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Defending Construction Accidents Under New York Labor Law

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Produced on September 25, 2018

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Course Information

Time 76 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Ellen Greiper, partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, will present alongside Diana Gerstberger of Axis Capital on the defense of construction accidents under New York Labor Law. Practitioners will hear how to avoid the pitfalls of absolute liability and the methods to transfer risk amongst defendants. The program will also discuss the impact of the scaffold law in New York.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the New York scaffold law and its potential impact on construction litigation
  2. Develop best practices for defending construction accidents
  3. Identify methods to avoid absolute liability, and how to transfer risk

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Faculty

Ellen H. Greiper

Lewis Brisbois

Ellen Greiper has more than three decades of experience defending multi-party construction and construction defect cases in the state and federal courts of New York. An appointed arbitrator for the district courts in Nassau County, New York, Ellen — who also has extensive experience litigating high-exposure premises liability, Labor Law, and personal injury matters that arise from construction site accidents — is also a mediator for trial-ready cases in the Supreme Court of Nassau County. Ellen’s streamlined discovery techniques and proactive approach to complex litigation translates into effective and expedited solutions for clients.

A prolific author and frequent speaker on emerging issues in the construction industry, Ellen is also a member of a number of professional industry organizations. Those memberships include the Construction Specifications Institute, DRI’s Construction Defect Committee, and Professional Women in Construction, where she serves on the Board of Directors of its New York Chapter, the organization’s founding and largest arm. In 2013, Ellen co-authored a comprehensive survey examining a cross-section of construction cases from around the country for Mealey’s Litigation Reports: Construction Defects. She is also the editor of the firm’s Labor Law Update, which examines the latest developments regarding New York’s Labor Law and construction site accidents. 

In 2016, Ellen was named an Achiever by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, an annual honor bestowed by the organization on a select group of women who demonstrate extraordinary professional accomplishments and leadership. 



Diana Gerstberger

Axis Capital

Diana M. Gerstberger is a Senior Claims specialist at Axis Insurance located in Alpharetta, GA where she currently handles a variety of complex litigated claims including New York Labor Law, Products Liability, Premise Liability and Construction Defect matters. Ms. Gerstberger has over 17 years’ experience in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster and insurance defense counsel. She is the current Chair for the DRI Construction Law Section. Ms. Gerstberger is licensed to practice in California.



Reviews

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athanasia a.

excellent

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sharmela b.

Very engaging presenters. They kept your attention throughout.

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Adam L.

Great introduction!

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Marcia R.

The faculty was outstanding.

MC
MICHAEL C.

Excellent substance and presenters.

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Joelle J.

Excellent and informative one of the best CLE's I have taken. Highly recommend to attorneys handling construction and Labor Law cases.

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JC M.

very nicely presented.

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Michael G.

The instructors were knowledgeable and experienced.

RM
robin m.

Excellent presentation

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ajay b.

Excellent, both of them.

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