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Defense Litigation

At Hammill, O'Brien, Croutier, Dempsey, Pender & Koehler, P.C. , civil defense litigation is the core of our business.  Our attorneys defend an array of claims involving automobile liability, construction site accidents, premises liability, and products liability.

The firm's partners and associates are experienced in handling depositions, examinations under oath, discovery procedures, motion practice, arbitrations, mediations, and jury trials.  Our attorneys lecture extensively on litigation/trial practices and are members, directors and officers of trial lawyer associations.

Our clientele include several prominent insurance companies as well as many self-insured individuals, companies and municipalities.  We vigorously represent them in all the local state and federal courts in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester counties and the five boroughs of New York City.

Automobile Liability

Hammill, O'Brien, Croutier, Dempsey, Pender & Koehler, P.C. has extensive experience in all phases of automobile liability.  We successfully handle cases involving personal injury, property damage and SUM/UM.  Our attorneys offer advice on coverage issues and provide opinions on potential exposure to our clientele.  When appropriate, our attorneys frequently obtain positive summary judgment results.

Our trial attorneys have the utmost knowledge, skills and tenacity when defending those actions that progress to trial.

Insurance Coverage

By evidence of our long standing relationships with many of our insurance company clientele, Hammill, O'Brien, Croutier, Dempsey, Pender & Koehler, P.C. has been providing the insurance industry with excellent legal services for several decades.  We have a solid base of self-insured clients as well.

Our services include advice on coverage issues, negotiation of indemnity matters, and all facets of defending our insured clients from lawsuit inception through trial, if neccessary.  Our expertise in this area allows our firm to provide superb legal representation in a cost effective manner.

Premises Liability

Hammill, O'Brien, Croutier, Dempsey, Pender & Koehler, P.C. defends all types of premises liability claims such as slip and fall cases, open and obvious conditions, construction accidents, snow and ice conditions, sidewalk defects and alleged assaults.  We represent single family dwellings, retail stores, apartment complexes, supermarket chains, utilities, and municipalities.

Products Liability

Hammill, O'Brien, Croutier, Dempsey, Pender & Koehler, P.C. has defended all types of product liability claims.  Whether the claim is due to an allegedly defective manufactured product, defective design or failure to provide adequate warnings or instruction, our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of the procedures and defenses needed to fully protect our client's interest.

Appellate Practice

By its very nature, appellate practice necessitates adept analytical and writing skills as well as considerable attention to detail.  Precisely organized legal drafts and persuasive oral arguments are routinely presented.  At Hammill, O'Brien, Croutier, Dempsey, Pender, & Koehler, P.C., our appellate practice division is proficient in handling and arguing appeals at both the state and federal levels, with a wealth of appellate practice in protecting each client's interest.