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 FIRM ACTIVITIES & DECISIONS OF INTEREST

On November 12, 2018, a law student trial team from The John Marshall Law School coached by Cray Huber’s Andrew R. Manno and Anthony M. Sam won the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition in Buffalo, New York.  Each year the University at Buffalo School of Law hosts one of the largest law school competitions in the country.  This year 32 law schools from across the country tried a fictional criminal case showcasing their trial advocacy skills.  Andy and Tony helped their law students learn the courtroom skills necessary to become national champions.

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On October 16, 2018, Anthony M. Sam secured a defense verdict in an auto accident case which resulted in a fatality.  Tony represented the driver of a passenger bus who was driving on a rural highway in central Illinois when he encountered black ice.  The driver was able to steer his vehicle from the roadway, through a median and ultimately came to rest alongside the highway arguably saving the lives of 26 passengers aboard the bus.  Unfortunately, a pedestrian was standing in the median on the poorly lit highway at night and he was struck and killed.  At trial, Tony demonstrated that there was nothing that the bus driver could do to avoid the accident given the black ice, poorly lit highway and unexpectedly encountering a pedestrian in the median roadway.

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On October 4, 2018, Mike Huber spoke at the Rush University Anesthesiology Department Risk Management CME Seminar on “Sound Medicine: The Impact of Communication in Healthcare.”

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In September 2018, the appellate department successfully convinced the First District Appellate Court to affirm the trial court’s grant of summary judgment for a Cray Huber client. In Sarna v. The Club, et al., the Court opined in a Rule 23 Order that where the plaintiff sustained injury due to standing in the path of an opening door, the defendant property owner did not owe a duty of reasonable care to the plaintiff because the risk of injury was open and obvious.   The Court further opined that once the plaintiff had exited the premises with notice that he would not be permitted to reenter, he was no longer a business invitee.

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On September 13, members of Cray Huber participated in the Race Judicata 5K run/walk presented by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.  Race Judicata is the only running event geared towards Chicago’s legal community with proceeds benefiting CVLS, which provides free legal services to Chicago’s poor and working poor families.

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Aimee Lipkis has been recognized as a 2018 Emerging Lawyer in Leading Lawyers magazine pursuant to her nomination by peer Leading Lawyers in Illinois.  The designation of Emerging Lawyer is reserved for attorneys fewer than 40 years of age and accounts for fewer than 2 percent of Illinois attorneys.  This is Aimee’s second year receiving this distinguishing designation.

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On August 31, The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel admitted Zachary Shook as a member.

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Cray Huber is a Corporate INTL Global Awards Winner for 2018 as a Catastrophic Loss Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Illinois.

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Aimee Lipkis has been appointed as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Section Council for 2018-2019.