From Lead Counsel: April 2019

From Lead Counsel: April 2019

Spring has finally arrived and the warm air and longer days have created a congenial atmosphere in our office. That congeniality is likely due in part to coming together and working hard to tackle several projects involved in mesothelioma cases. Our firm has had an amazing 60 days, seeing 4 mesothelioma cases through to their resolution after well over a year of work. These cases brought us to more towns than a Johnny Cash road tour, with depositions across the country in Piscataway, Muskegon, Pittsburgh, Boca Raton, Las Vegas, Chattanooga, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and many others. It was an exciting journey and satisfying to give our clients closure on a difficult chapter in their lives while watching our firm grow in the process.

Pushing four cases through the justice system required printing and filing thousands of pages of paper, hours of phone calls and scheduling, hundreds of hours reading and briefing legal issues, multiple hearings in front of an attentive judge, and the collaboration of attorneys and staff from both sides of the aisle. Every day I am reminded of the heavy responsibility of taking these cases on and the satisfaction of seeing them through.

In addition to working hard, we continue to participate in great causes outside of the office that give back to cancer research. This past month, we attended the Tickled Pink benefit raising money for women’s cancers. So far, they have raised over $2,000,000. The organization continues to inspire the next generation with philanthropy by throwing one of the hippest parties of the year.

Giving back to cancer research is woven into the fabric of our law firm. Last week we opened registration for our Meso Race for Justice on September 21, 2019. We hosted 70 runners at our inaugural run in 2018, and we are looking to double that number this year. We hope to double the amount of money we raise for the Mesothelioma Foundation as well.

Thank you for following us in our journey; please feel free to email us any questions or thoughts. I may even answer the question in our weekly “Ask VL” video session on Fridays. Also, make sure to sign up for the MRFJ run. If you’re my age, you can try to grab my first place title in the 40-45 age category!


Nicholas Vogelzang


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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