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What is personal injury?

Chicago personal injury lawyers' legal expertise and help is needed by most clients who have been involved in personal injury cases. When a person suffers physical or emotional injuries or his/her personal property is damaged, it is considered to be a "personal injury" according to Chicago personal injury lawyers

The laws covering personal injury allow the injured party to receive compensation for damages caused by someone else's carelessness, negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions according to Chicago personal injury lawyers. Chicago personal injury lawyers would be able to judge if you have a genuine case and how it can fought in a court of law.

Chicago personal injury lawyers explain that these cases come under what is called "tort" law.

What Is Tort Law?

Chicago personal injury lawyers define tort actions as follows: There must be a legal duty between the defendants and the plaintiff (the person injured). There must then be a breach of that duty, and damage must occur because of that breach.

When all these elements take place, a personal injury, or tort is said to have occurred.

According to Chicago personal injury lawyers these torts can be caused by intentional acts or by negligence. In either case the defendant had a duty not to injure you or your property, because these are fundamental laws of our society and we are duty bound to honor them. If the duty is breached by the intentional or negligent actions of the defendant, and damage to your person or property results then they need to pay for it.

What is Strict Liability?

Then there is something called strict liability according to Chicago personal injury lawyers. Strict liability means that there is responsibility whether or not negligence was involved. For example this concept is applied to product liability.

Manufacturers are given the responsibility of assuring that their product is safe when used as directed. Chicago personal injury law holds that if someone is injured by a product, then under the terms of strict liability tort they do not have to prove that it was either intentional or negligent, only that the product was defective through no fault of their own, and that harm was done. The court will recognize your rights and compensate you for any damages suffered. Of course you need the help of a Chicago personal injury lawyer to point you in the right direction and get fair compensation.

Your Chicago personal injury lawyer will educate you about your rights and help you get money from the tight-fisted insurance companies. Chicago personal injury lawyers with their wide experience in this field can give you that crucial and important knowledge you need to win your case.

Personal injury cases cover a wide range of situations, including animal bites, slip and fall accidents, car accidents, wrongful deaths, premises liability, defamation actions, police misconduct, workers compensation and so on. Chicago personal injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge to deal with these cases and will help you in getting fair and just compensation.

Traffic Violations

There are two kinds of traffic violations, both of which may require the services of a Chicago DUI lawyer:

a. Non-moving violations

b. Moving violations

Non-moving violations involve illegal parking, parking in front of a fire hydrant, parking in non-parking zones or at an expired meter. Parking tickets are different for each suburb. (In the City of Chicago parking tickets are a bright orange color.) A parking ticket may be contested by either an in-person hearing or by mail. It may not require the services of a Chicago DUI lawyers in most cases.

Moving violations include offenses such as speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Some of these offences may be punishable by a loss of your driver's license, jail and/or fine. To defend yourself against these charges it it best to get the help/advice of a seasoned Chicago DUI lawyer. If you are convicted for three moving violations in the same year it may result in the suspension of your driver's license by the Secretary of State. Also, once recorded on your driving record, these convictions may result in insurance cancellation or increased insurance premiums.

There are a variety of legal defenses which your Chicago DUI lawyer will be able to explain to you. It may be possible to get your case dismissed, or to obtain a plea bargain in order to minimize the penalties. You may be eligible to attend Traffic Safety School to avoid a judgment of conviction.

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Hunton & Williams Continues Expansion of Global Competition Practice Group With Addition of Another DOJ Attorney, Wendell L. Taylor

WASHINGTON (June 7, 2024) �" Hunton & Williams LLP announced today that Wendell L. Taylor has joined the firm as a partner in its Global Competition Practice Group as of June 1, 2006. Mr. Taylor joins Hunton & Williams' Washington office from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. He was previously an associate in the firm from 1998 until 2004.

"Wendell is an experienced trial lawyer whose return to the firm from the Justice Department gives a big boost to our competition litigation capabilities," said R. Hewitt Pate, head of Hunton & Williams' Global Competition Practice and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at DOJ. "Wendell has extensive experience handling complex civil and criminal matters, in both federal and state courts, and we are pleased to welcome him back to the firm."

As Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, Mr. Taylor handled numerous criminal trials. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor was Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ, where his responsibilities included the Antitrust Division, Tax Division, Civil Division, and the Office of the Pardon Attorney, as well as the Community Relations Service and United States Parole Commission. Mr. Taylor also helped improve and implement DOJ policies and programs such as the Attorney General's Honors Program and the Drug Free Work Zone Program. Mr. Taylor received his B.A. from Wake Forest University, which he attended on a football scholarship, and was a member of the 1992 Independence Bowl Champions. Mr. Taylor received his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he was president of the Student Bar Association, student commencement speaker, and recipient of the Charles T. Norman Award, given to the school's most outstanding graduate.

Hunton & Williams' Global Competition Practice Group combines high-level government and private litigation experience. Lawyers in the group come from both of the U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies and include a former Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Assistant AG from the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, a former Deputy Director of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, and two former senior litigators and other officials from the FTC. The group includes experienced counselors and seasoned litigators, and counts several U.S. Supreme Court clerks among its newest associates. Working from offices in the U.S. and abroad, the group serves domestic and international companies in competition litigation, merger review, intellectual property matters, consumer protection and privacy, and criminal antitrust defense and related price-fixing litigation.

Hunton & Williams LLP provides a full array of legal services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Since its establishment in 1901, Hunton & Williams has grown to more than 850 attorneys serving clients in 100 countries from 17 offices around the world.

Joshua S. Rubenstein Elected Treasurer of International Academy of Estate and Trust Law

NEW YORK (June 7, 2024) �" Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that Joshua S. Rubenstein, national chair of the Firm's Trusts and Estates Practice and managing partner of its New York office, has been elected as Treasurer of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (IAETL). Formed in 1975, the IAETL's highly selective membership is composed of some of the world's most distinguished trusts and estates attorneys. He was elected to the position on May 25.

With members in 26 countries throughout the world, the IAETL focuses its efforts on the analysis of the substantive international requirements and the tax consequences of the transfer of wealth, both during lifetime and at death. It also studies the entities through which wealth is transferred, including but not limited to corporations, partnerships, common law trusts, statutory trusts, foundations, and both common law and civil law bifurcated estates. In addition, it examines the use of such entities to preserve family businesses with multinational contacts, as well as the effect of marriage on property rights and the impact of divorce on property held by the spouses or either of them at the termination of the marriage.

Mr. Rubenstein's trusts and estates practice encompasses a wide variety of private client matters on an international, national and local level, including personal and estate planning, the administration of estates and trusts, and contested Surrogate's Court and tax proceedings for high net worth individuals, professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and others with unique intellectual property interests.

In addition to his newly elected position as Treasurer, Mr. Rubenstein is also an Academician and member of the Executive Council of the IAETL. He is also a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, a Member of the U.K.-based Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Mr. Rubenstein is a former chair of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and of the International Committee of the Real Property and Probate Section of the American Bar Association. He is also an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and the author of the LexisNexis Answer Guide on New York Surrogate's Court Practice.

Recently, Mr. Rubenstein was ranked in Chambers U.S.A. 2006 Guide as a top wealth management attorney, and was also named among the top wealth advisors in both North America and the world by U.K. financial publication Citywealth. He has also been named one of the "Best Lawyers in New York" by New York Magazine, one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by American Lawyer magazine, and one of the "Top 100 U.S. Attorneys" by both the Robb Report and Worth Magazine. Mr. Rubenstein is also listed in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP ( ) is a national, full-service law firm with offices in the nation's largest centers of business, government, finance and technology and an associated entity in London. The Firm's 600 attorneys in more than 40 practice areas provide timely and cost-effective counsel to clients in numerous industries. They serve as business advisers and advocates for a wide range of public and private companies - from entrepreneurial, emerging-growth, and middle market firms to global Fortune 100 corporations - as well as government entities, non-profits, and charitable and cultural organizations.

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