Lary is a Chair of Marshall Dennehey's Amusements, Sports and Recreation Litigation Practice Group which defends theme parks, water parks, roller skating rinks, golf courses, ski areas, bowling centers, minor league baseball stadiums, concert venues, sports stadiums and arenas. Lary handles serious claims arising in this practice area and oversees cases defended in our regional offices. Lary has also been active in establishing Marshall Dennehey as a partner in national amusement industry insurance programs for bowling, roller skating and recreational go-karts.
A senior attorney with 35 years of litigation experience, Lary has tried over 150 trials to verdict in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 1983, Lary was designated a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of the state of New Jersey. This designation, which requires 50 completed trials, testing and recommendations, has been earned by only one percent of all active trial attorneys in New Jersey. Lary has maintained this designation for 28 years. In 2011, Lary became a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society.
In addition to his trial practice, Lary is legal counsel to the New Jersey Amusement Association, a trade association of amusement parks, theme parks and water parks. As counsel to the Association, Lary is an advocate on regulatory and legislative matters.
Lary is also a founding member and Director of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA), a national network of amusement defense attorneys and claims professionals who focus their practice on legal issues in the amusement industry. As part of the national IALDA network, Lary has access to an extensive expert witness database and up-to-date information on the latest legal developments in the industry. Lary is also a member of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the National Association of Ride Safety Officials (NARSO), the World Waterpark Association (WWA), the International Recreational Go-Kart Association (IRGA) and the Roller Skating Association International (RSA), where Lary serves on the Risk Management Committee.
Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey in 2002, Lary was a partner with the firm of Spector Gadon & Rosen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he successfully defended cases involving amusement facilities, product liability and liquor liability claims. Before that, Lary was a partner with the firm of Ostrager, Fieldman, Zucker, Kachmar & Nirenberg. From 1972-1975, Lary served as Legislative Counsel to the Honorable Matthew Feldman, Majority Leader of the New Jersey Senate.
Areas of Practice
Recent Updates to the RSA Risk Management Guidelines, Roller Skating Association International (RSA) East Coast Sections, March 14, 2016
The NEW Crisis Management," National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO), February 24, 2016
Use Safety Optics to Check Your Facility Signage for Next Season, World Waterpark Association Webinar, March 2014
Waterpark Safety Signage, World Waterpark Association Trade Show and Conference, October 2013
Legal Trends in the Waterpark Industry, World Waterpark Association Trade Show and Conference, October 2013
Risk Management, Roller Skating Association International & International Laser Tag Association, May 2012
Legal Aspects of Crisis Management, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) (Webinar), May 2011
Do You Know the 'Correct Signage' To Use in Your Amusement Park, Water Park, or Carnival?, NJAA East Coast Expo, February 2010
Managing Risk, International Aquatic Safety School, January 2010
Managing the Issues of Unique Guests, The World Waterpark Association (WWA) 29th Annual Symposium and Trade Show, November 2009
New Legislation, Regulation, and Recent Case Law That May Effect the Amusement Industry, International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) Convention, November 2009
"The Role of Video Surveillance In Defending Amusement Facilities," New Jersey Defense, Volume 30, Issue 4, Summer 2015
Co-author of Risk Management Guidelines approved by the Roller Skating Association International for use in the RSA Endorsed Insurance Program
Co-author of Risk Management Guidelines approved by the Bowling Proprietor Association of America for use in the BBAA Endorsed Insurance Program
"Defending Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims," For the Defense, 2006
"Tips for Investigating Lane Approach Fall Down Accidents in Bowling Centers," BPAA Magazine, 2006
"Investigating Workplace Harassment Claims," FunWorld Magazine, 2003
"Signs Promote Safety Through Partnership," Roller Skating Business, 2002
"Moving On After A Crisis," FunWorld Magazine, 2002
"Interviewing a Sexually Harassed Employee," Roller Skating Business, 2001
"Paperwork Plays a Valuable Role in Running a Successful Skating Center," Roller Skating Business, 2000
"The Truth About Legal Depositions," Right Track Magazine, 1999
"Techniques for Writing Thorough Accident Reports," Roller Skating Business, 1999
"New Jersey & The Concession Go-Kart Industry: Perfect Together?," Right Track Magazine, 1997
"Inflatables: Risk Management Tips for Operators and Renters," Right Track Magazine, 1996
"Adjuster's Outline - How to Handle Roller Skating Liability Claims," Seminar material
"Challenging the Medical Aspects of Common Personal Injury Claims," Seminar material
"Do's and Don'ts of Taking a Deposition," Seminar material
Certified Civil Trial Attorney, designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court, 1983-Present
University of Akron School of Law, Akron, OH (J.D., 1972)
The University of Akron, Akron, OH (B.A.,1969)
Areas of Practice
- University of Akron School of Law (J.D., 1972)
- The University of Akron (B.A.,1969)
- New Jersey, 1972
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1988
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
- Pennsylvania, 1991
- New York, 2000
Associations & Memberships
- Bowling Proprietor Association of America (BPAA)
- International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, Inc., board of directors
- National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association, Inc., board of directors
- New Jersey Bar Association
- University of Akron School of Law, board of directors and Alumni Association
Honors & Awards
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
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- Litigation Counsel of America Fellows
New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005-2009, 2011-2017
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