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Our torts and products liability defense attorneys defend some of the most sophisticated and complex civil cases in the United States. Practice area members are admitted to and regularly appear before state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration panels.

Overview

Our torts and products liability defense attorneys defend some of the most sophisticated and complex civil cases in the United States. We represent multinational corporations, utilities, nationally known educational institutions, common carriers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, local businesses of all sizes, and individuals in a broad spectrum of tort and products liability cases. We additionally serve as designated panel counsel for many prominent insurance carriers and as approved counsel for several third-party administrators. Practice area members are admitted to and regularly appear before state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration panels.

Our team includes the former chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section, the former chair of the Fifth Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee, former assistant district attorneys, and former law clerks for federal and state trial and appellate courts. Several of our attorneys have been recognized for their outstanding legal skills by preeminent ratings services and professional organizations such as Martindale-Hubbell, The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers.

Although our attorneys routinely try significant cases before juries and judges, they also advise and assist clients in negotiating and resolving disputes before they erupt into full litigation. Our attorneys frequently engage in all forms of alternate dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and early neutral evaluation. Barclay Damon’s commitment to technology also assists our team in providing the most efficient and cost-effective delivery of legal services, mindful of client expectations.

Litigation cannot always be avoided. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the defense of all types of torts and products liability cases.

Complex Tort and General Liability Cases

Our attorneys are experienced in the defense of personal injury and property-loss litigation based on both common-law theories and statutory violations, including cases involving:

  • Catastrophic injury
  • Civil rights claims
  • Construction accidents
  • Construction defects
  • Deceptive business practices
  • Dram Shop and tavern liability
  • Educational institutions
  • Electrocution and power-line injury
  • Fire loss
  • Hazardous materials
  • Inadequate security
  • Infliction of emotional distress
  • Intentional torts
  • Municipal liability
  • Negligence
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Premises liability
  • Property damage
  • Scaffold law
  • Sporting injuries
  • Subrogation claims
Team Members
Representative Experience
  • Defended a utility in a $1 million personal injury action allegedly resulting from a failure to provide municipal lighting.

  • Successfully prosecuted appeals to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and secured summary judgment in favor of an insurance company where the client did not owe any duty to the injured plaintiff.

  • Successfully defended defendants in multiple complex construction-related accidents, including defending claims under Labor Law § 240, with verdicts taken through trial.

  • Obtained a dismissal of a lawsuit by a student alleging 17 causes of medical malpractice and intentional torts against a private university and its health care center.

  • Successfully obtained a dismissal of a premises liability action against an insurance company after the trial in which the plaintiff sought over $1 million in damages. 

  • Successfully defended a $170,000 claim by a utilities company for damage to equipment during a construction project.

  • Successfully defended a supermarket chain in a premises liability claim for an injury in a grocery store that was affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented a building owner in a trip-and-fall case involving a 25-year patient of the tenant doctor who allegedly tripped over the hallway runner when exiting the building and whose last demand was for $250,000. The jury found the condition of the vestibule was safe, finding in favor of the client.

  • Obtained summary judgment in a toxic-exposure and NYS Labor Law case with significant injuries claimed.

  • Obtained summary-judgment dismissal of a complaint against the county and district attorneys that sought $9 million in damages for malicious prosecution. 

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