Catherine De Angelis
Successfully defended a premises liability case through appeal and assisted during trial on a case where the plaintiff alleged that she slipped and fell in unidentified liquid on a tile floor. The cause of the fall was initially identified as the plaintiff tripping on the carpeted area for an unknown reason as there were no defects in the area. The plaintiff sustained a closed head injury and a displaced, comminuted distal humerus fracture for which she underwent open reduction with internal fixation. The medical records confirmed that the plaintiff reported tripping on the carpet. Despite the witness accounts that the plaintiff tripped over her own feet, she continued to prosecute the case claiming she fell on liquid. Although motion practice was successful, the plaintiff was able to secure a favorable decision on appeal and the case proceeded to trial. At trial, the defense led by trial attorney Kenneth Sharperson, Esq., focused on the inconsistent stories of what caused the plaintiff to fall. The jury found that there was no water on the floor where the plaintiff alleged she fell and that the client was not negligent in causing the plaintiff’s fall (6-0). The plaintiff’s initial settlement demand was $500,000.
Defended a premises liability case through trial for a commercial client where the jury found no negligence on part of the client as it related to a personal injury due to a defective stair.
Successfully defended the insurance company after both jury and bench trials brought by various medical providers for thousands of dollars in first party claims denied based on lack of medical necessity, fraud, incomplete/insufficient/improper claims documents and excessive billing.
Successfully obtained summary judgment for commercial clients including engineers as professionals in construction defect cases and personal injury matters and sellers in product liability cases.
Successfully obtained contractual defense and indemnification and defended against providing contractual defense and indemnification for various commercial clients including engineers, property owners, landlords, tenants, general contractors and subcontractors.
Won summary judgment for a martial arts school on a case involving personal injury to a minor based on the plaintiff’s failure to meet the burden of proof required for the heightened recklessness standard of care allowed in New Jersey for participants in amateur sporting events.
Successfully obtained summary judgment for a commercial tenant in a multi-tenant business complex finding no duty for snow removal in the common area parking lot.
Won summary judgment for a commercial client on a case involving personal injury due to a transient condition on the floor based on lack of notice.
Successfully obtained summary judgment for non-profit commercial client utilizing the protection offered by the Charitable Immunity Act.
Negotiated reimbursement of thousands of dollars in legal defense costs to resolve commercial contract disputes involving indemnification agreements on behalf of clients being defended in various types of litigation.
Won a summary judgment in favor of our commercial client finding no duty was owed to a patron who tripped and fell in a mall. Secured this favorable decision by convincing the court to view the evidence showing the plaintiff was in an area of the property that was not under the control of our client, near individuals who were not employees/agents of our client.
Defended an insured township in a case involving alleged property damage where the damages were estimated to be in excess of $3.5 million, receiving dismissal of the case by way of motion.
Please note some matters listed were handled prior to joining the firm.