Sam Goldblatt is a retired partner of the firm and former chair of Nixon Peabody’s Litigation Department, who currently serves as Of Counsel. He represents manufacturing and service businesses in disputes in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels.
I leverage my more than 30 years of experience to help clients manage their complex and high-stakes disputes with other businesses, individuals and governmental agencies. My practice focuses on three main areas.
I’ve represented manufacturers in a wide range of civil cases arising from alleged product defects and failures and have tried more than 25 cases to verdict in courts across the United States. In 2012, my team defended a propane tank manufacturer in wrongful death and personal injury actions arising from separate fires in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania that resulted in the largest settlements in those Commonwealths in 2012. We also recently concluded a class action in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana involving more than a half million diesel engines.
I’ve defended several major businesses accused of civil fraud, industry-wide conspiracy and breach of contract. Recently, my team completed the successful defense of more than 50 lawsuits seeking money damages for alleged participation in an industry-wide conspiracy to keep secret the health effects of an alleged chemical carcinogen. The cases were commenced in various courts around the country and the litigation spanned more than a decade. We are currently defending a coatings manufacturer in a breach of contract and fraud action in the District Court of Massachusetts seeking money damages for alleged unlawful termination of a licensing, supply and market development agreement.
I provide strategic counseling regarding dispute resolution and adaptation of project management discipline to legal cases and projects to maximize results while minimizing costs.
Since 2008, I’ve been actively following the impact of the financial and debt crisis on how businesses manage legal matters and the growing pressure on general counsels to achieve equal or better results at less cost. In response, I’ve led Nixon Peabody’s efforts to apply legal project management to re-engineer the way we deliver services and make expanded use of contingent, fixed and other alternative fee arrangements.
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
Sam was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the fields of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants. Sam has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2012, and was named 2017 Product Liability Litigation “Lawyer of the Year" in Boston, MA.
The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., has named Boston trial lawyer Samuel Goldblatt as a 2017 Client Service All-Star. Sam has also been recognized as a Massachusetts and New York local litigation star by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, since its 2013 edition.
Member of the Massachusetts and New York State bar associations; the Product Liability Advisory Council; the Editorial Board of BNA’s Product Liability and Safety Reporter; the Defense Research Institute; and the International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers (2d ed.). He is also the past chair of the American Bar Association, TIPS Section, Product Liability Committee, and co-chair of the Warnings Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Product Liability Committee. He is the author of more than twenty articles on product liability–related topics and a handbook on the regulations of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.