YHC Member Attorney James B. Haddow Contributes to A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Maine
On June 25, 2019, MCLE New England issued A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Maine, a comprehensive handbook featuring topics including employment agreements, protecting workplace privacy, discrimination in the workplace, providing and enforcing leave policies, accommodating employees’ needs regarding disability and religious observance, practice before the Maine Human Rights Commission, and wage and hour laws. Attorney Jim Haddow, a partner at Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP and a 1986 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, edited the treatise and authored chapters on employment contracts and privacy in the workplace.

For additional information about the guide, please click here.

McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya, P.A. Achieves Two Appellate Wins in May and June
MSC recently prevailed in two different contentious appeals on behalf of its clients in the months of May and June, one in the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal and another in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

In Hoch v. Loren, Partner Douglas McIntosh, assisted by Partner Aleida Mielke, successfully handled the appeal of an order of dismissal achieved in the trial court involving an alleged defamation case filed against a law firm. The issue being litigated involved whether an attorney’s cease and desist letter sent to an opposing party is “published” for the purpose of a defamation action when the attorney sends a copy of the letter to his client. On June 12th, following oral argument three weeks prior presented by Mr. McIntosh, the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order granting the motion to dismiss with prejudice because it found that sending the letter to the client did not amount to a “publication” under the law of defamation.

In Zurich American Insurance Co. v. Southern-Owners Insurance Co., Partner Douglas McIntosh and Sr. Associate Dale S. Dobuler presented oral argument before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on an important issue regarding the scope of “additional insured” coverage to a general contractor. MSC won the matter at the trial level in the District Court, which was then appealed by Southern-Owners to the 11th Circuit. Following oral argument to the three-judge panel by Mr. McIntosh and Mr. Dobuler, on May 29th, the Court issued an opinion affirming the District Court’s ruling in favor of MSC’s client, Zurich, in full.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shafer Glazer, LLP 2018 Year In Review
We hope you will enjoy this annual report, which provides a sample of what our firm, our clients and our lawyers have accomplished together during the last year. For additional information about the review, please click here.

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.