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Practices

GENERAL LIABILITY

Litchfield Cavo attorneys’ quest for excellence has earned them a reputation as a premier general liability insurance defense firm among insurers, self-insured entities and the legal community.

Our attorneys have also proven to be powerful advocates for individuals and businesses facing personal injury, property damage or negligence claims.

Litchfield Cavo attorneys counsel clients with effective, professional and consistent representation to serve their litigation needs in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals and arbitrators.

Thorough, Persistent Defense

Litchfield Cavo attorneys have a solid reputation of efficiently, yet successfully litigating complex matters on behalf of insurance carriers, corporations, financial institutions, regional businesses, municipalities and government entities, and individuals due to their substantial experience of complex matters, including

  • Business defense | Insured businesses rely on our attorneys to reach successful, cost-effective resolutions as they face many types of lawsuits, including allegations of negligent or insufficient training, compliance, supervision or hiring practice claims.
  • Personal injury defense | Litchfield Cavo attorneys defend negligence and strict liability actions on behalf of our clients including catastrophic injury and death. Our attorneys successfully defend lawsuits including those against general contractors and subcontractors in construction accidents, owners and operators of personal and commercial vehicles, and owners and managers of residential and commercial property.
  • Personal torts | Litchfield Cavo attorneys defend businesses and individuals accused of wrongful conduct, including defamation (libel or slander), invasion of privacy, statute violations of debt collection, computer use or misuse of confidential data. Such accusations are frequently unfounded and our attorneys vigorously defend clients based on facts, the law and the United States Constitution.
  • Property damage defense | Property damage claims can cost millions of dollars and disrupt business. Our attorneys vigorously defend clients against property damage claims including claims arising from construction operations, as well as property damage claims against commercial and residential property managers and owners.

Our General Liability Record

Litchfield Cavo has a solid record defending liability claims nationwide, including the following representative matters

  • Successfully defended an assisted living community client against plaintiff’s claim that she fell and broke her hip due to insufficient assistance while leaving her apartment during a mandated overnight fire drill.
  • Successfully defended towing company client in a catastrophic fire loss alleged by plaza owner and tenant with combined compensatory damages claimed totaling $3.5 million in property damage and business interruption. After a five-day trial our attorneys obtained a favorable jury verdict for our client of only $2,655.
  • Successfully defended a gas and oil field production automation client in a property damage subrogation case in which the alleged damages exceeded $11 million, against a claim that onsite work had interfered with the emergency shutdown system at a gas compression facility.
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment for property management company client and grocery store in a slip and fall personal injury action wherein the court held the plaintiff’s fall was caused by a natural accumulation of ice and defendants owed her no duty.
  • Jury verdict in favor of defendant, a prime contractor client, on a municipal construction project wherein the plaintiff sought more than $3.5 million for spinal injuries he suffered when he fell into an unguarded excavation.
  • Achieved a defense verdict in a mass flooding case in favor of two water supply companies that operate three dams controlling over 12 billion gallons of water.
Hilary C. Bonenberger
Hilary C. Bonenberger
Partner
PA – Philadelphia | PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 215.999.5779
Josh M. Brick
Josh M. Brick
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8266
Colby S. Bryson
Colby S. Bryson
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8254
Amanda T. Camplesi
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8278
James J. Cannon
James J. Cannon
Associate
FL – Tampa
T: 813.579.9734
Stephanie H. Carlton
Stephanie H. Carlton
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3022
T. Justin Chapman
T. Justin Chapman
Partner
PA – Philadelphia | NJ – Cherry Hill
T: 215.999.5784
Andrew S. Connell, Sr.
Andrew S. Connell, Sr.
Of Counsel (Retired)
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3012
Ralph A. Cosentino
Ralph A. Cosentino
Counsel
NY – New York
T: 212.792.9770
Claudia B. Diaz
Partner
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6677
Dennis M. Dolan
Dennis M. Dolan
Partner
IL – Chicago | IN – Highland
T: 312.781.6641
Erin K. Doughty
Erin K. Doughty
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6690
Robin C. Dunford
Robin C. Dunford
Counsel
LA – New Orleans area
T: 985.869.8708
Steven D. Evans
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8253
Jonathan J. Feldbruegge
Jonathan J. Feldbruegge
Associate
WI – Milwaukee
T: 414.488.1834
Joel I. Fishbein
Joel I. Fishbein
Local Office Managing Partner - Philadelphia
PA – Philadelphia | NJ – Cherry Hill
T: 215.999.5771
Pamela B. Gautier
Pamela B. Gautier
Associate
LA – New Orleans area
T: 985.869.8705
Trisha A. Gill
Trisha A. Gill
Local Office Managing Partner - Pittsburgh
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8242
Neil J. Harrington, III
Neil J. Harrington, III
Of Counsel and Local Office Managing Partner
IN – Highland
T: 219.301.2136
Collin D. Jackson
Collin D. Jackson
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.628.3531
Isahak Khachatryan
Associate
CA – Los Angeles area
T: 626.683.5099
Vincent P. Lamperski
Vincent P. Lamperski
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8267
Michael T. Lynch
Associate
CT – Hartford area
T: 860.413.2708
Matthew T. McLain
Matthew T. McLain
Local Office Managing Partner
TX – Dallas-Fort Worth
T: 817.945.8038
James A. Murray
James A. Murray
Associate
PA – Philadelphia | NJ – Cherry Hill
T: 215.999.5790
Jamie O. Norman
Jamie O. Norman
Partner
CA – Los Angeles area
T: 626.683.5092
Elangie Lozada Patterson
Elangie Lozada Patterson
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6677
Lionel F. Rivera
Lionel F. Rivera
Counsel
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3000
Robert L. Sanzo
Robert L. Sanzo
Partner
PA – Philadelphia | NJ – Cherry Hill
T: 215.999.5774
James W. Sexton
James W. Sexton
Local Office Managing Partner
MA – Boston area
T: 781.309.1513
Kelly L. Smith
Kelly L. Smith
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8265
Christopher Sommer
Christopher Sommer
Partner
NY – New York
T: 212.792.9767
Patrick T. Steinbauer
Patrick T. Steinbauer
Associate
NY – New York
T: 212.792.9763
Erika A. Streim
Erika A. Streim
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3031
Javiera B. Sundar
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3035
Samantha D. Tonn
Samantha D. Tonn
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6694
Kevin J. Webb
Kevin J. Webb
Partner
LA – New Orleans area
T: 985.869.8701
Stephanie Wing Tipton
Partner
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6636