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2015 USLAW Practice Group Attorney Directories now available

POSTED APRIL 15, 2015

USLAW NETWORK, INC. (USLAW) has released 2015 attorney directories for five USLAW practice groups: Business Litigation, Construction Law, Employment and Labor Law, Product Liability and Transportation. Each practice group-specific attorney directory provides a state-by-state directory that includes complete attorney profiles…

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Updated Construction and Transportation Compendiums of Law released

POSTED APRIL 9, 2015

USLAW NETWORK, Inc. (USLAW), an international network independent, full-service firms with roots in civil litigation, has released updated compendiums of law for construction and transportation law, respectively. The construction compendium is a multi-state resource that addresses legal questions that often…

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New issue of USLAW Magazine is ready for download

POSTED APRIL 8, 2015

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., April 8, 2015 – The 2015 Spring/Summer issue of USLAW Magazine, a professional biannual publication produced by USLAW NETWORK, Inc. (USLAW) to address legal and business issues facing commercial, corporate and insurer clients, is now available for…

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Neil Goldberg

Partner

Goldberg Segalla LLP • Buffalo, N.Y.

Goldberg Segalla attorneys handle all forms of dispute resolution and provide proactive counsel to help minimize and manage risk in a broad array of areas.

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Stephanie Fisher

Director of Risk Management and Insurance

Quanta Services, Inc. • Houston, Texas

Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) is a leading provider of specialized contracting services, delivering infrastructure solutions to the electric power and natural gas and pipeline industries.

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Mike Kennedy

General Counsel

Associated General Contractors of America • Arlington, Va.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry.

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Jill Ackerman

Attorney

Baird Holm LLP • Omaha, Neb.

Baird Holm LLP is a full service law firm located in Omaha, Neb., that represents businesses of all sizes, as well as institutional, governmental and individual clients.

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Mike Archie

Vice President and Department Manager, Claims

XL Group • Exton, Pa.

XL Group plc, through its subsidiaries, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world.

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Tom Thornton

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Carr Allison • Birmingham, Ala.

Carr Allison was formed in Birmingham, Ala., in 1997, and serves the legal defense needs of businesses and the insurance industry.

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Pete Duncan

Director, Southwest Region Claims

FCCI Insurance Group • Richardson, Texas

FCCI Insurance Group provides property and casualty insurance in 17 contiguous states.

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Dave Goltz

VP and Corporate Counsel

Robert Bosch, LLC • Mount Prospect, Ill.

KemperSports has steadily grown to become the most trusted name in golf by developing an award-winning portfolio that includes nationally ranked courses, tournament venues and management expertise.

