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Supreme Court of Ohio Appoints Gallagher Sharp Partner Monica A. Sansalone Chair of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection

(FEBRUARY 24, 2021) - We are extremely pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of Ohio has appointed Partner Monica A. Sansalone as Chair of The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection. The Fund was established by the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1985 to restore public confidence in the legal profession by providing financial reimbursement to victims of dishonest lawyers. To learn more about Monica’s experience, please click here: – (Gallagher|Sharp LLP)


BGK Partner Elizabeth White Just Obtained Final Summary Judgment

(FEBRUARY 23, 2021) - BGK Partner Elizabeth White just obtained Final Summary Judgment in a wrongful death dram shop case in Miami-Dade County, Florida.   The case was well publicized and also included a catastrophic injury claim for a survivor of the accident.  Elizabeth was able to convince the Court that the Plaintiff’s could not meet their evidentiary burden under Florida’s Dram Shop statute.   A terrific result in a very difficult venue ! - (BGK)


Lederer Weston Craig Announces Alexandra C. Galbraith Has Joined Its Firm

(FEBRUARY 16, 2021) - Lederer Weston Craig announces that Alexandra C. Galbraith has joined its firm as an associate attorney in the firm’s West Des Moines office. Alex practices civil litigation, with a focus on commercial litigation, tort defense, and insurance defense. She is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Illinois. 

Alex earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2016. While in law school, Alex was an Articles Editor for the Iowa Law Review, a student advocate at Iowa Law’s Supreme Court Day, and a member of the National Moot Court Team. 

Before joining the firm, Alex served as a law clerk to Justice Thomas D. Waterman of the Iowa Supreme Court, Judge Sharon Soorholtz Greer of the Iowa Court of Appeals, as well as the Seventh Judicial District Court of Iowa. – (Lederer Weston Craig)


Major Changes to New York Trial Practice

(FEBRUARY 12, 2021) -  While there is no date set for Civil jury trials to resume in New York, court administrators have been busy promulgating new rules which will substantially affect trial practice. As you will note, many of the new rules are adapted from Federal trial practice. Gone are the days when evidentiary rulings will be made with a witness on the stand and a jury in the box. Some of the key changes to the New York Uniformed Rules are discussed below.

  1. Pursuant to Rule 202.34 all parties must consult with each other regarding proposed trial exhibits before the trial begins. The exhibits which the parties agree upon will be admissible and admitted into evidence before the trial begins. As a practical matter, counsel will be able to use agreed upon exhibits during openings if so desired.
  2. Rule 202.34 also provides that the court must rule on any objections raised to exhibits "at the earliest possible time". The rules indicate the court should make evidentiary rulings as early as the pre-trial conference.
  3. Unless the court sets a different date, the parties must submit a pre-trial memoranda to the court of not more than 25 pages. See Rule 202.20-h[a].
  4. Pursuant to Rule 202.20-h[b], on the first day of trial, the parties must submit a joint indexed binder or electronic document containing all the exhibits upon which the parties will rely. The presumption is that the court will have made all evidentiary rulings before trial, therefore the submitted binder will only contain admissible evidence.
  5. Unless the court sets a different deadline, pursuant to Rule 202.20-h[c], the parties are submit charge requests and interrogatories on the first day of trial. It is axiomatic that the parties will need to know which exhibits will be admitted before preparing a charge request.
  6. Unless the court states otherwise, Rule 202.37 will require each party to submit a written witness list at the start of trial. The list must identify all witnesses, when the witness will be called and estimate how long each witness will take. This rule does not apply to impeachment witnesses.

As of now, court administrators have not made any changes to the way jurors will be selected, however we should be prepared for changes to the selection procedures as well. Early evidentiary rulings may encourage additional settlement discussions and hopefully these changes will minimize the unpredictability at trial, something which most often hurts defendants. We will continue to keep you updated.  - (Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP)


Gallagher Sharp Is Pleased To Announce Maia E. Jerin As Its Newest Partner

(FEBRUARY 2021) - Maia represents clients in complex commercial and professional liability disputes, with a particular emphasis on legal and real estate professional liability.  She is actively involved in the firm’s legal malpractice and attorney discipline practice, where she represents small practitioners to large law firms.  She also defends businesses, employers, and managers against claims of discrimination and ADA violations in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She is a frequent presenter on a variety of legal ethics topics, focusing often on the use of technology in the law.

Prior to her legal career, Maia was a real estate sales and marketing executive in Naples, Florida, giving her a unique perspective and knowledge base when handling complex claims. Maia leverages this background in defending real estate professionals and brokers in civil litigation, administrative, and disciplinary matters. - (Gallagher Sharp)

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