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More than a number. Our more than100 member firm network with 6,000+ attorneys delivers consistent, cohesive and cost-efficient legal services. Through friendship, networking and resource-sharing, USLAW attorneys develop the type of cooperation and client-focused service that corporations demand of their counsel.

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YOUR HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE

USLAW NETWORK is a global network of more than 100 independent, defense-based law firms with more 6,000 attorneys covering the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

We are organized around client expectations, which ensures we focus on our mission to continually serve members’ clients and others seeking legal expertise from highly rated and specialized law firms.

USLAW offers an expansive network of regionally based, independent firms that have the capability to offer cross-jurisdictional services, jurisdictional awareness and to respond quickly, efficiently and economically to client needs from coast to coast and around the world.

Our member firms are experienced in commercial and business law, employment and labor law, litigation and many other business-related areas of law and all firms have substantial trial experience.  We provide trusted and experienced legal specialists quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. When a difficult legal matter emerges – whether it’s in a single jurisdiction, nationwide or internationally – USLAW is there. Success.

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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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Success

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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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Resources

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Spring/Summer 2014 USLAW Magazine

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USLAW 2014 Construction Compendium of Law

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State Judicial Profiles by County

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