10/25/2018: F&P Principals Randall and Goorevitz Present at USLAW Retail & Hospitality Exchange

F&P principals Bert Randall and Tamara Goorevitz presented at the USLAW Network Retail & Hospitality Exchange last Tuesday, October 23, in Chicago, Il.  Bert’s topic was “Managing Risk When Your Employee is the Aggressor” and Tamara’s was “Transportation Claims are Not Just for the Trucking Industry.”

The Retail & Hospitality Exchange is a highly interactive educational program that is specifically designed for corporate counsel, litigation managers, risk professionals and claims personnel to engage in dialogue with USLAW member attorneys and outside experts from a cross-section of jurisdictions, to focus on trending retail legal issues.  Attendees and industry stakeholders participate in roundtables, coming together for topic-specific discussions to learn more about the critical legal issues facing the industry.

10/15/2018: F&P Welcomes Six New Attorneys in Fall 2018

Franklin & Prokopik is proud to announce that six new attorneys have joined the firm this fall – four associates and one counsel in our Baltimore office and one associate in our Richmond office.

Simone Williams joins the Richmond office and will concentrate her practice in liability defense and trucking and transportation. Prior to F&P, Simone worked at a personal injury firm, handling wrongful death claims, automobile and trucking accidents and excessive force claims.

A former F&P employee, Natalie Johnson, has rejoined the firm as an associate concentrating in workers’ compensation and employers’ liability. She previously worked in our Baltimore office as a paralegal for five years before attending law school.

Adam Shareef  is adding to the firm’s liability defense and trucking and transportation team.  Adam previously served as a judicial clerk for the Maryland Court of Appeals and has experience working on cases involving toxic torts, asbestosis defense and personal injury.

Ali Manzoor comes to us as an associate attorney from McCabe, Weisberg & Conway. He concentrates his practice in liability defense and trucking and transportation. He has also served as corporate counsel for the Allegis Group.

Marni Sperling also joins the F&P liability team concentrating on liability defense and trucking and transportation. Prior to F&P, Marni served as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.

Timothy Coffman is counsel at F&P and brings 28 years of legal experience, concentrating his practice in workers’ compensation and employers’ liability. Before joining F&P, Tim was the senior associate at the Law Offices of Henry Holzman and Associates. He has additional experience in personal injury, social security and family law.


10/5/2018: F&P Employees Prepare Meals for Moveable Feast

On Tuesday, October 2, a group of F&P employees volunteered at Moveable Feast on Milton Avenue in Baltimore city. Moveable Feast provides care for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other terminal illness. They offer and deliver healthy meals and groceries while providing counseling and other services. While at Moveable Feast, our team prepared lunch kits and also prepped more than 700 pieces of fish and turkey to later be prepared for dinners. Moveable Feast then delivers these meals to people living with life-threatening conditions.

F&P would like to thank Moveable Feast for allowing us to be a part of their mission and to thank our employees for taking time out of their busy schedules to help feed Baltimore residents struggling with serious illnesses. To learn more about Moveable Feast, visit their website at www.mfeast.org.

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Moveable Feast Volunteer Day

10/1/2018: F&P Secures Defense Verdict in Prince George’s County MV Liability Trial

F&P attorney Imoh Akpan recently obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial in the case Simpson, Cheree v. Butch Lewis Truck Company in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. The case arose out of a February 26, 2016 motor vehicle accident that occurred in a traffic circle in Washington, D.C. The Plaintiff, Cheree Simpson (“Plaintiff”), sought damages for injuries she allegedly sustained when Defendant Butch Lewis Truck Company’s driver struck Plaintiff’s vehicle while both were maneuvering through the traffic circle. There was no evidence that the Defendant’s vehicle made contact with the body of Plaintiff’s vehicle; the minimal property damage (totaling less than $1,000) was limited to the passenger side mirror of her vehicle.  Although she did not report any injuries at the scene, Plaintiff sought medical treatment, beginning eight (8) days after the accident, alleging to have suffered injuries to her lower back. Plaintiff sought damages at trial for past medical expenses, past lost wages, and pain and suffering.

At trial, Mr. Akpan was able to show through effective cross-examination of Plaintiff and her medical experts that Plaintiff’s claimed injuries were unrelated to the subject accident. Mr. Akpan effectively highlighted the minimal property damage to Plaintiff’s vehicle, the low-impact nature if the accident, Plaintiff’s eight (8) day delay in seeking medical treatment, Plaintiff’s report of no injuries on the scene, and Plaintiff’s medical expert’s lack of knowledge of Plaintiff’s medical history, significantly undermining the expert’s causation opinion, to obtain a favorable result.

Following the close of evidence and closing arguments, the jury returned its verdict in favor of Defendant, finding Defendant was negligent in the operation of his vehicle, causing the subject accident, but that Defendant’s  negligence was not a proximate cause of Plaintiff’s claimed injuries.