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1 Since 1950 Summer, Vol. XXXI $22 Million Verdict in Birth Trauma Case Geoffrey Fieger announced that on March 21, a jury in the courtroom of Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Ziolkowski rendered a $22 million verdict against the Detroit Medical Center and Hutzel Hospital for brain injuries suffered at birth by Chelsie Barker, age 15, of Detroit. It is believed to be the largest verdict this year. Hutzel Hospital sent Chelsie s mother, a Wayne County Jail detainee, out of the hospital despite the fact that she was in labor and about to give birth. The hospital ordered that she be sent back to jail in the middle of the night. Chelsie was born within an hour on the jail floor, but not before she suffered severe brain injuries. The testimony at trial showed that Chelsie s mom was dumped out of the hospital because a resident did not like that she was dressed in jail garb, Fieger said. Throughout the trial, Hutzel Hospital Geoffrey Fieger and its attorneys tried to blame the Wayne County Jail for its own malpractice. Hutzel s behavior at that time, and during trial, was reprehensible. Chelsie previously received a settlement from Wayne County of $8 million for a civil rights action that was filed on her behalf by Geoffrey in the United States Federal District Court. At trial, Chelsie was represented by Geoffrey Fieger. Birth Injury Verdicts and Settlements Fieger Law has won some of the largest birth trauma verdicts in the nation. $144 Million: Michigan $18.6 Million: Michigan $24 Million: Pennsylvania $30 Million: Ohio $30 Million: South Carolina $17 Million: West Virginia $8 Million: Mississippi $11 Million: Illinois Could your child s cerebral palsy or birth injury have been prevented? For a free legal consultation call BABY. Remember, if you don t stand for something, you end up standing for nothing. Geoffrey Fieger People approach Fieger Law all the time looking for help. We want to hear from you, and that s why we re making it easier than ever to contact us. We ve got a brand new website where you can fill out an online form and tell us about your case. Or, call our intake department for a free consultation. You re worth fighting for. From the Lion s Den

2 Attorneys GEOFFREY FIEGER Vanessa Kouloumberis-Haddad, legal asst. BOB GIROUX Samantha Cruz, paralegal Stephanie Stipanovich, asst. JAMES HARRINGTON IV Devin Berry, legal asst. Jennifer Freeman, paralegal Helen Joyner Michael Ratton E. Jason Blankenship Sima Patel Matthew Klakulak Caroline Whittemore James Craig Terry Dawes Kenneth Letherwood Robert Heston Craig Romanzi Reema Samman Gary Felty Chris Collis Michaelene Sowinski Brian Craigo Jack Beam, of counsel Barry Fayne, of counsel Leon Weiss, of counsel Office Manager Wanda Lovelace Receptionists Jennine Barb Paralegals Dave Savageau Sharon Armstead Rebecca Illson Michelle Thomas Kevin Peurasaari Amanda Allen Myra Manalo Danielle Dezbor Ashley Glassner Legal Assistants Kristine A. Gnagey Vera Botz Deidra Moss Margaret Kitchen Marlena Habel Judith Elias Denise Rieck Nicole Soulsby Kalee Houle Greg Benjamin Jury Consultant Suzen Oliver Courier Supervisor Anna Trimble Bookkeeping Georgia Banyai Ann Marie Keith Project Mgr. Jeff Cope Building Mgr. John Messmer Information Systems Mgrs. Eric Donahue Couriers Alexis Farion Robbie Mills Intake Department Justin Fisher Mallory Skoczylas Shannon Hollie Erin Burchill Kevin Otuome In Memoriam Bernard Fieger June Fieger Jeremiah Kenney Tammy Reiss Mary Wilson Tom Baulch Helen Joyner was a partner and member of the law firm of Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz, as a personal injury/medical malpractice trial attorney for 20 years before coming to Fieger Law in Helen was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to its Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions in 2005, where she is responsible for drafting all of the instructions read to juries in every civil jury trial across the state. Helen is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating, which reflects the opinions of the bar and judiciary that she has the highest level of legal ability and professional ethics. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Helen was voted to the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan as published in the Detroit News Super Lawyer Section; she continues to be listed in the Michigan Super Lawyer Edition. Helen is also a certified SCUBA diver and certified sailor. Attorney Spotlight: Helen K. Joyner Million-Dollar Super Lawyer The practice of law is fun, competitive and rewarding, but presents the greatest test of self-control. Helen K. Joyner Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., 1983) Michigan Technological University (B.S., 1979) Member: State Bar of Michigan American Association for Justice Michigan Association for Justice Practice Areas: Personal Injury Medical Malpractice fiegerlaw.com

