• In Bryant v. Mezo, Carri Leininger obtained favorable opinion from the Fourth DCA recognizing the Plaintiff's failure to disclose prior medical treatment was fraud and justified dismissal of the Plaintiff's lawsuit.
  • Jim Williams intervened in complex construction/banking litigation on behalf of a local county obtaining a stay and potentially saving the county from a judgment that would have deprived the county of over a million dollars in collateral.
  • Lee Baggett and Jeff Cosby spoke at the Orlando Claims Conference on Exposing Financial Bias of Treating Doctors.
  • Carri Leininger obtains summary judgement for CGL carrier in coverage dispute arising out of a multi-million dollar construction defect case.
  • Jessica Gregory obtains summary judgment for Property Owners Association in ADA/FHA case.
  • Phil Wiseberg and Jim Williams obtain a defense verdict in an automobile negligence suit
  • Phil Wiseberg achieved dismissal of a federal copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of a local university
  • Carri Leininger wins appellate victory in controversial juror texting case, Murphy v.Roth
  • Carri Leininger achieved Board Certification in Appellate Law
  • Jim Williams succeeds with Palm Beach County jury returning defense verdict for half clients' pre-trial offer


Inappropriate Statements at Trail found to be grounds for Mistrial

Las Olas Holding Co. d/b/a Riverside Hotel v. Demella, No. 4D16-231, 2017 WL 3085329, at *2 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. July 19, 2017)

During opening and closing arguments in a wrongful death action, Plaintiff’s counsel made various inappropriate statements.

The law is clear, “[g]enerally, a mistrial or new trial should be granted only when counsel’s arguments are so inflammatory and prejudicial that they deny the opposing party a fair trial.” Bakery Assocs, Ltd. v. Rigaud, 906 So.2d 366, 367 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005) (quoting Maksad v. Kaskel, 832 So.2d 788, 793 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)

NY Ruling Limits Additional Insured Coverage Under General Liability Policies

NY Ruling Limits Additional Insured Coverage Under General Liability Policies
(Burlington Ins. Co. v. NYC Transit Auth., No. 57, 2017 WL 2427300 (N.Y. June 6, 2017))

On June 6, 2017, New York’s highest court ruled that a general liability policy Additional Insured (“AI”) endorsement, which contains language restricting liability for any bodily injury “caused, in whole or in part,” by the “acts or omissions” of the named insured, will only extends coverage to the AI when the damages are proximately caused by the named insured’s negligence.

Attorney Chris Waggener provides legal advice to homeless at Orlando outreach event

On April 9, attorney Chris Waggener volunteered at "He Got Up," an outreach event for the homeless at Camping World Stadium, also known as the Citrus Bowl. The event, hosted by the Orlando Serve Foundation, featured a resource fair identifying services, training, employment and job readiness for self-sustainably.

Local government leaders, agencies, business, non-profits and other local organizations provided aide and other resources to those attending. Volunteers provided a variety of services, from haircuts, to mammograms, free lunch, legal services and more.

Attorney Chioma Deere presents CLE on technology in law and cyber security

On January 20, Chioma Deere presented for the F. Malcom Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association on the topic of Legal Services in the Technology to a full house of 32 attorneys. The Continuing Legal Education course included how to handle electronic discovery, the efficient and effective use of technology in the practice of law, and cyber security topics.

Attorney Chris Connally and family runs 5Ks benefitting animal welfare here and abroad

In May, Chris Connally and his family ran in the Big Cat Race Series: Stacy Konwiser Save the Tigers 5K at Dreher Park and the Palm Beach Zoo.

With fewer than 250 Malayan tigers remaining in the wild, proceeds from the event support the Palm Beach Zoos partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society at Endau Rompin National Park in Malaysia. The organizations work to protect the tigers and their habitat.

"It would be a tremendous loss to see this beautiful animals decimated into extinction," Connally said.

State Farm v. Bowling, Case no. 2D10-1505 (2d DCA July 2011)

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY, Appellant, v. TWYMAN E. BOWLING and TERRY BOWLING, Appellees. 2nd District. Case No. 2D10-1505. Opinion filed July 8, 2011. Appeal from the Circuit Court for Hillsborough County; Sandra Taylor, Senior Judge, and Robert A. Foster, Jr., Judge. Anthony J. Russo and Ezequiel Lugo of Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, Tampa, and Mark S. Ramey of Ramey & Kampf, P.A., Tampa, for Appellant. Peter W. van den Boom, Bradford L. Stewart, and David F. Anderson of Frost van den Boom & Smith, P.A., Bartow, for Appellees.