A seven year old legal malpractice lawsuit involving the handling of a decade-and-a-half old asbestos settlement is going to trial in Madison County on Feb. 3.

Plaintiff Judy Buckles is a former Hopkins Goldenberg client who claims attorneys from that firm and later attorney John Simmons botched the settlements of her husband’s mesothelioma lawsuit. Her suit is currently against Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short – the successor to the Hopkins Goldenberg firm.

Buckles originally sued in 2001 over the handling of her claim filed in the late 1990s, but dropped the case and re-filed it in 2006.

A final pre-trial conference was held Jan. 16.

Circuit Judge William Mudge presides.

Roy Dripps represents Buckles.

Daniel Konicek and John Papa represent the Goldenberg firm.

Madison County case number 06-L-588

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