Premises Liability

Secrest Wardle's Premises Liability Practice Group is led by seasoned litigators, experienced in defending landowners against a full array of claims. Our Premises Liability Practice Group has been on the forefront of changing and clarifying the law for the benefit of Defendants in the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals for decades. Among the more notable decisions are:


MacDonald v. PKT Enterprises, 464 Mich 322


Limited the duties imposed on landowners due to the criminal acts of third-parties.  In this case, Defendant was not held liable for Plaintiff's injuries sustained in a sod throwing incident during a concert at Pine Knob Theater.


Anderson v. Weigand, 223 Mich App 549


Landowners were not liable for an accident which occurred on their property after they had turned over the possession and control of it to their real estate agent for an open house.


Berry v. S & D Auto Dismantlers, 195 Mich App 476


A mechanic was crushed to death when a car apparently slipped off of a bumper jack. Defendant was not held liable since there was no causal connection between the death and any alleged defect of the premises.


Muskat v. Khalil, 150 Mich App 114


A defective portable item on the land did not give rise to a claim for premises liability.  Defendant was not held liable for Plaintiff's injuries caused by an allegedly defective ladder Plaintiff brought onto Defendant's property.


We have experience in virtually every area of premises liability, including:

  • Building code violations
  • Collapse
  • Cracks, potholes, uneven surfaces
  • Criminal acts of third parties
  • Dog bites
  • Explosion
  • Fire loss
  • Nuisance
  • Slips and falls
  • Snow and ice


Group Chair
  Masters, Mark F.
Senior Partner

Group Members
Azoni, Thomas J.
Senior Partner

Edmonds, Nathan J.
Senior Partner

Griffin, Shelly Lee
Executive Partner

Walburn, Sarah L.
Executive Partner

Cole, Justin L.

Consolo, Matthew J.

David, Javon R.

Fopma, Amanda B.

Grimske, Justin A.

Hermiz, Krystal D.

Holt, Jr., Robert B.

Joyce, Kellie C.

Molloy, James P.

Rizzo, Daniel T.

Rojas, Diego J.

Schlinker, John C

Shkreli, Paul

Townsend, Renee T.

Vander Veer, C. Grant

Weston, John L.

Williams, Javon L.

Hester, Aleasha L.

Knurek, Tyler M.

Schmidt, Lindsay D.

Siewert, Nicholas W.

Simmons, Cleveland B.

Sklarski, Jack T.

Waldman, Alexander L.

Brainer, Julie A.
Of Counsel

Casey, Brian J.
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
In the Eye of the Beholder: COA holds that lack of graspable handrail on staircase was open and obvious condition, and that artwork falling from wall did not cause slip and fall incident
Boundaries 06/21/2018

2018 Premises Liability Webinar Series - Special Considerations for Landlords
Webinars Presented 06/20/2018

Does a landlord out of possession have a duty to inspect the premises? Court of Appeals says “Yes”
Boundaries 06/15/2018

2018 Premises Liability Webinar Series - Open and Obvious
Webinars Presented 06/13/2018

Have a Nice Trip! COA Rules Ownership of Property Unnecessary for 'Possession and Control' in Premises Liability Claim
Boundaries 05/03/2018

Litigation Successes
Premises Liability

Result Date: 05/09/2018

Premises Liability

Result Date: 05/09/2018

Premises Liability

Result Date: 03/21/2018

Premises Liability

Result Date: 11/29/2017

Municipal; Governmental Immunity; Premises Liability
Ooghe v. City of Warren
Result Date: 10/02/2017

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