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Lessons from an errant email.

First, some background.  My dad hated squirrels.  It wasn’t simple dislike.  It wasn’t contempt.  No, this was an irrational, unadulterated, white-hot hatred.  He took it very, very personally when he saw one of the furry little critters running along a large cedar fence we had in the backyard.  So much so that eventually a fully loaded B… Read More
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Sometimes, the case has to be tried.

When I evaluate personal injury cases, my initial assessment involves two primary questions: 1) is there a serious injury and 2) can I prove liability against the defendants.  I would like to say that every injury case sitting in my file cabinets is a million dollar case.  But that isn’t the case.  Some of my files feature serious injuries[sadly somet… Read More
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DON'T SEE THAT EVERYDAY...

This doesn’t happen in Cook County very often. I had a hearing in a Courtroom with a judge who is universally well-regarded. This particular judge is a seasoned, thoughtful, conscientious man who understands the stress that lawyers occasionally have to endure. The case in question is a mass tort sort of thing. Let’s leave it at that. In other words… Read More
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WHEN DOGS ATTACK - A LOOK AT THE ILLINOIS ANIMAL CONTROL ACT

Check out the August issue of the Illinois Bar Journal for a good article by April Pruitt-Summers on the Illinois Animal Control Act, 510 ILCS 5/1 et. seq. The first thing that caught my eye was the link to a study conducted by pediatrician Jeffrey Sacks M.D. and reported in PEDIATRICS[Vol. 97, No. 6, ppss. 891-95]. The link contains some pretty sobering stati… Read More
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