• Trial Results | 4.22.24

    WSHB, a leading national law firm specializing in litigation, is pleased to announce a major victory achieved by partners Chad Dunigan and Ryan Brooks, along with associate Matt Hill, in a highly contentious toxic tort arbitration matter. The successful defense resulted in a favorable outcome for their client, a prominent national homebuilder.

  • Article | 4.17.24

    In the world of real estate, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) stands as a behemoth, shaping the landscape of buying and selling properties in the United States. However, recent developments have forced the organization to hurdle challenges as it grapples with accusations of anti-competitive practices. This article discusses the details of the recent NAR settlement, its potential impact on the real estate market, and the likely ramifications for consumers and industry players alike.

  • Trial Results | 4.15.24

    In a closely watched jury trial, WSHB managing partner Tim Repass achieved an impressive trial victory that showcased his exceptional litigation skills. After an intense two-week trial, the jury delivered a verdict that emphatically rejected the plaintiff's exorbitant $31 million in claimed damages. Plaintiff’s counsel used anchoring tactics in the admitted liability matter, but Repass successfully argued for a significantly reduced award of $550,000, even lower than our client's pre-trial offer.

  • Article | 4.10.24

    As members of the defense bar, we routinely ask "Where is the justice?" With plaintiff-oriented venues and post COVID nuclear verdicts, the defense is often faced with defending actions on damages at trial where summary judgment is routinely granted on elevation related accidents under New York Labor Law. Builders, risk managers and insurance companies in the State of New York are all too familiar with the infamous Labor Law statutory scheme, which for years proved a harbinger for lawsuits alleging strict liability for alleged accidents on construction sites. Due to the strict liability standard, contractors are prime targets for personal injury litigation and often at the mercy of plaintiffs encouraged to inflate the extent of their injury and damages.

  • Firm News | 3.27.24

    WSHB is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Roach as a partner in our Las Vegas office. With over two decades of experience specializing in construction litigation, Mark offers a goldmine of expertise and a history of providing exceptional service to his clients.

  • Firm News | 3.20.24

    WSHB is pleased to announce the latest addition to our esteemed team with the arrival of Justin Leise, who joins as a partner based in the firm's Orlando and Miami offices. With a distinguished legal career focusing on construction-related litigation and arbitration, Justin brings a wealth of experience to WSHB's expanding practice.

  • Firm News | 3.19.24

    Well regarded construction and professional liability attorney Bryan Hill is the newest addition to Wood Smith Henning & Berman. Joining the firm as a partner in the Boca Raton office of WSHB, Hill brings decades of experience handling all facets of complex construction litigation and a solid track record of results.

  • Firm News | 3.15.24

    WSHB is pleased to announce the opening two new offices in Florida. Trial lawyer Chad Dunigan will be the managing partner of both the Orlando and Jacksonville offices, which brings the total number of offices in Florida to five. Chad will oversee the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of both offices and will also provide guidance and support to the firm’s attorneys to ensure clients receive exceptional service.

  • Firm News | 3.11.24

    Wood Smith Henning & Berman proudly announces the addition of Katie Klapsa as a partner based both in the Orlando and Miami offices. Katie specializes in representing builders, developers, and general contractors, showcasing a wealth of experience in complex litigation and appellate matters. Her expertise encompasses various disputes, including construction defect claims, contract disputes, insurance coverage issues, and general liability defense.

  • Firm News | 3.9.24

    Wood Smith Henning & Berman is delighted to announce that Ian Gillan has joined the firm as a Partner in the firm's recently opened Orlando and Miami offices. Ian's wealth of experience in complex litigation, particularly in construction disputes and insurance coverage, will significantly bolster the firm's capabilities in these key areas.

  • Firm News | 3.8.24

    Wood Smith Henning & Berman is thrilled to announce the addition of new partner, Ryan Brooks, to our newly christened office in Orlando, Florida. With a specialized focus on construction and commercial litigation, Ryan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our dynamic team.

  • Firm News | 3.6.24

    Wood Smith Henning & Berman is pleased to announce that Los Angeles partner, Domingo Tan, is a finalist for West Coast Casualty's Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence. This distinguished award, affectionately known as the "Ollie," is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and commitment to the betterment of the construction defect community.

  • Case Updates | 3.5.24

    Washington courts provided new guidance and protection for employers handling industrial injury and occupational disease claims. Previously, under the compensable consequences doctrine, employers risked being stuck with covering unrelated complications or aggravation with no causal connection to an industrial injury.

