Member/Fellow News

Ms. Deanna Wray

Managing Partner
Bodyfelt Mount LLP
Oregon

Deanna Wray Featured in “Discovery” Q&A Profile Story

In its 2017 list of Oregon’s outstanding lawyers, Super Lawyers has included three partners from the Bodyfelt Mount law firm: Deanna Wray, Rick Lee, and Heather Bowman. Oregon Super Lawyers magazine also featured Bodyfelt Mount’s managing partner Deanna Wray in its editorial coverage, running a full-page “Discovery” question & answer-style profile on her.

Mr. John R. Crawford

Attorney
Lommen Abdo, PA
Minnesota

Attorney

John Crawford of the Lommen Abdo Law Firm has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate. Mr. Crawford has been an NBTA member in good standing since April of 1997. Approximately 3 percent of American lawyers are board certified and he is among a very select group who has taken the time to prove competence in their specialty area.

Mrs. Andrea Oleszczak

Marketing / Practice Development Manager
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC
Michigan

CLM Member David C. Anderson Elected Commissioner of the State Bar of Michigan

David C. Anderson has been elected to the board of commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan. The board provides oversight to the various operations of the State Bar, such as finance, public policy, professional standards, and member services and communications. Anderson will represent District I (Oakland County), serving for a three-year term.

Ms. Deanna Wray

Managing Partner
Bodyfelt Mount LLP
Oregon

Bodyfelt Mount Welcomes Jamie Azevedo

Jamie Azevedo has joined Bodyfelt Mount LLP in Portland, Oregon. Azevedo’s practice focuses on general civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death and construction defect cases. Azevedo brings considerable experience handling civil claims in Oregon and Washington. From 2005 through 2012, she served as an in-house litigation attorney for GEICO.

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.