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Have you won a big jury trial?  Closed an important deal?  Been elected partner?  Share your latest news with your ASLA peer community and you’ll get more visibility on your latest accomplishments.  Send an email with your latest information to news@societyoflegaladvocates.org.

Illinois Top 100 Family lawyer Karen M. Lavin had her ASLA selection featured in Illinois’ Northwest Herald.  Ms. Lavin has practiced family law for over 32 years and is the Principal at the Law Offices of KML  Associates.

Here’s a sampling of other recent articles and press releases regarding 2014 ASLA Members: Brian Jordan, Randy Collins, Christopher DiGirolamo, Steven Dimian, Jesse Scharff, David Gantt, Kenneth Wilhelm, Sean and Angela McIlveen, Randy Gori, Michael Saile, Lisa Douglas, Kirk Stange, Reza Torkzadeh, William J. Kelley II, and Erwin Shustak.  Mr. Shustak also recently was added to mediation.com’s expanding network of mediation professionals.

Troy Gaston, an Arkansas Top 40 Litigator Under 40, had his ASLA selection included in the Greenwood Democrat online edition on July 24.  Mr. Gaston is the Managing Partner at Walters & Gaston, which he joined in 2002, and has worked in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri on matters including brain injuries, complex business torts, tractor-trailer accidents, oil and gas disputes, and wrongful death claims.

Joseph V. Macha, a Top 100 California Litigator, has joined the Los Angeles office of national firm Foley & Mansfield as a partner, as highlighted in a June 17 release.  Mr. Macha, one of only 100 Board Certified Trial Specialists in California, formerly was a partner at Archer Norris.

Francis M. Smith, a Top 100 New Jersey Litigator, recently addressed the impact of New Jersey’s new personal injury protection regulations on insurers and victims.  Mr. Smith also commented on the potential legal risks of social media’s online data after a New Jersey federal court ruled that Facebook posts could be used as evidence.  Read more about it at this page.

Melvin B. Wright, a Top 100 Florida Litigator, was appointed to the Creditor’s Committee in the New England Compounding Company bankruptcy proceedings in Boston on January 19, 2013.   Mr. Wright represents 37 victims who, along with thousands of others nationwide, received tainted steroid injections from physicians who purchased the drugs from NECC.  Some 600 people have suffered from fungal meningitis or other illnesses after being injected with the steroids produced by the Boston compounding pharmacy and found to have been contaminated with fungi or mold.  Mr. Wright now will act in a fiduciary capacity for all unsecured creditors of NECC which sought bankruptcy protection in anticipation of numerous tort claims.  In January, Mr. Wright also was selected to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

North Carolina Top 100 Litigator Rebecca Britton had her ASLA selection highlighted in the May 5 Fayetteville Observer.

Tennessee Top 40 Litigator Under 40 William Rieder became a partner at Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C. effective January 1, 2o13.

Pennsylvania Top 100 Litigation member Michelle M. Quinn had her ASLA selection highlighted in an article that appeared on the online front page of the Pittston Dispatch on January 13, 2013, and in the Scranton Times-Tribune on January 20.

One of our Missouri Top 100 Litigation members, Daniel P. Finney, Jr., settled a malicious prosecution lawsuit featured in the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly (subscription required), and his membership in ASLA was highlighted in the online front page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

 

Top 100 Iowa Litigation member Gregory R. Brown won a complete jury defense verdict in Dalarna Farms v. Access Energy Cooperative, after a three-and-a-half week jury trial that was preceded by a successful interlocutory appeal filed with the Iowa Supreme Court that allowed assertion of fault against the Plaintiff.  Ultimately, though Plaintiff’s economist projected economic loss of $8-9 million, Mr. Brown’s trial team won a defense verdict awarding the Plaintiff no damages.  The case involved highly complex issues addressing electricity, stray voltage, statistical analysis, and dairy science and economics.  Read more about the facts of the case and experts by clicking here.  Mr. Brown’s ASLA selection was noted by the online edition of the Des Moines Register as well.

The announcement of John F. Lang’s selection as a Top 100 Trust & Estates lawyer in New York was highlighted by the Albany Times Union, among other publications.

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