3 E. Jason Blankenship Legal Boxer Estate of Senior Pilot Alleges Negligence in the Air Fieger Law Attorney Geoffrey Fieger with the assistance of E. Jason Blankenship reached a $7.5 million settlement in a general negligence action against a co-pilot of a private aviation company involving a plane crash that led to the death of a senior pilot. Plaintiffs alleged that the plane crash was caused by the negligence of co-defendant junior pilot, who inadvertently stalled the aircraft, and then fought with the senior pilot for control of the aircraft. Plaintiffs asserted that the junior pilot had not been trained properly. The senior pilot suffered third-degree burns across 40 percent of his body. He died after spending two weeks in a burn unit in excruciating pain. Defendents argued that the accident was caused by the senior pilot. Michigan Lawyers Weekly The Conviction of Jack Kevorkian Geoffrey Fieger was featured prominently in an episode of the BBC World Service radio program Witness that aired March 27. In the program, which spotlights history as told by the people who were there, Fieger shared insights on his longtime client and assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Fieger defended Kevorkian through seven trials as prosecutors in Michigan tried to charge him with murder. In his eighth trial, Kevorkian broke from Fieger and insisted on representing himself. He was sentenced to years in prison, was released in 2007, and died in History will look very favorably on [Kevorkian] and very unfavorably on what they did to him, so in the end although it s little salve for the fact that he lost the last nine years of his life, he lost that battle but he will have won the war, Fieger says in the program. To hear the full documentary, The Conviction of Jack Kevorkian, visit Fieger Law on Facebook Mr. Fieger, may I say that you are so fine! I really like your style... thank you for believing in black history! Angie Stone A true hero to so many of us. Laurie d Ault It s Fieger Time! Michele Kotlarsky Thx... Geoffrey Fieger 4 helping me with my case. U R awesome! Audrey Bidwell You re the man. Okasha Rama The best there is. Cheryl Beyette Burtch Fieger Law saved my family! Anja Gojcaj Some postings are edited for spelling and grammar. Join the conversation: Facebook.com/FiegerLaw

4 Julian Boivin Names & Faces Fieger Law Sponsors Movie Night Benefit for Brain Cancer Research Fieger Law is a proud sponsor of the second-annual Julian Boivin Courage for Cures Foundation Movie Night. The free event, set for July 12 at Booth Park in Birmingham, raises funds for pediatric brain tumor research. Grab a picnic blanket or a couple chairs and bring the family for food, music, kids games and raffle prizes. The event will also feature live music starting at 7 p.m. along with face painting, clowns, balloon animals and giveaways leading up to a sundown showing of Madagascar. Donations are encouraged. The event is inspired by 5-year-old Julian Boivin of Bloomfield Hills who succumbed to a brainstem glioma in July, Learn more at CourageforCures.org. Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute Honors Long-Time Director Michigan State University College of Law honored John Pirich, director of the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, at a breakfast reception on April 17. The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute at MSU College of Law blends legal theory with hands-on legal training and emphasizes important ethical considerations involved in trial litigation. The institute was established in partnership with Geoffrey Fieger, a nationally renowned trial attorney and 1979 MSU Law College graduate. Professor Pirich this year stepped down as director of the Trial Practice Institute, a position he held since the program s creation 14 years ago. He also teaches courses in the rigorous, two-year certificate program, one of the most comprehensive trial practice programs in the nation. We look forward to honoring Professor Pirich for his years of service in building a cutting-edge trial training program that has provided students with exceptional opportunities, said Veronica Valentine McNally, 04, director of trial advocacy at MSU Law. Pirich is a partner at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, where he represents clients in insurance negotiations and coverage disputes, environmental permitting, compliance and administrative requirements, and commercial litigation. He was an assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan for three years and a member of a large regional law firm before joining Honigman. Pirich is an extremely experienced litigator, regularly arguing cases in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. He has been honored as Lawyer of the Year in The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law (2014), Lansing Corporate Law (2013), and Lansing Government Relations (2012). In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder as chair of the State of Michigan Board of Ethics after 11 years as a member. MSU College of Law Dean Joan W. Howarth (left), Director of Trial Advocacy Veronica Valentine McNally and John D. Pirich.

