I am pleased to announce that I recently concluded an injury suit with fellow ABOTA member Dean Nickas. During more than two years of litigation, the case was set for trial five separate times; the parties retained four liability experts, eleven medical experts, and four damage experts. While there were multiple hearings throughout the litigation, all of them were substantive – none of them were procedural. Before every hearing, both counsel conferred and narrowed the issues. Both sides exchanged extensions to each other for discovery responses and all depositions, hearings, and other case-related matters were scheduled well in advance to ensure no conflicts in calendaring. In short, this hotly contested case, which was resolved on the eve of trial to the mutual satisfaction of both parties, was a model of ethical conduct, cooperation and professionalism.
I am proud to report this case as an example of service to the ABOTA mission which is to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.