On February 4, 2019, Judge Rebecca Foley of the Circuit Court of McLean County, Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of a defendant-manufacturer of laundry equipment in Est. of Gerald Kessinger v. Honeywell International, et al. based on lack of causation under the Illinois Supreme Court's decision in Thacker v. UNR Indus., Inc. The plaintiff had alleged that the decedent, a 78-year-old laborer, was exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma while servicing Defendant’s laundry equipment. In support, the plaintiff pointed to testimony by the decedent’s sons, who testified that from 1970-78, the decedent had performed routine maintenance on washers and dryers at various laundromats in the McLean County area.
Defendant argued that even if the decedent could show that the component parts had contained encapsulated asbestos (and there was no such evidence in the record), there was no evidence that the decedent’s purported manipulation of those component parts had resulted in a release of respirable asbestos sufficient to satisfy the “frequency, regularity, and proximity” causation standard set forth by the Illinois Supreme Court in Thacker v. UNR Indus., Inc., and, more recently, McKinney v. Hobart Brothers Co. Specifically, the Court found that the plaintiff had failed to present evidence that the decedent had experienced any quantifiable exposure to asbestos from his work on the subject laundry equipment. Given this lack of causation, the court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant-manufacturer.
For additional information about this decision, please contact James Tomaska or Kate Ofenloch of Sinars Rollins LLC, who represented the defendant-manufacturer.
Sinars Rollins to Sponsor Perrin's Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference
Join us at the Beverly Hills Wilshire hotel from March 11-12, 2019. For information on the agenda, please click here.
National FETTI Annual Conference
Congratulations to our own James Kasper, Greta Lloyd and Senior Consultant at ESI Jason Babcock Ph.D., for a great presentation on the scientific literature regarding the safety of crumb-rubber artificial turf and the litigation that has arisen from the controversy.
Sinars Rollins to Sponsor and Participate at National FETTI Conference
inars Rollins will once again sponsor the National FETTI Annual Conference, which takes place September 26th to 28th in Chicago. The conference will cover a wide range of evolving environmental and toxic tort issues.
In addition, Sinars Rollins partner James Kasper and associate Greta Lloyd will present at this year's conference. James and Greta will be joined by Jason Babcock Ph.D., senior consultant at ESI, for their presentation "Is a Chemical Innocent Until Proven Guilty? The Artificial Turf Debate." They will address the recent debate involving crumb-rubber artificial turf, the scientific literature regarding the safety of this turf, and the litigation that has arisen from the controversy.
We was a proud sponsor of Perrin's National Asbestos Litigation Conference in San Francisco. The conference took place in October 2018. For more information, please click here.
Sinars Rollins Joined 2018 Race Judicata
Sinars Rollins participated in Race Judicata 2018, a 5k walk/run that benefitted the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. We had a great time hosting friends and family at the SR tent for food and drinks after the race.
Patrick Garvey and Matt Vlasman Join Sinars Rollins
Sinars Rollins has proudly welcomed two attorneys to the firm in the summer of 2018.
Patrick Garvey brings a wealth of defense experience to Sinars Rollins, having defended a wide variety of premises, product, and toxic tort liability claims throughout his career.
Matt Vlasman joins as an associate. Matt focuses on the defense of product liability and occupational injury claims.
Two Years in Business
Sinars Rollins celebrates its second year in business. A big thank you to all who have helped make this possible.
Adjusters Association of Chicago Golf Outing
Adjusters Association of Chicago Golf Outing at Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen, IL. Sinars Rollins sponsored the 6th Hole of the outing. The event is an opportunity to raise funds and give back to the community and for camaraderie among peers.
Sinars Rollins to Sponsor Filament Theatre Event
Sinars Rollins is excited to announce its sponsorship of Filament Theatre's Garden Party on July 12, 2018. Filament Theatre is a non-profit organization that creates theatrical programming, camps, and classes to inspire young people and their communities. The Garden Party will celebrate the Theatre and raise money for its causes. For additional information, please click here.
Sinars Rollins to Participate in Community Service Day with "Women Everywhere"
This June, the women of Sinars Rollins will volunteer for Community Service Day with Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project. This volunteer organization coordinates various activities in the Chicagoland area for women and children in need. For more information, please click here.
