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The Veen Firm Case Featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s Northern California Verdicts Section

July 2017

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters and Attorney David L. Winnett’s case Doe vs. Mazda was featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s Northern California Verdicts section. The case involved a high-speed traffic collision where a truck ran into Doe’s stopped Mazda Protege, causing the Mazda’s car seatback to collapse and fold in half on impact. This seatback failure caused serious and life-altering injuries to the plaintiff, and the jury returned a verdict in her favor on April 1, 2016 for $14.9 million.

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Internet Investigations for Effective Discovery: Alexandra Hamilton Authors Article in California Lawyer

July 2017

In her California Lawyer article "Internet Investigations for Effective Discovery," Attorney Alexandra Hamilton discusses the various online resources available to aid attorneys in discovery. For example, in a recent premises liability case, the defendant claimed a defective ramp existed when the defendant purchased the property in the 1970s; however, Google Earth photos revealed that the ramp was absent in satellite pictures before 2008.

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David L. Winnett Invited to Serve on the Board of Directors for the Marin School of the Arts Foundation

July 2017

Attorney David L. Winnett has accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Directors for the Marin School of the Arts (MSA) Foundation.

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Gagging on Gig-Economy Food Delivery: Steven Kronenberg Authors Article in Plaintiff Magazine

July 2017

In his Plaintiff magazine article "Gagging on Gig-Economy Food Delivery," Attorney Steven Kronenberg shares his thoughts on gig-economy food delivery companies’ attempts to classify workers as independent contractors and contract out of liability for third-party injuries. The gig-economy also leaves delivery drivers without traditional employment benefits, such as health insurance, overtime pay, and compensation for work-related injuries.

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Andje Medina Participates in American Association for Justice Women’s Lobby Days

July 2017

Attorney Andje Medina headed to Capitol Hill for American Association for Justice (AAJ) Women’s Lobby Days to lobby against the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 (HR1215). If passed, the bill would overrule state’s rights and protect negligent doctors, deficient nursing homes and Big Pharma from consumer’s claims. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi gave inspirational remarks to the group.

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The Veen Firm Trial Team Leaders Included in Best Lawyers® Business Edition

July 2017

Trial Team Leaders Anthony Label, Elinor Leary and Craig Peters were included in the summer 2017 issue of Best Lawyers® Business Edition for their plaintiffs’ work in personal injury litigation.

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Lawsuit Filed: "Strikeout" Sign Falls on Man’s Head, Resulting in Injuries

July 2017

Trial Team Leader Elinor Leary and Attorney Clifton Smoot filed a lawsuit on behalf of Alan Whitten against the Sacramento River Cats Baseball Club for negligence and product liability, alleging that employees of the River Cats Baseball Club were reckless and careless when placing a large metal "K" sign on the strikeout board. The sign fell, striking Alan and injuring him during a game.

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The Veen Firm Selected to 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

July 2017

Congratulations to attorneys Steven Kronenberg, Anthony Label, Kevin Lancaster, Elinor Leary, Craig Peters, Bill Veen and David Winnett for their inclusion on the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list for their work in personal injury matters. Additionally, Jeremy Cloyd, Alexandra Hamilton, Andje Medina, Clifton Smoot and Kimberly Wong were selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2017.

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How the Gig Economy Hurts Workers and Consumers: Andje Medina and Craig Peters Co-Author Article for Entrepreneur

July 2017

In their Entrepreneur article, Attorney Andje Medina and Trial Team Leader Craig Peters discuss the gig economy, how millennials are forgoing traditional employment securities for more flexible schedules, and these trends’ legal implications for employers.

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Craig Peters Selected to Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2017

June 2017

As published in Daily Journal, Attorney Craig Peters was selected to the publication’s Top Plaintiff Lawyers list in California recognizing his work in the case Doe vs. Mazda Motor of America Inc., in which he obtained a $14.9 million jury verdict last year. If affirmed on appeal, the case could change the automotive industry by improving standards for drivers in America.

