Fire and Life Safety
National Practice Defending Fire Protection Contractors
The Fire and Life Safety Practice at Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP has extensive experience representing fire sprinkler contractors and fire protection companies across the nation. Our attorneys harness a solid understanding of fire and life safety equipment and operations to provide an effective defense to the companies that install and service these systems. We know that liability claims and litigation can be disruptive and intrusive for clients in this industry and we strive to find solutions that bring these matters to a fair and rapid conclusion.
The attorneys in our practice have over 50 years of experience representing members of the fire protection industry, which includes Fire Sprinkler Contractors, Fire Suppression and Alarm companies and Manufacturers. Members of the practice are active members of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and have participated in the technical committee meetings for the revision to the 2017 edition of NFPA 25, the nationally recognized standard for inspection of water-based fire sprinkler systems. Attorneys of the practice are closely linked to the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and are regular speakers at the national and local conferences for both organizations.
Early and Effective Defense
The majority of the litigation centers on defending industry clients against two types of claims: property damage claims associated with unintended discharges of systems, and the failure of life safety systems to operate when needed. We also litigate construction defect claims that may arise in connection with the installation of life safety systems. The firm also provides proactive guidance to clients helping them to avoid future risks by assisting with the preparation and review of contracts.
When a client is notified of an event, our attorneys engage immediately to develop a powerful plan of defense. We launch a comprehensive investigation of the claim, joining with industry experts to participate in the on-scene examination. Our team works hands-on with these professionals to identify and analyze evidence so that we can establish a proper defense. By working with people who have the right knowledge and experience at the earliest stage of the investigation, we are often able to bring these claims to a swift conclusion, often avoiding litigation entirely.