May 22, 2018
HeplerBroom welcomes second-year law students Christin Doyle, Elliott Kim, Robert Hartzer, Ayha Ibrahim, and Tara Knowlton to its 2018 Class of Summer Associates. HB’s 12-week Summer Associate Program introduces select law students to the firm’s legal practice, business model, and culture.
May 17, 2018
HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that Gordon K. Walton, principal and owner of Walton Law Group LLC, has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Walton focuses his practice on all aspects of insurance law, from coverage opinions through trial. He has over two decades of experience in a wide range of complex insurance matters and offers strategic advice to local and national clients on insurance matters regarding risk analysis and management, coverage analysis, and claims counseling and coordination.
May 15, 2018
Rebecca Nickelson spoke recently on a panel for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) on the topic of “ISMs: Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Genderism – How Do We Move Forward?”
May 10, 2018
Aleen Tiffany and Jamie Rein recently secured summary judgment in a Northwest Indiana suit seeking $92 million in property and lost profit damages against a number of construction contractors and engineering firms. The suit arose out of the collapse of a stacker reclaimer in 2014, and dismissal was secured on behalf of the electrical contractor who had performed work on the stacker as part of a rehabilitation/upgrade project years earlier.
May 08, 2018
Rick Hammond will be one of the faculty members at the Litigation Management College, which is being held at the Chubb Hotel and Conference Center in Philadelphia on May 20-23. The College, which is sponsored by the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, has an international reputation for being the premier advanced training course for claims professionals.
May 03, 2018
Eric Hall, Lauren Collins, Willie Lyles, and Kate Watkins recently attended the 18th annual Unity Dinner. The sold-out event, which was held in University City, Missouri, was presented by the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and co-sponsored by the Mound City Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, the South Asian Bar Association of North America, and The Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Saint Louis. The Dinner recognizes and celebrates diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, as well as the strong bonds between the St. Louis area minority bar associations.
May 01, 2018
Michael Young’s article in the April issue of Coverage Opinions examines the history behind the 1976 Maryland Casualty v. Peppers decision, a case that helped establish one of the fundamental principles of insurance law, i.e. the right to independent counsel. The article was characterized by the newsletter as being “clever” and “impressive.”
Apr 26, 2018
Anne Oldenburg and Linda Hay will be the featured speakers at Legalities in the Dental Industry, a Dental CE Solutions seminar being held in Davenport, Iowa, on May 10, 2018. The program is aimed at restorative clinicians and their administrative staff and is intended to keep them up to date on the legal changes in the industry.
Apr 24, 2018
Insler’s Bar Journal Article Explores Increase in Number of Illinois Biometrics Privacy Act Litigation Cases
In an article in the March 2018 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, Charles Insler examines the dual questions of why there has been a large increase in the number of cases involving Illinois’ 10- year-old Biometric Information Privacy Act and how to defend against them. Insler also notes that the majority of these cases are class actions, raising the potential for dramatically amplified damages.
Apr 23, 2018
On May 4, the public is invited to a free Law Day celebration at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville. This year’s theme is Separation of Powers, and Judges David Dugan (Madison County), John O’Gara (St. Clair County), and Richard Brown (Randolph County) will discuss the part that the judicial branch plays in enforcing and upholding the law.
Apr 20, 2018
Katie Jacobi and Zoe Gross are serving as panel moderators for an Illinois Defense Counsel Insurance Law Seminar, which is being held in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 3. The seminar will address how policyholders, defense lawyers, and insurance claims professionals can respond to, litigate, and settle claims and lawsuits involving liability coverage issues.
Apr 19, 2018
Partner Kathleen Hamilton and associate attorney Bradley Zaffiri recently obtained summary judgment for a client in a St. Charles County case. Plaintiffs alleged damage to their multimillion dollar home arising from the design and installation of an inadequate heating and cooling system in the room that housed their indoor pool. Because the contract at issue expressly disclaimed any liability for work done prior to its execution, and because the undisputed material facts demonstrated that the system was designed and installed in the home prior to that date, the Court found that HeplerBroom’s client was entitled to summary judgment.
Apr 17, 2018
Kathryn Modeer and Josephine Sangiorgio-Hirth were recently elected Chair and Chair-Elect, respectively, of the Women in the Legal Profession Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Apr 12, 2018
Michael Young and Katie Jacobi are scheduled speakers at day-long continuing legal education seminar on insurance coverage issues for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Apr 05, 2018
In his most recent Law Update column, Rick Hammond outlines a fraud investigation case that illustrates the importance for both insurers and plaintiffs to preserve evidence as early as possible. (In the case discussed, that evidence was a cell phone.)
Apr 03, 2018
After a four-day trial, HeplerBroom attorneys Linda Hay and Matthew Brandabur secured a complete defense victory for their client, a dentist. The case involved a Plaintiff who, at the age of 19, had her wisdom teeth removed and alleged she suffered a bilateral lingual nerve injury. The undisputed medical evidence at trial was that Plaintiff had permanent numbness throughout the anterior two-thirds of her tongue. Plaintiff’s attorney, however, was unsuccessful in persuading jurors that the dentist was professionally negligent in the removal of Plaintiff’s wisdom teeth.
Mar 29, 2018
Greg Odom is chairing and Glenn Davis will be one of the speakers at the Spring Symposium, the flagship annual event for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). Topics will include current and emerging cybersecurity threats, protecting a law firm and its clients from cybersecurity threats, responding to cybersecurity breaches, securing confidential medical information from breaches, insurance coverage issues arising from breaches, and ethical issues specific to cybersecurity.
