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.
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.
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.
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.
On August 31, The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel admitted Zachary Shook as a member.
Cray Huber participated in the Communities That Care “Back-to-School” program. This program provides new backpacks and school supplies to low income students grade 1-8 who, with encouragement and inspiration, have the opportunity to start and stay in school.
On June 1, 2018, Aimee K. Lipkis was appointed to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Board. Her appointment represents a partnership with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Rauner Administration.
Cray Huber is a Corporate INTL Global Awards Winner for 2018 as a Catastrophic Loss Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Illinois.
Aimee Lipkis has been appointed as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Section Council for 2018-2019.
On February 12, 2018, Dan Cray presented at the IADC Mid-Year Meeting in La Quinta, CA on the topic of “Exit Strategies – Succession Planning with a Purpose.”