Members in the News

Have you won a big jury trial?  Closed an important deal?  Been elected partner?  Share your latest news with your ASLA peer community and you’ll get more visibility on your latest accomplishments.  Send an email with your latest information to news@societyoflegaladvocates.com.

Further expanding the footprint of The Calwell Practice, LC, ASLA Top 100 Litigator Stuart Calwell announced that his firm has changed its name to Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, effective January 1, 2019. Joining Calwell in leadership roles are Melissa Luce and Dante’ diTrapano.  Read more about the firm’s change here.

Here’s a sampling of recent articles and press releases regarding Members’ ASLA selections: Patrick J. Taggart, Angel Mae Webby-Zola, John Farina, Marie Washington, James R. Cook.

South Carolina Top 100 litigator Donald C. Coggins, Jr. was appointed as a District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on November 30, 2017.  After being nominated, he was confirmed by a vote of 96-0.

New Jersey Top 100 litigator Bruce Matez has been elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Starting Point and Secretary of the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals. Mr. Matez served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Starting Point for nearly ten years, and was elected to the new role by the Board on February 8, 2018.  He is a founding member of the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals.  On June 29, 2018, Mr. Matez was presented with the Honorable Joseph M. Nardi, Jr Award, the most prestigious award presented by the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court. This award is presented to a member of the South Jersey Family Law community whose commitment to the practice of law encourages and exemplifies civility, humility, compassion and a moral/ethical obligation to the welfare of children and families, in general. This commitment should be further evidenced by participation in continuing legal education, whether formally or informally, and a willingness to act as an advisor/mentor to less experienced attorneys.

James K. Wetzel, a Top 100 Mississippi litigator, has been elected as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, as reported in the May 28, 2017 Sun-Herald.

Iowa Top 100 litigator Gregory R. Brown successfully defended Grundy County Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) in a wrongful death action that culminated in a jury verdict entered on May 25, 2017 awarding no damages.  The Plaintiffs brought a wrongful death action against REC seeking $5 million in damages arising from the death of Max Morrison and the injuries he incurred prior to his death.  Morrison was a passenger in a light sports aircraft that struck power lines owned by the REC.  At trial, the Plaintiffs argued that the REC breached a duty to warn the pilot and the passenger of the presence of the power lines, which included the allegation that the power lines should have been marked with orange marker balls.  The REC argued that its power lines were properly located and that there was no Federal Aviation Regulation which required the lines to be marked.  The REC also argued that the cause of the accident was the fault of the pilot.  The jury found that the REC was negligent, but that its negligence was not the cause of any damages to the Plaintiffs.

Christopher Helt, an Illinois Top 100 Immigration attorney, won a temporary stay of deportation for a five-year old boy from Honduras, as reported on April 14, 2017 by ABC News in Chicago.

James R. Cook II, a Tennessee Top 40 Under 40 Family attorney, is hosting a 2017 Memorial Day donation drive to help local veterans in need.

Jahna Lindemuth, a Top 100 Alaska litigator, was named Alaska’s new Attorney General by Governor Bill Walker in late June 2016.  Ms. Lindemuth is the second woman ever to serve in that role.

Douglas J. Darnbrough, a Top 100 Massachusetts Criminal Defense lawyer, was nominated in June 2016 by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve as a district court judge.  The 62 District Courts throughout the Commonwealth hear a range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health and other types of case.

Jose Izquierdo, a Top 100 Criminal Defense lawyer from Florida, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to be a Broward Circuit Court Judge in May 2016.  Given his elevation to the bench, Mr. Izquierdo resigned his membership from organizations such as ASLA.

Here’s a sampling of recent articles and press releases regarding 2016 Members’ ASLA selections: Michelle N. Ogborne, as featured by Arizona Business Leaders; Timothy M. Osborn, featured in the Bakersfield Californian; Albert Salvi; Stephen Fernandez; John Farina; Zachary Martel; Brandon Bytnar; Benjamin Taylor.

Jason S. Richard, a Wisconsin Top 100 Litigator, opened his own firm, J. Richard Law Offices, in 2016.

Washington Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer Aaron A. Crary joined the law firm of Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S. in early 2016.

Sean P. Connell, a Nevada 100 Litigator, recently moved to the Muehlbauer Law Office, Ltd. in Las Vegas.

Darren Kavinoky, a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer in California, is a co-host of the new “Crime Feed Podcast“, a weekly broadcast on iHeartRadio in collaboration with Investigation Discovery.  The debut July 28, 2015 podcast is available on YouTube.

Virginia Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer Edward J. Nuttall co-founded Carroll & Nuttall, P.C. in April 2015.

Washington Top 100 Litigator Steven E. Knapp recently opened his own firm, the Law Office of Steven E. Knapp, PLLC.

California Top 40 Under 40 Immigration Lawyer Steven J. Malm joined the law firm of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP in March 2015.

Virginia Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer Jennifer McCammon joined Bean, Kinney & Korman on January 20, 2015.  Here’s a link to the firm’s announcement.

New Jersey Top 100 Family Lawyer, John R. Nachlinger, joined Previte & Nachlinger, PC on January 1, 2015.

