Asbestos legal malpractice trial continued to February

Amelia Flood Nov. 24, 2009, 6:14am


A Madison County trial involving an asbestos plaintiff's legal malpractice claim has been continued.

Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder heard motions in the suit Friday. She ordered the trial continued until February 2010.

Crowder also took a motion for partial summary judgment filed by defendant Hopkins Goldenberg P.C. under advisement. The firm Hopkins Goldenberg no longer exists.

Attorney John Hopkins has a law practice in Edwardsville.

Attorney Mark Goldenberg is partner at Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli & Rowland in Edwardsville.

Plaintiff Judy Buckles' legal malpractice complaint stems from a case she filed over her deceased husband's mesothelioma.

Buckles settled it for $750,000. She contends her lawyers did not secure an adequate settlement.

Buckles had sued other attorneys involved in that litigation along with the Goldenberg firm. Those defendants have since been dismissed.

Buckles' suit against her attorneys was originally filed in 2001. It was refiled three years ago.

In Hopkins Goldenberg's motion for partial summary judgment, the firm cited the testimony of Buckles' family and other evidence that she had found the settlement of her asbestos-related case satisfactory.

Buckles is represented by Roy Dripps.

Hopkins Goldenberg is represented by John Papa.

The Madison County case number 06-L-588.

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