- April 28, 2017
MK&C Press Release
- March 20, 2017
MK&C Defeats Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Restore Asbestos Matter in NYCAL
- February 13, 2017
MK&C Defense Verdict in Benzene Case
- November 21, 2016
Kerryann Cook to Speak at Perrin’s New York Asbestos Litigation Conference
- October 26, 2016
MK&C Welcomes Derrick A. Grant
- October 26, 2016
MK&C Welcomes Thomas Faiella
- October 14, 2016
MK&C Welcomes Christopher M. Helsel
- September 14, 2016
Lunga Reappointed to Supreme Court Committee
- August 12, 2016
MK&C Welcomes Kevin E. Hoffman
- February 5, 2016
Kerryann Cook to Speak at Perrin’s “Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation” Conference
- February 5, 2016
Joel Clark & William Sanders to Speak at HarrisMartin’s New Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference
- January 22, 2016
MK&C Welcomes Morris R. Borea
- January 15, 2016
MK&C Welcomes M. Jacqueline Larkin
- January 8, 2016
MK&C Welcomes Trish L. Wilson
- November 6, 2015
MK&C to host Opening Cocktail Reception for Perrin Construction Defect Conference Nov. 18th
- October 21, 2015
MK&C Sponsors and Speaks at NJSBA Workshop 2015
- October 15, 2015
McGivney, Kluger & Cook’s Liability Defense Seminar
- October 2, 2015
Janna Nuzum to speak at the FETTI conference October 7 -9
- September 25, 2015
M&K Welcomes Thomas E. Emala
- September 4, 2015
M&K Welcomes Jason A. Null
- August 13, 2015
M&K Welcomes Armand C. Pace, Jr.
- July 23, 2015
M&K Welcomes Meagan E. Dean
- July 22, 2015
In Loving Memory of Brian Walsh
- June 12, 2015
M&K Welcomes Janna Nuzum
- June 9, 2015
Brian Walsh Fundraiser
- May 1, 2015
M&K Welcomes Marc B. Zingarini and Christopher J. Rubinate
- April 22, 2015
M&K Welcomes Peter C. Kennedy
- March 27, 2015
McGivney & Kluger, P.C. New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2015
- March 12, 2015
M&K Welcomes Marc J. Wisel
- February 12, 2015
M&K Welcomes Maria J. Ciccia
- January 21, 2015
MK&C Welcomes Sarah M. Kelly
- January 12, 2015
MK&C Welcomes Tamar Bakhbava
- January 8, 2015
MK&C Welcomes Sunil Tilak
- December 8, 2014
M&K Welcomes Jennifer Wheelock
- November 12, 2014
M&K Welcomes Michael V. Gilberti
- November 4, 2014
2014 McGivney & Kluger, P.C. Super Lawyers
- October 22, 2014
McGivney and Kluger, P.C. Trial Team Obtains Defense Verdict in Buffalo Asbestos Case
- September 19, 2014
Commercial Liability Defense Seminar, September 19, 2014
- September 2, 2014
M&K Welcomes Christopher Longo
- August 18, 2014
The Honorable Jeffrey B. Beacham, J.S.C.
- May 30, 2014
M&K Welcomes Erin N. Miter
- May 5, 2014
M&K Welcomes Emily R. Weisslitz
- March 14, 2014
M&K Welcomes James A Long
- March 10, 2014
M&K Welcomes Lisa M. Grubb
- February 21, 2014
M&K Welcomes Timothy P. Coon
- January 31, 2014
M&K Welcomes Wendy Kagan
- December 12, 2013
Gary Casimir Speaks at NYC conference
- November 22, 2013
- November 18, 2013
Giacumbo Reappointed to NJSC Committee
- October 31, 2013
2013 MK Super Lawyers
- October 23, 2013
Beacham Speaks at NJICLE
- October 8, 2013
Cook Presents at ACI Event
- September 27, 2013
Sanders Speaks on Expert Testimony
- September 6, 2013
Sunshine Joins Prestigious Inns of Court
- July 17, 2013
Gary Casimir Joins M&K as a NYC Partner
- March 20, 2013
New Partner Announcement
- December 5, 2012
NYC Women in Litigation & Business Conference
- September 27, 2012
Sanders Presents at NBI’s Newark, NJ Seminar
- September 18, 2012
Gernant Wins Chemical Exposure Case
- July 11, 2012
Cook and Wesselmann obtain MSJ in NYCAL for client Contractor
- June 27, 2012
M&K Attorneys named Super Lawyers
- May 31, 2012
MD law requires MSJ ruling for M&K Client Manufacturer
- January 31, 2012
Lunga selected as Top Trial Counsel
- January 18, 2012
Beacham victorious in petition before NJ Supreme Court
- December 20, 2011
Christmas Party at the Covenant House in Newark, NJ - Tuesday December 20, 2011
- November 4, 2011
No Cause – WaveRunner Accident
- October 26, 2011
Jeff Beacham selected by Chartis Insurance as one of their top ten Attorneys
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On April 17th the civil defense litigation firm McGivney & Kluger, P.C. elevated its partner Kerryann M. Cook to the masthead and the name of the firm became McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C.
Ms. Cook has been with the firm for 12 years and is the managing attorney for the firm's large New York City mass tort and class action litigation involving asbestos. In addition to those duties, Ms. Cook is also responsible for substantial national accounts and will now take a more active role in crafting strategy, negotiation and assisting in the managing of the firm's national asbestos litigation practice.