As featured in the Digital Journal, Top 100 California Entertainment lawyer Jon A. Pfeiffer launched a monthly enewsletter December 2, 2014 that covers legal topics and offers lessons about practicing law.  Mr. Pfeiffer is the owner of Pfeiffer Law in Santa Monica.

Here’s a sampling of recent articles and press releases regarding 2015 Members’ ASLA selections: Rosanne DeTorres, as featured in the Hunterdon County Democrat; Joseph J. Hoffman, Jr., as featured in the South Jersey Times; Justin K. Thomas, in the Memphis Daily News; Kirk and Paola Stange; Michael J. Redenburg; Dustin Hurley; Stacey Richards-Minigh; Stuart DiMartini; Karen M. Lavin; Nicholas Wajda; John Farina.

New Mexico Top 40 Under 40 Litigator Damian Martinez was nominated in late December 2014 by Governor Susanna Martinez (no relation) to one of two positions on the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents, as discussed in the Albuquerque Journal.

Missouri Top 100 Criminal Defense lawyer William Margulis joined Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. as a shareholder on January 1, 2014, and is co-chair of the firm’s Criminal Defense practice group and a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice group.

Illinois Top 100 Family lawyer Karen M. Lavin had her ASLA selection featured in Illinois’ Northwest Herald.  Ms. Lavin has practiced family law for over 32 years and is the Principal at the Law Offices of KML  Associates.

Here’s a sampling of other recent articles and press releases regarding 2014 ASLA Members: Brian Jordan, Randy Collins, Christopher DiGirolamo, Steven Dimian, Jesse Scharff, David Gantt, Kenneth Wilhelm, Sean and Angela McIlveen, Randy Gori, Michael Saile, Lisa Douglas, Kirk Stange, Reza Torkzadeh, William J. Kelley II, and Erwin Shustak.  Mr. Shustak also recently was added to mediation.com’s expanding network of mediation professionals.

Troy Gaston, an Arkansas Top 40 Litigator Under 40, had his ASLA selection included in the Greenwood Democrat online edition on July 24.  Mr. Gaston is the Managing Partner at Walters & Gaston, which he joined in 2002, and has worked in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri on matters including brain injuries, complex business torts, tractor-trailer accidents, oil and gas disputes, and wrongful death claims.

Joseph V. Macha, a Top 100 California Litigator, has joined the Los Angeles office of national firm Foley & Mansfield as a partner, as highlighted in a June 17 release.  Mr. Macha, one of only 100 Board Certified Trial Specialists in California, formerly was a partner at Archer Norris.

Francis M. Smith, a Top 100 New Jersey Litigator, recently addressed the impact of New Jersey’s new personal injury protection regulations on insurers and victims.  Mr. Smith also commented on the potential legal risks of social media’s online data after a New Jersey federal court ruled that Facebook posts could be used as evidence.  Read more about it at this page.

Melvin B. Wright, a Top 100 Florida Litigator, was appointed to the Creditor’s Committee in the New England Compounding Company bankruptcy proceedings in Boston on January 19, 2013.   Mr. Wright represents 37 victims who, along with thousands of others nationwide, received tainted steroid injections from physicians who purchased the drugs from NECC.  Some 600 people have suffered from fungal meningitis or other illnesses after being injected with the steroids produced by the Boston compounding pharmacy and found to have been contaminated with fungi or mold.  Mr. Wright now will act in a fiduciary capacity for all unsecured creditors of NECC which sought bankruptcy protection in anticipation of numerous tort claims.  In January, Mr. Wright also was selected to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

North Carolina Top 100 Litigator Rebecca Britton had her ASLA selection highlighted in the May 5 Fayetteville Observer.

Tennessee Top 40 Litigator Under 40 William Rieder became a partner at Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C. effective January 1, 2013.

Pennsylvania Top 100 Litigation member Michelle M. Quinn had her ASLA selection highlighted in an article that appeared on the online front page of the Pittston Dispatch on January 13, 2013, and in the Scranton Times-Tribune on January 20.

One of our Missouri Top 100 Litigation members, Daniel P. Finney, Jr., settled a malicious prosecution lawsuit featured in the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly (subscription required), and his membership in ASLA was highlighted in the online front page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Top 100 Iowa Litigation member Gregory R. Brown won a complete jury defense verdict in Dalarna Farms v. Access Energy Cooperative, after a three-and-a-half week jury trial that was preceded by a successful interlocutory appeal filed with the Iowa Supreme Court that allowed assertion of fault against the Plaintiff.  Ultimately, though Plaintiff’s economist projected economic loss of $8-9 million, Mr. Brown’s trial team won a defense verdict awarding the Plaintiff no damages.  The case involved highly complex issues addressing electricity, stray voltage, statistical analysis, and dairy science and economics.  Read more about the facts of the case and experts by clicking here.  Mr. Brown’s ASLA selection was noted by the online edition of the Des Moines Register as well.

The announcement of John F. Lang’s selection as a Top 100 Trust & Estates lawyer in New York was highlighted by the Albany Times Union, among other publications.