Lead Counsel Nicholas Vogelzang
June 11, 2021 By Nicholas Vogelzang

From Lead Counsel: June 2021

Hello again everyone! I hope you are enjoying your spring and have been able to keep your calendar organized. Here at VL, as we affectionately call the firm, we are experiencing a springtime surge of activity. Attorneys and staff are returning to the office, in-person client visits have begun again and our workload seems to have doubled overnight.

To assist us with all of the exciting work, we hired a new attorney, Christian Luciano. Christian hails from Puerto Rico and is fluent in both Spanish and English. He also completed medical school before obtaining his law degree. We are all looking forward to working with him and are eager to incorporate his unique perspective on asbestos litigation. Additionally, we hired a new bankruptcy paralegal to assist us with filing claims with asbestos trusts. It continues to amaze me that we have grown to such an extent while working from home over the last year.

We are so excited to take part in our spring and summer golf outings. Mirela Kopier, our union liaison, is as busy as ever collaborating with our union brothers and sisters to raise money for various causes. We want union members to know we have their backs should they get sick due to asbestos exposure.

We have two cases up for trial this month. The first is on behalf of Mousa Zaatar. Mr. Zaatar is currently being treated for mesothelioma and was exposed to asbestos-containing talc and automotive brakes during his career. Additionally, we are representing the late James Golden’s estate. Mr. Golden’s life was cut far too short due to lung cancer. He was an insulator who removed asbestos as part of his job in the union. We are working hard for both of these families and hope to have good news for them very soon. While jury trials have not yet resumed in Chicago, judges are assisting in facilitating settlements when possible. If we cannot settle, we hope to try the cases live with a jury in the coming months.

We always appreciate the kind words from our partners, clients and colleagues as we all work together to obtain justice for our clients. It is these interactions and moments of positivity that keep us marching uphill to get the job done. I hope to see many of you on the golf course or in the office! See you soon!

~ Nicholas Vogelzang