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 subcontractorâ€™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 plaintiffâ€™s witness, who claimed the unidentified tubes were â€œmost definitelyâ€ electrical tubes, Whitlock-Glave was able to establish a solid argument that the witnessâ€™ 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 â€œLeading Through the Breachâ€ seminar in St. Louis, which was co-sponsored by HeplerBroomâ€™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 courtâ€™s entry of summary judgment in favor of HeplerBroomâ€™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 Missouriâ€™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 â€œNew Trends in Medical Malpractice: From Conflict Checks to Trial,â€ 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 firmâ€™s Edwardsville office, focuses her practice on the defense of medical malpractice litigation and healthcare regulatory matters. She has been named an AV PreeminentÂ® 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 01, 2018
Benjamin Wilson has co-authored a chapter in the new Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, 8th edition. Wilsonâ€™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 firmâ€™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.