Three associate attorneys elevated to senior associate status

IMG_0529Three KS associate attorneys were elevated to Senior Associate status effective January 1, 2015.   This attorney status in the firm recognizes high achievement in the legal work of the firm, leadership and initiative in assignments and client service and unselfish dedication to their coworkers and clients.

Those elevated to the position are Jerry Warchol, Mandy Williams and Kyle Stevens.  Their bios can be seen on this website.  Each will take on new assignments and responsibilities as a result of this position. 

These appointments were announced at the firm’s annual Christmas luncheon on Friday December 19, 2014.  

Congratulations to Jerry, Mandy and Kyle.

 

 

David Fisher obtains favorable verdict in defense of lung cancer asbestos case

A Kurowski Shultz Trial Team led by partner David Fisher obtained a favorable verdict in an asbestos case in Syracuse, New York on Thursday December 4, 2014. 

In the case of John Colasanti vs. American Biltrite, the jury returned a verdict of $400,000.00 finding American Biltrite only 3.57% liable and the Plaintiff 75% responsible due to smoking.  The net verdict was $15,000.00 which it is believed will be off-set by settlements such that American Biltrite will owe nothing from the verdict.  Plaintiff was represented by Daniel Blouin and Justin Weitz of Weitz & Luxenberg.  He sought over $10,000,000.00 in the case in closing argument.   The defense team included Mr. Fisher and Megha Shah of Kurowski Shultz and Erk DiMarco and Elizabeth Grogan of Wilson Elser in New York.

The trial took place in Onondaga County, Syracuse, New York and was tried before the Honorable Charles Merrell.  The trial took 15 trial days over four weeks and the jury deliberated for two days.  Amtico (American Biltrite) called as Expert Witnesses in the case, John Spencer, Pathologist Dr. Stanley Geyer and Pulmonologist Dr. James Crapo.  Plaintiff’s experts were Dr. David Strauchen, Dr. Steven Markowitz and Dr. Gerald Markowitz.

New associates join Kurowski Shultz LLC

Kurowski Shultz LLC is pleased to announce that Jon Allard, Jr., Timothy J. Meyer,  Scott T. Restoff and Jenifer C. Snow recently joined the firm.

Jon Allard, Jr. a native of Belleville, IL;  received his Juris Doctor from the Saint Louis University School of Law. Mr. Allard brings in 18 years of experience as a prosecutor in the St. Clair County Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office. During his work there, he was honored with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis Award of Excellence for his trial efforts.

Timothy J. Meyer a resident of St. Louis, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2014. He gained his experience by working previously as an Associate Attorney at Brown & James, P.C.

Scott T. Restoff, a recent recipient of Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law, gained his experience in the prosecution of adults and juvenile criminal cases during his externship with the St. Clair County state’s Attorney. He is originally from Du Quoin, Illinois.

Jenifer C. Snow, originally from Denver, Colorado also received her law degree from Saint Louis School of Law, where she was a Rule 13 Student Attorney for the University Civil Advocacy Clinic. Outside of the office Jenifer spends her leisure time traveling and coaching field hockey. 

Kurowski Shultz LLC continues fundraising to fight for a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The firm co-hosted along with Andria’s Restaurant of Fairview Heights, Illinois, a golf tournament on September 28th, 2014 at Clinton Hills Golf Course in Swansea, Illinois.   Over $35,000 was raised at the event.  24 teams enjoyed a perfect Sunday afternoon of golf followed by one of Andria’s signature steak dinners, a silent auction and helicopter ball drop.

Kurowski Shultz LLC also participated in the annual St. Louis area JDRF Walk For A cure on October 5th, 2014. More than 50 people affiliated with the firm attended.

Photos from both events can be viewed here.    

John Kurowski Leads Human Rights Symposium in Poland this year for the Ninth time.

On October 12 and 13, 2014, John Kurowski, the Managing Partner of Kurowski Shultz hosted for the 9th consecutive year the Symposium “Human Rights and a Just Society” at the Nicholas Copernicus University School of Law and Administration in Torun, Poland.

This year’s program was entitled, Speaking with the Devil: The Rwandan Genocide and the Modern World – Lessons Learned and noted the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.   Sponsored by the Nicolaus Copernicus School of Law and Administration and the John Felice Rome Center and Polish Studies Program of Loyola University of Chicago, this year’s program featured Mr. Carl Wilkens.  In 1994 Wilkens was the only American who remained in Rwanda once the genocide began, risking his own life and saving countless others through his courageous efforts.   The program was attended by scholars, activists and both Polish and American university students.   This year the venue was the Modern Art museum in Torun and the conference center of the main library of the university.  A copy of the program is linked here.

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John Kurowski addresses the students at the 2013 conference in Torun.

Candice Kusmer Achieves Appellate Win Upholding Summary Judgment for KS client in Student Suicide Case.

