Retail

Franklin & Prokopik attorneys regularly protect the interests of national and local retailers in litigation in the state and federal courts in Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Areas of Service

  • Loss prevention
  • Risk management plans
  • Slip and falls
  • General premises liability
  • Falling merchandise
  • Third party criminal conduct claims
  • Negligent security
  • Defective products
  • False arrest and detention
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Food contamination
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Assault and battery
  • Civil rights violations
  • Claims involving the negligent hiring, retention and supervision of retail employees

Firm Qualifications

Our attorneys understand the unique business concerns of our retail clients and strive to provide advice that helps to minimize the inherent risks involved in running a retail establishment. An important part of our Retail Practice is focused on assisting retailers in developing sound loss prevention and risk management plans to help reduce litigation exposure and to increase our retailer clients’ “bottom line.”

We are aware that the needs and risks of our retail clients vary depending on the nature of the products they sell, the services they provide and the clientele they serve. Our attorneys are experienced and equipped to handle the legal issues facing our retail clients and we vigorously defend their interests to dispel the false perception of the “deep pocket.” Our attorneys have successfully represented national, regional and local retailers, directly and through their general liability insurers, in response to claims alleging negligence and intentional tortious conduct, including demands for punitive damages, and claims involving violations of state consumer protection statutes.

Likewise, our attorneys understand the special issues that our local neighborhood corner store, automotive repair facility, bar and nightclub, or flower shop, among others, face on a daily basis. We work closely with our local retailers to assist them in developing business practices and procedures to help reduce their exposure to third party liability and increase their profitability so that they can thrive in this competitive marketplace. The attorneys at Franklin & Prokopik act as general counsel to local retailers and counsel them on issues ranging from business formation and organization, commercial leases, contracts, hiring and retention policies, work-related accidents, and general risk management. Our firm takes pride in being an integral part of our local retailers’ success.

In addition to defending national and local retailers against third party liability claims, Franklin & Prokopik is specially equipped to defend and advise our retail clients on a variety of other issues including workers’ compensation defense in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Delaware, state and federal labor and employment law and business transactional and contractual matters.

Resources

The firm’s quarterly newsletter, Liability Chronicle, focuses on liability issues that affect the retail and other commercial industries.