October 2018

October 2018

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve enjoyed a beautiful summer. I’m looking forward to visiting several clients this fall in Michigan, which always provides spectacular views of the changing colors of fall. We’ve got two exciting cases coming up for trial in November. The first is James Thomas, a Local 17 insulator who passed away from lung cancer this year. We were able to videotape his testimony back in the spring of 2018 where he lays out all the different heavy asbestos exposures he endured during his working years. Several defendants have already settled, however negotiations have stalled out on a few other defendants. Thus, it will likely take a judge’s cajoling or a jury’s decision to reach a number that will fairly compensate Mr. Thomas.

In addition to a potential trial, we just finished a deposition of a lifelong electrician Larry DeHaven, and we are preparing for a deposition of Donald Bergren, who spent his life working as a boiler tender and motor repairman. Their jobs in the 1960s and 1970s put these men in frequent contact with asbestos and they both were diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Next week I’ll be speaking at a national asbestos conference in San Francisco, where both plaintiff and defense attorneys, as well as judges involved in asbestos litigation, get together to discuss relevant cases that are changing the way these lawsuits are litigated.

Finally, we had a fantastic fundraiser 5k run on 9/22/18. We raised over $5,000 for mesothelioma research and had 75 runners. I was lucky enough to finish first in my age group, and hopefully we can find a few more participants next year that can try to beat me to the finish line.


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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