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The Great Trials Podcast offers a series of laid-back, casual conversations with leading trial lawyers, taking listeners "behind the scenes" of America’s greatest trials. Hosted by acclaimed trial lawyers Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey, each podcast episode focuses on one important trial and includes in-depth, insightful interviews with the attorneys who successfully argued the case in front of a judge and jury.

The Great Trials Podcast The Great Trials Podcast

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The Great Trials Podcast offers a series of laid-back, casual conversations with leading trial lawyers, taking listeners "behind the scenes" of America’s greatest trials. Hosted by acclaimed trial lawyers Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey, each podcast episode focuses on one important trial and includes in-depth, insightful interviews with the attorneys who successfully argued the case in front of a judge and jury.

    Dan Hessel | Juan Reyes v. Cincinnati Incorporated | $15 million verdict

    Dan Hessel | Juan Reyes v. Cincinnati Incorporated | $15 million verdict

    This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Dan Hessel of Golkow Hessel (https://www.golkowhessel.com/)
     
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    Philadelphia personal injury attorney Dan Hessel of Golkow Hessel discusses how he secured justice for Juan Reyes, a worker who lost a finger and suffered permanent nerve damage after his hand was crushed by a defective hydraulic shear designed by Cincinnati Incorporated. Juan's employer purchased a used Cincinnati hydraulic shear and registered it with the manufacturer in 2007. In 2009, a Cincinnati technician serviced the machine and failed to note the damaged foot pedal and lack of roll guards, which are designed to prevent hand injuries. Due to Cincinnati's negligence and failure to warn Juan's employer about the machine's defects and safety hazards, Juan was seriously injured when he accidentally stepped on the damaged foot pedal and had his dominant hand crushed by the hold-downs. Today, Juan suffers from uncontrollable tremors and cannot use his right hand, which makes day-to-day tasks difficult and prevents him from achieving his career goal of becoming a welder. In November 2016, a Philadelphia jury found Cincinnati Incorporated negligent and the company's hydraulic shear defective, awarding Juan $15,000,000 in damages. 
     
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    Guest Bio:
    Dan Hessel
    With more than twenty years of experience in the fields of personal injury and subrogation law, Dan handles catastrophic injury cases on behalf of accident victims. Dan has had 16 seven- or eight-figure verdicts or settlements as lead counsel. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” for seven consecutive years, and a "Rising Star" for three years before that. Recipients of these awards are nominated by their peers, and the honor is limited to 5% of practicing lawyers.
     
    Dan is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization reserved for trial lawyers who have obtained seven-figure verdicts or settlements on behalf of their clients. He has had more than $40 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients in the past few years alone. Many of these cases have been featured in journals such as The Legal Intelligencer, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Yahoo! Biz, New Jersey Verdict Reporter, Pennsylvania Damages, North Carolina Verdict Reporter, Pennsylvania Verdict Reporter and the Florida Verdict Reporter. Dan has spoken on issues related to tort law on more than 30 occasions in venues across the country.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Kenneth Suggs | Phillips v. Flexible Family Care, P.C. and Lynette Iles, M.D. | $18.126 million verdict

    Kenneth Suggs | Phillips v. Flexible Family Care, P.C. and Lynette Iles, M.D. | $18.126 million verdict

    This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Kenneth Suggs of Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC (https://www.jjsjustice.com/)
     
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    Award-winning trial lawyer Kenneth Suggs of Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC explains how he successfully represented Taylor Phillips, a young girl whose spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy was caused by her mother's mismanaged labor and delivery at a hospital in Washington, Iowa. Lisa Phillips entered the hospital for the induced labor of her second child by Dr. Lynette Iles, a family physician who physically checked on Lisa only a few times throughout the day and relied mostly on continuous external fetal monitoring to inform her about the baby's health. As the delivery drew closer, Dr. Iles chose to move to intermittent external fetal monitoring, despite the lack of consistent heartbeat readings and missed key indications that the baby was struggling. Taylor was delivered through cesarean section by a different doctor and airlifted to a neonatal intensive care unit for the brain damage she sustained during the period of intermittent fetal monitoring. Due to her traumatic birth, Taylor is a locked-in quadriplegic who cannot speak and who cannot live independently. A Washington County, Iowa jury returned a landmark verdict of $18,126,000 against Dr. Iles and her medical practice for violating the standard of care. 
     
