Eileen E. Buholtz of Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC Wins Slip and Fall Case
Eileen Buholtz won a defense verdict in favor of ALDI Grocery Stores on July 20, 2018 in Livingston County, NY. The plaintiff had her back to an end cap display as she was sidestepping to her left to fit between the end cap behind her and another customer’s cart in front of her. She stumbled, lost her balance, and fell. Her actions were videotaped by the store surveillance cameras. Plaintiff testified that the heel of her foot struck the bottom shelf of the end cap, causing her to lose her balance. The jury returned a defense verdict.

Insuring Autonomous Transportation Options Presentation at the RIMS 2018 Annual Conference
Timothy D. Crawley of Anderson Crawley & Burke (Ridgeland, MS) and Kellie L. Howard-Goudy of Collins Einhorn Farrell (Southfield, MI) presented a Your House Counsel® presentation on autonomous vehicle insurance issues at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Risk Management Society in San Antonio, TX, of particular interest in the wake of such recent traffic fatalities involving Tesla and Uber vehicles in California and Arizona respectively.

Assumption of Risk Presentation at NY State Women’s Bar Association 2018 Annual convention
Eileen E. Buholtz of Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz (Rochester, NY) presented “Fore! And Play Ball! Assumption of the Risk” at the 2018 Annual Convention of the NY Women’s Bar Association in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Advanced Drone Law Presentation at PA Bar Assoc. 2018 Annual Meeting
Yanai Z. Siegel of Shafer Glazer (New York, NY) presented “Drones, Commuter Planes and Helicopters – Drone Law Update, Midair Collisions and Other Advanced Drone Law Topics” at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in Hershey, PA.

YHC Assumption of Risk CE Session on May 23 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
Your House Counsel® hosted a session on “Assumption of Risk” at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on

May 23, 2018. The presentation was based on our 2018 Opening Day Special Edition Assumption of the Risk – The “Baseball Rule” of our Your House Counsel® Insurance and Corporate Liability Defense Reporter, which may be found here.

Jim Haddow elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
James B. Haddow of Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow (Portland, ME) has been elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary society of attorneys, judges and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the profession and service to society.

Kellie Howard-Goudy receives 2017 Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law Award
Collins Einhorn Farrell (Southfield, MI) is pleased to announce that our partner Kellie L. Howard-Goudy has been named a 2017 Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law Award recipient. The selection criteria included commitment to excellence in the practice of law, inspiring and accomplished leadership in the profession, mentoring and significant contributions of time and effort to volunteer and pro bono activities. Howard-Goudy is one of 30 distinguished lawyers who were chosen to receive this prestigious award.

Anderson Crawley & Burke Founding Member Jim Anderson in “SnowVenture 2018” Fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
James M. Anderson of Anderson Crawley & Burke (Ridgeland, MS), who also serves on the Board of Directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, took part in an all-day fundraising event in Yellowstone National Park, riding snow-mobiles through mountain trails starting in West Yellowstone then into Idaho, to help raise over $50,000 for the MSAA.

Touchstone Bernays Attorneys named to Texas Super Lawyers®
Congratulations to Ronald W. Johnson, Mark E. Smith, R. Wayne Gordon, William C. “Rocky” Feemster, James D. Bertsch, Barton L. Ridley, Michael D. Tanner, Dawn Woelfel Hansen, and Andrew T. Fifield, all of whom have been named as 2017 Texas Super Lawyers®. Super Lawyers® are selected through a rigorous, multiphase rating process, which includes independent research and peer evaluations. These outstanding attorneys have attained success in their field, uphold all ethical standards, and are recognized by their peers for their achievements. Only 5% of the attorneys in Texas are named as Super Lawyers®.

Shafer and Glazer named to New York Super Lawyers®
Howard S. Shafer and David A. Glazer of Shafer Glazer have been selected to the 2017 New York Super Lawyers® list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in New York are selected by Super Lawyers®.

McIntosh Sawran obtains major defense verdict in $3.4M medical malpractice case
James C. Sawran and Kathleen O. King of McIntosh, Sawran & Cartaya (Fort Lauderdale, FL), achieved a huge defense verdict in a medical malpractice claim against their clients, a surgeon and his employer. An 85-year old man claimed that the surgeon negligently perforated Plaintiff’s bowel during hernia repair surgery, with ensuing complications necessitating a second hernia surgery. The initial claim was for over $3.6 million.

The defense that the initial hernia was a result of a surgery four years earlier in Columbia, Central America, and that after plaintiff waited four years for any follow up before going to defendant surgeon (who likely saved plaintiff’s life in remedial procedures), resulted in a jury verdict in favor of defendants.