Jeffrey Hawkins of ADM’s New York City office proceeded to trial in Supreme Court, Queens County in April 2022 on behalf of our client, a large, national corporation and realty entity. Also involved in the case was the co-defendant commercial tenant of our client’s property.
Plaintiff claimed that the premises, owned by our client, was in a defective condition resulting in significant injuries to her, including fractures to the skull and temporal bone; subdural hematoma; intracranial hemorrhages to the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes; post-traumatic mastoid hemorrhage; numerous lumbar spinal injuries; and a traumatic brain injury resulting in the need for future neurosurgery, significant memory issues, hearing impairments, and multiple other cognitive deficits.
Prior to picking a jury on the date of trial, Jeff requested oral argument before the trial judge on a pre-jury selection motion to dismiss the claims against our client in their entirety, with prejudice. That request was granted by the judge and, following oral argument, Jeff secured a dismissal of all claims against our client. Additionally, he secured a ruling from the judge that all cross-claims against the co-defendant tenant for indemnification be severed and permitted to survive plaintiff’s trial against that tenant in order to recover attorneys’ fees