New York Labor Law

Lewis Brisbois recognizes the significant exposures as well as the complex and specific defense requirements of New York Labor Law cases. The attorneys in our New York Labor Law Practice offer clients the benefit of extensive experience, unique insights, and vast resources developed as a result of defending these construction matters over several decades. We maintain a diverse client base that includes owners and developers of residential buildings, commercial buildings, and sports complexes, as well as municipalities, contractors, construction managers, insurers, and brokers

With deep and varied experience in the New York Labor Law arena, our lawyers work with clients to devise strategies for addressing claims that often involve significant economic damage allegations, unionized and non-unionized labor issues, high salaries, as well as significant benefits and pensions. Similarly, we advise clients on effective techniques for defending catastrophic injury claims that arise from serious construction accidents, and we also address loss transfer strategies involving owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIP), contractor-controlled insurance programs (CCIP), and non-wrap projects. Our lawyers regularly work with a network of talented and experienced experts who assist us in these matters.

The attorneys in our New York Labor Law Practice consistently achieve our clients' objectives by designing approaches that are specifically tailored to their needs in the following areas:

  • Defense of claims involving unionized and non-unionized labor issues;
  • Defense of catastrophic injury claims;
  • Loss transfer matters in OCIP, CCIP, and non-wrap projects;
  • Defense of claims arising from the use of scaffold systems, shoring, as well as demolition and heavy machinery in industrial, commercial, and residential projects;
  • Interpretation and litigation of claims arising out of indemnity agreements and additional insured endorsements; and
  • Defense of claims arising under New York Labor Law Sections 200, 241(6), and 240(1).

Representative Clients

  • American Airlines (JFK Airport)
  • CAC Industries, Inc
  • Campus, LLC
  • Canatal Steel
  • Clean Harbors
  • Clune Construction Co.
  • Delta Airlines (LGA and JFK)
  • Dragados USA
  • Extell Development Company
  • Hunter Roberts Construction
  • Hunt Construction Group (Barclay Center, USTA National Tennis Center)
  • Judlau Contracting, Inc.
  • Leeding Builders Group LLC
  • The Long Island Railroad
  • The Marcus Organization
  • Metro North
  • The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • NYC School Construction Authority
  • Public Insurance Service Company
  • Terry Contracting & Materials
  • Tishman Construction Company
  • Tishman Speyer
  • TSX Broadway
  • United States Tennis Association (Arthur Ashe Stadium)
  • Urban Atelier Group

Representative Insurance Carriers, Brokers, and Third-Party Administrators

  • AIG
  • AIG Excess
  • Alliant
  • Allied World Assurance Company
  • AON
  • Arch
  • AxaXL
  • AxaXL Excess
  • Axis US Insurance
  • Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
  • Broadspire
  • Chubb
  • Chubb Excess
  • Crawford and Co.
  • ESIS
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • Great American Insurance
  • Hartford Insurance Company
  • HDI Global Insurance
  • Hudson Insurance Company
  • Intact Insurance
  • Ironshore Claims
  • Lexington Insurance
  • Liberty International Underwriters,
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Markel Insurance
  • Sedgewick
  • Sompo International
  • Starr Companies
  • Starr Excess
  • Travelers Property and Casualty
  • Willis
  • Zurich American Insurance Company
  • Zurich Excess

Representative Matters

  • Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York
  • Arthur Ashe Stadium – Queens, New York
  • Deutsche Bank Fire – Lower Manhattan, New York
  • Con Edison Steam Pipe Explosion – Midtown Manhattan, New York
  • “Black Sunday” Firefighter Tragedy – Bronx, New York
  • Legionnaires Outbreak Cases – Bronx, New York
  • Secured an appellate victory on behalf of municipal clients when the New York Appellate Division, Second Department, dismissed a possible seven-figure construction claim brought under New York’s Labor Law 240(1), the “Scaffold Law."

For more information about Lewis Brisbois' New York Labor Law Practice, please contact Alan Kaminsky, Gregory Katz, and Darrell Whiteley.