Premises Liability

Premises Liability
Issues and Considerations

Every year, many people are hurt while in someone else’s home or place of business. People may be injured on a flight of stairs, on a patch of ice or snow, by a building defect, or by the intentional, criminal act of a third party.

Both residential and commercial property owners have a duty to maintain their property to ensure the safety of anyone who enters.

This program will provide you a thorough understanding of the constantly changing and information-specific laws in New York State regarding the various and numerous incidents that result in premises liability. Learn about trip, slip and fall liability issues, general insurance considerations for premises claims, liability for sporting activities, and tavern owner liability. New and experienced attorneys alike will benefit from this program!

Register today and guarantee your seat at the program!

Sponsored by the Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section .

Buffalo:                                                                       Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst
Wednesday, March 28, 2018                                      5020 Main Street
                                                                                    Amherst, NY 14226   

New York City:                                                           CFA Society New York
Wednesday, March 28, 2018                                     1540 Broadway Suite 1010
                                                                                    New York, NY 10036
                                                                                    Entrance on 45th Street

Albany and Webcast:                                                 New York State Bar Association
Wednesday, April 11, 2018                                       One Elk Street
                                                                                   Albany, NY 12207  

6.5 MCLE Credits: 1.0 Skills, 5.5 Areas of Professional Practice 

NYSBA Member: $175.00 | Non-Member: $275.00
Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section Member: $135.00


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.           Registration
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.           Welcome and Introductions
9:10 – 10:25 a.m.
Tort Liability For Recreational and Amusement Activities

  • Assumption of risk doctrine
  • Waiver agreements and Limitations in the General Obligations Law on waivers of liability
  • Statutes and carve outs for recreational use immunity
  • Arbitration provisions

Albany: Thomas A. Cullen, Esq. | Burke, Scolamiero & Hurd, LLP
Buffalo: Todd C. Bushway, Esq. | Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
NYC: Dennis Wade, Esq. | Wade Clark Mulcahy

1.5 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice

10:25 – 10:40 a.m.                   Break

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.
Trivial Defect Doctrine

  • Too small to be actionable?
  • No “minimal dimension” or similar test to determine when a defect is actionable
  • Update on case law discussing trivial defects

Albany: Christopher A. Guetti, Esq. | Smith Dominelli & Guetti LLC 
Buffalo: Meghan M. Brown, Esq. | Goldberg Segalla
NYC: Mariangela Chiaravalloti, Esq. | Friedman Chiaravalloti & Giannini

1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Insurance Issues for Premises Liability Claims

  • Evaluating coverage you have versus coverage you need
  • As a plaintiff, identifying the owner, its insurer and making a claim
  • As a defendant, complying with insurer notice requirements and claim investigation
  • Consider additional insured coverage where a contractor to the owner is involved

Albany: Kathleen A. Barclay, Esq. | Maguire Cardona, P.C.
Buffalo: Jessica L. Foscolo, Esq. | Kenny Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP
NYC: Mirna Martinez-Santiago, Esq. | ACACIA Network

1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.                    Lunch (on your own)

1:20 – 2:10 p.m.
Discovery: Proof and Problems

  • Preservation of evidence
  • Incident video (CCTV, cell phones, government video collection)
  • Depositions and use of expert witnesses
  • Use of social media; authentication and hearsay issues

Albany: Crystal R. Peck, Esq. | Bailey, Johnson, DeLeonardis & Peck, P.C. 
Buffalo: Elise L. Cassar, Esq. | Law Offices of Destin C. Santacrose
NYC: Brian Donnelly, Esq. | Ahmuty Demers & McManus

1.0 Credit in Skills

2:10 – 3:00 p.m.          
Slip and Falls: Common Theories

  • Principles of causation
  • Ownership or control
  • Actual vs. constructive notice
  • Open and obvious condition
  • Storm-in-progress rule
  • Operation of CPLR Article 16

Albany: Chad A. Jerome, Esq. | O'Connell and Aronowitz Attorneys at Law
Buffalo: Erin E. Molisani, Esq. | Nash Connors, P.C.
NYC: Michael Mezzacappa, Esq. | Kaufman Borgeest

1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

3:00 – 3:10 p.m.          Break

3:10 – 4:00 p.m.
Handling Hospitality Claims: Retail, Restaurant And More

  • Dram Shop liability; Security liability and defenses
  • Employees vs. independent contractors

Albany: Mackenzie C. Monaco, Esq. | Carter, Conboy, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C. 
Buffalo: Hillary C. Banker, Esq. | Burgio, Curvin & Banker
NYC: Andrea M. Alonso, Esq. | Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley

1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

4:00 p.m.                     Adjournment

6.5 MCLE credits: 5.5 credits in Professional Practice, 1.0 credit in Skills.  

Program Chair
Joanna Roberto, Esq.
| Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady LLP    

Local Chairs
Jennifer Dominelli, Esq.
 | Smith Dominelli & Guetti | Albany & Webcast
Jody E. Briandi, Esq. | Hurwitz & Fine | Buffalo
Andrea Alonso, Esq. | Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley | NYC 

Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Chair
Timothy J. Fennell, Esq. 
| Amdursky, Pelky, Fennell and Wallen, PC 

Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to

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