ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: JESSE JACOBS

Jesse JacobsJesse B. Jacobs is a Vancouver personal injury lawyer at the NW Injury Law center, but before returning back to his hometown to practice law, he began his career as avid traveler and teacher abroad. After graduating from Washington State University in 2007 with a degree in Business Administration, Jesse returned as a lecturer to Nantong University in the coastal Chinese province of Jiangsu, where he had studied abroad during his undergraduate years. Proficient in Chinese, he stayed here as an instructor for 3 years, where he taught multiple subject s for up to six classes a semester.

Upon returning to the United States in 2010, Jesse began attending the Seattle University School of Law where he served as both a Teaching Assistant for courses in Contract and Criminal Law and as secretary for the Law and Development Institute. He returned to China briefly to study law in the country’s financial hub of Shanghai where he obtained his certificate in Comprehensive Chinese Law from a joint program between Willamette University College of Law and East China University of Political Science. In his last few months of school before graduating Magna Cum Laude, Jesse served as a legal intern in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General.

Before joining the team at the NW Injury Law Center in 2014, Jesse worked as a solo practitioner in Seattle where he focused on plaintiff personal injury claims and became an active Eagle Member of the Washington State Association of Justice. Currently, he practices alongside his father, Don Jacobs, who founded the NW Injury Law Center in 2002. When not practicing law, he enjoys spending time outdoors in Vancouver by hiking, fishing, and perusing the famous Vancouver Farmer’s Market.

If you have been the victim of negligent behavior or were in an accident in Vancouver, Washington, contact an experienced law firm that has been helping injury victims in the Pacific Northwest for over 35 years today for a free case evaluation.

NW Injury Law Center

514 West 9th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 695-1624

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: JAMES W. KNOWLES JR.

James W. KnoInt_profile_jamesjrwles Jr. is an Omaha personal injury attorney at Knowles Law Firm in Nebraska but the legal community and city of Omaha have been staple parts of his life since birth. As his name implies, Jim was born to James Knowles Sr. who returned from military service to receive his law degree from St. Louis University in 1954. By the time Jim was a young child, his father’s legal career was growing quickly enough that he eventually decided to open his own practice, Knowles Law Firm, in 1967. Today, Knowles Law Firm remains one of the preeminent personal injury firms in Omaha with Jim and his brother Robert as the managing partners.

Jim’s personal career, however, began at the University of Miami where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration in 1978. He then went on to attend Creighton Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1981. Also while in law school, Jim passed the CPA exam and received his Certificate of Public Accountancy which he still holds. After then passing the bar exam, Jim joined his father at Knowles Law Firm in 1981 and began working primarily on insurance defense matters. Over the last 20 years, Jim has shifted away from insurance defense and works primarily on the plaintiff side of personal injury cases with a focus on car accidents, wrongful death, and product liability. He has experience trying cases at both the state and federal level as well as in the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

In his personal life, Jim and his family are also well accustomed to the field of law. He met his wife Rjean while they were both students at Creighton Law School and afterwards she practiced for several years until retiring to raise their three children. Continuing the legal lineage, two of those children, Matthew and Benjamin, currently practice as personal injury lawyers at Knowles Law Firm after also attending Creighton Law School. Aside from his law practice, Jim enjoys breeding and racing horses while spending time on a family farm in Kentucky.

If you need legal assistance from a law firm that brings almost 50 years of legal experience to the table, look no further than the team at Knowles Law Firm. Contact them today for a free consultation.

Knowles Law Firm

First National Bank Building
11404 W. Dodge Road, Suite 450
Omaha, NE 68154
(402) 431-9000

Five New York Students Charged in Connection with Hazing Death

According to authorities, five fraternity brothers face third-degree murder charges in the wrongful death of a New York City college student. The five Pi Delta Psi members also face charges ranging from hindering apprehension to providing false information to law enforcement in connection with the 2013 hazing death of Baruch College freshman Chun “Michael” Deng, Pennsylvania police said. Additionally, charges are pending against 32 other frat members, as well as the Pi Delta Psi fraternity, including assault, hazing, and criminal conspiracy, officials stated.

