An area of concentration for the firm is its litigation defense of municipalities and school districts. The firm represents many towns, villages and school districts in Suffolk County. These cases involve almost every conceivable claim from school bus accidents, playground and park accidents, flawed highway design cases to defamation, negligent hiring and negligent supervision claims. The firm has successfully defended these lawsuits in New York Supreme Courts and has attorneys with a vast array of knowledge and experience handling these claims.
As one of New York’s most respected firms, Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP represents insurers and their insureds in actions involving construction and New York State labor law claims, negligence including automobile liability, premises liability, product liability, liquor liability, municipal liability for roadway design and maintenance, sidewalk liability as well as contract and insurance coverage issues. We have the depth and resources to staff complex matters.
The firm is also unique in its experience in handling Section 1983 Municipal Civil Rights actions involving claims of Employment Discrimination (State and Federal Law), Land Use, First Amendment Speech and Religion, Education, and Police actions. The firm provides comprehensive counsel to its clients in order to provide case management and litigation strategies to guide our clients successfully through the complexities that so often accompany municipal liability claims. The firm has a proven track record that includes the successful defense of cases tried in Federal and New York State Courts, as well as administrative tribunals such as the New York State Division of Human Rights and EEOC. Additionally, the firm’s lawyers have orchestrated the successful resolution through mediation and arbitration of significant class action Discriminatory Housing cases culminating in the preparation of complex consent decrees and settlement agreements.