Larry Lum Partner




Larry Lum practices in all areas of insurance defense litigation. He places particular emphasis on general liability, including sports, gaming and other entertainment-related risks; premises liability involving commercial, retail, hospitality, residential and health care institutions and facilities; property management and security; Labor Law and construction cases; automobile and transportation liability; product liability; and employers’ liability. Larry also has developed a practice in secured lending transactions on behalf of financial institutions, including enforcing remedies for secured creditors and other UCC-related litigation.

The nation’s leading sports and business enterprises regularly trust Larry to defend their interests in complex, high-exposure bodily injury and property loss claims. His clients include Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Goldman Sachs, Viacom and its MTV and Paramount Pictures divisions, Abbott Laboratories, Vornado Realty Trust and Sony. Through his work with the professional sports leagues, Larry has represented every franchise and arena in the NBA and NHL, including the New York Knicks and New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden.

Larry also focuses on developing trends in the employer liability area relating to employee health and safety concerns. He represents and provides counsel to professional sports franchises and insurers with respect to workplace safety initiatives and statutory liability issues, including cumulative trauma claims, enforceability of contractual arbitration and stop-loss coverage disputes.

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Areas of Focus

Complex Tort & General Casualty 
Larry defends national owners and operators of commercial properties, including shopping complexes and major retail chain stores, in premises liability cases. He has taken dozens of jury verdicts in New York state and federal courts in premises liability cases involving catastrophic injury claims such as wrongful death; quadriplegia/paraplegia; reflex sympathetic dystrophy, compartment syndrome and other complex neurological injuries; disfigurement and burns; amputations; and significant disabilities.

As part of his general liability practice, Larry represents MLB, the NBA, and the NHL, their member teams, and their affiliated arenas and stadiums in various matters throughout the country. He has established seminal case law in New York regarding spectators’ assumption of risk for injuries sustained at professional hockey games. He has represented many of the sports leagues, franchises and arenas for more than two decades.

In addition, Larry represents international restaurant chains, major franchise operators and bars in connection with national restaurant liability programs encompassing claims ranging from foodborne illness to Dram Shop issues.

Larry’s product liability experience includes the defense of manufacturers of automated teller machines and bank safes, refuse trucks and compactors, hydraulic lift gates, elevators and escalators, food preparation machines, and industrial chemicals and enzymes. Larry also has developed a concentration in the defense of tractor-trailer carriers in local and interstate trucking matters.