Municipal Liability

Gibson, McAskill & Crosby regularly defends lawsuits brought against cities, towns, counties, and other political subdivisions and their agents, employees, and elected officials. Although immunity may bar certain claims against municipal actors, the team at Gibson McAskill & Crosby knows that government subdivisions are often targeted as defendants in a variety of claims stemming from ordinary negligence to alleged constitutional violations.

Gibson, McAskill & Crosby has experience defending municipal clients against claims brought in both state and federal court, before administrative tribunals, and in various types of alternative dispute resolution. Our team has developed a depth of knowledge of the United States Constitution, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the New York State Constitution, New York General Municipal Law, the Freedom of Information Act, and federal, state, and local municipal codes and statutes.

Among other things, the firm’s attorneys have defended claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging false arrest/imprisonment, illegal search and seizure, malicious prosecution, excessive force, negligent hiring, training, and supervision, as well as claims of general municipal liability premised upon the creation and implementation of an alleged unconstitutional departmental custom, practice, or policy. Additionally, our municipal law team has obtained excellent results in numerous suits arising out of premises liability, construction site accidents, motor vehicle negligence, and other torts. We are available to provide day-to-day advice to municipal clients on risk management and media relations.