Shopkeeper/Premises & Dramshop Liability

Premises Liability
The Legal Team at DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher & DeBlasis, LLP are experienced attorneys who possess more than thirty years of experience defending the interests of business owners in actions where a patron has been injured on their premises.  Whether a patron claims to have sustained serious injury as a result of slipping/tripping and falling, falling merchandise or other defective condition on the premises, or the selling of defective merchandise or food product, our attorneys are well-versed in premises liability law and have built a reputation of successfully protecting the interests of shop owners. Additionally, our attorneys are skilled in defending commercial establishments in claims of false arrest and false imprisonment by patrons. 
Dramshop Liability
The State of Maryland does not recognize dram shop liability.  Specifically, the Court of Appeals concluded “that a restaurant or tavern owner has no duty to protect the general public from the actions of its patrons.”  However, dram shop law does exist in the District of Columbia, creating significant exposure to owners and operators of restaurants and bars.  Over the past twenty years, partner, Christopher R. Dunn, has developed a reputation for successfully defending restaurant and bar owners and other public and private venues who serve alcoholic beverages to their patrons in actions that have been brought against them by individuals who are harmed by a third party.  


DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher and DeBlasis LLP
Maryland Office
17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 200
Bowie, MD 20715
Virginia Office
3930 Walnut Street
Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 22030
Washington, D.C. Office
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 950
Washington, D.C. 20036