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.