1 Fieger Times spring_layout 1 6/18/15 10:23 AM Page 1 Since 1950 Summer Vol. XXXIII Fieger Continues Fight for Aiyana Fieger Law has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the ongoing battle to win justice for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year-old girl tragically killed during a police raid in May, On behalf of Aiyana s family, Geoffrey Fieger is suing Detroit Police Officers Joseph Weekley and Robert Rowe. The suit also names the Detroit Police Department, members of the department s Special Response Team, and the City of Detroit. The family is requesting a jury trial and damages of at least $7.5 million for violation of Aiyana s civil rights. There has been an intentional cover-up conspiracy to hide what happened. We know the truth. Geoffrey Fieger There was an obvious attempt to cover up the way Aiyana was killed, Geoff said. Aiyana was shot during a police raid being taped for A&E s The First 48. She was sleeping on the couch when the lawsuit alleges a flash-bang grenade was thrown through the window and Aiyana Stanley-Jones struck Aiyana before police blindly fired shots inside the home. There has been an intentional cover-up conspiracy to hide what happened Geoff says. We know the truth. Watch Fieger TV and get more Fieger Law news at Lawsuit for Worker Killed On the Job The family of a US Steel employee who was killed by a semitrailer has retained Fieger Law. Heather Warren, 41, of Inkster, died instantly when she was struck by the truck on April 18, which was backing up at the Great Lakes Works Cold Mill Shipping in Ecorse. Warren was helping another truck maneuver through the plant, when the accident occurred. It was a job she wasn t trained for, her sister Sheryl Warren said. She was spotting another truck, Warren said. The truck (that hit her) didn t have a spotter.... He decided to move on his own and he backed up. When he backed up - he didn t see her... She never made it to the hospital. The facility has had two other employee deaths since late One man was killed when a crane flipped over in April Another man died in December 2013 from smoke and soot inhalation after an explosion at the plant. Heather Warren From the Lionʼs Den You Know Me You probably think you have to know somebody to hire a great law firm. Well, you do know someone. Me. You know what I stand for. You know that I fight for my clients rights. Insurance companies, corporations and government are counting on you to hire a lawyer who will take any settlement they offer. But who will stand up for you when your life is on the line? I will. Geoffrey Nels Fieger
2 Fieger Times spring_layout 1 6/18/15 10:23 AM Page 2 Attorneys GEOFFREY FIEGER Vanessa Kouloumberis-Haddad, legal asst. JAMES HARRINGTON IV Devin Berry, legal asst. Helen Joyner Sima Patel Matthew Klakulak Caroline Whittemore James Craig Gary Felty Chris Collis Michaelene Sowinski April Nason David Dworetsky Evan Pappas Todd Weglarz Michael C. Lewis Brandon Abro James R. McCullen Sheldon Adelson Danielle Dezbor Miyone Williams Ray Garant Melanie Duda Jack Beam, of counsel Barry Fayne, of counsel Leon Weiss, of counsel Accounting/Office Manager Wanda Lovelace Receptionists Jennine Georgia Paralegals Dave Savageau Sharon Armstead Michelle Thomas Myra Manalo Ashley Glassner Lauren Hord Legal Assistants Kristine A. Gnagey Vera Botz Margaret Kitchen Marlena Habel Judith Elias Nicole Soulsby Linda Sugars Jenna Fanson Holly Evenson Courier Supervisor Anna Trimble Bookkeeping Ann Marie Keith Rae Wonch Project Mgr. Jeff Cope File Clerk/Closing Clerk Julia Reed Information Systems Mgrs. Eric Donahue Couriers Robbie Mills Alan Lossing Intake Department Justin Fisher Mallory Skoczylas Shannon Hollie Erin Burchill Chelsea Maralason Kasey Gammons Donny Aird Nancy Egan Janet Restrum In Memoriam Bernard Fieger June Fieger Jeremiah Kenney Tammy Reiss Mary Wilson Tom Baulch Sima Patel joined the appellate department at Fieger Law in 2011, after five years as a law clerk at the Michigan Supreme Court. Patel earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2002, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She graduated magna cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Work hard and be passionate about everything you do. There is no excuse for apathy in the fight for justice. Sima Patel During her law school career, Patel earned a number of academic awards and honors, including the Raymond Burr Award. Patel was also a Law Review Preemption and Screening Editor for two terms and served a judicial externship with Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver of the Michigan Supreme Court. Following graduation, Patel was offered a clerkship with Justice Weaver s chambers where she learned about the inner Attorney Spotlight: Sima Patel mechanics of Michigan s highest appellate court and utilized her excellent oral and written advocacy skills for the furtherance of justice. Patel is committed to the idea that all members of society deserve equal access to justice and protection of law. As an attorney at Fieger Law, Patel continues to fight for justice, and ensure that horrifically injured clients get the best representation possible against big corporations, insurance companies and governmental entities. Education: Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (J.D., 2005, magna cum laude) University of Colorado (B.A., 2002) Member: State Bar of Michigan United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit Michigan Association for Justice South Asian Bar Association of Michigan fiegerlaw.com
