November 2018

November 2018

Hello again readers,

I hope you have settled into fall and have taken at least one trip to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch this month. We had a great kickoff to our October in San Francisco where I was honored to speak at the Perrin National Asbestos Conference. Linnsey Perrin hosted about 1,000 attendees from both sides of the bar, including asbestos judges from across the country.  The presentations ranged from analyzing statistics — such as the number of asbestos cases filed and their average verdicts — to a mock trial for a mesothelioma victim exposed to talc. It was very informative and I hope to be back next year.

There have been a couple of large verdicts in the news lately. The first was a $6 million verdict in Cook County on October 11 on behalf of a deceased mesothelioma plaintiff. He alleged exposure to asbestos-containing gaskets. In addition, there was a $43 million verdict in Boston on behalf of a lung cancer victim who sued asbestos companies and tobacco company RJ Reynolds. The jury found negligence and fraud on behalf of RJR.

In mid-October, associate attorney Wyatt Berkover completed the deposition of Donald Bergren. Mr. Bergren was diagnosed with mesothelioma in the spring of 2018. He is a Navy veteran that served a boiler tender stationed on the USS Mississinewa.  After his honorable discharge, he worked several jobs that exposed him to asbestos, including work at a foundry and a powerhouse.

In addition to Mr. Bergren’s deposition, associate attorney Michael Maienza completed the deposition of Mary Miller this month. She was also recently diagnosed with mesothelioma and worked for many years with asbestos-containing paper in her job at an automotive factory outside of Chicago.  She sanded the asbestos paper and also cleaned out waste paper kicking up dust for many years that she breathed in. Ms. Miller recently went through pleurectomy, wherein the pleura around the lung is removed to eliminate the cancer. She is currently convalescing from that procedure and everyone at Vogelzang Law wishes her a speedy recovery.

Our firm added a new state to its roster last week as I was sworn in to the Iowa bar by Supreme Court Judge Thomas Waterman.  The firm looks to expand through Michigan and Iowa over the next several years. In addition, I’ll be sworn into Wisconsin to kick off November.

I hope everyone had a happy Halloween. Our seven-year-old son went as a ninja for the second year in a row and joined hundreds of other kids in the neighborhood terrorizing the neighbors and forcing them to hand over candy for free.

See you next month,




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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