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Daily Journal Interviews Craig Peters on Drug Companies’ Role in Opioid Crisis

June 2017

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters presents the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) webinar "Bad Faith in Personal Injury Cases," discussing how to turn a personal injury case into a bad faith case to ensure you have properly laid the groundwork so that your injured client has the best chance for a full recovery.

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Craig Peters Presents the CAOC Webinar "Bad Faith in Personal Injury Cases"

June 2017

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters presents the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) webinar "Bad Faith in Personal Injury Cases," discussing how to turn a personal injury case into a bad faith case to ensure you have properly laid the groundwork so that your injured client has the best chance for a full recovery.

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Cliff Smoot Named "Outstanding New Lawyer" by SFTLA New Lawyer Division

June 2017

We are happy to announce that Attorney Clifton Smoot has been named as an Outstanding New Lawyer by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) New Lawyers Division (NLD). Among his many accomplishments, Cliff was recognized for his outstanding work in the legal community, providing legal students with workshops that outlined different memorization methods to pass the bar.

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"I'm Sorry," Legally Speaking: Cliff Smoot Authors Ask the Expert Article

June 2017

Many people interpret "I'm sorry" as the same as admitting fault, but apologies can convey different meanings, from "I’m sorry this happened to you," to "I’m sorry because the accident was my fault." In his Organized Labor Ask the Expert article "‘I’m Sorry,’ Legally Speaking," Attorney Cliff Smoot discusses the complexities of apologies and how they can be used in the courtroom.

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Attorney Jeremy Cloyd Comments on Emma Zhou Case in San Francisco Chronicle

June 2017

Attorney Jeremy Cloyd was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle discussing his pending lawsuit against the City of San Francisco on behalf of Emma Zhou, who suffers from permanent paralysis below the waist after a 100-pound tree branch from a negligently pruned tree in Washington Square Park fell on top of her.

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Ghost Ship Fire Master Complaint Filed: The Veen Firm Represents Victim's Mother

May 2017

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, KGO and others, a master complaint was filed on behalf of the families and victims of the 2016 Oakland "Ghost Ship" warehouse fire that took the lives of 36 individuals. Attorneys worked collaboratively to file the lawsuit on behalf of 19 families against the building's owner, the primary leaseholder, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and others.

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The Veen Firm Supports San Francisco Bike Coalition’s Annual Bike-to-Work Day

May 2017

Our firm was proud to sponsor the San Francisco Bike Coalition Bike-to-Work Day event today! We had a great time discussing safety tips with fellow bicyclists of all levels, from first-time bike commuters to experienced riders. We even got the opportunity to snap a photo with San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Jane Kim. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our energizer station!

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When Sorry Isn’t Enough: Clifton Smoot Analyzes Courtroom Apologies for the Advocate

May 2017

Defendants may offer apologies in court, but plaintiffs’ attorneys should be wary of any attempts by defendants to say "sorry" on the stand. In his Advocate article "Defense Apologies at Trial: Sorry, but That Ship Has Sailed," Attorney Clifton Smoot explains that almost all courtroom apologies are "sham apologies," as they lack the five elements that every true apology should include.

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The Power Press Exception to Workers’ Comp: Andje Medina Authors Article in Plaintiff Magazine

May 2017

In her Plaintiff magazine article "The Power Press Exception to Workers’ Comp," Attorney Andje Medina provides an eight-point checklist to help identify if a client with a power press crush injury from a machine that lacked a point of operation guard has a civil remedy in addition to workers’ compensation.

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What’s New in Tort and Trial: Andje Medina Authors Article in The Gavel

April 2017

In her Gavel article "What’s New in Tort & Trial," Attorney Andje Medina discussed key takeaways that trial lawyers should glean from recent court decisions, including: changing the way attorneys handle the exclusion of witnesses, mental exams of children, unencumbered settlement checks and the coming-and-going rule.

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The Veen Firm Proudly Sponsors San Francisco Bike Coalition’s Bike-to-Work Day

April 2017

We are excited to announce our sponsorship with the San Francisco Bike Coalition’s Bike-to-Work Day event taking place on Thursday, May 11. We will be located at the Civic Center Energizer Station from 7:30-9:30AM to pass out free snacks, beverages and giveaways to anyone who pedals by!

