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Hightower brings both civil and criminal experience to the bench

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 1, 2015, 3:34pm

Jennifer L. Hightower, 32, will take the bench in Madison County with a resume that includes roles as asbestos litigator and prosecutor which she says have helped prepare her for her new role as judge.

Asbestos claims in Madison County account for big fraction of major cases - 75 percent

The Madison County Record Jun. 4, 2015, 7:19am


Keefe to receive Leonard M. Ring ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at ITLA convention

The Madison County Record Jun. 2, 2015, 3:35pm

Swansea attorney Thomas Q.

Keefe to receive Leonard M. Ring 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at ITLA convention

Ann Maher Jun. 2, 2015, 2:43pm


'Nobody should be against transparency'

The Madison County Record May 21, 2015, 7:25am

You can bet that an asbestos plaintiff's attorney who was thinking about buying a used car would expect the dealer to inform him of any known defects in the vehicle.

Asbestos defense attorneys weigh in on FACT Act: ‘Nobody should be against transparency’

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo May 20, 2015, 11:06am

Asbestos defense attorneys in Madison County say that a bill designed to target asbestos litigation abuse may not have a significant effect on the nation’s busiest asbestos docket.

What’s in a name? Not much, if it’s a misnomer

The Madison County Record Apr. 20, 2013, 8:44pm

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the American Association for Justice is laying it on thick.

Gori named 2012 Super Lawyer

The Madison County Record Jan. 20, 2012, 4:47am

Gori Gori Julian & Associates of Edwardsville announced that Randy Gori was selected for inclusion in 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers.

Locklear wants default judgment damages hearing changed due to AAJ conference

Amelia Flood Jan. 26, 2011, 10:12am

Darr The Wood River electric company that won a default judgment in a proposed class action over faxed advertisements is asking to push back a hearing that would determine how much money it has won.

Treasury not commenting on trial lawyer tax break; Tort reform advocate calls it 'laughable'

John O'Brien and Ann Knef Jul. 15, 2010, 6:09am

Murnane WASHINGTON - Tort reform advocate Ed Murnane called a plan to give trial lawyers a contingency fee tax break without congressional approval "laughable."

Sources: Trial lawyers expect tax break from Treasury Department

John O'Brien Jul. 14, 2010, 9:00am

VANCOUVER, Canada - The nation's trial lawyer group, the American Association for Justice, revealed Tuesday that it expects the U.S. Department of Treasury to soon give its members a tax break on contingency fee lawsuits.

Manhattan Institute probes lobbying efforts of lawyers

John O'Brien Feb. 9, 2010, 11:38am

Copland NEW YORK - The Manhattan Institute's latest edition in its "Trial Lawyers, Inc.," series explores the effect the plaintiffs bar has on lawmakers at the state level and in Washington, D.C.

Trial bar seeks to expand liability, end arbitration clauses

Chris Rizo Jan. 13, 2010, 2:48am

Tarricone WASHINGTON - The national trial lawyers group outlined its 2010 legislative agenda Monday, announcing that the group plans to take aim at mandatory arbitration clauses and push to expand civil liability, among other initiatives.

Trial Lawyers v. America

The Madison County Record Aug. 8, 2009, 6:42pm

There are thousands of good, honest trial lawyers in America -– men and women who represent the interests of their clients faithfully without trying to subvert the judicial system or shake down legitimate businesses and wreak havoc on our economy.

Trial lawyers face tort reform 'danger zone' in health care overhaul, says lobbyist

Chris Rizo Jul. 29, 2009, 9:39am

SAN FRANCISCO - President Barack Obama's push for an overhaul of the nation's health care system could be stymied by Senate lawmakers, particularly moderate Democrats, the lobbyist for trial lawyers said.

Lobbyist: AAJ looking to quietly pass plaintiff lawyer tax break

Chris Rizo Jul. 29, 2009, 5:44am

SAN FRANCISCO - Federal legislation that would afford trial lawyers a special tax break faces an uncertain future, says one of the chief lobbyists for the nation's trial lawyers.

Nation's trial lawyers converge on San Francisco

Chris Rizo Jul. 27, 2009, 11:33am

SAN FRANCISCO - Trial attorneys from around the country have converged on San Francisco for the next several days.

Trial lawyers ask Obama to expand product liability

Chris Rizo Jan. 12, 2009, 8:00am

President-elect Obama WASHINGTON - A leading national group of trial lawyers Monday called on President-elect Barack Obama to repeal a bevy of regulations that limit corporate liability.

Doctors In Chicago: The more the better

Ed Murnane Jun. 22, 2008, 7:00am

Chicago was crawling with doctors last week -- and the previous weekend – and that's a good thing.

Trial Lawyers: Polls good for billion-dollar verdicts, bad for ranking legal fairness

Allen Adomite May 4, 2008, 7:00am

Adomite The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released its seventh-annual Harris Poll surveying senior attorneys at America's largest companies. Illinois ranked 46th overall, putting our state in the Top Five of worst legal climates. West Virginia ranked last and Delaware first, in case anyone is keeping track.