Our partner will continue to serve as a member of the New York City Asbestos Litigation Case Management Committee. As liaison counsel for active docket cases, she is also a member of the defense medical liaison group. Ms. Cook is a leader in the insurance defense arena; advising carriers of innovative methods of strategy and resolving matters for significant values. She has and will continue to be a guest lecturer on the subject of asbestos personal injury claims for the American Conference Institute (ACI), Defense Resource Institute (DRI), Harris Martin and Perrin Conferences.
Ms. Cook is not only savvy counsel for the insurance community but is passionate in her advocacy for equality. Ms. Cook founded the annual Women's Conference at Perrin Conferences for New York City in 2014, empowering and encouraging women to seek leadership roles in the field of litigation. The leadership series is regularly attended by members of the judiciary, insurance industry and private corporations to mentor and encourage young women as litigators and future decision makers at the executive level. She plans on continuing this annual event and will bring similar programs to other cities where the firm operates offices. A tireless advocate for the LBGTQ community, she will continue to serve in a leadership capacity as co-chair of New York's LGBT Center's annual Women's Event while serving as a member of the Center's Young Leader's Council.
McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of its trail blazing partner and will continue to expand its national reach by also announcing the opening of new offices in St. Louis, Missouri and Los Angeles, California as of May of 2017. The firm is at the forefront of developing new, innovative experts and will continue to zealously defend its clients whenever and wherever the need arises. With the elevation of Kerryann M. Cook and with the opening of new offices, the firm is poised to continue its growth as a leader in the defense of product liability actions throughout the country.
McGivney & Kluger & Cook, P.C., is a proven national civil defense firm dedicated to the representation of corporate and insurance clients and individuals. Their key practice areas include asbestos litigation, toxic torts/hazardous substances, construction defect, employment and general liability. Over time, the firm has grown from four attorneys in 1994 to a nationwide practice of approximately 100 lawyers serving clients coast to coast from our 11 locations, including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, California, Missouri and Florida. More information on the firm, its lawyers, offices and areas of practice can be found at its website, www.mkclaw.us.com.
On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, a Hudson County jury rendered a defense verdict in favor of Tilcon New York Inc. and ExxonMobil. Tilcon New York Inc. was represented by Robert Baum and Pooja Patel of McGivney, Kluger and Cook. Plaintiff, Mrs. Dawn McAdam, alleged that her husband, David McAdam, developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) as a result of work he performed for the Secaucus Department of Public Works (DPW) over the course of 22 years. Mr. McAdam worked as a laborer/driver from 1988 to 2010. He worked with gasoline, diesel, hot mix asphalt and tar, which his estate claimed exposed him to benzene, which led to the development of his AML. Mr. McAdam passed away in 2011 at the age of 53.
The Honorable Joseph Isabella presided over the five-week trial that began on January 3, 2017. Plaintiff presented testimony from three of Mr. McAdam’s coworkers who testified as to the type of work performed by laborers/drivers. The tasks included weed whacking, landscaping, filling potholes and road cracks, creating sidewalks, and recycling. They identified the sources of the gasoline, diesel, hot mix asphalt and tar used by the DPW, among which was hot mix asphalt manufactured by Tilcon New York Inc.
Plaintiff called Dr. Robert Laumbach and Dr. Steven Gore as their occupational and medical experts. Dr. Gore testified that Mr. McAdam worked with gasoline, diesel fuel and hot mix asphalt on a frequent, regular, and proximate basis, such that it substantially contributed to his development of AML. Dr. Gore testified that each and every molecule of benzene Mr. McAdam was exposed to, contributed to the development of the disease.
Dr. Laumbach expounded on the levels of exposure to benzene from the various products. As to hot mix asphalt, Dr. Laumbach conceded he was unable to quantify the amount of benzene exposure from same, however, he determined it was a substantial contributing factor nonetheless.
To establish economic loss, Plaintiff presented Dr. Leo Turcotte, who testified about the estate’s lost wage claim, fringe benefits loss and loss of services. Dr. Turcotte testified that the estate suffered a loss of up to $1,196,874.00 as a result of Mr. McAdam’s AML and subsequent death. Plaintiff also alleged that the medical costs for Mr. McAdam’s treatment were $1,156,413.13.
Mrs. McAdam and the couple’s daughter also testified about the type of man Mr. McAdam was, their relationship and his pain and suffering. Plaintiff even called Tilcon New York Inc.’s person most knowledgeable in their own case to establish a case against Tilcon New York Inc.
In addition to the Tilcon New York Inc. witness called by Plaintiff, Tilcon New York Inc. called the asphalt general manager to discuss what exactly hot mix asphalt is, how it is made, and the procedure for purchasing and picking up same. Tilcon New York Inc. also presented testimony from toxicologist Dr. Laura Green, who testified there is absolutely no literature linking hot mix asphalt work with the development of AML.
The jury of eight people was charged on February 7, 2017, and in a little over an hour rendered a verdict in favor of Defendants. The jury found in a vote of 8 to 0 that hot mix asphalt did not contribute to Mr. McAdam’s development of AML.
McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to announce that Mr. Grant has joined the firm as an Associate in MK&C's Florham Park, NJ, office.