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Areas of Specialization

Drawing on more than 50 years in the retail industry as an owner and operator, Alex J. Balian of Balian & Associates has testified as a safety and retail operations expert in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Balian has assisted in cases involving supermarkets, restaurants, warehouse facilities, home improvement stores, specialty stores and other public facilities. Our areas of expertise include:

Personal Injury

  • Premises Liability
  • Standards of Care
  • Slip and Fall
  • Trip and Fall
  • Falling Merchandise
  • Floor Care & Maintenance Procedures

When injuries occur in a retail establishment, the store’s liability often hinges on whether it knew or should have known of the existence of a dangerous condition, and whether it should have been expected to remedy the situation before the accident occurred. Balian & Associates can help you understand the larger context of industry practices, and help you determine whether in a given instance the policies in place at a given establishment were acceptable and followed correctly.


  • Training Procedures
  • Job Discrimination
  • Merchandising Procedures
  • Food Handling Procedures
  • Wrongful Termination

State and federal laws define the parameters of how employers deal with their employees in virtually all aspects of the job, from hiring and firing to worker safety and public health. To be in full compliance, an organization must have policies in place to notify workers of their rights and responsibilities, protect workers from unfair treatment, and ensure that they are not performing in a way which is potentially dangerous to customers or the public at large.

Ensuring that policies are properly implemented requires employee training and adequate supervision by management. No system is perfect, but Balian & Associates can identify whether the systems an organization employs are consistent with industry standards, a key factor in determining whether employer liability should attach in a particular situation.


  • Safety Procedures
  • Security Procedures
  • ADA Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Loss Prevention
  • Internal Operations
  • Customer Relations
  • Store/Shopping Center Disputes

Beyond personal injury and employment issues, operating a retail establishment involves a host of issues such as the store’s relationship with customers, employees, suppliers, vendors, landlords, and the public at large. Our extensive knowledge and experience in the industry allows us to provide an in-depth analysis of any aspect of a business’s operations in light of current industry standards and acceptable practices.

From fast food restaurants to warehouse megastores, if you have a case involving any aspect of the retail industry, contact Balian & Associates today for expert consulting or testimony to help you understand, prepare for, and win your case.

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