Office of the City Solicitor
Kenneth S. Butensky
Chief Deputy City Solicitor
The lawyers in the Claims Unit are quickly exposed to depositions, expert witnesses, pretrial conferences, negotiations, arbitrations and trials. Whether representing a police officer in an automobile accident involving a police pursuit, or defending the Water Department from claims for private property damage due to a water main break, the efforts of the Claims lawyers ensure that legitimate claims are settled quickly at as low a cost as possible, and claims lacking merit are vigorously defended at trial or arbitration. Claims attorneys work closely with traffic engineers, accident reconstructionists and various medical experts.
In addition to defending the City in State Court tort actions, the Unit seeks defense and indemnification for the City from independent contractors based upon contractual obligations, or tenants based on the lease of City owned facilities.