Trial Lawyers Giving Back

Law Firm Donates to Local Food Banks

Texas-based Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers donated $100,000 to food banks this spring in communities where its employees live and work.

“As a personal injury law firm, what we do is help people who are in a crisis,” said Kevin Glasheen, senior partner at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers. “In this case, that crisis isn’t an injury, but instead a need for food.”

Local food banks are almost always in need of donations, but now more so than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman’s $100,000 donation is broken down as follows:

“We have had a lot of success representing families across the region in catastrophic injury and death cases, so we are able to help,” said Glasheen.

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers is a regional personal injury law firm that focuses on cases involving catastrophic injuries and death, serving clients through West Texas and New Mexico with offices in Lubbock, Odessa, El Paso, Albuquerque, and Austin.

Posted on August 13, 2020 at 12:09 pm in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

On the COVID-19 Front Line

By Maureen Leddy –

Lewisville, Texas, attorney and AAJ member Colleen Carboy, whose first career was medical-surgical nursing, didn’t hesitate when she heard that hard-hit New York and New Jersey were suffering from health care worker shortages. With the support of her clients and opposing counsel, the sole practitioner put her cases on hold and reached out to a traveling nursing company to see how she could help. Carboy took a six-week assignment at a hospital in Englewood, N.J. The first few chaotic weeks were the toughest, Carboy said—resources were thin, and the nurses hardly had time to keep patients’ families updated. But Carboy, who just received AAJ’s Trial Lawyers Care award for 2020 for her efforts, was happy to help: “It would have been so much harder to stay home than to go and be busy during the crisis.”

Reprinted with permission of Trial® (August 2020). Copyright © 2020 American Association for Justice®, formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®),

Read more about AAJ members stepping up to protect their communities during this national crisis.

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 5:51 pm in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Lawyers Honoring COVID-19 Caregivers

As a plaintiff lawyer for over forty years, Clyde Bergstresser has typically brought cases against health care providers but also has developed a niche practice of representing physicians as “personal counsel” when others have sued them. Thus, he has forged many relationships with doctors and other clinicians.

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Clyde felt compelled to help healthcare workers risking their lives for us all. “I felt the need to honor their efforts and to say thank you in a way that could provide some support for those on the front lines fighting this deadly disease,” said Clyde.

Clyde first set out to investigate what was needed to help colleagues in medicine. The local legal community joined Clyde’s cause, including his partner Russ Pollock; Chris Duggan of Smith, Duggan, Buell & Rufo; former Boston College Law School classmates; distinguished trial lawyers Joan Lukey of Choate Hall & Stewart and Walter Prince of Prince Lobel Tye; retired Federal District Court Judge Nancy Gertner; and Jon Albano of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Retired Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall agreed to assist the cause as Honorary Chair of the Honorary Advisory Committee. Others joining the Honorary Advisory Committee included the President of Boston Medical Center, prominent Massachusetts physicians and lawyers, as well as representatives of the major Massachusetts medical professional liability insurers.

Initially, Clyde and his colleagues contacted Boston Medical Center, which has been on the front lines caring for individuals of color, a population disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Boston Medical Center had established an emergency fund for its staff, which was in dire need of additional funding.

They then reached out to Boston Emergency Medical Services, which has supplied the majority of first responders in the community during this crisis—with many describing their day-to-day work as like being in a war zone. Clearly, there was a great need for additional funding to help these brave men and women who need counseling and support.

Having identified the need and a way to honor their colleagues in medicine, Clyde and his colleagues created the charitable corporation, Lawyers Honoring COVID-19 Caregivers Inc. Please visit the website and support this worthy cause. Individuals can donate by clicking here or by mailing a check made out to “Lawyers Honoring COVID-19 Caregivers Inc.” to their treasurer, Chris Duggan, Esq., Smith Duggan, 55 Old Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA 01733.

Lawyers Honoring COVID-19 Caregivers Inc. has just started the ramping up of collections but wanted to quickly get relief to those in need. In the photo below, Clyde is presenting a check for $50,000 to Norman Stein, Senior Vice President of Boston Medical Center.

