Kurowski Shultz welcomes two new associates to the firm.

Stephanie A. Black and Clayton C. Dennert recently joined the firm as associates.

Stephanie A. Black most recently was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, Illinois where she gained valuable trial experience handling misdemeanors and felonies.  A native of Highland, in Madison County, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the Southern Illinois University – Carbondale School of Law, where she was voted President of the SIU-C Team, while participating in the Moot Court Program

Clayton C. Dennert is a resident of St. Louis, Missouri. He received his Juris Doctorate, along with a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2012. Before joining Kurowski Shultz, he was an associate at Becker, Paulsen, Hoerner and Thompson in Belleville where he practiced in the areas of municipal law, personal injury, and local government tort defense.

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. 

KS associate, Ted Eckelkamp appeared on the cover of the December issue of St. Louis Lawyer Magazine

Ted wrote a piece on his perspective regarding what a local organized bar should do for its members, which was included in this month’s feature story.  Before attending law school, Ted was the Law Related Education Coordinator for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis from 2004-2008.

The article is on page 13 of the attached.

 

Kurowski Shultz adds three new associates

Ted Eckelkamp, Erin R. Griebel and Megha Shah joined the firm as associates on November 4, 2013.

Edward “Ted” D. Eckelkamp, a resident of St. Louis, received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he was a finalist in the 1L Moot Court. Before joining Kurowski Shultz he was employed at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, where he coordinated the Missouri High School Mock Trail Program for high school students. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.

Erin R. Griebel, a native of Southern Illinois, received her Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. During her studies, Erin was a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team that advanced to international rounds.

Megha R. Shah, originally from Schaumburg, IL, is a Communications and International Studies graduate from Loyola University of Chicago. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law. During law school, Megha was a speaker at the International Criminal Court’s Student Network’s conference regarding human rights violations and conscription of child soldiers in Hague, The Netherlands.  

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.

John Kurowski Again Leads Human Rights Symposium in Poland

On October 6 and 7, 2013, John Kurowski, the Managing Partner of Kurowski Shultz organized and hosted for the 8th time the Symposium “Human Rights and a Just Society” at the Nicholas Copernicus University School of Law in Torun, Poland.  

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This year’s program was unique in that the organizers, Nicholas Copernicus University, the John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University of Chicago and the Polish History Museum partnered with the John Karski Educational Foundation of Chicago and Warsaw to present a program based on the life of John Karski (1914-2000). Karski was a Polish resistance fighter who, shortly after the beginning of World War II, was one of the first people to report the atrocities of the camps and the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw to the Western World. He met with President Franklin Roosevelt and British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden in 1942 and 1943.  President Obama posthumously awarded Karski the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.   

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This year’s program entitled,REMEMBRANCE, RESPONSIBILITY AND REFLECTION explored the moral, ethical and human rights lessons of Karski’s life.   The program also served as the opening event of the celebration of the centennial of Karski’s birth.   Over one hundred students and scholars attended and the program was widely covered by the Polish broadcast and print media in Poland.   A copy of this year’s program can be accessed by clicking here: 2013 Human Rights Symposium Program

A video link to the conference can be found here.

 

The Firm co-sponsored two important events for the JDRF to raise money and continue the fight for a cure for type 1 diabetes

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On September 22, 2013 the firm, along with Andria’s Restaurant of Fairview Heights, Illinois, hosted a golf tournament at Clinton Hills Golf Course in Swansea, Illinois. All proceeds went to the JDRF.   35 teams participated on a warm picture perfect Sunday afternoon.   The tournament, a helicopter ball drop and a silent auction raised over $50,000 for the JDRF.            

On Sunday, October 6, 2013 Kurowski Shultz sponsored a walk team at the annual St. Louis area JDRF walk in Forest Park in St. Louis. Each year since 2008 the firm has been a leading sponsor and over 50 people affiliated with KS participated in the walk.

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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 was a Featured Speaker at the Perrin Conference, “Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook”, September 16th – 18th, 2013 in San Francisco

KS partner David Fisher was among a distinguished panel of leading plaintiff and defense asbestos attorneys who spoke at the national Perrin Conference in September.  Mr. Fisher was on a panel that discussed Emerging and Specialized Claims: Perspectives on the status and outlook for the niche areas of potential asbestos liabilities.

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.  

Monroe County Judge Awards Summary Judgment to KS Client in Wrongful Death Case Involving Suicide of Student

On August 20, 2012 Monroe County, lllinois Circuit Judge Dennis Doyle entered the last in a series of orders that granted summary judgment and dismissed a claim based upon the Illinois Tort Immunity Act against KS client, the Valmeyer Illinois Community Unit School District No. 3.  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 had 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 while making policy and acting in their discretion.  The court found that the disciplinary investigation fell within the immunity provisions.  This case appears to be the first of its kind in Illinois and was closely watched by school districts and their insurers throughout the state.  John Kurowski argued the case.

St. Clair County Judge Rules in Favor of KS Clients in Critical Forum Non Conveniens Motions in Asbestos Claims

On June 9, 2011 St. Clair County trial judge Andrew Gleeson granted four motions to dismiss based upon forum non conveniens in the cases of Kumiega, Langevin, Greenwalt and Daniel. The motions were briefed and argued by KS partners, John Kurowski and William Shultz and two others. Fourteen KS clients were the recipients of the relief requested. The moving parties successfully claimed that none of the cases belonged in St. Clair County or Illinois for that matter where they were all brought by out of state plaintiffs with alleged asbestos exposures in other states with no meaningful connection to Illinois or St. Clair County.

Madison County Jury Returns Verdict for KS Client in Madison County Benzene Case

A KS client was awarded a defense verdict on August 30, 2010 in Madison County. KS partner Bill Shultz was part of a national trial team that obtained the verdict in a benzene exposure case. The jury took just over two hours to return a complete defense verdict against the plaintiff Veto Kleinaitis. Kleinaitis claimed exposure to an adhesive product caused his cancer which has been in remission several years. KS associate Candice Kusmer was also part of the trial team. The trial lasted two weeks before 3rd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Ann Callis. For more information, contact Bill Shultz.