  • Firm News | 3.4.24

    National law firm WSHB is proud to announce the grand opening of two strategic locations in Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida. This expansion marks a significant leap forward for the firm, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to meeting the escalating demands of clients across the country.

  • Newsroom | 3.1.24

    WSHB  is thrilled to share that Frances O'Meara, a distinguished partner in the Los Angeles office, was selected as one of three finalists in the Outside Defense Counsel category for the prestigious CLM Professional of the Year Award. A trailblazer in professional liability, Frances' accomplishments extend beyond stellar defense verdicts and prolific speaking engagements.

  • Firm News | 2.13.24

    WSHB, a distinguished law practice with a strong presence in New York and beyond, is delighted to announce that Jeremy Chen will be joining the firm as a partner in the New York office. Jeremy brings a wealth of expertise in professional liability defense, particularly focusing on medical and dental malpractice. He is also well-versed in insurance defense litigation, New York labor law, products liability, and general negligence.

  • Firm News | 2.2.24

    WSHB is pleased to announce the addition of Jackie Jensen Erler as a new partner in our Seattle, Washington office. A Seattle- area native, Jensen Erler brings a wealth of experience in civil litigation, with a primary focus on construction defect, personal injury, and insurance disputes.

  • Firm News | 1.26.24

    WSHB is excited to announce the launch of its newest office located in the vibrant Rio Grande Valley of Texas. This strategic expansion comes in response to the growing demand for legal services in South Texas. WSHB is proud to be the first national firm to establish a presence in this thriving region, with McAllen as the chosen location for this exciting endeavor.

  • Speaking Engagement | 1.8.24

    Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman is proud to announce that Richard Singer and Sebastian Larrea have been chosen to present at the upcoming Catastrophe and National Claims (CNC) Connect Conference.

  • Firm News | 1.8.24

    WSHB proudly announces the addition of Robert Campbell as a new partner in the White Plains, New York office. Bob brings over two decades of extensive experience representing major property and casualty insurers in a wide array of insurance matters.

  • Firm News | 1.8.24

    WSHB in is thrilled to announce the addition of Erik Vollenweider as a new partner in our New Orleans, Louisiana office. With an impressive track record in the areas of insurance defense and general civil litigation, Vollenweider brings a wealth of experience, leadership and innovative thinking to the Louisiana team.

  • Article | 1.2.24

    On December 29, 2023, New York Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed the revised S74A "Grieving Families Act" for the second time since its inception over a year ago. The law was aimed at substantially expanding compensable damages in wrongful death actions.

  • Firm News | 12.1.23

    WSHB is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office location in the vibrant city of Providence, Rhode Island. This expansion marks a significant milestone in our ongoing dedication to delivering exceptional legal services to clients across New England and beyond.

  • Article | 11.27.23

    As the California legislative season concludes, significant new laws are set to take effect in 2024. These laws bring forth various compliance obligations for employers, creating an ever-evolving landscape for businesses, human resource departments, and other stakeholders. In this article, we will discuss each of these laws from a legal perspective, examining their implications and providing practice pointers for navigating these changes effectively.

  • Firm News | 11.1.23

    WSHB, a leading law firm renowned for its nationwide presence and comprehensive legal solutions, is pleased to announce the Kathryn Trew has joined the partnership. Trew, based in the New Orleans office of WSHB, enjoys national acclaim for her results handling a wide array of litigation throughout the State of Louisiana and beyond.

  • Firm News | 10.11.23

    WSHB opened its 37th office location in Birmingham, Alabama. This new office, led by partner Colleen McCaffrey, is the firm’s second location in Alabama. This expansion marks a significant milestone in WSHB’s growth and reflects the firm’s commitment to providing top-tier legal services to our growing client base in the Birmingham area.

  • Article | 10.3.23

    On September 30, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB-235 into law. SB-235 will affect the rights and obligations of the parties as it pertains to the exchange and disclosure of factual information during discovery. Specifically, the new law amends California Code of Civil Procedure section 2016.090 and institutes a procedure for initial disclosure of information and documents that is similar to that followed in Federal court. The changes apply only to civil actions filed on or after January 1, 2024 and shall remain in effect until January 1, 2027.

  • Firm News | 10.2.23

    WSHB proudly announces that Michelle Arbitrio, managing partner of the White Plains office, has been appointed as the Secretary of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) for the 2023-2024 term. The PLDF, a prestigious national organization of nearly 600 lawyers and insurance professionals specializing in professional liability claims defense, recognized Ms. Arbitrio's exceptional qualifications and named her Secretary at their annual meeting in Denver on September 27-29, 2023.

