Premises Liability Defense

We represent Time Warner, Inc. and Time Warner Cable, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Forest City Ratner Companies and Forest City Enterprises, Inc. and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in diverse litigation involving their property interests. We are a select firm representing the New York City Housing Authority, the largest property owner in New York, with 3,000 residential buildings and a vast fleet of trucks, snow plows, street sweepers and other vehicles. 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, 498 N.Y.S.2d 377 (2d Dep't 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. We have successfully defended numerous more recent claims involving criminal assaults in housing projects and commercial establishments.

We represent large hotel operators such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., in the defense of claims brought against them arising from the operation of their premises. We handle the defense of premises liability claims for insurance carriers such as QBE Insurance Company and RLI Insurance Company.