Carolyn Kelly Bogart
Areas of Practice
Carolyn, a shareholder in our Casualty Department, has been a practicing attorney since 1996. She focuses her practice on premises liability, defense of liquor liability, auto negligence claims, significant exposure excess insurance claims, contract and general casualty matters, and sports and entertainment litigation. Carolyn regularly defends fraternal organizations, schools and universities in matters involving contractual disputes, indemnity, vicarious liability, dram shop and general negligence. She is well versed in NJ immunity laws for schools and fraternal entities.
Much of Carolyn’s caseload requires interpretation of contractual disputes involving insurance status and coverage disputes. She has extensive experience litigating complex contract and insurance coverage issues arising in construction, landlord and tenant, and other casualty matters. Carolyn has litigated numerous matters to verdict in the state of New Jersey and practices in all counties and federal court venues in the state.
In addition to her law practice, Carolyn provides annual legal updates to various clients ranging from issues dealing with auto liability, premises liability and risk management. She often provides consult to clients regarding liability matters, preparing for future issues to avoid litigation and developing policies and procedures for risk assessment.
Carolyn is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. While residing in Washington, D.C., she worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern for Congressman James Saxton (Rep. 13th District of New Jersey). After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Carolyn continued her education at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law where she was actively involved in the Families and Law Clinic, Moot Court, and was also employed as a judicial intern for the Honorable Brook Hedge, D.C. Superior Court, Criminal Division.
Upon completion of her juris doctor in 1995, she accepted a position with the New Jersey State Judiciary and became law clerk to the Honorable George L. Seltzer, New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division.
Successful in opposing a plaintiff’s appeal against our client, a former fraternity member and social guest. In 2014, the plaintiff was a 20-year-old college student and fraternity member attending a university in New Jersey. After consuming his own alcohol he fell asleep in a dorm room which was the location of an on-campus party. In the early morning hours he left the dorm room and proceeded to drive his vehicle, which was unknown to anyone in attendance, as all of the party attendees had either left the party or were asleep when he left. He injured himself in a one car accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury and disfigurement claim. In 2016 he filed a lawsuit naming all party attendees and fellow brothers in his fraternity, as well as the university and its employees. Following over 30 depositions, summary judgment was granted to all defendants. The Appeal was filed in 2019, and a reported decision issued on March 25, 2021 affirming the underlying Superior Court decision as to our client. The appeal raised questions concerning the scope of the duty owed to an adult not old enough to drink legally, but who nonetheless drank to excess. The appellate panel ruled that the Social Host Liability Act did not apply because it governs liability for third party injuries resulting from the service of alcohol to an of-age adult.
Successfully resolved tort action where demand was $1.2 million, with large economic claim against her client, a large cable operator, after the plaintiff fell 34 feet sustaining significant injuries. Case resolved for less than $200,000.
Successful on numerous auto negligence trials dismissing plaintiffs' claims for failing to meet the verbal threshold.
Successfully resolved claim for over $1 million involving significant coverage disputes between carriers. Case resolved for less than $500,000 where plaintiff had undergone a two-level cervical fusion.
Represents numerous national fraternities against charges involving New Jersey's criminal hazing statute.
Represents several large entertainment venues in the New Jersey area.
Litigated numerous contract disputes involving landlord / tenant and premises liability issues.
Represents several large retail chains on personal injury matters and indemnification agreements.
Local counsel for several home service companies providing representation on contractual disputes and customer complaints.
Commercial Defense Practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Nationwide Insurance Company, Co-Presenter, December 2013
“Sidewalk Liability - What You and Your Condo Association Have In Common,” Defense Digest, Vol. 18 No. 4, December 2012
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