He is a member of the Office of Court Administration’s Advisory Committee on Civil Practice, which advises the state courts on the potential changes in matters of civil procedure. And he is a frequent lecturer on municipal liability, premises liability, tort damages, appellate practice, labor law, and procedural practice. Mr. Shoot has spoken at the behest of such organizations as the Office of Court Administration, Civil Court Judge’s Association, Brooklyn Barrister Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Bar Association of the City of New York, and New York State Bar Association. He has been a member of Sullivan Papain since 2003.
Brian J. Shoot has argued hundreds of appeals and recently he worked with fellow Sullivan Papain member Eric Schwarz on behalf of victims of Hurricane Sandy.
When the storm hit New York City, the Long Island Power Authority and its private contractor failed to turn off power, resulting in hundreds of fires that caused several residents to lose their homes. Sullivan Papain brought suit against the authority and its contractors on behalf of 40 such residents. But the utilities said they were acting in a “governmental function” and, thus, were above the law.
Justice Beatrice Siegel rejected the utilities claim. And in a landmark 2016 decision, the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division upheld her ruling and Sullivan Papain’s case. The Court, in its decision, said: “The functions of electric utilities in the ordinary course of providing electricity and in responding adequately to a hurricane are both part of the proprietary core functions of their business … Simply put, the appellants have not established that their decision not to de-energize the Rockaway Peninsula involved governmental function powers.”
Mr. Shoot is married and has a daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and chess.
Mr. Shoot is a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal, writing about construction accident law. He has published numerous articles in the Albany Law Review, Trial Lawyers Quarterly, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association’s Bill of Particulars.