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

Walburn, Sarah L.
Executive Partner

Brainer, Julie A.
Partner

Cole, Justin L.
Partner

Consolo, Matthew J.
Partner

Fopma, Amanda B.
Partner

Givskud, David M.
Partner

Grimske, Justin A.
Partner

Hermiz, Krystal D.
Partner

Holt, Jr., Robert B.
Partner

Joyce, Kellie C.
Partner

Molloy, James P.
Partner

Rizzo, Daniel T.
Partner

Rojas, Diego J.
Partner

Schlinker, John C
Partner

Townsend, Renee T.
Partner

Vander Veer, C. Grant
Partner

Weston, John L.
Partner

Williams, Javon L.
Partner

David, Javon R.
Associate

Hester, Aleasha L.
Associate

Jugan, Zachary S.
Associate

Koss, Ryan J.
Associate

Shkreli, Paul
Associate

Siewert, Nicholas W.
Associate

Sklarski, Jack T.
Associate

Waldman, Alexander L.
Associate

Casey, Brian J.
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
Snow Removal Contractor Not Liable for Slip and Fall on Ice
Boundaries 06/07/2017

In Skiing and Snowboarding, if an Alleged Defect Is Not a "Necessary Danger" to the Sport, It's No Defense
Boundaries 05/10/2017

Supreme Court sheds light on slippery premises liability question
Boundaries 04/20/2017

Elevated Sidewalk Unanimously Found to be Open and Obvious, Despite Obstruction
Boundaries 02/21/2017

Court of Appeals follows Supreme Court Lowrey holding, finds that premises liability suit failed for lack of evidence of actual or constructive notice
Boundaries 02/15/2017

Litigation Successes
Premises Liability
Jeffrey Bacon v. Sunshine Products of Mid-Michigan
Result Date: 02/14/2017

Premises Liability
Donna Livings v Grand Dimitre’s of Eastpointe Family Dining et al
Result Date: 12/09/2016

Premises Liability
James Hudgins v. Chelsea Glen Association and Alpine Tree Care, Inc.
Result Date: 12/08/2016

Premises Action
Sykes v. Fifth Third Bank
Result Date: 12/05/2016

Premises Liability
Emma Walshe v. Detroit Pistons Basketball Company
Result Date: 10/05/2016



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