Patrice Coleman litigates civil cases including auto accidents, premises liability and Labor Law claims.
She has a particular expertise in handling motions and appeals and has successfully drafted and argued numerous appeals in the First and Second Departments involving a wide range of issues.
Patrice has brought thousands of cases to successful conclusions through direct negotiation, mediation and arbitrations.
In the matter of Bonczar v. AMC Theaters, the plaintiff filed suit claiming violations of Labor Law 240(1) after he fell from an A-Frame ladder he was using to install a smoke detection system. At his deposition, the plaintiff was equivocal on the issue of whether he had checked the ladder to ensure that it was locked in place when he ascended it prior to his fall, admitting that he may not have done so.
David Gould obtained a unanimous defense verdict in the Supreme Court, Nassau County, before Judge Catherine Rizzo in the Alexandra Jacques v. Thomas Joseph Oliveri and Stephen J. Oliveri case, Index Number 608950-20. The plaintiff, a 52-year old Nurses Aide at Northwell Hospital, was the driver of an SUV that was stopped in traffic on the Southern State Parkway in Nassau County when the defendant, Thomas Joseph Oliveri who was 17-years old at the time of the accident, made contact with the rear of her vehicle. The case was tried solely on damages regarding whether the plaintiff sustained a "serious injury". The plaintiff underwent a right knee and right shoulder arthroscopy within four months of the accident. One of the plaintiff''s orthopedic medical experts testified that in his opinion that she will require future cervical and spinal fusion surgeries at a cost of $150,000.00 each. Mr. Gould argued that the impact was merely a minor fender bender and thus it was not the proximate cause of her past surgeries as well as any surgeries that might occur in the future.
On April 28, 2023 Kevin Horbatiuk won a verdict in favor of our clients after a trial on liability in Queens County, Supreme Court in the case of El Hassan vs Munoz Trucking Corporation and Maria Theresa Corral.