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    Guest Bio:
    Kenneth Suggs
    Kenneth M. Suggs, a principal in the firm of Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, has been a tireless champion of consumer legal rights for over 40 years. Known for his advocacy in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death, he has been recognized nationally as one of the nation’s finest trial lawyers.
    As head of the firm’s Personal Injury Division and a leader on medical malpractice teams, Ken has an in-depth understanding of how serious injuries from highway collisions to workplace injuries to doctor errors can impact the health and well-being of a person. He has sought and won justice for many, ranging from infants who suffered severe birth injuries to families severely burned in an 18-wheeler crash. Some of the judgments and verdicts he has won were against major corporations, including Fortune 500 corporations.
    Suggs has held a broad range of leadership positions in many organizations devoted to law and education, including President of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) from 2005-2006, and president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In 2016, he received the prestigious War Horse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.
    Suggs is routinely recognized as being among the top attorneys in the country. He has been listed among Best Lawyers in America® for more than 25 years in the areas of mass torts, medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability litigation. His other Best Lawyers® awards include Lawyer of the Year – Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Columbia, SC, 2016, 2012, 2010; and Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Columbia, SC, 2014, 2009.
    Mr. Suggs has been named to South Carolina Super Lawyers since it was developed in 2008. In 2009, he was recognized as South Carolina Super Lawyer’s® Top Point Getter.
    He has been honored with the American Association for Justice Harry Philo Award and the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Founders Award, both in 2007, and the American Bar Association’s Torts and Insurance Practice Section’s “Pursuit of Justice” award in 2008.
    He also serves on the American Board of Trial Advocates and carries a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highe

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jeffrey Kroll | Murray v. A &. B Flooring, Inc., an Illinois Corporation, A & B Flooring Supplies, Inc. and Cosmin A. Radu | $7 million verdict

    Jeffrey Kroll | Murray v. A &. B Flooring, Inc., an Illinois Corporation, A & B Flooring Supplies, Inc. and Cosmin A. Radu | $7 million verdict

    This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Jeffrey Kroll of Kaveny + Kroll (https://kavenykroll.com/)
     
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    Award-winning plaintiffs' litigator Jeffrey Kroll of Kaveny + Kroll in Chicago shares how he advocated on behalf of the first person in the United States to die while using a bike-sharing program. On July 1, 2016, Virginia Murray, a 25-year-old college graduate, rode her DIVVY bike — part of Chicago's official bike-share program — to an intersection where truck driver Cosmin Radu sat idling in his employer's A & B Flooring truck. The light turned green, and Cosmin made a right-hand turn, which his broken turn signal lights did not indicate. His vehicle struck Virginia, killing her instantly. During trial, the Chicago jury returned a $7,000,000 verdict in less than two hours in favor of the plaintiff's estate.
     
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    Guest Bios:
    Jeffrey Kroll
    Jeffrey J. Kroll is an award-winning attorney who has represented injured victims of negligence throughout the country for nearly three decades in the areas of trucking accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice. In 2017, Mr. Kroll was part of the trial team that obtained a record-breaking $148 million jury verdict on behalf of a dancer who was paralyzed when a shelter collapsed on her at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Overall, his verdicts and settlements have exceeded $1 million on 80 separate occasions.
     
    Mr. Kroll has lectured throughout the country on personal injury and wrongful death matters. He has had more than 125 legal articles published on topics ranging from strategic jury selection and maximizing an injured client’s recovery, to successfully handling wrongful death cases and preparing and cross-examining expert witnesses. He is well known in Chicago media for countless segments and publications and has taught Trial Advocacy and Medical Malpractice Law at DePaul University and Northwestern Law School. Mr. Kroll was the only Illinois attorney to be published in the Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, 4th Edition, released by Trial Guides and the American Association for Justice.
     
    Jeffrey has recovered more than $400 million for his clients.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ken Friedman and David Roosa | Margaret Dallo v. Holland America Line N.V. LLC | $1.689 million verdict

    Ken Friedman and David Roosa | Margaret Dallo v. Holland America Line N.V. LLC | $1.689 million verdict

    This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Ken Friedman and David Roosa of Friedman | Rubin (https://friedmanrubin.com/)
     
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    Friedman Rubin trial lawyers Ken Friedman and David Roosa share their experience trying the first federal Zoom civil jury trial during the pandemic and explain how they secured justice for an 84-year-old woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury on a Holland America cruise ship. In November 2018, passenger Margaret Dallo was walking down a hallway on the ship when she was knocked over by a door opening outward into the hallway. Margaret fell and hit her head on the frame of the door across the hall, resulting in a bilateral subacute subdural hematoma, which allowed blood inside the skull and put pressure on her brain. Margaret's traumatic brain injury required surgery and greatly diminished her mobility and quality of life. In spite of the defense's attempts to blame her medical condition on pre-existing conditions and previous falls, Seattle jurors participating via Zoom conference ultimately ruled in favor of the plaintiff, awarding $1,689,000 in damages.
     