Sinars Rollins to Sponsor Make-A-Wish Illinois Women's Network Event
Sinars Rollins will proudly sponsor "Women, Wine & Wishes," an event where the Women's Network of Make-A-Wish Illinois annually honors women leaders in our community who have made an impact on local wishes. We hope you can join us for this fantastic event on June 20, 2018! For more information, please click here.
Partner Megan Slowikowski Speaks on Chicago Bar Association's "Women in the Law" Panel
Sinars Rollins partner Megan Slowikowski was recently one of four panelists at the Chicago Bar Association's "Standing Up and Out as Women in the Law" panel. Megan was joined by Rachel Johnson of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean of the DePaul College of Law, and Kristin Barnett, President of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. The panelists offered insights on how to empower women in the legal field and how to rise through the professional ranks in the competitive Chicago legal market.
Sinars Rollins a Sponsor of Annual Shamrock Scramble in St. Louis
Sinars Rollins is proud to sponsor this year's Shamrock Scramble in St. Louis, which will take place on March 24, 2018.
All proceeds from this charity golf event will help support various local families battling cancer and other diseases. For more information, or to help this cause, please contact Matt Fields.
Sinars Rollins to Sponsor Women's Bar Association of Illinois' 19th Annual Judicial Reception
Sinars Rollins will sponsor this Judicial Reception held by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) on March 1, 2018.
The event will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center and will honor Judge Clare Elizabeth McWilliams, Judge Terrence J. Lavin, and Judge Virginia M. Kendall. This annual reception honors the judiciary and provides guests an opportunity to meet and socialize with state and federal judges.
Sinars Rollins is excited to announce the opening of their new St. Louis office. The office is located at 800 Market Street, Suite 1550, in downtown St. Louis and is the firm's third, following locations in Chicago, Illinois and Edwardsville, Illinois. The new office is headed by veteran litigator Matthew Fields.
Sinars Rollins Welcomes New Partners Matthew Fields and Lew Miltenberger
Sinars Rollins is pleased to announce that Matthew Fields and Lew Miltenberger have joined the firm as partners. Matt will head Sinars Rollins' new St. Louis office while Lew is licensed in various states including Illinois, Missouri, and Texas. Matthew and Lew have tried numerous cases to verdict and bring decades of experience in a variety of areas to the firm.
For more information on our two newest partners, please visit their biographies.
Sinars Rollins Proud to Sponsor 2018 Perrin Asbestos Conference
Sinars Rollins is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor Perrin's Asbestos Litigation Conference. The conference will take place March 8-9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. For more information, please click here.
Sinars Rollins Welcomes Cary Press, Adam Rayford, Christa Pantaleoni, Cristina Mares, Paul Connery, and Thomas Hardiman
Sinars Rollins continues to grow, and proudly welcomes these new Associate Attorneys to our team.
Associate Kevin Horan Speaks at Chicago Bar Association
Sinars Rollins associate Kevin Horan recently presented to the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Career Assistance Committee. Horan and fellow presenter Ari Telisman of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission addressed emerging issues in attorney discipline and professional responsibility which face Illinois practitioners. The presentation, entitled “Staying Out of Trouble: How to Recognize and Confront Ethical Issues that Arise in the Legal Profession,” was offered as part of a series of continuing legal education seminars for CBA members. Attorneys and malpractice insurers should be aware of emerging trends in the regulation of the legal profession and how best to address the challenges of a constantly-evolving legal marketplace.
Sinars Rollins welcomes Kelly Olivier as an associate in September 2017. Kelly brings a diverse litigation background to the team.
SR Sponsored Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Litigation Conference
Sinars Rollins was a proud sponsor of Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook, which took place September 25-27, 2017 in San Francisco. For more information click here.
