Currently, all states except for California and Maryland have enacted some form of an equine activities liability act, which restricts the ability of a participant in equestrian activities to hold owners and operators of equestrian facilities liable for personal injuries arising out of the inherent risks of such activities. This course will review the general statutory framework of such acts, distinguish the “inherent risks of equine activities” from conduct which falls outside the protection of the acts, and discuss best practices in bringing and defending equine injury lawsuits.
Ben Folkman opened Folkman Law Offices, P.C. in October of 1998. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New York, Vermont, Arizona, Missouri, and Colorado, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of Colorado, the District of Vermont, the District of Arizona, the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and the Southern District of New York, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Federal and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Ben is highly accessible to clients and prides himself on working diligently to make sure that each and every one of their needs is met.
Ben is a highly experienced litigator. He has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board-Certified Trial Advocate.
Ben’s $100 million verdicts were listed by the NJ Law Journal as the largest personal injury verdict for New Jersey in 2009.
Ben was named, by his peers, New Jersey Super Lawyer for the last twelve years running and Top Lawyer in SJ Magazine for the last eleven years.
Benjamin Folkman is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New York, Vermont, Arizona, Missouri, and Colorado.
Neal A. Thakkar is an experienced defense attorney who practices in the areas of premises liability, construction defect, product liability, general negligence, legal malpractice and insurance coverage. He specializes in appellate practice, and has handled cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division of New Jersey’s Superior Court. Additionally, Neal has defended his clients in jury trials throughout southern New Jersey. Prior to joining Sweeney & Sheehan in 2006, Neal served as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles W. Dortch, Jr., in the Civil Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in Camden.
Neal is a past president of the South Jersey Claims Association and remains active with the organization. He is a Certified Instructor for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia, and has taught classes on numerous topics, including UM/UIM coverage, premises liability, claims against public entities, and automobile negligence.
Lawrence University — B.A. History, 2000
Rutgers University School of Law – Camden — J.D., 2004