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Keep Calm and Resist: Anthony Label Authors President’s Message in SFTLA’s Trial Lawyer Magazine

April 2017

Newly elected President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) and Trial Team Leader Anthony Label authored the President’s Message in Trial Lawyer magazine, discussing new legislation under the current administration, including the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.

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Elinor Leary and Andje Medina Featured in Best Lawyers® Women of Influence

April 2017

Trial Team Leader Elinor Leary and Attorney Andje Medina were named among Best Lawyers® Women of Influence for their plaintiffs’ work in personal injury litigation.

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Craig Peters Speaks with KQED on the Wildfire Gig Economy

April 2017

Last year’s Soberanes Fire, one of the largest wildfires in California history, claimed the life of a bulldozer operator and seriously injured a water tender driver who were hired as private contractors by Cal Fire. These incidents have sparked interest in the wildfire gig economy and the potentially deadly conditions workers face with few or no basic protections.

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Food Quality & Safety Interviews Steven Kronenberg on the New Food Safety Initiatives in China

April 2017

China’s recent food scandals have brought to light the country’s serious problems with food safety, which has negatively impacted consumer confidence. However, as discussed by Attorney Steven Kronenberg in Food Quality & Safety’s article "Walmart Invests in Food Safety for China," new efforts are being made to improve the country’s food safety standards.

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The Bomb in Your Backyard: Anthony Label Co-Authors Plaintiff Magazine Article

April 2017

The Plaintiff magazine article "The Bomb in Your Backyard," written by Trial Team Leader Anthony Label and Oliver Vallejo of The Vallejo Law Office, discusses the ongoing issues surrounding exploding pool filters, from causing serious injuries such as brain damage and even death, to the inexpensive fixes ignored by industry manufacturers.

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Andje Medina Selected to Daily Journal Top 40 Under 40

April 2017

As published in Daily Journal, Attorney Andje Medina was selected to the publication’s Top 40 Under 40 list recognizing her for her plaintiff’s work. The article highlights a 2016 case, Wright v. State of California, in which she obtained a $1.3 million jury verdict for a San Quentin State Prison correctional officer who lived in a state-owned apartment on the prison grounds and was injured on his way to work when a staircase collapsed.

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Sub Rosa on Your Side: Clifton Smoot Authors Article in Plaintiff Magazine

April 2017

In his Plaintiff magazine article "Sub Rosa on Your Side: Working with Private Investigators," Attorney Clifton Smoot interviews two private investigators (PIs) to discuss best practices for attorneys when enlisting their help to develop the facts of a case

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The Veen Firm Hosts UC Hastings’ Three-Part Seminar Series: How to Start and Build a Successful Firm

March 31, 2017

The Veen Firm is proud to host UC Hastings College of Law’s "How to Start and Build a Successful Firm" three-part seminar series led by Shanin Specter, a nationally renowned trial attorney. Over the course of three discussions, Shanin covers the business behind the operation of a law practice, including how to: pick cases, obtain the best cases, grow and build a firm, manage finances and work with other firms to build a reputation.

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Craig Peters Discusses Third Party Liability in Organized Labor’s Ask the Expert Article

March 23, 2017

When an employee is injured on the job, the employer's responsibility is only limited to workers' compensation. However, in Organized Labor's Ask the Expert article, Trial Team Leader Craig Peters discusses third party involvement in the case of a worker who was injured when he was climbing a fixed ladder that accessed the roof of the building he was working on.

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KQED Interviews Craig Peters on Worker Safety Issues During the Containment of the 2016 Soberanes Fire

March 20, 2017

After multiple employees were killed during the 82-day Soberanes Fire in 2016, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issued tens of thousands of dollars in fines against two private firms who were contracted by Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service to assist with containment efforts.