5 Fair and Just QUESTIONNAIRE situations but hope also has a way of keeping people immobilized when they might be much better off taking action. On what occasion do you lie? When it s obvious and I can laugh while I m doing it. Which living person do you most dislike? It s difficult to dislike someone you don t know, and everyone I come to know has at least one endearing thing about them that makes it impossible to dislike them. Now if you want to talk about behaviors Which talent would you most like to have? To speak any language fluently or master the piano. It s clear I am essentially too lazy to do either. What is your current state of mind? I am a full-time and forever resident in the State of Curiosity. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? A superpower energy to go strong 22 hours a day without sleep and never be tired or grumpy. There is just so much I want to do. Suzen Oliver Artist, Handwriting Analyst, Jury Consultant Jury Consultant Suzen Oliver has been part of the Fieger Law team since the first Oakland County trial of Jack Kevorkian almost 20 years ago. She was led to the firm through her unique use of handwriting analysis in the courtroom to evaluate personality traits and identify forgery. Here, the artist and mom shares insights on truffle pasta, the State of Curiosity and Hope with a capital H. What is your favorite color? Red-orange. It s the color of life, zeal and enthusiasm. What is your favorite song? Impossible to answer. If you saw my itunes library you would think it belonged to someone with multiple personalities. Hmmmm. What is your favorite restaurant? Casa Della Grande, just outside of Fiorenze. I still dream about the homemade Truffle Pasta. Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity? Gilda Radner and Lily Tomlin. Which trait in yourself do you most deplore? I wish I was more aggressive, but then I would probably have to answer What is your biggest regret? What trait do you most deplore in others? A belief that they are essentially better than someone else. What s your greatest extravagance? Time (and too much money) in my garden. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Hope. In mythology, Hope was the last evil creature to fly out of Pandora s box. Many think it is a virtue, and it may be in extreme What do you consider your greatest achievement? I am not sure I have any great achievements, but any time I learn something new, overcome a difficult challenge, change an erroneous thought or take a necessary action even though I may be scared, I m good with that. What is your most treasured possession? My freedom. Where would you most like to live? The Alps of Northern Italy. What do you most value in your friends? Humor my friends and family crack me up all the time. Who are your favorite writers? Dave Eggers or Jon Krakauer, but it changes all the time. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Offred, of The Handmaid s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Who is your hero in real life? When he was alive, my husband Max. He was kind, generous and had a strong moral compass that he was not in any way timid about backing up. His kids adored him. How would you like to die? Happy! If you were a speech part, what would you be? A verb. If you were a car, what kind would you be? A red-orange (of course) Audi TT. If you were food, what kind would you be? I am at the top of the food chain and prefer to stay that way. If you were an animal, what kind would you be? A wolf they appear to be independent and social, shy yet playful, beautiful but dangerous. If you were fine art, what form would you take? A constantly changing installation that involves form, color, light, music and explosives. What s your motto? People are more fun than anything.

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