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Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin is a regional law firm dedicated to the defense of litigated matters on behalf of corporations and insurance companies. Exceeding our clients’ expectations is at the core of the firm’s practices in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, fraud/SIU, governmental entities litigation, insurance defense, product liability, professional liability, restaurant & retail, toxic tort & environmental liability, trucking & railroad and workers’ compensation.

With six offices throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, we maintain strong local roots unique to each state, but we all share the same philosophy of delivering excellent service and superior responsiveness to our clients. The centralized structure of our multi-state partnership combines the advantages of extensive resources, expertise and technology along with our focus on providing personalized "concierge" service to each of our clients. Our philosophy is to identify what our client is expecting and then strive to exceed those expectations. Our success stems from our integrity in placing our clients’ interests above those of the law firm.

6/30/2014: Congratulations to Farmington Hills attorney Kevin Mulvaney for an outstanding result in a PIP/UM case in Wayne County. Plaintiff was seeking $79,000 in PIP benefits, and the full $20,000 UM policy. Kevin was dealing with a difficult attorney, but was able to find an unbelievable amount of pertinent information on the Plaintiff, including getting her employer to undermine her whole testimony as to why she was fired from her job. He argued the case evaluation hearing, and received a combined award of $3,000. After seeing what Kevin exposed, Plaintiff’s counsel withdrew. Kevin filed numerous motions to strike various aspects of her claim. His third-party threshold motion was granted. He also struck Plaintiff’s wage loss claim, and was awarded $9,000 in no-fault sanctions. The case settled for $1,000.

5/15/2014: Congratulation to Andy Ellbogen, a Partner in our Chicago office for an excellent verdict in an auto accident trial in McHenry County, IL. The Plaintiff was rear-ended and the insured admitted fault. The court barred the photos of the accident which showed minimal damage, removing key evidence from the jury consideration. Plaintiff had four live expert witnesses and Mr. Ellbogen cross examined them in an expert fashion. Plaintiff had specials of $45,000 and demanded $320,000 at the conclusion of the trial. The verdict was less than $20,000- a truly excellent result on a difficult and dangerous case.

5/2/2014: Congratulations to Orfej Najdeski, a Senior Attorney in our Indianapolis office for an outstanding verdict in an auto accident case in Hendricks County, IN. The Plaintiff filed a Complaint alleging our client was negligent in the configuration of a parking lot, which caused her to be struck by an SUV. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for approximately $800,000. After deliberations, the jury awarded the Plaintiff $60,000.

4/23/2014: Congratulations to Sheila Osei, an Associate in our Chicago office for her recent Cook County, IL premises liability victory for all the Defendants. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $3 million, but they awarded only $1,500.

4/8/2014: Congratulations to Crown Point Partner, Sheri Bradtke McNeil for a recent appellate victory. The plaintiff (employee of a subcontractor roofing company) filed a complaint alleging that the general contractor was negligent in failing to provide a safe worksite, to establish and implement a safety protocol, to inspect the worksite for hazards and safety code violations, to correct hazards and safety code violations, and to provide safety devices proximately causing plaintiff's injuries after he fell off a roof and sustained a broken pelvis. Summary Judgment was granted on behalf of the general contractor after the trial court ruled that it did not owe any duty of care to plaintiff under either a contractual or assumption of duty theory. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Summary Judgment finding that the designated evidence did not disclose an exception to the general rule that the principal is not responsible for the negligence of an independent contractor.

2/12/2014: Crown Point partner Shelice Tolbert was featured in an article in The Indiana Lawyer newspaper. Tolbert’s husband, Michael, was recently elected President of the Lake County Indiana Bar Association with Shelice being installed as Vice President. Shelice Tolbert is in line to lead the organization in two years. The article talks about their legal careers and deep involvement with the community. Click here to see the entire article.


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