Member/Fellow News

Mr. Brett Napier

Marketing Director
Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP
Louisiana

Keller & Wise Win in 22nd JDC

Josh Keller and Marianne Wise defended a homeowner against a contractor who claimed the defendant let go of a ladder causing him to fall and sustain serious injuries. Plaintiff underwent two surgeries to repair a broken heel and incurred medical expenses of approximately $112,000. In closing arguments, Plaintiff’s counsel argued that the case had a total value of $1 million. After deliberation, the jury returned a favorable defense verdict.

Ms. Kaye Courington

CEO/Member
Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C.
Louisiana

Robert L. Keller

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C. welcomes Robert Keller as an associate with the firm.

Mr. John R. Crawford

Attorney
Lommen Abdo, PA
Minnesota

Attorney

John Crawford joined Lommen Abdo Law Firm, bringing his experience to the firm's litigation practices and transportation law practice.  John represents clients in cases involving insurance coverage, personal injuries, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, premise liability, property damage, punitive damages, and bad-faith claims.

Mr. Christopher McKinney

Partner
Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP
Texas

Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP Defeats Houston ISD in Complex Construction Lawsuit

On June 9, 2017, a Harris County jury returned a defense verdict in favor of OBT’s client, QC Laboratories, following a five-week trial that implicated six HISD campuses. QC Labs was represented by OBT construction litigation attorneys, Chris McKinney and Kim Daily.
 

Mr. David Djirikian

Attorney
Kennedy & Associates, P.C.
Illinois

Attorney

David Djirikian, of Kennedy & Associates, P.C. in Chicago, put on a presentation regarding bad faith, claims practices and coverage matters to a group of claim professionals at Stillwater Insurance in Omaha.

Mrs. Tammy Bouker

National Director of Client Services
Vernis and Bowling
Alabama

Summary Judgment

Vernis & Bowling’s Keith Franklin obtained a full summary judgment in a trip and fall case in Foley, Alabama.
On summary judgment, the defense argued that the step was not only “open and obvious”, which is often a jury question, and that the plaintiff had failed to present any evidence that the step was a dangerous or hazardous condition.  The court agreed, and granted summary judgment on all counts. 
 

Mr. Edward J. Batis Jr.

Partner
Ortiz & Batis, P.C.
Texas

"Wearables in the workplace . . .Employers who care. . .but be aware"

On May 17, 2017,  for our Bar Construction Law Section, I will be presenting "Wearables in the workplace - Employers who care . . . but be aware" - the logistics/issues in modern wearables that monitor movement or health, and what to do with the data collected.

Mr. Ian Dillon

Attorney
Walsworth - WFBM, LLP
California

Walsworth Granted MSJs in Two Asbestos Cases

Walsworth’s Ian Dillon and Judiee Pinkerton obtained summary judgment in two personal injury asbestos-related cases. In both cases, the plaintiffs claimed that they were exposed to asbestos from working near Walsworth’s client. Walsworth moved for summary judgment arguing that there was insufficient evidence to establish that the plaintiffs were exposed to any drywall materials, let alone one that contained asbestos. 

Ms. Jennifer A. Morin

Attorney
Walsworth - WFBM, LLP
California

Walsworth Demurrer Ends Premises Liability Case

Walsworth’s Jennifer Morin and Sedaf Nejat prevailed on demurrer without leave to amend for property owner and property manager clients in a case involving an alleged fall on a stairway that plaintiff claimed was defectively constructed/maintained. The demurrer involved a request for judicial notice that the statute of limitations had expired.

Mr. G. Jeffrey Vernis

Attorney
Vernis and Bowling
South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina Managing Attorney

Vernis & Bowling welcomes Laura Robinson as the Managing Attorney of the Columbia, South Carolina office. Having served on the executive management teams of an insurance company and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, Laura brings a unique perspective to her cases. She understands the needs of employers and carriers and advocates on their behalf in all stages of the workers’ compensation process.

Mr. Jerry Hamilton

Managing Shareholder
Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel LLP
Florida

HM&B Obtained Directed Verdict After Third Day of Trial

HM&B attorneys, Jerry Hamilton & Schuyler Smith, successfully obtained a directed verdict, after the third day of trial, in an action pending in Federal Court in Florida. Plaintiffs, sought damages up to $250,000 against Williams-Sonoma after an alleged slip and fall. The court granted Williams-Sonoma Motion for Directed Verdict, agreeing with Williams-Sonoma that no reasonable jury could find that Williams-Sonoma acted unreasonably.
 

Mrs. Tammy Bouker

National Director of Client Services
Vernis and Bowling
Florida

Dismissal of Lawsuit

Vernis & Bowling’s Jeffrey Vernis and Susan Kent secured a dismissal of a lawsuit for fraud on the court. Plaintiff claimed he was injured when an insured hit him with her car. The Firm obtained video surveillance and it showed that the insured’s vehicle never hit or injured anyone. Upon receipt of the video, plaintiff’s counsel withdrew. After an evidentiary hearing before the Court, the Firm then secured a dismissal of the suit based on fraud.

Mr. William Pollock

Partner
Ragsdale Liggett PLLC
North Carolina

Bill Pollock Elected to Membership in Trial Attorneys in America

Ragsdale Liggett partner Bill Pollock has been inducted into the Trial Attorneys of America. Membership is limited to just 200 attorneys in the country who devote a substantial portion of their practice in the defense of product liability litigation. Pollock’s practice of more than 25 years is concentrated in product liability, construction, environmental and toxic torts, trucking and transportation and other complex litigation. 

Mr. Brett Napier

Marketing Director
Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP
Mississippi

Vaughn and Outzen Get Win for Deutsch Kerrigan LLP Gulfport Office

The trial team of Doug Vaughn and Anna Outzen received a big victory in a jury trial personal injury case resulting from a motor vehicle accident.  In the case, liability was admitted, and the case went to trial on damages.  The pretrial settlement demand was $275,000.  During the trial, Mr. Vaughn and Ms. Outzen exposed the plaintiff’s medical claims as a farce to win the jury over. After deliberations, the jury awarded the plaintiff $10,000.