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Craig Peters Quoted in The Columbian on Amazon Flex App

March 19, 2017

The Amazon Flex app, a ride-hailing service that enlists drivers to pick up to-go food, groceries and parcels, has taken root in the Portland area. Although the app has opened up new avenues for on-demand drivers, it also presents the same challenges as others in the gig economy face. In The Columbian article "Vancouver Resident Embraces Delivery on Demand," Trial Team Leader Craig Peters to discuss how these employees are categorized as independent contractors in order to circumvent employee protections.

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The Veen Firm Attorneys Present at SFTLA’s Ski Seminar

March 17, 2017

Four Veen attorneys presented last weekend at the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) Tahoe Ski Seminar - Jeremy Cloyd, Andje Medina, Clifton Smoot and Kimberly Wong. The event was moderated and co-chaired by Anthony Label.

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A Primer on Premises Liability: Kimberly Wong Authors Article in California Lawyer

March 17, 2017

In her California Lawyer article "A Primer on Premises Liability," Attorney Kimberly Wong discusses the responsibilities of property ownership, including the significant legal responsibility of property owners and landlords regarding maintenance, repairs and protection of tenants and the public from injury.

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Congratulations to Our SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalists

March 13, 2017

The Veen Firm is pleased to announce that it is the first firm in the history of the award, to have two cases among the four finalists for the San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award

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Kevin Lancaster Honored with SFTLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

March 10, 2017

We are extremely proud to announce that Kevin Lancaster has been recognized for his years of advocacy and obtaining victories on behalf of injured employees, farm laborers, construction workers and undocumented immigrants. After having spent the last three decades at The Veen Firm pioneering issues in civil litigation and workers’ rights, Kevin has been honored with the SFTLA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Kimberly Wong Appointed as Chair Elect and Political Chair of the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Diversity Committee

March 10, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Wong has been appointed to serve as Chair Elect and Political Chair of the Consumer Attorneys of California's (CAOC) Diversity Committee for 2017.

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Steven Kronenberg Provides Tips on Preventing Pathogen Outbreaks in Pizza Today Article

March 10, 2017

In the Pizza Today article "Keep It Clean," Attorney Steven Kronenberg provides advice on how to prevent pathogen outbreaks, from effective hand sanitation policies to regularly monitoring food temperature.

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New Year, New Laws in California: Anthony Label Authors Article in Labor 411

March 6, 2017

In his Labor 411 article "Guns, Carseats, Lane-Splitting, Cell-phones and More: New California Laws You Need to Know," Trial Team Leader Anthony Label discusses the various new laws that went into effect this year.

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Craig Peters Discusses the Gig Economy in WorkersCompensation.com Article "When Getting the Gig Means Losing Workers’ Compensation"

March 6, 2017

In the WorkersCompensation.com article "When Getting the Gig Means Losing Workers’ Compensation," Trial Team Leader Craig Peters discusses the shift in the economy due to changing employer-employee relationships and its damaging effects on the pillars of our society. In the age of the Uber gig economy, the reoccurring issue of who is responsible for workers’ compensation is brought to light time and time again, with no definitive answer.

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Craig Peters Presents at the 2017 Consumer Attorneys of California Palm Springs Seminar on Personal Injury and Bad Faith

March 1, 2017

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters presents at the Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) Palm Springs Seminar discussing personal injury and bad faith. The conference is held at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA from March 3-5.

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Labor 411: Ask The Expert | Anthony Label

March 1, 2017

Happy New Year, we hope your holidays were safe and enjoyable. A number of new laws went into effect this year that may impact your work and personal life. Remember, employers often refuse to pay for traffic tickets or legal violations, even if you're on the job.

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Steven Kronenberg Interviewed by Food Quality & Safety Regarding the Internet of Things

February 28, 2017

In the article "Food Industry Unplugged," Food Quality & Safety interviewed Attorney Steven Kronenberg to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it pertains to the food industry. IoT connects the Internet to devices such as ovens and refrigerators, which allows food industry employees to record and monitor data.