3 Fieger Times spring_layout 1 6/18/15 10:23 AM Page 3 Legal Briefs Operation Ground to Sky: Fieger Sues DTE Over Clear-Cut Trees BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. Geoffrey Fieger continues the fight over priceless trees clear cut by DTE contractors in Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township without permission from homeowners. They created a huge runway and just a strip of mud. We had a whole forest back there young trees, middleaged trees and old trees. They ripped out every bush, every piece of vegetation, every sapling, Gray said. Geoff says the trees were priceless. He has filed suits on behalf of several families totaling $54 million. Homeowners are outraged, Geoff said. DTE removed hundreds of century-old hardwood trees on their property as part of a secret campaign known as Ground to Sky that affected more than 20 residents in the area of luxury homes before the utility stopped the work at the behest of local officials. The $54 million figure was achieved because that s the amount that DTE was to pay the Davey Tree Expert Co. for removing the vegetation, much of which grew outside DTE s right-of-way and thus had tree crews trespassing on private property, Geoff said. The Detroit News reported that plaintiff Inge Gray of Bloomfield Township said DTE ruined her backyard. DTE ordered removal of dozens of hardwoods along Kensington Road without homeowner approval. Geoff Speaks at U of M Symposium DEARBORN, Mich. Geoffrey Fieger discussed recent cases of police misconduct during a Diversity and Justice symposium March 2 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences and Letters. He joined an esteemed panel that included Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Mark Fancher of the Michigan ACLU, and UM-Dearborn Sociology Professor Dr. Alford Young. They kicked off the three-day event by addressing the topic of Criminal Justice and Race. Geoff commented that the discussion on diversity and justice needs to be larger than a few well-publicized cases like Ferguson. The entire criminal justice system is at issue. Juries don t want to convict police officers because they fear the police will not respond when they need help, he said. Courts, particularly appellate courts where judges are appointed, are too political to be impartial. For appellate judges, political success means rubber stamping the previous court s decision, and for low-income defendants and victims, access to a capable and affordable attorney is limited if such access exists at all. Geoffrey Fieger with UofM s Dr. Martin Hershock (left) and Dr. Donald Shelton. The symposium coincided with Criminal Justice Month, and was moderated by UM-Dearborn Associate Professor of History Dr. Ahmad Rahman. Organizer Donald Shelton said he hopes the event will serve as a starting point for ongoing discussions.
4 Fieger Times spring_layout 1 6/18/15 10:23 AM Page 4 Photos We Can Print Right to Die? rchival photos of Super Lawyer Geoffrey Fieger and his famous client Dr. Jack Kevorkian from The New York Times recent Retro Report Right to Die?. Published March 23, the report includes an article and video detailing the history of assisted suicide in America. Visit nytimes.com to read the article in its entirety and watch the 15-minute documentary. A
5 Fieger Times spring_layout 1 6/18/15 10:23 AM Page 5 Fair and Just QUESTIONNAIRE Helen Joyner Million Dollar Advocate Long-time Fieger Law Attorney Helen Joyner is considered by her peers one of the top lawyers in the state. Beyond the courtroom, she has a taste for adventure. Here, the a certified SCUBA diver and sailor talks about her love of music, books, beaches and more. What is your favorite song? Mozart s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A (K. 622) What is your favorite restaurant? Wild Dog in Douglas, Mich. Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity? Geoff Fieger Where is your favorite place to be? Lake Michigan on the beach Which historical figure do you most identify with? Greta Garbo per a biography I just read about her. Which living person do you most admire? Hank Aaron Which trait in yourself do you most deplore? That I worry too much What trait do you most deplore in others? Dishonesty What s your greatest extravagance? My place near the beach What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Pride On what occasion do you lie? To avoid making another person feel bad about themselves Which living person do you most dislike? Boston Bomber What is your greatest regret? Not studying music in college When & where were you the happiest? On the beach Which talent would you most like to have? To play lead guitar as good as Steve Lukather What is your current state of mind? Thankful If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My age What do you consider your greatest achievement? Having had a loving, giving relationship with my parents What is your most treasured possession? My mom s last handwritten letter to me for my birthday before she died. Where would you most like to live? Saugatuck, Mich. What is your most marked characteristic? Sentimentality What do you most value in your friends? A sense of humor Who is your favorite writer? Beryl Markham Who is your favorite hero of fiction: I prefer non-fiction Who is your hero in real life: My parents If you were a speech part, what would you be? An adjective If you were a car, what kind would you be? A VW Van If you were food, what kind would you be? Macaroni and cheese If you were an animal, what kind would you be? Pekingnese If you were fine art, what form would you take? A concerto What s your motto? You can t take it with you! What s your favorite quote about the law? You can t throw a skunk in the jury box and tell them not to smell it!
6 Fieger Times spring_layout 1 6/18/15 10:23 AM Page 6 FIEGER LAW ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW WEST TEN MILE ROAD SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN RECEIVE THIS NEWSLETTER ONLINE. VISIT AND JOIN OUR LIST! PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Detroit MI Permit No 2761 GDW: Geoffrey Did What?...Won Michigan's Largest Verdict of 2015 $21 Million Geoffrey Fieger won $21 million against Oakwood Hospital as a result of doing a brain operation on the wrong patient and killing her. Bimla Nayyar, age 81, of Belleville, was hospitalized in January, 2012, for problems relating to a dislocation of her jaw. Oakwood Hospital claimed it mistakenly thought that Nayyar needed an immediate brain operation. Five holes were drilled into her head and the right side of her skull was sawed out. At that time, they realized that there was nothing wrong with her, but did not inform the family they had operated on the wrong patient. Nayyar lingered on life support for another 60 days until she died. "It's beyond comprehension," Geoff said.