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Legal Malpractice Case Goes To Trial After 15 Years

| Jan 22, 2014 | Uncategorized |

A legal malpractice case can take a long time to resolve, in this instance, 15 years and the case is just going to begin in the courts.

Legal malpractice case involving ancient asbestos settlement going to trial

January 21, 2014
By Ann Maher for  the Madison St. Clair Record. madisonrecord.com

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.

 

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