. and E.U."||2011|
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