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    Guest Bios:
    Ken Friedman
    Since joining Friedman | Rubin in 1999, Ken has appeared on behalf of plaintiffs in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has successfully tried cases involving claims of sexual harassment, defamation, personal injury, police misconduct, and insurance bad faith.
    Ken earned his B.A. in History from Antioch College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
    A well-respected attorney, he has been given the highest rating, “AV Pre-eminent,” by the Martindale Hubbell, and he has been designated as a  “Super Lawyer” by his peers in the Washington Law and Politics survey annually since 2009.  Ken also has been rated a “10, Superb” by Avvo.com.
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    David Roosa
    David primarily handles cases involving serious personal injury, traumatic brain injury (“TBI”), insurance bad faith denial of benefits, and nursing home abuse. David has jury trial experience in state, federal, and municipal courts. David and Friedman | Rubin partner Ken Friedman recently obtained a $1.7m verdict in the Western District of Washington’s first ever fully remote jury trial, in which the judge, the jury, the attorneys, and the witnesses all participated via Zoom. (See Bloomberg Law report – here]. David also occasionally tries criminal cases, and has obtained two defense verdicts in 2015, and another in 2017, for wrongfully accused citizens. At the appellate level, David has briefed a number of cases before Washington Division I and Division II court of appeal commissioners, and authored (uncredited) the prevailing briefs in the Wyoming Supreme Court case Irene v. Seneca, et. al., 337 p.3d 483 (Wyo. 2014).
    David grew up in Alaska and graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1997. After high school, he spent one year as a Rotary International Exchange Student in Rostock, Germany. Upon returning to the U.S., David studied at the Ohio State University and graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in German Language and Literature. David then spent roughly two years in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, at the Centro ISI English Academy through the AIESEC program teaching English to adults and children.
    Before starting a career in the legal field, David worked for three years as a Licensed Customs Broker and Ocean Import Manager for a global logistics/freight-forwarder and NVOCC in Chicago, IL.
    David lives with his wife and two sons in West Seattle. His hobbies include competitive running and swimming, outdoor grilling, watching Ohio State football games in the fall, and playing the guitar – badly.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Joseph Power, Jr. and Larry Rogers, Jr. | McKenna, et al. v. Allied Barton Security Services, et al. | $30.65 million

    Joseph Power, Jr. and Larry Rogers, Jr. | McKenna, et al. v. Allied Barton Security Services, et al. | $30.65 million

    This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Joseph Power, Jr. and Larry Rogers, Jr. of Powers Rogers, LLP (https://www.claggettlaw.com/)
     
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    Accomplished Chicago trial lawyers Joseph Power, Jr. and Larry Rogers, Jr. of Powers Rogers, LLP explain how they secured justice for the families of two attorneys and a law office secretary who were shot by a disgruntled client who gained unauthorized access to the office due to the failure of building security officers to follow established safety procedures. On December 8, 2006, Joseph Jackson entered a 41-floor professional building at 500 West Madison Street in Chicago, held Allied Barton Security Services officer Robert Brown at gunpoint and demanded to be taken to the 38th floor, where patent lawyer Michael McKenna's office was located. A client of Michael McKenna and an inventor seeking a patent, Joseph Jackson mistakenly thought Michael McKenna had sold his idea and owed him money. Supervising security officer Sidney Chambers knew that Joseph Jackson had been loitering in the building for hours and had suspiciously interacted with officer Robert Brown, but failed to take action. Robert Brown did not follow safety protocol, utilize officer codes to alert his supervising officer to the situation or employ restraint techniques designed to defuse the situation. Instead, he tried to flee the scene and save himself when Joseph Jackson began firing his gun in the law office, fatally shooting Michael McKenna and Allen Hoover and wounding office secretary Ruth Lieb. In 2017, a Cook County, Illinois jury delivered a verdict against Allied Barton Security Services, Sidney Chambers and Joseph Jackson, assigning 60 percent of the responsibility to the deceased Joseph Jackson and 40 percent to Allied Barton in a $30,650,000 verdict. 
     
     
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    Guest Bios:
    Joseph Power Jr.
    Joseph A. Power, Jr. is the founding partner of the Power, Rogers, LLP law firm in Chicago, and a prominent trial lawyer focusing on cases involving medical malpractice, trucking collisions, wrongful death, product liability and catastrophic personal injuries.
    Power received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1977.  Power was named as partner in 1984 and the firm became Hayes & Power.  In 1993, the firm became Power, Rogers & Smith, and has recently become Power Rogers, LLP.
    At the age of 28, Power became the youngest lawyer in the country to obtain a jury verdict in excess of $1 million for his client.  Power was the lead attorney in a trucking case which led to seventy-six criminal convictions, including the former governor of Illinois in the “licenses for bribes” scandal, which triggered the retesting of over 2000 truck drivers has obtained over 200 verdicts and settlements over $1,000,000.  He has the largest jury verdict in Illinois history for a contested liability personal injury case, and in addition, has the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in Illinois history.  In the last two years alone, he has been to verdict in six cases, all leading to seven and eight million-dollar recoveries.
    As a leader among personal injury lawyers, Power has been listed in the Harvard Law graduates Naifeh and Smith book, The Best Lawyers in America, every year since 1987. The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the top ten litigators in the United States and he has been listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.  
    Additionally, Power has been repeatedly selected as one of the top lawyers by LawDragon, a group which selects the top 500 lawyers in the country.  He has been named a top personal injury an

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sean Claggett | Elisa Sales v. Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center | Undisclosed Settlement

    Sean Claggett | Elisa Sales v. Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center | Undisclosed Settlement

    This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Sean Claggett of Claggett & Sykes Law Firm (https://www.claggettlaw.com/)

    • 1 hr 24 min

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