Evolution and Broadening Scope of the Privette Doctrine

June 2023

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Evolution and Broadening Scope of the Privette Doctrine

In her article published in For Construction Pros, Partner Michelle MacDonald examines the California Supreme Court case Privette v. Superior Court, which generally held that a hirer of an independent contractor is not liable for the negligence of the independent contractor.

In recent years, the “Privette Doctrine,” as it has become known, has both broadened in scope and evolved. MacDonald discusses the trend to broaden the reach of Privette and to narrowly construe the types of actions which fall within the exceptions of retained control and concealed hazards.

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GrayDuffy Featured in San Fernando Valley Business Journal on New Flagship Office in Woodland Hills

San Fernando Valley Business Journal spoke with Managing Partner Michael Eisenbaum about the firm’s move from Encino to the Warner Center building in Woodland Hills, taking over 8,400 square feet of office space. 

Eisenbaum told the Journal that the firm is “in a bit of a growth mode,” recently adding three attorneys to the team. 

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Michael Eisenbaum Interviewed on Latte with a Lawyer Podcast

On the Latte with a Lawyer podcast, Michael Eisenbaum discussed his preferred morning drink, path to the law, what it takes to run a law firm and his favorite type of cases to handle. He also talked about a recent complete defense verdict obtained for a Los Angeles-based construction company in a subrogation claim.

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Larry O’Shea Joins as a Senior Associate

We are pleased to welcome Larry O’Shea to the firm’s Woodland Hills office. O’Shea’s litigation practice focuses on all aspects of construction defect, bad faith, personal injury and product liability matters. He has litigated more than 15 trials, including nine jury trials, and has also acted as an arbitrator and settlement advisor to third-party litigation.

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GrayDuffy Supports Bragg Companies’ Annual Charity Golf Invitational

Benefiting the YMCA, Food Finders and The Guidance Center, GrayDuffy served as a sponsor for Bragg Companies’ annual charity golf invitational. The event was held May 12 at El Dorado Park Golf Course in Long Beach.

GrayDuffy Sponsors OCADA 59th Annual Golf Tournament

GrayDuffy served as a Golden Tee Sponsor at the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association 59th Annual Golf Tournament. The event was held June 12 at Mission Viejo Country Club.

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These articles are necessarily general in nature and do not substitute for legal advice with respect to any particular case. Readers should consult with an attorney before taking any action affecting their interests.

Please Note: This article is necessarily general in nature and is not a substitute for legal advice with respect to any particular case. Readers should consult with an attorney before taking any action affecting their interests.