They are continuing efforts to spread word about Lawyers Honoring COVID-19 Caregivers Inc. to the legal community through various bar associations, professional societies and personal connections.

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 2:35 pm in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Lawyers United to Stop the Spread

Atlanta-based law firm Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC specializes in litigation to protect the public from dangerous medical products and inadequate medical care that threatens patient safety. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the firm immediately heard of healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers bravely confronting this disease without the necessary PPE to protect them.

In response, they began purchasing KN95 masks—in partnership with Georgia streetwear company LEX Apparel—and distributed them to healthcare providers in need. They then reached out to local law firms for additional donations and information about community needs.

The theme of their program is Lawyers United to Stop the Spread. “It was important to us to include credible defense firms in donation efforts to show that our mission sometimes goes beyond litigation and can include joint efforts with adversaries,” said partner Brandon Smith.

By including defense firms, they were able to create a level of comfort with healthcare entities that may have otherwise been uncomfortable reaching out to a plaintiff law firm for PPE. Several defense firms were eager to join the program with a donation, and all were encouraging and supportive.

A variety of firms and individuals have made generous donations to Lawyers United to Stop the Spread, and contributions continue to come in. The firm has dedicated staff to assist in coordination efforts and continues to cover costs and purchases not covered by donations. As a result, they have now distributed thousands of KN95 masks to numerous healthcare facilities and individual healthcare workers/first responders; and have expanded the program to offer face shields to those who need them.

If you are interested, you can join in and help as well. Any and all donations are appreciated. Please e-mail for details and include “PPE Donation Program” in the subject line.

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 6:02 pm in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Trial Lawyers Sponsor Meals for Local ER Rooms

The personal injury lawyers at Hurst Limontes LLC have always been there for their community in Indianapolis, and they have stepped up once again during the COVID-19 outbreak. Managing Partner Alex Limontes and lawyers at the practice have immediate family members fighting the coronavirus on the front lines in local emergency rooms across Central Indiana; and the firm decided they would do what they could to help.

Last week, the firm sponsored meals for dozens of ER staff and hospital personnel at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and Hancock Regional Hospital as they work long hours to help #flattenthecurve. The firm regularly works with doctors, nurses, and medical professionals obtaining important information regarding their clients’ injuries and treatment resulting from car accidents and other personal injury cases. They are honored to extend this small token of their appreciation to those healthcare workers on the front lines.

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 9:11 am in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Help Healthcare Workers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia trial lawyer Chris Stewart of Stewart Trial Attorneys recently founded The People vs. COVID-19, which uses donations to purchase food from local restaurants that, in turn, prepare and deliver the orders to medical professionals at the center of this crisis. Chris pitched the idea to AAJ member Jeb Butler, and the Butler Law Firm then signed up to this wonderful project.

“Nurses and doctors face many challenges as they work day and night to keep the community safe. There aren’t enough of them. They don’t have the masks they need. The hospitals and clinics that have called for ‘all hands on deck’ are even having trouble keeping their doctors and nurses fed,” said Chris Stewart.

Most people can’t train nurses or manufacture masks, but they can help feed healthcare workers. “The organization’s goal is to feed the people who are working to keep us all safe, and help local businesses at the same time,” explained Jeb Butler.

The People vs. COVID-19 wants its donors to spread the word, and the positive vibe, by posting on social media using #thePeoplevsCOVID19. The organization’s goal is to have the names of all donors scrolling across the bottom of the webpage. When a donor’s name scrolls across the screen, the donor will take a screenshot that he or she can share on social media. That helps to spread the word about the need to feed nurses and doctors, the need to support local restaurants, and The People vs. COVID-19.

To contribute to this worthy cause, visit the website and click the link in the top-right of the page.

Posted on April 15, 2020 at 4:09 pm in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Trial Lawyers Stepping Up in a Time of Need

When Los Angeles Unified School District began talking about closures (due to the COVID-19 outbreak), the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) Emergency Committee immediately reached out to partner charities that might need support providing meals to students dependent on school breakfasts and lunches. Within 24 hours, LATLC arranged an emergency grant ($10,000) to Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a network of charter schools where 93% of their students are low-income.

