Premises Liability Defense Litigation
(Contact: Claudia L. Boyd Email:email@example.com
As a prominent defense litigation firm throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island, Lewis Johs has long been the leading law firm in matters relating to litigation arising from the ownership or use of commercial and residential premises. The Firm represents nationally known hotels, retail and restaurant chains, banks, large shopping malls and commercial landlords, and also handles cases involving single family dwellings.
This type of defense litigation involves issues pertaining to security, the creation of allegedly hazardous conditions and actual or constructive notice of allegedly hazardous conditions, open and obvious conditions, trivial defects, recurrent conditions, snow and ice conditions, the rights and duties of absentee landlords, assumption of risk, the interpretation of hold harmless indemnity provisions of leases, and issues regarding duties which are allegedly owed to third-party beneficiaries of contracts. Lewis Johs aggressively evaluates and pursues indemnity claims and reviews and evaluates insurance procurement issues.
Although the emphasis of the Firm’s representation centers on negligence-type claims, Lewis Johs also provides certain clients with representation before administrative agencies, in landlord-tenant disputes, and in criminal proceedings involving building and fire code violations.
As a service to our clients, we provide frequent updates on changes in the law in this area, most notably, with respect to the recent shift of sidewalk liability from municipalities to adjacent landowners. We also frequently provide lectures to our clients regarding issues that arise during the defense of premises liability cases.