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 FIRM ACTIVITIES & DECISIONS OF INTEREST

Based on years of exceptional advocacy, litigation success, ethical standards, and extraordinary accomplishments in defending significant civil litigation matters, Cray Huber partners Mike Huber and Steve Heil have been selected among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® for Illinois in 2020.  Selection is by invitation only and is designed to identify the most exceptional Civil Defense Litigators throughout the nation.  Candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.  Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state receive this honor.  Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States are selected.

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Aimee Lipkis has been appointed to serve a third term on the ISBA Tort Law Section Council from 2020-2021.

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Dan Cray and Mike Huber have been awarded with the AV Preeminent Judicial Edition by Martindale Hubbell which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.

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Jeff Siderius authored an Insurance Coverage Basics Newsletter entitled, “Illinois Appellate Court Rejects ‘Non-Trivial Probability of Excess Judgment’ Test for Conflict of Interest”

 Link to:  Insurance Coverage Basics Newsletter (April 2020)

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Mike Huber has been recognized as a 2020 Top Rated Lawyer by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer magazines.

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On May 8, Scott Pfeiffer will be a moderator on the topic entitled, “Vape Intrusion:  The Developing Crisis of Bodily Injury from Vaping and Risk Assessments for Tobacco Products” at the EECMA 35th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (postponed).

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On April 4, Scott Pfeiffer will be a moderator at the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) 29th Annual Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Conference on the topic entitled, “The Evolution and Future of Food Flavoring Litigation,” in Coronado, California (postponed).

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Aimee Lipkis presented the PICA risk management lecture “Everything Electronic and the Impact on Your Practice” at the Great Lakes Conference, Michigan Podiatric Medical Association, Dearborn, Michigan, February 26, 2020.

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Congratulations to Steve Heil and Aimee Lipkis on their defense verdict in a podiatric medical malpractice case in Kane county. Steve and Aimee defended a Podiatric surgeon who fused an excessively large accessory navicular to the navicular. Plaintiff claimed that a modified Kidner procedure should have been performed instead and that it was a deviation from the standard of care for the doctor to fuse the accessory navicular. Plaintiff asked for over $772,000 from the jury.   He claimed that the fusion failed and he had to undergo a total flat foot reconstruction surgery that left him with constant pain, the inability to run, and the necessity for lifetime orthotics.

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On January 20, Dan Cray presented on the topic of “Flimflam of Life Care Plans” at The Gavel National Conference IV in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Dan CrayMike HuberSteve HeilRodney VanAusdal and Ben Beringer have been selected by Law & Politics (Chicago magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers magazine) as 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers.

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Zachary Shook has been selected by Chicago magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as a 2020 Rising Star.

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Dan Cray, Mike Huber, Steve Heil  and Ben Beringer have been named as Leading Lawyers for 2020 by Leading Lawyers magazine pursuant to the recommendation of their peers and approval by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board. The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

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Maura Yusof joins the newly established Cannabis Committee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), which aims to promote education on claims and litigation management relative to all aspects of the cannabis industry.

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Maura Yusof has been appointed to serve as a Hearing Officer for the City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commission (BACP), which hears a variety of business licensing matters.

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Aimee Lipkis has been appointed to serve a second term on the ISBA Tort Law Section Council from 2019-2020.