In addition to funds, LATLC provided 500 tote bags for the grab-and-go meals distributed at their hub location in Sun Valley (northern LA County). Taking extra precautions, LATLC’s wonderful executive director Lissa Zanville delivered the bags on her own!

The LATLC created its Community Emergency Committee following a discussion that took place during a Trial Lawyers Care Committee meeting at the AAJ 2018 Annual Convention.

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 11:19 am in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Operation Transformation

In Detroit, nine AAJ New Lawyers Division members volunteered with Life Remodeled—a non-profit organization devoted to the revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods. Along with lawyers and staff from Detroit-based firm Goodman Acker, they spent the day finishing renovations at the Durfee Innovation Society in May 2018. Tasks included lawn mowing, outdoor landscaping, painting, indoor and classroom cleanup, and moving wheel-barrows into a storage facility. This wonderful project has transformed a former elementary/middle school into a community innovation building focused on entrepreneurship, employment, and education.

The Durfee Innovation Society exists to create substantial and impactful opportunities for Detroit children, families, and single adults, while advancing collaboration among the eight major sectors (art, business, education, faith-based, government, human services, media, and philanthropy) in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs.

Since the renovations, the building has become a hub for existing and new non-profits and businesses to operate, share resources, and achieve a greater collective impact in the surrounding neighborhood, city of Detroit, and beyond. Our NLD members—Tiffany Ellis, Mara Essick, Kevin Tucker, Sidney Mosher, Dave Carney, Leslie Pescia, Kurt Zaner, Katie Hubbard, and Carla Aikens—truly made a lasting impact!


Posted on February 20, 2020 at 2:06 pm in Community Outreach, Featured, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Community Matters

The attorneys at McCoy, Hiestand & Smith take pride in serving their Kentucky community, not only by representing its residents during times of injury, but also by giving back throughout the year. Members of the firm regularly volunteer their time working alongside medical professionals with the non-profit organization Supplies Over Seas. SOS is a Medical Surplus Recovery Organization (MSRO) located in Louisville, Kentucky, that collects, sorts, and distributes unused medical supplies and equipment to countries in need around the globe. As volunteers, they sort and ready the supplies to be loaded onto shipping crates for transport abroad.

“Working on this project to help get unused medical resources where they’re needed is very rewarding. We plan to continue this tradition of assisting SOS for years to come,” says lawyer Jared Smith.

This year, McCoy, Hiestand & Smith, PLC, will participate in the local Young Leaders program, organized by the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce. The attorneys of MHS will welcome the students at the Circuit Court of Nelson County, Kentucky. They will educate the students about the legal world and what it takes to become a trial lawyer so that the students can gauge whether they want to pursue a career in the legal field.

Whether the project is big or small, McCoy, Hiestand & Smith enjoys working with its community and making it a better place.

Posted on November 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

Cherish a Local Treasure!

The personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC have always done everything they can to help their Indianapolis, Indiana, community.

On September 27, 2019, attorneys Chase Wilson and Charles Hubley teamed up with the Indianapolis Bar Association for their Yearly Indy Bar Day of Service sponsored by the Professionalism Committee.

Charles and Chase spent hours working hard to clear trails and clean up at Holiday Park in Indianapolis. After cleaning up and clearing popular walking and hiking trails, residents and park goers were pleased to see that it was a group of local lawyers who volunteered to clean up their local city park. Charles and Chase felt great (but a little sore!) afterwards knowing their contribution would improve someone else’s park experiences.

Holiday Park is a popular destination and community hub for many Indianapolis residents with a variety of outdoor activities for parents and their kids, including fantastic hiking and walking trails, playgrounds, and more. Thanks to generous volunteers like Charles and Chase, Indianapolis residents and visitors can enjoy this local treasure!

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 9:39 am in Community Outreach, General by Admin 2 - RSS 2.0

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