Premises Liability

Secrest Wardle's Premises Liability Practice Group is led by seasoned litigators, experienced in defending landowners against a full array of claims. Our Premises Liability Practice Group has been on the forefront of changing and clarifying the law for the benefit of Defendants in the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals for decades.

Among the more notable decisions are:

MacDonald v. PKT Enterprises, 464 Mich 322

Limited the duties imposed on landowners due to the criminal acts of third-parties. In this case, Defendant was not held liable for Plaintiff's injuries sustained in a sod throwing incident during a concert at Pine Knob Theater.

Anderson v. Weigand, 223 Mich App 549

Landowners were not liable for an accident which occurred on their property after they had turned over the possession and control of it to their real estate agent for an open house.

Berry v. S & D Auto Dismantlers, 195 Mich App 476

A mechanic was crushed to death when a car apparently slipped off of a bumper jack. Defendant was not held liable since there was no causal connection between the death and any alleged defect of the premises.

Muskat v. Khalil, 150 Mich App 114

A defective portable item on the land did not give rise to a claim for premises liability. Defendant was not held liable for Plaintiff's injuries caused by an allegedly defective ladder Plaintiff brought onto Defendant's property.

We have experience in virtually every area of premises liability, including:

Building code violations


Cracks, potholes, uneven surfaces

Criminal acts of third parties

Dog bites


Fire loss


Slips and falls

Snow and ice