Deng, 19, died two years ago from “complications of traumatic brain injury” during a hazing incident in the Poconos, according to court documents. He was fatally injured while participating in a fraternity ritual known as the “glass ceiling” in which a pledge navigates toward someone who calls his name while blindfolded and wearing a backpacking containing a 30-pound bag of sand. Other fraternity brothers then physically prevent that from happening by repeatedly tackling and hitting the pledge.

According to police, Deng fell backward, struck his head, and was unconscious and unresponsive immediately following his fall. “A minimum of at least two hours went by before he actually received any type of medical care,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Harry Lewis said after the incident. Forensic analysis found that the delay in treatment “significantly contributed to the death of Mr. Deng” and resulted in neurogenic shock, police said. Upon his arrival at the hospital, Deng remained unresponsive and was in critical condition. According to the district attorney’s office, physicians determined he had suffered major brain trauma.

“Michael was a wonderful, beloved young man, and, in his honor, the family will also continue pursuing its wrongful death case against the fraternity to cause it and other fraternities to change so that other parents will be spared the loss of a precious child,” his family said in a statement. If somebody you love has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, contact a Kansas City personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation.

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: KENNETH TROMBLY

kenneth tromblyKenneth Trombly is a seasoned Washington DC personal injury lawyer and civil trial attorney whose practice is dedicated to catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation in both state and federal courts. Licensed in the District of Columbia and in Maryland, he has handled countless noteworthy cases on behalf of severely injured victims of negligence, including those that have resulted in seven-figure settlements, and well-known cases that have gained local or national attention. For many years, Kenneth has been one of an elite group of Washington DC catastrophic injury attorneys who are members of both The Best Lawyers in America and “Super Lawyers.”

Kenneth obtained his law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1973 where he held positions as a staff member of the Law Review and a student coordinator of the school’s legal services clinic. He earned his undergraduate degree at The George Washington University in 1970.

As a young lawyer, before his legal practice took on its current focus, Kenneth was an active criminal defense attorney who regularly accepted court appointments to represent impoverished defendants. It was during this time he attended the National College of Criminal Defense at the University of Houston Bates College of Law and was the recipient of a U.S. Department of Justice grant for his work with indigent defendants.

In the early 1980s, Kenneth began representing victims of car accidents and other accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. He found the work to be both intellectually and emotionally fulfilling, and within a few years, his law practice switched its focus on representing seriously injured individuals and their families.

If you need assistance from a dedicated and experienced team of Washington DC personal injury attorneys, contact Trombly & Singer today for a free case evaluation.

Trombly & Singer, PLLC
1825 K St. NW,
Washington, D.C., 20006
(202) 775-8888

Court Ruling Ends 20-Year Anna Nicole Smith Estate Battle

On Tuesday, a Texas appellate court likely closed the infamous 20-year dispute between the estate of J. Howard Marshall II and the late Anna Nicole Smith.

The decision, made by the First Court of Appeals, relieves the one-time Playboy Playmate’s estate of over $500,000 in sanctions she was ordered to pay her former son-in-law, E. Pierce Marshall, for filing a frivolous challenge to her deceased husband’s will. It comes 20 years after Marshall’s death and more than eight years after Smith’s death. Anna Nicole’s notability particularly grew during the prolonged court battle over Marshall’s estate, which prompted speculation she had married the investor for his money – claims she always denied.

The ruling also looks to have infinitely ended a complex legal struggle involving litigation in multiple states and two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeals court dismissed the sanctions against Anna Nicole Smith, stating Pierce Marshall had the onus of attaining a jury verdict on the amount of fees due, but the probate court simply set the amount without reason. The Court opinion regarding this case can be found here.

With the apparent end to this notoriously lengthy estate dispute, the importance of a properly crafted will cannot be emphasized enough. Contacting a Phoenix estate planning lawyer is your first step to ensuring your estate is distributed exactly the way you want after your death.      

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: TONY O’DELL

tony o'dellTony O’Dell is an established personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer in West Virginia with 20 years of experience helping his clients work through some of the most difficult times in their lives. As an accomplished trial attorney, Tony prides himself in providing aggressive and diligent representation to his clients while also ensuring he understands their needs. He has handled multi-million dollar cases involving auto and trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and nursing home negligence. Helping protect West Virginia’s communities by holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions makes Tony exceptionally proud of what he does.

