Human Rights And A Just Society celebrates its 10th anniversary.
John Kurowski, the Managing Partner of Kurowski Shultz organized and hosted “Human Rights and a Just Society” at the Nicholas Copernicus University School of Law and Administration (NCU) in Torun, Poland on October 11 and 12, 2015.
Titled “Europe Is On Fire: Fleeing for Freedom or Survival?” this year’s symposium tackled the urgent issue of European migration and asylum.
The program was led by speakers from a UN working group and one of Human Rights Watch’s leading advocates in Europe. Over 150 American and Polish students also heard the riveting story of Jan Nawasi, an Afghan migrant who survived a gruesome 8 year odyssey of migration to Bologna, Italy where he resides today.
On Tuesday October 13, 2015, the Faculty Council of NCU law school presented Mr. Kurowski with a commendation in recognition of his 10 years of organizing the symposium.
Click here for the program and photos from the event.
Candice Kusmer again named Super Lawyer Rising Star
Kurowski Shultz LLC is pleased to announce partner, Candice Kusmer, has again been selected an Illinois “Rising Star” Super Lawyer for 2016. Illinois Rising Stars account for the state’s top 2.5% of attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have practiced law for 10 years or less. This is Candice’s seventh year to be selected as a Rising Star Super Lawyer. Candice continues to help lead the firm’s asbestos practice in Madison County and McLean County, Illinois. She is Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice.
Bill Shultz Speaks at Harris Martin Asbestos Conference in St. Louis
Mr. William Shultz, Kurowski Shultz LLC partner, spoke at Harris Martin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, in St. Louis, Mo on September 18th, 2015. Mr. Shultz spoke on the topic of asbestos take-home exposures.
Kurowski Shultz LLC family supports JDRF
Continuing a tradition the firm again partnered with Andria’s Steakhouse of Fairview Heights, Illinois to sponsor a charity golf tournament.
This year’s tourney took place at Clinton Hill Golf Course on August 30th, 2015 and hosted 32 teams that competed for the tourney’s first place, and another 100 attendants who enjoyed Andria’s delicious steak dinner, silent auction and helicopter ball drop.
Thanks to the support of the friends and families, the event was a great success and raised almost $45,000 towards JDRF’s goal of making type 1 diabetes type 0.
Photos from the event can be found here.
John Kurowski a featured speaker at Perrin’s “Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference”
John Kurowski, the firm’s managing partner, spoke at the prestigious “Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference” sponsored by Perrin Conferences on March 16-17th in Beverly Hills. Mr. Kurowski took part in a discussion of top emerging trends in 2015 asbestos litigation. This included a panel of 3 leading defense attorneys and 3 plaintiff attorneys. It included an overview of the most significant developments, the future of mesothelioma in America and a discussion of national filing trends.
Three associate attorneys elevated to senior associate status
Three 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.
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.
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.