Sinars Rollins Participated in Race Judicata 2017
SR participated in Race Judicata on September 14, 2017. Race Judicata is a 5K Run/Walk benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, an organization of volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to low-income Chicagoans. Visit Race Judicata 2017
SR Continues to Expand with the Addition of New Partner, Anna Gonis O’Connor
Sinars Rollins is thrilled to announce that Anna Gonis O’Connor has joined the firm as a partner. Anna gained significant trial experience through her work as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Complex Litigation Section of the Civil Actions Bureau. She also served as a senior member of the national coordinating counsel for a Fortune 500 company, gaining experience in determining the best defense strategy for asbestos and other product liability claims
Sinars Rollins Welcomes Kevin Horan
We are pleased to announce that Kevin Horan joined our team as an associate in June 2017.
Kevin Sheehan Joins Our Team
Kevin Sheehan has become our newest associate on our growing team.
Yara Mroueh and K. Courtney Gustin Join Sinars Rollins
Sinars Rollins welcomes our newest associates Yara Mroueh and K. Courtney Gustin.
Sinars Rollins Welcomes a New Partner — James Kasper
James Kasper is the newest partner to join Sinars Rollins L.L.C.. With more than 13 years of trial experience, he has successfully defended numerous cases throughout Illinois and Indiana, on both the plaintiff and defense side.
Sinars Rollins Welcomes Tyler Lindberg and William Alzugaray
Sinars Rollins welcomes attorneys Tyler Lindberg and William Alzugaray as associates in March 2017.
Molly Bloem Joins Our Team
Sinars Rollins welcomed attorney Molly Bloem as an associate in February 2017.
SR Sponsors Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Conference
Sinars Rollins is a proud sponsor of Perrin Conferences' Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, which took place March 6-7, 2017 in Beverly Hills. For more information click here.
Sinars Rollins Welcomes Michael P. Murphy
SR welcomes Michael P. Murphy as an associate in January 2017.
Daniela Stojkova Joins Sinars Rollins
The entire team at Sinars Rollins is delighted to welcome Daniela Stojkova to the firm. Ms. Stojkova joins the firm as an associate, and will focus her practice on product liability, mass torts, and occupational injury claims, including asbestos personal injury litigation.
Sinars Rollins Welcomes Matthew McCarter
SR is pleased to welcome Matthew McCarter as an associate in September 2016.
SR Sponsors the National FETTI Annual Conference in Chicago
Sinars Rollins is a sponsor of The National FETTI Annual Conference which was held in Chicago on September 21-23, 2016. It is a world-class seminar covering a broad range of environmental and toxic tort issues. For more information click here
Jaclyn Kostich and Katelyn Ofenloch Join Sinars Rollins
Sinars Rollins welcomed Jaclyn Kostich and Katelyn Ofenloch as associates in Summer 2016.
Sinars Rollins Participated in Race Judicata 2016
SR participated in Race Judicata on September 15, 2016. Race Judicata is a 5K Run/Walk benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, an organization of volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to low-income Chicagoans. For more information click here.
SR Sponsors Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Litigation Conference
Sinars Rollins is a proud sponsor of Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook, which took place September 12-14, 2016 in San Francisco. For more information click here.
Sinars Rollins Attorneys Recognized as Emerging Lawyers
Law Bulletin's Leading Lawyers Division has identified Jim Rollins, Megan Slowikowski and Katie Griffin as Emerging Lawyers. They have been recognized by their peers as the top lawyers in Illinois who are age 40 or younger and have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced. This distinction is given to less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in Illinois.
Sinars Rollins Volunteers with Women Everywhere
In June, the women of Sinars Rollins volunteered for Community Service Day with Women Everywhere: Partners In Service Project, a volunteer collective in the Chicagoland area that coordinates activities on behalf of women and children in need. Sinars Rollins spent the day with GirlForward, a non-profit organization that provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities. For more information click here.
Sinars Rollins partners Owen Blood and John-Michael Porretta authored an article about the legal consequences of sports-related brain injuries. The article, which was published in the June 2016 Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 104 No. 6, is titled: “Litigating Sports Brain Injuries: The New Ball Game”. As sports-related concussions (and other brain injuries) become more of a public concern, the number of personal injury lawsuits filed by plaintiffs is sure to increase. Defense counsel and insurers should be familiar with all areas of this impending litigation including the science and potential defenses.
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