Congratulations to Doug Colby, Mark Novak and John Popelka for being recognized by their peers in the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America ©. Doug and John have been selected for their work in Workers’ Compensation Law, while Mark has been selected for his work in Personal Injury Litigation.
Congratulations to our Leading & Emerging WOMEN Lawyers who will be recognized in Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s Diversity Issue. Jennifer Kelly has been recognized as a Leading Women Lawyer and has been recommended by her peers to be among the Top Lawyers in Illinois in 2020. Lisa Ciharan and Hayley Graham have been recognized as Emerging Women Lawyers and have been recommended by their peers to be among the Top Lawyers for 2020, who are age 40 or younger or who have been admitted to the practice of law for 10 or fewer years.
Congratulations to Associate Lisa M. Ciharan whose $500,000 verdict was named among the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in Illinois in 2019. The $500,000 verdict tied for 22 among the 50 verdicts. The verdict was awarded in Milem v. PC State LLC, where a 68-year-old woman tripped and fell as she was descending a 10.25” stair riser at a restaurant in Chicago (Hash House A Go Go) which exceeded the 7.5” maximum height allowed in under the Chicago Building Code ordinance. Mrs. Milem sustained a fractured right ankle, requiring open reduction internal fixation surgery, and a fractured right wrist, leaving her unable to work for three months. Despite the defense’s argument that Mrs. Milem was contributorily negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout as she was descending the stairs, the jury determined that Mrs. Milem was in no way responsible. The jury found that her fall was entirely the result of Defendant’s negligence and the cause of Mrs. Milem’s injuries. Congratulations Lisa!