Tim McGuire Elevated to Member of the Firm

The members of O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns are proud to announce that Mr. Timothy McGuire was elevated to member of the firm recently.  Tim oversees the Edwardsville, Illinois office for OTMB.  He joined the firm in May of 2012. Prior to his time at OTMB, Tim worked on asbestos matters as well as commercial litigation, real estate law, labor law and estate planning.  Congrats Tim!

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Sean Fergus Named Senior Associate

Mr. Sean Patrick Fergus was recently named Senior Associate by the members of O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & 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 OTMB, he worked at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Congrats Sean!  

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William Swallow Elevated to Equity Member

O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & 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 OTMB, Bill worked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as a trial lawyer and also prepared appellate briefs.  Way to go Bill!

Bill Swallow

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Megan McCormick Named Senior Associate

O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & 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!

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Tom Burns to Speak at Perrin

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.

Tom

 

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NYCAL DEFENSE VERDICT for OTMB

This just in! Defense verdict for OTMB 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, Miller & 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.

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Summary Judgment Granted Against Wylder Law Firm in McLean County, Illinois

OTMB 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.  OTMB 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 OTMB’s position that there was  lack of product identification and granted summary judgment.

Plaintiff was represented by the Wylder, Corwin, Kelly LLP law firm.

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Christopher Ball Named Senior Associate

The Members of O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & 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 OTMB, 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.

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Meredith Hudgens and Megan McCormick Selected as 2016 SuperLawyers

O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & 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, Miller & 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 OTMB 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 OTMB clients. Ms. McCormick is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Megan McCormick SuperLawyers Link

 

MerMegan McCormick 2536 2013(this photo to website)

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Maritime Law Applied, Summary Judgment Granted in Illinois Federal Court for OTMB

In the case John Bell v. ABB Group, Inc., Honorable Staci M. Yandle, District Judge, granted OTMB client’s Motion for Summary Judgment.  After considering and agreeing that Maritime law applied, the Court ruled that Plaintiff could not create a genuine issue of  material fact by mere speculation or the building of inference on inference.  Instead, inferences must be supported by facts in the record, not by speculation or conjecture. See below links Full Decision and Harris Martin for more information.  O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns, LLC attorneys Sean P. Fergus and Caroline Olson represented our client. Congrats!

Full Decision   Harris Martin Link

Carly Olson 2012         Sean

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