Jill Zibkow has more than 20 years of litigation experience defending general liability claims with a focus on premises liability matters, in both New York state and federal courts. Her practice also encompasses high-exposure construction accident litigation, construction defect claims and insurance coverage disputes. Ms. Zibkow has substantial experience with the intricacies of the New York Labor Law, and is fully experienced in the preparation and advocacy of appellate issues. She is a versatile lawyer who has formulated creative and winning defense strategies and has achieved successful outcomes for her clients over the years.
Ms. Zibkow’s clients include public and private corporations, commercial property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, hotels, hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, security guard companies, insurance companies and municipal entities.
Prior Work Experience
- Recipient, Bowman Ashe Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement
- Ms. Zibkow began her career at a medical malpractice defense firm, defending physicians and hospitals. In 1996, she joined the firm of Armienti, DeBellis and Whiten LLP, where she became a partner in 2000. During her 12 years there, Ms. Zibkow expanded her practice, litigating a wide variety of tort defense matters, including premises liability claims (slip, trip and falls, negligent security/assaults, and municipal and quasi-municipal claims), construction accident litigation, toxic and environmental claims (lead-based paint, mold and asbestos), medical and nursing home malpractice, product liability claims, a high-profile defamation action and insurance coverage disputes.
- From 2008 through 2013, Ms. Zibkow practiced with Goldweber Epstein LLP, a boutique firm specializing in matrimonial and family law. While there, she represented clients in divorce and same-sex partner dissolution, and litigated all aspects of child custody and access, and child and spousal support, as well as negotiating and preparing pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and separation agreements. Ms. Zibkow continued to litigate a diverse case load at Goldweber Epstein, which also included tort matters and employment disputes involving wrongful termination and sexual harassment and discrimination.