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Nicole Joseph-Windecker Receives MDTC’s 2023 Golden Gavel Award

Nicole Joseph-Windecker was recently honored as one of two 2023 recipients of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s (MDTC) Golden Gavel Award.The Golden Gavel Award is presented to a lawyer who has practiced law for 10 years or less and who, according to the MDTC, “exemplifies significant contribution to professionalism and courtesy in the practice of law and by promoting the image and honorabl

2023 Limitation on Noneconomic Damages

On January 31, 2023, the State of Michigan Department of Treasury published the 2023 limitations on noneconomic damages for claims alleging medical malpractice.  The “upper cap” is now adjusted to $960,500 (an increase of $73,000 from last year).  The “lower cap” is now adjusted to $537,900 (an increase of $40,900 from last year).Michigan has recognized limitations on the total amount of

FBMJ Announces Attorney Promotions

Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC is pleased to announce the promotion of attorney Stephanie A. Karisny to Associate Principal and Nicole Joseph-Windecker to Senior Associate. “Both Stephanie and Nicole have demonstrated exceptional talent and commitment to our clients. We are incredibly pleased to welcome them to their new positions and look forward to their continued success.”Karisny, p

Supreme Court Lowers Bar to Prove Agency, Increases Risk of Hospital Liability

In a 4-3 order published last week, a majority of the Michigan Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals (COA) decision such that a plaintiff can more easily establish ostensible agency – that a hospital is liable for the actions of a non-employed provider. A vehement dissent that included the Court’s chief justice said that the outcome of this easing of a medical malpractice plaintiff’s bur

New COA Opinions Today: Denney Damages Allowed in Certain Medical Malpractice Cases

In two published opinions released today, the Court of Appeals affirmed that plaintiffs in wrongful death medical malpractice cases can recover what have come to be known as Denney damages – the lost future earning capacity of the decedent. Such damages are recoverable when there is a sufficient evidentiary basis to estimate an accurate amount. These rulings mean medical malpractice defendants a

Lauren Rhoads to Join Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip as Associate Attorney

Congratulations to FBMJ’s Lauren Rhoads for successfully passing the Michigan Bar exam. Results were announced earlier this month. Lauren has been working as a full-time paralegal with the firm since October of 2021 in the medical-malpractice practice area.Rhoads is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law with a concentration in health law and received her Bachelor of Arts in Inte

Brian Whitelaw Recognized as “Go To Lawyer” for Medical Malpractice by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Foley, Baron, Metzger and Juip, PLLC is pleased to announce that Brian W. Whitelaw, a Partner with the firm, has been named one of 20 “Go To Lawyers” for medical malpractice law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.Now in its third year, the “Go To Lawyers” program recognizes lawyers in particular fields of law in Michigan. Whitelaw, along with other honorees, will be featured in a special section t

FBMJ Welcomes Attorney Suzanne Lewand

Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC is pleased to welcome Suzanne Lewand as a new attorney to the Firm. She joined the firm in August 2022 and will work in the firm’s Medical Malpractice practice group. Randall Juip, Member, made the announcement.Before joining FBMJ, Suzanne worked at two metro-Detroit law firms litigating first-and third-party insurance defense claims of auto negligence as w

FBMJ’s Brian Whitelaw & Anthony Pignotti Obtain No Cause Verdict in Kalamazoo County Case

Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip attorneys, Brian Whitelaw and Anthony Pignotti, were successful in obtaining a no cause of action verdict in a recent medical malpractice/wrongful death lawsuit in Kalamazoo County. The case involved a claim made against a FBMJ allergy and immunology client and professional corporation alleging malpractice in the administration of allergy immunotherapy to a 37-year

Julie M. Janeway Honored as MLW’s “Influential Women of Law,” 2022

Foley, Baron, Metzger and Juip, PLLC is proud to announce that our Senior Healthcare Counsel, Julie M. Janeway, has been selected as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Influential Women of Law” for 2022.  This distinction is awarded to women attorneys and judges for their excellent work on behalf of the justice system and their clients, their commitment to their communities and to the profes