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Asbestos cases alleging take-home exposures have become increasingly more common. What used to be a somewhat infrequent exposure scenario has now become a significant part of caseloads throughout the country. How do we position these cases for success? By knowing the science related to these exposures and using that knowledge in the depositions of the plaintiff and the exposed worker.

We are pleased to announce that our colleague Melissa E. Graves has been named a 2016 Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law.” The selection criteria included commitment to excellence in the practice of law, inspiring and accomplished leadership in the profession, mentoring and significant contributions of time and effort to volunteer and pro bono activities. Graves is one of 30 distinguished lawyers who were chosen to receive this prestigious award.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Charles W. Wojno has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Liability practice group. An accomplished attorney with over 20 years of experience, Wojno concentrates his practice on general liability matters with a particular focus on first- and third-party no-fault litigation. Wojno also has significant experience handling personal injury and property damage claims.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Andrea M. Mannino has joined the firm’s Automobile Liability and Insurance Coverage practice groups. Ms. Mannino will focus her practice primarily on coverage litigation and first- and third-party automobile litigation, handling litigation from the discovery phase through trial. Ms. Mannino has extensive experience working with general liability, automotive litigation (primarily in the area of no-fault claims) and premises liability matters. Her experience also includes work with catastrophic claims and drafting coverage opinions.

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, CEF attorney David C. Anderson was sworn in as the 84th President of the Oakland County Bar Association. We are very proud to be associated with such a fine leader in the legal community, and we look forward to sharing his future accomplishments with all of you. Congratulations, David.

We’re pleased to announce that attorney Joshua N. Brekken has joined the firm’s Professional Liability practice group. While Brekken’s focus will be on the defense of professional liability claims, his experience spans several areas including civil and business litigation, employment law, family law, and municipal law. Brekken has litigated for individuals and businesses in contract and owner/member disputes, non-compete and other employment agreements, discrimination and other employment claims defense, loans/debt and business management, garnishment, and landlord/tenant disputes.

Attorneys Deborah A. Lujan and Kari L. Melkonian won summary disposition in favor of defendant party supply store in a premises liability action arising out of a trip and fall over a hanger. The Court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint against the store owner with prejudice finding that the hanger was an open and obvious hazard and thus no duty was owed to plaintiff under the circumstances.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is proud to announce that attorney Rick Braun, a member of the firm’s national Asbestos/Toxic Tort practice group, has been selected to receive the Oakland County Bar Association’s Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award. The award was established by the OCBA board of directors in memory of Frances R. Avadenka, the first female president of the Oakland County Bar Association, who passed away in 1987. Selected by members of the Avadenka family, this award recognizes an OCBA member who has made significant contributions to the community outside the legal profession.

Braun is known by his clients and his team as a dedicated, hard-working and talented attorney, but it’s his volunteer involvement outside of the firm that truly sets him apart.

Attorneys Kevin P. Moloughney and Scott J. Pawlak successfully obtained summary disposition in favor of a national pet store chain in a dog-bite case. The Court, agreeing with the defendant, found that Plaintiff’s claims failed because: 1) there was no precedent under either ordinary negligence or premises liability principles to impose a leash length requirement to protect customers from dogs owned by third parties, 2) there was no evidence that the pet store had prior knowledge of the dog’s vicious behavior, and 3) there was no evidence that the dog bite was created by the defendant’s active negligence. The Court also dismissed Plaintiff’s claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is proud to announce that firm founder Morton H. Collins has been selected to receive the Oakland County Bar Association’s Distinguished Career Achievement Award. The OCBA Distinguished Career Achievement Award was established in 2001 to recognize an attorney whose career exemplifies extraordinary achievement in the ideals of the profession throughout the active legal career of the recipient. The OCBA Distinguished Career Achievement Award will be presented to Mort Collins at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Oakland County Bar Association on June 2, 2016.