News & Achievements
November 13, 2013: Brown & Kelly remembers Julia Roberts, our dear friend and colleague, who passed away one year ago today. Julia was an integral part of the Brown & Kelly family and we continue to mourn her loss. We will forever remember Julia and reflect on her spirit, dedication and personality. We are proud to remember that Julia loved her job, her friends at Brown & Kelly, and her many many friends in the asbestos litigation community. We take comfort in knowing that she will never be replaced nor forgotten.
On June 12, 2012, a jury in the Western District Federal Court awarded plaintiff Elijah Turley a twenty-five million dollar ($25,000,000.00) verdict. The lawsuit was commenced on behalf of Elijah Turley against ArcelorMittal in 2006 for Hostile Work Environment and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. Mr. Turley was represented by Donald B. Eppers and assisted by paralegal Rebecca E. Dingey of Brown & Kelly LLP.
The jury found a Hostile Work Environment existed along with Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. The plaintiff presented evidence of a work environment permeated by racial discrimination. Plaintiff argued the activities in question went beyond harassment and included such incidents as "KKK" graffiti repeatedly sprayed on the walls and a stuffed monkey with a noose around its neck hanging from the plaintiff’s vehicle.
Elijah Turley and his family are very pleased that justice was finally obtained. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the jury in this case.
Mentioned Attorney: Donald B. Eppers
Brown & Kelly has been awarded the Law Firm Commitment Award from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Western New York for its strong commitment to providing pro bono legal assistance.
Donald B. Eppers, William D. Harrington, Paul Michael Hassett, Kenneth A. Krajewski, and Andrew D. Merrick have been named Super Lawyers by New York Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 Upstate Edition. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a rigorous, multi-step selection process, which includes background and experience as well as peer review recommendation. The selection as a Super Lawyer is a great honor, not only because it recognizes outstanding achievement, but also because it is dependent upon the recommendation of peers.
Jessica J. Burgasser has been appointed Co-Vice Chair of the Social Media subcommittee at the Defense Research Institute.
Kenneth A. Krajewski will serve as the Buffalo Chair for the New York State Bar Association's program "Law School for Insurance Professionals" to be held in Buffalo on September 28, 2011. He will also speak on current auto liability and coverage issues at the Program when given in Albany on September 23, 2011.
Donald B. Eppers will speak on June 9, 2011 at the Erie Institute of Law program "Secrets of Successful Advocates in Mediation".