Kurowski Shultz LLC welcomes new additions to the firm.

Daniel B. Rousseau and Kevin M. Stockmann recently joined the firm as associates.

Daniel B. Rousseau brings many years of trial experience from the St. Louis City Public Defender’s Office, where he represented indigent defendants in major felony cases. Originally from Belleville, IL, Mr. Rousseau received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Kevin M. Stockmann, a resident of St. Louis, obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2013. During his studies he served on the Board of the Missouri Law Review. Before joining Kurowski Shultz LLC, he was an associate at Brown and James, P.C. where he gained experience in defending injury cases. 

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 will host 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 is entitled, Speaking with the Devil: The Rwandan Genocide and the Modern World – Lessons Learned and notes 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 features 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 is attended by scholars, activists and both Polish and American university students.   This year the venue will be 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 was moderating 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 will be featured at the Harris Martin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, on September 18th, 2014 in St. Louis.

KS partner Lindsay A. Dibler will speak in St. Louis for Harris Martin on St. Louis as a growing Asbestos Injury Jurisdiction. 

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. 

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.