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Raising the Bar, Fall 2017
Raising the Bar, Fall 2017

Hupy and Abraham, S.C., personal injury law firm, announced that firm president and National Trial Lawyers member Michael Hupy has developed a unique long-term fellowship involving Marquette University Law School students. The five-year commitment will support students in the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) and will act as an important resource for the continuity of the fellowship program.

PILS is a student-run organization committed to creating opportunities for students intending to dedicate themselves to providing assistance to those who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal system. The Michael F. Hupy Fellowship will allow one student to be placed at the Milwaukee Justice Center (MJC). Additionally, the fellowship enables students to contribute an entire summer to public interest legal work in local and global communities.

The Milwaukee Justice Center strives to provide legal aid for persons who do not qualify for government-issued services and cannot afford an attorney. The center is a combined partnership between the Milwaukee Bar Association, Marquette University Law School and Milwaukee County.

A principal benefactor of the MJC, Attorney Michael Hupy has said, “The legal profession exists for the benefit of the public. I am very proud of the contributions of the Milwaukee Justice Center volunteers who provide legal services to those who would otherwise not have access to it and am happy to be able to help. I am proud to support these students dedicated to working for the common good.”

Hupy and Abraham, S.C. also partners with several other legal nonprofits that work to provide free and/or low-cost services to those in need.

National Trial Lawyers member Brian G. Miller of Brian G. Miller Co., LPA in Columbus, Ohio recently won a $34 million verdict in a lawsuit with energy provider FirstEnergy, et al. On June 29, a jury in the Union County Court of Common Pleas found in favor of Miller’s client, Lisa Jones, who sued the utility over its response to a downed power line. The jury found that the defendant electric companies fell below the ordinary standard of care with respect to their response to an emergency situation on July 13, 2012 involving their downed electrical line. As a result, transfer of the injured plaintiff to a hospital was delayed and necessary surgery was also delayed. Because of the delay, the Ms. Jones’ heart stopped and the flow of blood and oxygen to her brain also stopped. As a result, she suffered an anoxic brain injury and has been left in a permanently disabled state unable to care for herself or her child. Plaintiff has approximately $9.7M worth of future care according to her life care plan, necessitated by her condition and she has suffered an income loss of approximately $3.6M. The jury also awarded $20M in noneconomic damages and $1M toward a consortium claim for Ms. Jones’ young child. The total verdict came to $34,317,636.00, and Judge David C. Faulkner presided over the trial.

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