LIQUOR LIABILITY DEFENSE
liability insurance carriers expect a trial attorney who will
aggressively pursue all defenses during pretrial discovery,
who is skilled at getting the most out of depositions of the
fact witnesses and experts, who will tenaciously investigate
all the holes in the plaintiff’s case, and who has the
experience and skill to obtain a defense verdict, even in
a case where there is enormous sympathy for the plaintiff
and his family.
The insurance companies also expect and deserve
frequent and sound reporting from their attorney concerning
the developments in their cases so that they can make appropriate
decisions regarding settlement, trial strategy and budgeting.
Thomas Heavey has successfully litigated
numerous liquor liability or “dram shop” cases
during his twenty-two-year legal career. He has a keen knowledge
of the New Jersey liquor liability statutes and the evolving
jurisprudence in this area of the law. Mr. Heavey has been
retained by insurance carriers to represent their insured
taverns and restaurants in liquor liability claims involving
death or devastating personal injuries, where the verdict
potential has been in the millions of dollars. In all cases
to date, he has been able to obtain a successful result at
trial or a reasonable settlement for the insurance company
and its insured before trial.
Carriers who have retained Mr. Heavey appreciate
not only his skill and success as a trial attorney; they value
his frequent, succinct and honest claim reporting, and his
analytical expertise in particular.
If you wish to discuss the defense of a
liquor liability claim, please call Mr. Heavey at (732) 206-0200.