Tony received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Marshall University and in 1991, he obtained his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. Later that year, he was admitted to practice law in West Virginia’s state and federal courts.

Since earning his law degree, Tony has been awarded numerous prestigious accolades including his induction into the West Virginia Super Lawyers and recognition as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, Tony was named The Best Attorney in the Valley for three years by readers of West Virginia’s largest circulation newspaper, the Charleston Gazette.

Currently, Tony is a member of both the American Association for Justice and the West Virginia Association for Justice, where he holds a seat on the Board of Governors. He is also a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association.

Because of his reputation and experience, other attorneys consistently refer to Tony for cases that are too expensive or complicated for them to handle on their own.

“A referral is the highest compliment and one we don’t take for granted. We have earned that compliment time and time again.”

If you need assistance from a knowledgeable and dedicated West Virginia personal injury lawyer, contact Tiano O’Dell today for a free case evaluation.

Tiano O’Dell, PLLC
118 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 720-6700

Millions Recovered For Victim of NuC02 Truck Accident

On June 3, 2015, the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, obtained a $17,393,479.87 jury verdict for a young man who suffered severe injuries after being involved in a six-vehicle collision caused by a negligently driven NuCO2 truck.

This is reportedly the highest amount ever awarded by a jury in the North County Division of the San Diego Superior Court.

Russell Sheaffer, who was 24-year old at the time,was driving his Toyota when a 35,000-pound Freightliner truck driven by a NuCO2 employee slammed into a row of five stopped vehicles on Interstate 15.  The truck was traveling at freeway speeds, and Mr. Sheaffer’s stopped car, the third of the five, was hit with so much force that his car propelled into the SUV in front of him.

Mr. Sheaffer sustained facial fractures along his jaw, an imploded sinus and a minor traumatic brain injury.  He underwent two major surgeries, and after a year of doctor’s visits, CT scans and 3-D modeling of Mr. Sheaffer’s jaw revealed a traumatically induced, rapidly progressing, degenerative joint disease of the temporomandibular joints.

Although NcCO2 admitted liability for the accident, it denied that Mr. Sheaffer suffered the long term damages or pain and suffering that he claimed.  The jury chose to awarded Mr. Sheaffer $12,500,000 for past and future pain and suffering, $2,888,373 for past and future medical expenses, and $2,005,107 for past and future loss of earnings.

In 2012 alone, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, a 5% increase from 2011- according to the truck accident attorney team at PS&B.

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: WHIT DRAKE

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Whit Drake is a personal injury lawyer based in Birmingham, AL. He heads his practice, Drake Law Firm, along with his wife Katherine Drake. The attorneys aim to provide clients with the most effective legal representation using their extensive knowledge and expertise in the field. They have successfully recovered over $100 million in settlements and have concluded over 1,000 cases in the past 10 years – with close to a 99% success rate. Whit served on the lead counsel for one of the largest wrongful death cases in the history of Alabama.

In addition to being voted by his peers as a leading Birmingham personal injury attorney in Birmingham Magazine’s March 2012 issue, Whit was also a Top Rated personal injury lawyer in Birmingham’s Metro Magazine.

Whit received his undergraduate degree in General Studies and History from the University of Alabama in 1986. He then received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1989. He has practiced as an injury attorney for 23 years and established his own firm in 1998.

Whit’s published works have been included in The Alabama Lawyer and discuss topics such as effective case resolution and employer’s subrogation.

Currently, Whit is a member of both the Alabama Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association.

Birmingham personal injury lawyer Whit Drake is dedicated to helping clients receive the financial compensation they deserve due to someone else’s damages.

“Most of our clients come to us by referral from satisfied clients and other legal professionals. We even have clients referred to us by insurance lawyers who opposed us in court. We think that says a lot about our commitment to integrity and maintaining an open line of communication with our clients throughout the case.”

If you need assistance from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Birmingham, contact Drake Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Drake Law Firm

2 Perimeter Park South #510E

Birmingham, AL 35243

205.970.0800