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SUCCESS

Larson • King Trial Team Successfully Defends Catastrophic Derailment Claim
Larson • King LLP (Minneapolis, Minn.)
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6th Circuit Court of Appeals Sides with Huddleston Bolen Client in Landmark Internet Case
Huddleston Bolen (Huntington, WV)
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Defense verdict in multimillion-dollar product liability trial
Goldberg Segalla (Syracuse, NY)
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Six separate defense verdicts in a hotly contested battle between adjoining landowners
Murchison & Cumming LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
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TLSS obtains summary judgment in Southern District of New York voiding excess property insurance policy and awarding insurer nearly $4 million for recoupment of payments
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP (Hawthorne, NY)
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Following a 6-day arbitration hearing in January 2014, the arbitrator issued an award that rescinded the contract...
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (Indianapolis, IN)
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Successful defense of an oilfield drilling rig moving company, gin pole truck driver
Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, L.L.P. (Oklahoma City, OK)
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Defense verdict in the Marteny, Diane (E/O) v. Irma Alves, M.D. case
Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford, P.A. (Coral Gables, FL)
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Court granted summary judgment in favor of CorrectHealth Jefferson, LLC and two of its nurses
McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch LLC (New Orleans, LA)
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Favorable damages verdict in chain-reaction rear end automobile accident trial.
Franklin & Prokopik (WILMINGTON, DE)
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Estoppel cannot be used to create insurance coverage
Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. (Columbia, SC)
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Following a four-week federal antitrust trial, the largest hospital system in Idaho was ordered to unwind a transaction in which it had acquired the largest independent physician practice group in Idaho.
Duke Scanlan & Hall, PLLC (Boise, ID)
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Traub Lieberman’s motion for Summary Judgment was granted on behalf of its client Carp Construction Corp. (“Carp”) in a decision issued by New York State Supreme Court on a construction site accident case.
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP (Hawthorne, N.Y.)
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Carmel Cosgrave and Colin Gainer of SmithAmundsen successfully defended their client, a large suburban hospital, at trial against a claim of apparent agency.
SmithAmundsen (Chicago, Ill.)
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Chris Cotter with Roetzel & Andress, LPA obtained a verdict for his clients, a motor carrier and insurance company, in a recent trial in Stark County, Ohio.
Roetzel & Andress LPA (Akron, Ohio)
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Peter J. Wanek and Trevor C. Davies defended Chick-fil-A in a premises liability case (John and Casie Dekerlegand v. John Arton d/b/a/ Chick-fil-A of I-10 at Louisiana Avenue FSU, et al ) wherein the plaintiffs claimed employees mopped and failed to post caution wet floor signs.
McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch LLC (New Orleans, La.)
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Damages awarded under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act
Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C. (Memphis, TN)
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In an unusual turn of events, a major motor carrier was recently awarded a sizable judgment by a Tennessee jury. Lee Piovarcy and Lew Wardlaw of the Martin Tate firm in Memphis tried the case to verdict.
Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C. (Memphis, Tenn.)
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The joint efforts of the Transactional and Litigation practice groups from Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP achieved significant results for firm client First Merchants Corporation (“FMC”). This is a great example of synergy to achieve client results.
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (Louisville, Ky.)
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Jennifer D. Tricker, a partner at Baird Holm LLP in Omaha, Neb., obtained a defense verdict for her client, Landstar Ranger, Inc. ("Landstar"), in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, in a case alleging violation of the Carmack Amendment (49 U.S.C. §14706).
Baird Hold (Omaha, Neb.)
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A New Mexico federal judge recently granted a BNSF summary judgment motion that plaintiff’s ballast claims are preempted by federal law.
Modrall Sperling (Albuquerque, N.M.)
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Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. secures $1.25 million verdict settlement
Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. (Coral Gables, Fla.)
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Phillip Stanfield and Jeremy Johnson of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Werner Enterprises in a highly-contested wrongful death case in federal court.
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. (Phoenix, Ariz.)
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Randall Sickler and Nicholas Grant of Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyer . PLLC were recently successful in obtaining summary judgment in North Dakota state court on behalf of their client on claims arising from an explosion and fire at a commercial building.
Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyer . PLLC (Dickinson, N.D.)
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Martha G. Brown and Deana M. Bennett, attorneys with the USLAW law firm Modrall Sperling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, received a favorable decision from the New Mexico Supreme Court
Modrall Sperling (Albuquerque, N.M.)
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Donald Myles and Josh Snell, with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, received summary judgment in Maricopa County for Farmers in a breach of contract, bad faith claim arising from an underlying $5,000,000 stipulated judgment claim involving...
Successful Verdict: Jones, Skelton & Hochuli (Phoenix, Ariz.)
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Goldberg Segalla helped a Fortune 100 company recover a significant sum in a case involving the misappropriation and fraudulent conveyance of funds by a contractor over the course of a several-year business relationship.
Goldberg Segalla (Buffalo, N.Y.)
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Lashly & Baer attorneys obtain dismissal of lawsuit involving warehouse accident
Lashly & Baer, P.C. (St. Louis, Mo.)
