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December 2018

December 2018

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you enjoyed your turkey and deep family discussions around the dinner table. We fled the country this year and spent time with my outlaws in Mexico, forgoing turkey for shrimp tacos and guacamole. It was a fun change and a nice treat to breathe some warm outdoor air while still spending great time with family. That being said, I can only wear a swimsuit and T-shirt for so many days, and I’m happy to be back at it. November was an extremely active month for Vogelzang Law. Our office space doubled in size as we added another 5,000 square feet to our beautiful office on Michigan Avenue. It was starting to get a bit cramped in the existing space, and everyone is happy to be done with the sound of drilling and pounding to go with our morning coffee.

As for our legal news of the month, we had a case up for trial on behalf of the estate of Ben Mulder. Mr. Mulder had passed from mesothelioma before anyone in our firm had a chance to meet him. However, he had some good friends and family members who were also co-workers; they were able to provide testimony as to what asbestos-containing products Ben worked around as a window glazier. His exposure included caulk and building panels, among other products. Although there were many depositions taken and a lot of hard work done leading up to the trial, Ben’s widow Jeanne was spared a trip to Court as we were able to resolve the case without the need for a judge or jury. All of the staff at VL that worked on the case were happy to obtain a good result for the family after almost two years of work, and Jeanne was happy to put it behind her and obtain closure on a difficult chapter in her life.

I also had the privilege of being sworn in to the Wisconsin Bar this past month, making me a licensed Wisconsin attorney. The application process lasted several months, including a very thorough background check. Luckily, I passed with flying colors and was rewarded with the opportunity to be sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Judge Anne Burke. Illinois and Wisconsin have reciprocity with each other and they allow an Illinois judge to swear in Wisconsin lawyers. I’m now a licensed attorney in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Illinois. I’ve been asked which state I’m headed to next, but for now I think I’ll let these new licensures settle in and figure that out in the new year.

Finally, a few of the VL staff had the chance to head up to the Great Lakes Naval Station for Thanksgiving this year and help prepare a big dinner for the fine young men and women stationed there for their basic training. We’ve had many clients who did their basic training at Great Lakes, and we thought it would be a cool way to honor all the veterans and future veterans of the Navy on Thanksgiving.

I hope everyone is looking forward to a lot of holiday parties and warm nights around the fire. Thanks for your continued support and readership; see you next month.

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Nicholas Vogelzang

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Nicholas Vogelzang has tried numerous asbestos lawsuits on behalf of families stricken with mesothelioma, in both Cook County and Madison County, Illinois. During one of his first trials on behalf of Roby Whittington in 2003, Mr. Vogelzang and his team received the most significant asbestos verdict in Illinois history at $250,000,000.Since then, he has represented more than 200 families with every imaginable type of asbestos exposure throughout the country, resulting in more than 200 million in settlements and verdicts. In 2017, he represented a variety of workers diagnosed with mesothelioma. His clients included: a bricklayer from US Steel; an insulator from Hooker Chemical; a laborer from Union Carbide; a sheet metal worker from John Deere; a plastic worker from Batts Plastics; two employees from Borg Warner; and a Local 130 Chicago union plumber. Nicholas takes pride in personally getting to know each family by working with them to determine the source of the asbestos exposure.His clients for 2018 include: a sheet metal worker; a chemical engineer from Allied Chemical; a TWA airplane mechanic; the mother and husband of a Local 597 Chicago pipefitter; a residential and commercial plumber; a window glazier; a Local 17 asbestos insulator; the wife of a John Jay High School maintenance worker; a pipe fitter that worked at Bethlehem Steel and later Kroger Dairy; and two steelworkers from US Steel.Mr. Vogelzang dedicates himself to his craft, regularly appearing in court on behalf of his clients to argue motions against Fortune 500 companies and their national counsel. He continues his dedication to his clients by working with bright young associates that assist in every aspect of the litigation.

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