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WSHB Welcomes New Partner Julie A. Weerth to the Firm’s New York Office
WSHB is pleased to announce that Julie Weerth has joined the firm as partner in its New York office. Ms. Weerth began her career as a litigator in New York, specializing in labor law and coverage litigation. She joined AIG in 2006, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief Underwriting Officer of Excess Casualty and Vice President of Complex Casualty Claims.
- Full service national law firm founded in 1997 with over 250 attorneys in 26 offices in 15 states across the U.S.
- Tried over 900 cases to verdict; internationally recognized for exceptionally high rate of success
- Recognized as one of the top two law firms in the nation for inclusiveness of women lawyers in the National Law Journal’s 2017 Women’s Scorecard
- Ranked #4 on The American Lawyer’s 2016 Diversity Scorecard
- Top 10 ranking on Law360’s 2016 list of “The 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys"
- Top 20 ranking on Law360's 2016 list of "The Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys"
- Named "Go-To Law Firm" in ALM's annual edition of In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies
- Top 200 ranking on Law360's 400 2019 list of largest U.S. Law Firms
Navigating the Minefields in New York Labor Law
In a highly anticipated session, acclaimed trial lawyer Mike Coffey will be providing insight on navigating the minefields of New York Labor Law at the upcoming CLM Construction Conference. "New York labor law is a hotbed of litigation traps and minefields for those unfamiliar with the nuances," explained Coffey, Managing Partner for Wood Smith Henning & Berman's New York and Connecticut offices "Increased frequency and severity have led carriers to completely withdraw from the market only to be replaced by those who often fail to recognize the complexities surrounding this body of law.
Temp Agency Absolved of Liability in Hotly Contested Action
Nationally acclaimed trial lawyer, WSHB Partner Andrew Kessler, secured summary judgment in a matter pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in favor of our clients, a temporary staffing agency and one of the temporary employees that it placed with a third party company. Plaintiff, a 64 year-old married woman, slipped and fell entering a bathroom which had been recently mopped but for which no wet floor sign had been placed by the temporary employee. As a result of this slip and fall, Plaintiff sustained a fractured hip and significant injuries to her right shoulder and lower back. Plaintiff who was working at the third party company at the time of the incident had a workers’ compensation lien in excess of $350,000 and was claiming permanent injuries which had significantly affected her activities of daily living.
Alternative Fee Agreements and Construction Issues: Oil and Water or Perfect Pairing!?
In what promises to be a highlight of the CLM Construction Conference, a panel of highly acclaimed thought leaders will present on the cutting edge issue of alternative fee agreements in the context of construction claims. "One of the reasons this session is receiving heightened interest is the thought that AFA's (alternative fee agreements), in the context of construction claims, work in limited circumstances," said Stewart Reid, Firmwide Managing Partner of WSHB. Reid, who will be moderating the panel discussion, stated "we will be exploring truly novel and innovative strategies for employing AFA's not only in construction defect matters, but all issues surrounding construction including construction site injuries and more."
WSHB’s Graham Miller Helps Demystify Construction Claims in the Pacific Northwest
WSHB's Portland based partner, Graham Miller, takes to the stage for CLM's Construction Conference where he will host a panel on "Demystifying Construction Claims in the Pacific Northwest." Drawing upon his ten years of construction litigation experience, Miller will discuss how to navigate construction plans and how to properly implement them into the litigation process.