MADISON, WISCONSIN, July 21, 2017 – O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns LLC, a national litigation firm, secured a defense verdict in Wisconsin for a sealing product manufacturer, which was the only remaining defendant at trial.
Our client was represented by Daniel Griffin and Megan McCormick from OTGB’s Milwaukee office. Plaintiffs claimed Ronald Carroll’s mesothelioma was caused by his work with asbestos-containing products during his service in the U.S. Navy as a boiler tender and during his work as a plant helper, auxiliary operator and boiler operator for Wisconsin Power and Light.
The United States District Court – Western Division of Wisconsin jury reached a unanimous verdict in favor of our client in a matter of hours, rejecting allegations of negligence and strict liability. The Honorable William Conley presided over the trial.
Plaintiffs were represented by Sam Iola and Steve Schulte in association with the Simon Greenstone Panitier Bartlett law firm. Testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs was Dr. Edwin Holstein. Plaintiffs also called our client’s corporate representative to testify in their case-in-chief. Trial paralegal, Susan Brooks, assisted the team throughout all aspects of the trial.
The members of O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns are proud to announce that Mr. Timothy McGuire was elevated to member of the firm recently. Tim oversees the Edwardsville, Illinois office for OTGB. He joined the firm in May of 2012. Prior to his time at OTGB, Tim worked on asbestos matters as well as commercial litigation, real estate law, labor law and estate planning. Congrats Tim!
Mr. Sean Patrick Fergus was recently named Senior Associate by the members of O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns. Sean was a graduate of DePaul for Law School. He has been a long time associate with the firm, starting in 2002. He handles asbestos cases and real estate matters in Illinois. Prior to his time with OTGB, he worked at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Congrats Sean!
O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, LLC. has recently named William Swallow as an equity member of the firm. Bill joined the firm in 2010. He is a trial attorney and also handles matters for asbestos clients in Illinois and Louisiana. Prior to his time at OTGB, Bill worked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as a trial lawyer and also prepared appellate briefs. Way to go Bill!
O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, LLC elevated Megan McCormick to Senior Associate. Megan joined the firm in 2013. She handles toxic tort, asbestos and insurance defense matters. She is licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Congrats Megan!
Firm Member, Mr. Thomas J. Burns will speak at Perrin Conferences’ Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook. The conference will be held September 12th through the 14th in San Francisco, California.
This just in! Defense verdict for OTGB in NYCAL in the Charles Zammit case. NYCAL is listed as the number two Judicial Hell Hole in America. Mr. Zammit alleged his lung cancer and asbestosis were wrongfully caused by asbestos.
Daniel Griffin of O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, LLC tried the case along side Suzanne Halbardier of Barry, McTiernan & Moore LLC on behalf of John Crane Inc. Plaintiff was represented the Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.
OTGB won summary judgment for our client in the Estate of Clarence Hardy matter filed in McLean County, Illinois. Plaintiff alleged his mesothelioma was caused by exposure to our client’s products while employed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Plaintiff elicited testimony from a co-worker that identified our client on board several ships that were allegedly in the shipyard. OTGB presented evidence that the co-worker was factually incorrect. The evidence included that the co-worker was in fact not at the shipyard at the same time as Plaintiff and that the ships identified were not at the shipyard during the time frame the co-worker testified to being there.
Plaintiff argued it was a question of fact for the jury to decide. Judge Rebecca Foley disagreed and ruled with OTGB’s position that there was lack of product identification and granted summary judgment.
Plaintiff was represented by the Wylder, Corwin, Kelly LLP law firm.
The Members of O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, LLC. are proud to announce that Christopher Ball has been elevated to Senior Associate at the firm. Chris joined the firm in 2011 after working as a prosecutor in Akron, Ohio. As an attorney for OTGB, he litigates asbestos and other toxic tort cases. In addition, he handles Medicare issues. Chris has consistently proven that through hard work and determination you can achieve excellent results for clients. We know that Chris will continue to make strides in his future work at the firm.
O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, LLC is proud to share that Meredith S. Hudgens and Megan McCormick were selected as 2016 SuperLawyers.
Ms. Hudgens, member of O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, LLC, was selected as a rising start by SuperLawyers in 2016. She was previously selected in 2015 by SuperLawyers as well as being selected as an emerging lawyer by Leading Lawyers. Meredith has been an attorney at OTGB since 2006. She was made a member of the firm in 2013. Ms. Hudgens is licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. Meredith Hudgens SuperLawyers Link
Ms. McCormick joined the firm in 2013. This is her first year being selected as a SuperLawyer. She handles toxic tort and personal injury cases for OTGB clients. Ms. McCormick is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. Megan McCormick SuperLawyers Link