Personal Injury, Tort and Products Liability Defense

MARC represents national and international companies in defending personal injury, tort and product liability actions. We have both practical and sophisticated knowledge of how best to develop and present our clients’ defense, especially in high-exposure cases.

When appropriate, to minimize litigation expenses, we work with our clients, including in-house counsel, to resolve claims pre-suit or during the early stages of litigation.

When early resolution is not practicable, we aggressively yet efficiently pursue all avenues of discovery and investigate all facets of the allegations, with the goal of uncovering facts necessary to file a successful dispositive motion. In cases that have resulted in trial by jury, we have enjoyed considerable success in courts in New Jersey and New York.

Our practice includes:

  • Assaults and wrongful death actions by or against employees
  • Automobile accidents
  • Construction-equipment accidents
  • Consumer products
  • Equipment leases
  • Environmental contamination
  • Malpractice claims against real estate professionals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Premises liability

We have extensive experience representing petroleum manufacturers and distributors, including claims alleging property damage, economic losses and personal injuries tied to environmental contamination. We also represent service station franchisors and franchisees in personal injury matters.

In addition, we use our expertise in select plaintiff matters involving complex personal injury claims.

Our recent engagements include:

  • Obtaining dismissal at the conclusion of the presentation of evidence during a jury trial for an international petroleum company in a claim its excavation damaged neighboring property.
  • Winning a no-cause verdict, and affirmation on appeal, for an employer in a New York Labor Law claim alleging catastrophic hand, neck and arm injuries in a ladder fall. The case involved the “grave injury” exception to the New York workers’ compensation exclusion.
  • Winning a no-cause jury verdict in favor of an international petroleum company on claims its pipeline operation caused a fire and explosion at a home nearby.
  • Winning a no-cause jury verdict for a gasoline service station on a premises liability claim alleging a slip and fall on an icy ramp.
  • Resolving a product liability claim on behalf of an international beverage company over significant injuries caused by a shattered drinking glass.
  • Obtaining dismissal on summary judgment of claims against a franchisor involving an alleged assault and the filing of a false police report.

Please contact Michael E. Gogal or Laura Siclari for additional information.

Related Lawyers

Samuel Santo, Jr., a partner, has more than 25 years of expertise in a wide variety of complex civil and commercial litigation matters, with trial experience in both state and federal courts. He specializes in litigating and arbitrating high-stakes business disputes covering a broad spectrum of matters, including breach of contract, product liability, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and New Jersey Franchise Practices Act issues, health care and Third Party Logistics (3PLs), as well as employee piracy and other business torts.

Of Counsel

Katie Lopez, of counsel, represents her corporate clients in various environmental-related matters. Katie has considerable experience in negotiating agreements related to properties that may be involved in environmental investigation and remediation matters. She handles potential claims from former and current property owners related to such matters.

Associate

Patrice LeTourneau, an associate, represents clients in employment and environmental matters, as well as commercial and civil litigation. She handles all aspects of business- and employee/employer-related disputes, including counseling, administrative complaints and litigation in a diverse range of employment-related matters such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, contract and severance issues.

James Harry Oliverio, an associate, concentrates his practice on general business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts in New Jersey, and state courts in New York.

Zachary Wellbrock, an associate, concentrates on civil litigation, primarily complex commercial matters and First Amendment/media law issues such as defamation, privacy rights and access to public records. In addition, he handles cases involving corporate law, breach of contract claims, franchise law, copyright and trademark issues, consumer fraud, professional liability and post-judgment remedies.

Associate

Allison Zsamba, an associate, primarily represents clients in commercial and employment litigation. She is experienced in defending a wide range of complex commercial matters, including breach of contract claims, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violations, insurance disputes and fiduciary matters. She also assists clients in addressing breaches of employment contracts, retaliation and wrongful discharge lawsuits, and non-compete, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements.

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