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After six days of trial, Sweeney & Sheehan partner and USLAW Board member Michael Kunsch obtained a defense verdict in favor of Louisville Ladder and W.W. Grainger in a product liability case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Sweeney & Sheehan (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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Kunsch obtains defense verdict for American Multi Cinema, Inc.
Sweeney & Sheehan, Philadelphia, Pa.
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Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry Attorneys Robert Nobel and Megan Bronk successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of their insurer client
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP (Hawthorne, N.Y.)
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Henri A. Demers of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus obtained a defense verdict for his clients, Larissa Oil Inc.
Ahmuty, Demers & McManus (Albertson, N.Y.)
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Dillingham Murphy LLP achieved a victory last October in the California Court of Appeal, Ruiz v. Morse, et al. (2012) 209 Cal.App.4th 1455.
Dillingham & Murphy, LLP (San Francisco, CA)
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Circuit Court of Shelby County (Memphis), Tennessee, rendered a defense verdict (take nothing judgment) in favor of a national bus company. Lee Piovarcy and Lew Wardlaw of the Martin Tate Firm in Memphis tried the case to verdict.
Martin Tate Morrow and Marston, P.C. (Memphis, Tenn.)
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The Court found that the parties had charted a summary judgment course, and granted TLS&S summary judgment. Mr. Castellitto and Mr. Kuebler successfully opposed Plaintiffs’ motion to reargue.
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP (Hawthorne, N.Y.)
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Jim Moore and Eric Toney of Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A., in Ridgeland, MS obtained a defense verdict for their client, Kohler Transport, Inc., in a recent four-day trial in federal court.
Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. (Ridgeland, MS)
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The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed in full the Orange County Superior Court's granting of Essentia Insurance Company's Motion for Summary Judgment. Carolyn A. Mathews handled the Motion for Summary Judgment and the opposition to the appeal, and Maria A. Starn handled the oral argument.
Murchison & Cumming, LLP (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry’s (TLS&S) motion for summary judgment was granted on behalf of its client Transitional Services for New York (TSNY) in a decision issued by New York State Supreme Court Judge Augustus Agate.
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP (Hawthorne, N.Y.)
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Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Practice Group successfully defended the corporate owner of the premises and its principal, avoiding in their entirety civil penalties against the corporation and the criminal prosecution of the principal for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
Goldberg Segalla LLP (Buffalo, N.Y.)
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Randall Sickler and Nicholas Grant of Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers . PLLC recently obtained summary judgment for their client, Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers (Dickinson, N.D.)
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A landmark ruling upholding the rights of minority shareholders in a case involving one of Virginia’s most prosperous and longstanding mining and landholding enterprises has set a strong precedent and reversed the family’s fortune.
LeClairRyan (Richmond, VA)
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Courtney Olson of Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers recently obtained the rarely-seen Order for Summary Judgment in a negligence action in North Dakota District Court.
Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers (Dickinson, N.D.)
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Doug Martin and Eric Stevens of Poyner Spruill, LLP successfully defended a claim for copyright infringement in architectural plans.
Poyner Spruill, LLP (Raleigh, NC)
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After an excavator operated by Frontier Services, Inc. (Frontier) collided with an underground high-pressure natural gas line, an explosion, fire and significant property damage resulted. Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers represented Frontier, an underground pipeline installation company active in the North Dakota Bakken oil play
Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers (Dickinson, N.D.)
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In Cahn v. Ward Trucking, Inc., Ahmuty, Demers & McManus scored a unique victory in the Appellate Division First Department when the court granted its motion to reargue and issued a new decision which granted summary judgment to its client for the claims asserted by the plaintiff.
Ahmuty, Demers & McManus (Albertson, NY)
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Sweeney & Sheehan senior associate Frank LaRocca obtained summary judgment in Pennsylvania state court on behalf of a baseball team which was part of a national youth baseball league.
Sweeney & Sheehan (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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A Bakersfield jury returned a defense verdict in a premises liability case handled by Joseph Kang of Murchison & Cumming for defendant Tehachapi Towne Center, LLC. In Betty Ramirez v. Tehachapi Towne Center, LLC, the plaintiff alleged personal injury, general negligence and premises liability after tripping and falling on the flared side of the handicap ramp near the entrance of a store located in the shopping center.
Murchison & Cumming, LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
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On October 25, 2012, Keely E. Duke and Richard E. Hall of Duke Scanlan & Hall, PLLC, secured a final decision from the Ninth Circuit affirming a jury verdict in favor of their defendant physician in a highly publicized case involving emergency room care provided to an infant in the face of parental refusal of such care.
Duke Scanlan & Hall PLLC (Boise, ID)
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J. Lawson Johnston, Scott D. Clements and Aaron Ponzo of Pion Johnston were successful in having a Common Pleas Court Judge grant Defendant’s Motion for Frye Hearing and dismiss multiple occupational lung disease cases filed by former employees of Delaware and Hudson Railway Company.
Pion, Johnston, Nerone, Girman, Clements & Smith, P.C. (Pittsburgh, PA)
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Following oral argument, the Court granted Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry’s motion in its entirety.
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP (Hawthorne, N.Y.)
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