On October 6, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO, Beth Ermatinger Hanan was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The Academy was founded in 1990 to advance the highest standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers. Membership is by invitation only, and only after a rigorous background investigation including contact with the nominee’s opposing counsel in multiple appeals and with judges before whom the nominee has appeared. Ms. Hanan is one of three AAAL fellows in Wisconsin.
Attorneys from Gass Weber Mullins were recently granted the opportunity to present an in-depth case-study before the Litigation Counsel of America’s annual meeting in Laguna Nigel, California. The three-hour presentation, delivered by attorneys Ric Gass, Brian Cahill, Mike Brennan, and Dave Turek, alongside trial consultant Jon Smith of Courtroom Intelligence of Odessa, Texas, provided comprehensive analysis of a complex, high-stakes case (defending a Fortune 100 company) which the team litigated a year earlier.
The LCA is a prestigious national trial lawyer organization of elected Fellows who engage in all areas of litigation and who represent both plaintiffs and defendants. The organization prides itself on bringing together the nation’s preeminent trial attorneys in promotion of superior advocacy, scholarship, judicial ethics and the art of effective litigation.
The presentation was met with rave reviews from trial lawyers (who represent clients and corporations on both sides of litigation), and garnered the following praise:
“Your firm’s approach is a template for how persuasion should be accomplished.”
- Louisiana LCA Fellow
“Your team is the “A-Team” of trials. My firm could only hope to coordinate a trial with the cohesiveness you guys have.”
-New Jersey LCA Fellow
“The best presentation we have ever seen at any CLE conference”.
-West Virginia LCA Fellows
“These guys rock.”
-New Jersey LCA Fellow
Gass Weber Mullins is pleased to announce that firm co-founder Brian G. Cahill has been named a fellow for the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Cahill was inducted at the organization’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Banff, British Columbia.
Induction to fellowship in the FDCC is by invitation only and follows an extensive vetting process. Nominees must be in high professional standing, exhibit good moral character and have distinguished themselves in their field.
Cahill has recently received a series of notable accolades including a fellowship in the Prestigious Litigation Counsel of America. He is also prominently featured in this month’s edition of Corporate Counsel Magazine.
The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.
Congratulations to Amelia McCarthy on her 2011 ProBono Award from Super Lawyers
She was recognized for her tremendous efforts in Africa where she worked with Namibia’s Legal Assistance Center to draft a child protection bill that will overhaul laws that were put in place prior to Namibia’s Independence from South Africa, during apartheid.
Gass Weber Mullins co-founder Ric Gass is the subject of an Executive Profile in the April 27, 2012 issue of Milwaukee Business Journal. In this feature, Gass, a nationally renowned litigator and president of the Litigation Counsel of America, discusses his background, the string of consecutive trial victories achieved by Gass Weber Mullins from 2010-12, and the multi-faceted approach which has led to his longstanding success in the courtroom.
Gass believes that combining cutting-edge technology with traditional litigation skills allows him to be optimally persuasive to juries. The method appears to be working. The attorneys of Gass Weber Mullins have won more than $130 million in verdicts over the past three years. Gass himself has won three trials since December 2011, and expects to try four more by the end of 2012.
G. Steven Henry, executive director and general counsel of the Litigation Counsel of America, commented that, “Gass is a trial lawyer at the top of his game and has developed an exceptional ability to communicate with juries….He’s truly an artist at taking a case and dissecting it and getting to the heart of the matter.”
Attorney Ric Gass has achieved many extraordinary things in a legal career that has spanned decades, and includes more than 300 trials brought to verdict. Among the most remarkable is his recent defense of a medical malpractice case in Oklahoma. After the conclusion of arguments, the jury needed a mere eight minutes (less time than it normally takes for a jury to select a foreperson) to deliberate before returning a complete defense verdict. Gass represented an Ear Nose and Throat specialist accused of performing unnecessary sinus surgery on a patient. Gass tried a related case for the same client in January which similarly resulted in a complete defense verdict. Gass believes that the successive victories will effectively abrogate remaining claims against the physician. In an interview conducted shortly after the trial, Gass stated, “We have determined these two cases have put a stake in the heart of the other claims.”
Milwaukee Lawyers Win Consecutive Jury
Verdicts in Million Dollar Cases Across the USA
Gass Weber Mullins, a Milwaukee-based twelve attorney trial law and litigation boutique firm, won three consecutive jury verdicts for its clients in million dollar cases across the USA in a six week span — from the Eastern-most Federal District Court in Maine, to the Western-most Federal District Court in Hawaii, and in a Wisconsin state court. Given most litigation is settled prior to trial, this group of consecutive jury trial wins by a single firm, in a forty day time period, is especially impressive.
“We pride ourselves on being able to provide small firm service while delivering big results. This string of victories demonstrates our success at doing both on a national scale,” said Managing Member Beth Hanan.
First, in a Portland, Maine federal court on November 10, 2011, Gass Weber Mullins lawyers Ralph Weber and Shawn Stevens won a unanimous jury verdict on indemnification claims for their client, a ground beef processor and seller. The client’s claims arose from a multi-state foodborne illness outbreak and the corresponding millions of dollars in personal injury claims. Weber and Stevens established the source of the outbreak, winning full indemnity for the client including attorney’s fees.
Next, in a Madison, Wisconsin state court on December 12, 2011, Gass Weber Mullins lawyers Brian Cahill and David Turek won a $1 million jury verdict for their client, a construction contractor in a major University of Wisconsin construction project. Cahill and Turek established their client’s contract was wrongfully terminated.
Finally, in a Honolulu, Hawaii federal court on December 19, 2011, Gass Weber Mullins lawyer Ric Gass secured a defense verdict on a two-pronged wrongful death claim against his client, the County of Maui. The claim sought over $1 million in damages under both a negligence claim and a sec. 1983 civil rights claim for alleged inadequate jailhouse care resulting in a prisoner’s death. Gass proved the County acted lawfully, winning dismissal of the claim.
“We are gratified to successfully represent our clients in these difficult cases. Whether they need to aggressively pursue or defend against a claim, clients choose Gass Weber Mullins for their most difficult challenges because of our proven ability to win cases in courtrooms across the country,” said Ralph Weber. “This string of victories for our clients is especially gratifying since so few cases actually make it to trial, and our twelve attorney firm supported these complex trials nearly simultaneously at the geographic extremes of our judicial system,” said Ric Gass.
Gass Weber Mullins is a Chambers USA and U.S. News top-tier, 12 attorney trial law firm based in Milwaukee, WI specializing in national-scale litigation. These results corroborate the firm’s selection by Corporate International Magazine as Wisconsin Litigation Law Firm of the Year.
Gass Weber Mullins lawyers Ralph Weber and Shawn Stevens recently won a jury verdict in Maine Federal Court. After a two week trial, the jury agreed our client was entitled to full indemnity from its vendor, who sold meat containing eColi 0157:H7. The verdict was selected as the “Verdict of the Month” by the Federal Jury Verdict Review.