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New York Construction and Labor Law

In the world of personal injury litigation, perhaps no claim is more difficult to defend than one brought under the incredibly burdensome New York State Labor Law Statutes. Almost any accident on a construction site, especially those involving elevation-related hazards,  may subject owners, general contractors and subcontractors to liability and, in some cases, absolute liability. The defense must focus on defeating liability, transferring risk and reducing the damages claim.

The attorneys in Marshall Dennehey's New York Construction and Labor Law Practice Group devote almost the entirety of their practices to New York Labor Law litigation. Our team has decades of experience handling the most complex construction site accident cases throughout the state. From issues involving contractual indemnification and insurance coverage to the ever-evolving application of Labor Law 240, our attorneys remain at the forefront of this rapidly changing area of law.

Representing  public and private owners and developers, general contractors, construction managers and all manner of subcontractor trades, our attorneys defend claims arising out of all aspects of the construction industry. These include claims involving the use of scaffold systems, shoring, demolition and heavy machinery in industrial, commercial and residential projects.

Our attorneys are familiar with the full range of construction business practices, management and field personnel, and record-keeping procedures which help yield a cost-efficient and strategic defense. With a proactive and aggressive approach, the team anticipates issues and potential problems with ready and creative solutions. Marshall Dennehey's construction litigators are experienced in successfully resolving New York Labor Law cases through mediation or motion practice and, when necessary, provide a vigorous defense at trial.
Marshall Dennehey's New York Construction and Labor Law Practice Group serves clients in the five boroughs of New York City and throughout the state of New York.

Jul 25, 2019
We obtained summary judgment in New York County in a case where the plaintiff, a construction laborer, was struck by a rolling dumpster and sustained severe crush injuries to his left foot and leg. The plaintiff, the dumpster company and the...
Dec 31, 2018
We were granted partial summary judgment in a Labor Law case venued in the New York Supreme Court, Bronx County. The plaintiff was installing new floors in a large residential building in Manhattan that was owned by our client. The project involved...
Dec 31, 2018
We obtained partial summary judgment in the New York Supreme Court, Queens County. The plaintiff fell from a ladder while scraping the walls of a building. The plaintiff brought New York Labor Law claims against the owner of the building, whom we...
Jan 24, 2018
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an owner and tenant where plaintiff alleged violation of Labor Law §§ 240(1), 241(6) and 200 when he fell off a ladder at the premises. The plaintiff claimed that the defendants violated these Labor...
Dec 1, 2017
Marshall Dennehey successfully obtained a decision from the New York Appellate Division, First Department that affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of our clients, the City of New York and the New York City Economic Development...
Dec 1, 2017
The matter involved a declaratory judgment action between two insurance carriers following their contributions totaling nearly $2 million toward the settlement of a Labor Law case. We represented the underlying plaintiff's employer in the case....
Aug 25, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys successfully argued the appeal of a summary judgment motion before the Appellate Division, First Department, affirming the trial court's order granting summary judgment to its client. We represented the owner of a...
Sep 21, 2015
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a scaffolding subcontractor on the issues of New York Labor Law sections 240, 241(6) and 200.  The plaintiff alleged that, while he was working approximately 15 feet off the ground on an I-beam, he lost...


Joseph J. Rava
(914) 977-7311
Peter S. Read
(212) 376-6445

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