Mar 27, 2018
Holly Whitlock-Glave recently obtained a summary judgment in a Cook County case involving an electrical subcontractor. Toward the end of the project, one of the drywall subcontractor’s employees tripped and fell over construction debris. Some of the debris contained unidentified tubes, plywood, and cords, and the drywaller sued the subcontractor as well as the mechanical and general subcontractors. Witnesses called by Whitlock-Glave testified that none of the tubes, plywood, or cords were electrical, relieving the subcontractor of its responsibility. Despite a late-appearing plaintiff’s witness, who claimed the unidentified tubes were “most definitely” electrical tubes, Whitlock-Glave was able to establish a solid argument that the witness’ information was merely speculative and not admissible at trial. The Court agreed and granted the summary judgement.
Mar 22, 2018
Glenn Davis was among the speakers at the recent “Leading Through the Breach” seminar in St. Louis, which was co-sponsored by HeplerBroom’s HBCyberGroup. Seminar attendees learned about practical steps to take to avoid, minimize, and respond to cyber threats and information security vulnerabilities.
Mar 20, 2018
Beth Bauer was one of the speakers at the 2018 Winter Meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, which was held recently on Amelia Island, Florida. Bauer, a trial attorney, was the moderator of a panel discussing the best practices to keep litigation from becoming a mass action or other major exposure for a client or insurer. Other panelists included in-house counsel for Sherwin-Williams Paints and a claims manager from insurance company Sompo International.
Mar 15, 2018
Partner Kathleen Hamilton and associate attorney Brad Zaffiri obtained an opinion from the Missouri Supreme Court, affirming the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of HeplerBroom’s client. [Matthew Fogerty v. Larry Meyer, Missouri Supreme Court No. SC96030]. The ruling in this case changes Missouri law regarding co-employee liability and when one co-employee may sue another.
Mar 13, 2018
Michael Young and Katie Jacobi are scheduled to present sessions at two upcoming CLM (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance) events. Jacobi will be in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, on March 19 to discuss evaluating additional insured coverage and contractual indemnity issues. She and Young will discuss the impact of Missouri’s reformed 537.065 statute, which now grants liability insurers a right to intervene in certain suits, at a St. Louis CLM Chapter meeting on March 29.
Mar 08, 2018
Dede Zupanci will be one of the speakers at a March 15 medical malpractice seminar in Chicago. The seminar, entitled “New Trends in Medical Malpractice: From Conflict Checks to Trial,” is sponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. HB attorney Leslie Odom is co-chair of the event. The seminar will cover topics pertinent to medical malpractice attorneys of all experience levels and will address both pretrial and trial issues, including conflicts of interest, the Petrillo doctrine, and preparing defense witnesses for deposition. The Reptile theory and how to reach the jury with exhibits, demonstrative evidence, and technology will also be discussed. More information about the seminar is available here. Zupanci, a partner in the firm’s Edwardsville office, focuses her practice on the defense of medical malpractice litigation and healthcare regulatory matters. She has been named an AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, as well as an Illinois Leading Lawyer. Odom, an associate in the Edwardsville office, focuses her practice on healthcare defense litigation and professional liability. She has been named an Emerging Lawyer by Illinois Leading Lawyers Network.
Mar 06, 2018
Lauren Collins, an associate in the firm’s St. Louis office, was profiled in a recent issue of the St. Louis American. Collins was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 recognized for excellence in performance and service to others. Collins and five other University of Missouri alumni were highlighted in an UMSL Daily news article for being honored at the 8th Annual Salute to Young Leaders networking awards reception.
Mar 01, 2018
Benjamin Wilson has co-authored a chapter in the new Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, 8th edition. Wilson’s contribution is Chapter 21 - Costs on Appeal, which he co-authored with the Hon. Mary R. Vasaly, Fourth Judicial District Court in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Feb 27, 2018
Aleen Tiffany and Holly Whitlock-Glave were among the featured speakers at a recent seminar on construction worker injuries. The seminar, sponsored jointly by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) and the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA), was specifically geared toward attorneys who defend construction worker accident claims, as well as those who negotiate and draft construction contract safety provisions.
Feb 22, 2018
Medical records personnel, nurses, and administrators in the Chicago area are benefitting from a series of educational lectures on the legal importance of good medical documentation. The series, presented at multiple nursing and rehabilitation facilities, is being given by HB attorneys Anne Oldenburg, Susan Wagener, and Tammera Banasek. Topics covered include recent changes in federal and state laws regarding the production of electronic medical records, understanding the legal process, and major areas of litigation and ways to avoid them. Oldenburg, Wagener, and Banasek are all partners in the firm.
Feb 20, 2018
HeplerBroom is pleased to announce the addition of Amy E. Johnson as Attorney of Counsel in the firm’s Chicago Office. Johnson focuses her practice on insurance, personal injury and property damage, premises, and appellate law. She is a certified mediator and has 20 years of experience mitigating risk on coverage issues and high exposure or bad faith claims. She also has significant litigation experience in bad faith insurance claims, including a successful appeal record.
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Jan 23, 2018
Lauren Collins, an associate in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been selected to receive a 2018 Young Leader Award. Given by the St. Louis American Foundation, the Award honors 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 for their excellence in performance and service to others.
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