General Liability/Premises Liability Defense

General Liability/Premises Liability Defense

As a diversified firm with broad litigation experience, CMW’s lawyers regularly represent property owners, operators, tenants, retailers, lessees, nonsubscriber employers, and property management companies in general liability claims.  

This experience includes defending companies sued by those who claim an injury occurred on their premises, which may involve allegations of:

  • Catastrophic injuries 
  • Dangerous conditions 
  • Dram shop and liquor liability 
  • Faulty elevators, escalators and moving sidewalks 
  • Falling merchandise 
  • Food-borne illness and contamination 
  • Inadequate security and criminal activity 
  • Physical and sexual assaults 
  • Slip, trip and fall accidents 
  • Swimming pool accidents 
  • Toxic torts 
  • Wrongful death   
  • Wrongful detention, false imprisonment and illegal arrests 


In successfully defending such lawsuits, CMW has secured dismissals on the merits and voluntary dismissals by the opposing party. When a case is not appropriate for dismissal, our team seeks to resolve the claim through a favorable settlement or, when necessary, being fully prepared to take the case to trial. 

Our clients have included:

  • Adult and family entertainment establishments 
  • Apartment buildings and private residences 
  • Child-care centers, day cares, or children’s activities 
  • Construction sites 
  • Convenience and grocery stores and gas stations 
  • Hospitals and other health care providers  
  • Hotels and motels 
  • Shopping centers and stand-alone retail stores 
  • Parking garages 
  • Property management companies 
  • Restaurants, bars and fast food establishments 
  • Retailers, office buildings and shopping malls 
  • Stadiums and arenas 


These lawsuits require careful evaluation of the duty to the injured party, the causation or extent of the alleged injury, potentially applicable defenses, and whether other  parties may share responsibility for the incident or injuries. With our client’s interests and business needs as our first priority, we provide an early assessment of liability exposure to help determine the most appropriate response, whether to seek a settlement or pursue litigation.