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fifth District has affirmed summary judgment to KS client, the Valmeyer Community School District No. 3, in an August 21, 2014 decision.  Two years prior, Monroe County, Illinois Circuit Judge Dennis Doyle granted the school district summary judgment based upon the Illinois Tort Immunity Act dismissing plaintiffs’ claims.  The plaintiffs were the parents of a 15-year old Valmeyer high school student who committed suicide in October, 2008.  They claimed that the conduct of two Valmeyer administrators during the course of the investigation of a disciplinary incident involving their son caused or contributed to their son’s suicide. The defendants vigorously denied the allegations and successfully sought and obtained dismissal based upon Section 2-201 of the Tort Immunity Act which immunizes school administrator conduct in the course of making policy and acting in their discretion.  The Fifth District affirmed the trial court ruling that the disciplinary investigation fell within the immunity provisions. Candice Kusmer briefed and argued the appeal. John Kurowski handled the motion in the trial court. 

KS Partners were featured at San Francisco Perrin Conference. John Kurowski and William Shultz were each a featured speaker September 8, 2014 at the Perrin Conference ‘’Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook,’’ in San Francisco.

Senior and Managing Partner, John Kurowski led a panel of distinguished insurance executives at the Perrin Asbestos Conference on September 8.  Mr. Kurowski’s panel was focused on The Insurance Perspective on Today’s Asbestos Litigation.   He moderated a discussion among leading insurance professionals regarding challenges in asbestos litigation.

Kurowski Shultz LLC partner, William D. Shultz, was a featured speaker on the Illinois jurisdictional update, focusing on Madison County, Illinois asbestos litigation. 

Lindsay A. Dibler featured at the Harris Martin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, on September 18th, 2014 in St. Louis

KS partner Lindsay A. Dibler spoke in St. Louis on September 18, 2014 at the Harris Martin Midwest Asbestos Conference regarding St. Louis City as a growing Asbestos Injury Jurisdiction. 

Kurowski Shultz makes $250,000 pledge to JDRF

ON March 5, 2014 the firm announced a five year unrestricted pledge to JDRF of $250,000 toward funding a cure for Type I diabetes.

JDRF, through its St. Louis and Southern Illinois chapter is the firm’s dedicated charity.  In early 2008, Kurowski Shultz partners, Bill Shultz and John Kurowski each coincidentally learned that their daughters had been diagnosed with Type I diabetes.  Since then the firm and its members have sprang into action raising over $2 million through the annual JDRF Walk, annual Gala and a series of local golf tournaments and other events.

Kurowski and Shultz believe the current science shows that a cure is probable. JDRF research initiatives such as the artificial pancreas have reinforced their faith in the cause and the need to do more.

The partners and firm members sincerely hope that this action will inspire and stir others to also join in funding the cure. 

More information about this donation can be found here.

 

Mandy Williams participates in IDC panel for third year law students at Southern Illinois University School of Law

On October 14, 2013, Mandy Williams was panelist in a program for third year law students at Southern Illinois University School of Law.  Sponsored by The Illinois Association of Defense Counsel the panelists discussed life as a new associate in a law firm.   The focus of the event was to help students understand the career path they would like to follow as lawyers. The panel members spoke about their experiences and the expectations of a first year associate.

Loyola University of Chicago honors John Kurowski

At its annual Founders dinner on June 7, 2013 in Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago presented the university’s prestigious Felice Award to John Kurowski.   Named for the founder of Loyola’s John Felice Rome Italy Center, the award is given annually to the Rome Center alum who has made extraordinary contributions to the Rome Center, to business and to the recipient’s community.   The award was presented by Father Michael Garanzini, the President of Loyola University of Chicago.  Mr. Kurowski received his undergraduate degree from Loyola in 1975 and attended the Rome Center for his junior year in 1973-1974, Click here to see the video presented at the award ceremony.

David Fisher awarded defense verdict in New York City asbestos case

On Wednesday August 14, 2013, a jury in New York City rendered a defense verdict in favor of KS national client, American Biltrite Inc. in the asbestos case of DeRogatis v. ABI before Justice Martin Shulman.   The jury deliberated less than one hour in the 2 1/2 week trial in finding that the plaintiff’s lung cancer was not caused by ABI’s vinyl asbestos floor tile.   KS partner, David Fisher led a trial team that included Ginger Squitiieri of local counsel Wilson Elser and the KS support team of associate Tim Tryniecki, paralegal Christy May and Managing Partner John Kurowski.  John Kurowski is the national coordinating counsel for ABI’s asbestos litigation in the US.   Plaintiff called Dr. Steven Markowitz, occupational medicine physician of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York along with Barry Castleman as experts.   ABI’s expert was Dr. James Crapo, pulmonologist and the former Director of Medicine at the National Jewish Medical Center in Denver.