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Lawsuit Filed: Liftgate Falls on Employee’s Foot, Resulting in Multiple Fracturesy

February 27, 2017

Elinor Leary and Clifton Smoot filed a lawsuit on behalf of Carlos Perezdeleon and his wife Elizabeth against Rush Truck Leasing and Maxon Lift Corporation for negligence, product liability and loss of consortium. The lawsuit alleges that Maxon Lift Corporation designed and manufactured a defective liftgate that was hazardous, and that Rush Truck Leasing failed to maintain the liftgate in a reasonably safe condition and failed to warn the plaintiff that the liftgate was not functioning. The liftgate fell on Carlos' foot, crushing it.

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Craig Peters and Steven Kronenberg Quoted in Food Dive Discussing Issues with the Gig Economy

February 24, 2017

In the article "The Gig Economy: Exciting Opportunities, Substantial Risk for Food Manufacturers," Food Dive interviews Trial Team Leader Craig Peters and Attorney Steven Kronenberg on issues with the gig economy, including economic safety, product quality and employee safety.

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The Veen Firm Named to San Francisco Business Times Top Law Firms List in the Greater Bay Area

February 9, 2017

As California’s leading personal injury law firm for more than 40 years, we are pleased to announce our inclusion on the 2017 San Francisco Business Times Top Law Firms list in the Greater Bay Area.

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Four Veen Attorneys Present at the 2017 Western Trial Lawyers Association Winter Conference

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

Founder William Veen and Attorneys Craig Peters, Anthony Label and Andje Medina present at the Western Trial Lawyers Association’s (WTLA) Winter Conference, held at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from February 2-4.

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Daily Journal Profiles The Veen Firm’s Growth and Creative Approach to Trying Cases

JANUARY 27, 2017

The Veen Firm, known for trying cases and taking on plaintiffs’ work, has been profiled in Daily Journal for its creativity and persistence in handling large personal injury, wrongful death and product liability cases that other firms turn down for being too complex.

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Reducing Premises Liability Exposure: Kimberly Wong Authors Daily Journal Article

JANUARY 25, 2017

In her Daily Journal article "Property Owners Should Know Duties to Reduce Premises Liability Exposure," Attorney Kimberly Wong discusses what property owners need to know regarding their legal responsibilities, good practices to maintain their property and their potential financial exposure if an injury occurs. She also explains the importance of owners taking proactive measures to prevent injuries on their property to avoid undesired litigation.

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The Passage of Senate Bill 482: Craig Peters Authors Daily Journal Article on Doctor Shopping

JANUARY 24, 2017

In the Daily Journal article "SB 482: Reining in Overprescription," Trial Attorney Craig Peters discusses the origins and passage of Senate Bill 482, which prevents patients from getting excessive prescriptions for narcotics by visiting multiple doctors. The battle began after Bob and Carmen Pack’s children were killed by a drug addict who recklessly drove her car while under the influence of opioids. The driver had obtained an excessive amount of prescription opioids though doctor shopping—the practice of visiting various doctors to acquire multiple prescriptions.

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The Veen Firm Files Complaint Against Whole Foods, Potrero Homeowners Association, and R. I. & 17TH, LLC for Hazardous Alarm System that Impaired a Man’s Hearing

JANUARY 24, 2017

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters, along with members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), recently traveled to Morocco to attend the opening ceremony of a new dormitory at Berber School, located at the base of the Atlas Mountains.

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The Veen Firm Files Lawsuit: Maintenance Throws Air Conditioner Fan & Motor Off Rooftop, Severely Injuring Resident

JANUARY 20, 2017

Trial Team Leader Elinor Leary and Attorney Alexandra Hamilton filed a lawsuit on behalf of Viktor Fedchuk for negligence against PSP Property Maintenance, whose employee allegedly threw a 20-pound industrial fan/motor from the rooftop, striking Viktor in the head and causing severe injuries. The lawsuit states that during the repair of a rooftop air conditioner, a PSP Property Maintenance employee recklessly threw the industrial fan/motor from the rooftop instead of safely lowering it to the ground. The industrial fan/motor landed on Viktor's head 25 feet below and resulted in serious head and neck injuries, which could have been prevented had the facility simply taken the proper steps to safely dispose of the air conditioning unit.

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