Violence has causes. Our job is to get to the bottom of it.

Most of the time, violence doesn’t just happen. It has causes. Owners of commercial properties where people pay to go—like hotels, apartment complexes, or restaurants—know that. That’s why Georgia law requires that owners of such commercial properties take reasonable steps to keep their customers and residents safe from violent crime on the property. Sturbridge Partners, Ltd. v. Walker, 267 Ga. 785, 787 (1997). If property owners fail to do that, they can be held accountable for the violence that follows.

At Butler Tobin, our civil rights lawyers know how to hold negligent property owners accountable. We can obtain a history of crime on the property to find out what the property owner knew about violence. We know how to find the witnesses and experts who can explain to a jury what safety measures the property owner should have put in place, and we know how to find out what the property owner did and did not do. If the property owner still refuses to accept responsibility, we know how to make the case to the jury.


Commercial property owners are obligated to keep customers, employees, and other visitors reasonably safe. When a property owner knows about dangerous violent crime on the property, but fails to take reasonable security measures or warn people about the danger, the law allows a plaintiff to bring what is called a “negligent security” case against the owner.


We need to establish that the owner of the property could have known that an event like the shooting could take place. A victim needs to show that it was “foreseeable” to the owner that a shooting could occur. Calling something “foreseeable” means that there was a reasonable chance that this could happen.

One way to determine if a property owner should have been aware of the threat is to look at recent crime reports for the area. If there were several shootings in the month leading up to your attack, the property owner should have instituted security measures to keep you safe. We review crime reports, crime grids, and other data to determine if the property owner should have been aware of the threat. Once we do that, we knock on doors and track down witnesses. Building a case doesn’t just happen in our offices—we build our cases on the streets.

We have experience helping crime victims throughout the state recover fair compensation for their injuries. If you sustained injuries during a shooting, or have had your civil rights violated, contact our Georgia lawyers as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start investigating.