Premises Liability Defense
We represent many clients in diverse litigation involving their property interests. We represent the New York City Housing Authority, the largest property owner in New York City, with 3,000 residential buildings and a vast fleet of trucks, snowplows, street sweepers and other vehicles. We also represent the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the largest financial and construction authority for universities, health facilities and state agencies throughout the state.
We have been in the vanguard in the defense of claims for premises liability on account of violent crimes going back to the seminal case of Iannelli v. Powers, 134 A.D.2d 157 (2d Dept 1986), where we first established that there may not be a recovery in the absence of an expert showing of a causally related deficiency in security and foreseeability based upon a prior history of violence.
In Fuentes v. City of New York, 125 A.D.2d 1010 (1st Dept 1986), we established that the New York Yankees professional baseball team were not negligent in security when fans rushed the field and injured a cameraman in the final game of the 1977 World Series.
In Shrenkel v. New York State Dormitory Authority, 266 A.D. 2d 369 (2d Dept 1999), we established in a seminal case on out-of-possession ownership that a public authority’s rights as an out-of-possession owner/lessor do not constitute sufficient retention of control over premises to subject it to liability for a slip-and-fall accident on a college campus.
We represented the construction manager in a multiple-plaintiff firefighter liability litigation arising out of a highly publicized fire at the former Deutsche Bank Building at Ground Zero in which two firefighters died and multiple other firefighters allegedly sustained personal injuries.