  • Trial Results | 9.29.23

    In a remarkable trial victory, attorney Maggy Mazlin achieved a unanimous defense verdict, rejecting a $9 million settlement demand and concluding over 5 ½ years of litigation. The trial, held in Suffolk County, saw a jury deliberation of just 25 minutes on liability before determining that WSHB’s client was not negligent.

  • Speaking Engagement | 9.22.23

    WSHB, a leading national law firm, is pleased to announce that its Chairman Daniel Berman will be joining the esteemed faculty for the upcoming 2023 Litigation Management Institute (LMI). This annual educational program, organized by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), is set to take place from October 19-22 in Chicago.

  • Firm News | 9.5.23

    WSHB is pleased to announce the addition of partner Jennifer M. Provost, one of New York's most accomplished trial attorneys, to its esteemed team. With nearly 25 years of legal experience and a remarkable track record of success, Jennifer brings a wealth of expertise in tort litigation, specifically in transportation, premises liability, and New York Labor Law

  • Firm News | 8.17.23

    Wood Smith Henning & Berman is pleased to announce that 37 attorneys from its deep bench of talented lawyers have been named Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America in the 2024 edition. This designation is a prestigious accolade that highlights attorneys who have worked in private practice for less than 10 years and have exhibited remarkable potential, impressive legal prowess, and an unwavering dedication to serving their clients.

  • Firm News | 8.17.23

    The 2024 list of the Best Lawyers in America® is out and WSHB is proud to congratulate sixteen partners working across eleven practice areas in eleven states included among the honorees.

  • Firm News | 8.11.23

    WSHB is pleased to announce a historic triumph in the highly anticipated decision from the First District of California’s Court of Appeal, which will be published in the Official Reports detailing the favorable appellate holding denying $600,000 in attorneys’ fees.

  • Firm News | 8.9.23

    WSHB is pleased to announce that Constance Endelicato, a partner based in Los Angeles, has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM). This esteemed honor is bestowed upon a select group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in the field of healthcare risk management. Endelicato, a celebrated trial lawyer, is well known for her passionate representation of hospitals, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals throughout California.

  • Firm News | 8.7.23

    WSHB’s employment bench of successful trial lawyers is deeper with the addition of powerhouse litigator Valen Hermiz in the firm’s San Diego office. With an impressive background in employment law and a proven track record, Hermiz brings extensive experience and expertise to the firm.

  • Firm News | 7.7.23

    WSHB proudly announces its prestigious inclusion as one of the top ten law firms on the highly regarded National Law Journal's 2023 Women in Law Scorecard. This annual ranking meticulously evaluates the percentage of female attorneys and female partners at the largest 350 firms in the country. With a number 9 ranking, this recognition solidifies WSHB's unwavering commitment to promoting gender equity, fostering diversity, and empowering women in the legal industry.

  • Firm News | 6.8.23

    WSHB is proud to announce the opening of its newest office in Hartford, Connecticut, led by managing partner, Jacqueline Maulucci, and a team of accomplished lawyers.

  • Article | 6.2.23

    As trial lawyers, it has become increasingly clear to us that these days jurors have unrealistically high expectations about product safety and corporate safety standards. They believe that if a product has the ability to hurt someone, it is defective and that if it is going to be on the market, it needs to be 100% safe. But why is this the case?

  • Firm News | 6.1.23

    WSHB is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest office in Detroit, Michigan! Led by partner Michael Spinazzola, this expansion marks a significant milestone in our firm's continued growth and commitment to providing exceptional legal representation to clients in Detroit and the surrounding locales. The Michigan office is the 36th office location for WSHB.

  • Article | 5.31.23

    In its upcoming session, the Alabama legislature will revisit the licensing requirements for insurance adjusters in the state. This proposed legislation’s stated purpose is to reduce the number of unlicensed adjusters in-state and better protect consumers. If enacted, these changes to Alabama’s licensing requirements will significantly impact on the insurance industry in Alabama.

  • Firm News | 5.18.23

    WSHB is proud to announce the newest addition to their team - partner Maxwell Bayman! Max is joining the Atlanta, Georgia office as a lateral partner, bringing with him an impressive range of experience in various practice areas and a wealth of knowledge in litigation. 

  • Firm News | 5.1.23

    (Hartford, Connecticut) WSHB is happy to announce the addition of Managing Partner Jacqueline Maulucci and Partner Kate Adams as demand for WSHB's services on the East Coast results in the addition of a new office in Hartford, Connecticut. WSHB has experienced exponential growth in recent years along with the successful recruitment of top-notch candidates like Jacqueline and Kate.

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