Rolf Kroll represented a local school facing a challenging array of Title VII allegations including accusations that despite receiving exemplary performance reviews, the Plaintiff was “regularly” and “continuously,” called a “bitch,” that publically and privately she was called “ditzy,” “stupid” and “flighty” and that she was ultimately terminated as a function of unlawful discrimination. Following a recent mediation at which the case was resolved, the Governance Committee Chairman for our defendant private school commented:
“Rolf, As I said at the end of our day of mediation, we (and our insurance carrier) were fortunate to have you as our counsel in this matter. Thank you for not only your expert handling of the negotiations that resulted in a successful settlement, but for the many hours of fact-finding and strategizing that preceded the “main event.” There’s an old saying that if you have 10 hours to chop down a tree, spend 9 hours sharpening your ax. I believe that sentiment aptly describes your handling of our case.”
After 12 years of protracted litigation in a complex defamation lawsuit involving a church, the church’s representative wrote:
Chris and Emily,
Thank you so much for all the help you have been to us over the years.
You have been thoughtful, careful and thorough in all your communications. We have appreciated all of your efforts on our behalf, and are grateful that this lawsuit has finally been resolved.
Our Scranton, PA, based colleague, Mark Sheridan, successfully negotiated the closure of a challenging motor vehicle case on the eve of a holiday weekend where the client would have been required to attend the court ordered arbitration. The client commented: “Mark – hallelujah!! Thanks so much – my weekend will be calmer. My only regret is that I don’t get to meet you – you have been very kind and professional with this matter and very efficient too!! Thanks again.”
At the conclusion of a 12 day trial in Philadelphia where his contractor client was ultimately dismissed, the supervising claim professional wrote:
“Fantastic job on this over two week long trial in liberal Philadelphia, PA CCP with serious injuries, a high demand and numerous parties. Thank you both for your hard work, long days and steady reporting throughout. Much appreciated. Have a great day.” The jury found the other defendants responsible and returned a 3 million dollar verdict for plaintiff.
Our partner, Glenn Ricketti, assumed from another firm the handling of the defense of a motor vehicle operator who allegedly fell asleep while driving, crossed the center line, then drove onto a sidewalk where he struck the pedestrian plaintiff who was propelled 30 feet into the air landing on her head, sustaining a closed head trauma with resulting memory loss, permanent double vision, a herniated disc and requiring shoulder surgery. A demand of $8,000,000 was presented against coverage limits of $11,000,000. Glenn received the file on the eve of trial. During trial the case resolved for just over $2,000,000 due to what the claim professional handling the matter described as Glenn’s “Magic” and his “… Relentless desire to deliver excellent results.”
After successfully concluding a trial with a challenging fact pattern, the insurance company claim professional commented regarding our Philadelphia partner, Glenn Ricketti, as follows:
“Glenn, just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work on the above. You continue to amaze with your ability to assume the defense on matters involving complex issues and high dollar exposures and quickly assess the situation, provide detailed reporting and recommendations and then proceeded to carry out the necessary work to bring the matter to conclusion ether through negotiations and or trial. You showed these abilities in your handling of the above, again resulting in an excellent outcome. Thanks again.”
“I want to say how pleased I am with the results. Your advice and counsel facilitated a speedy resolution which enabled me to be productive elsewhere, and that is, in my opinion, the absolute best scenario in any legal proceeding. Your recommendation for mediation and your expertise in the negotiation was extremely valuable and appreciated. It has been a great pleasure working with you. While you understand I hope to not need your services in the future, if I am ever in a legal situation again, I sincerely hope that you will be available to represent me.”
An expert witness who testified in a recent trial commented on Michael’s cross: “I must also say Mike, that although I have heard you before in court, your last several cross examinations were simply brilliant. If I ever find myself needing a lawyer to defend me I want you to be my lawyer…”
“I cannot begin to thank you enough. Your dogged determination on our behalf was self evident and never ending. It was a pleasure to have worked with you for this truly remarkable outcome. I sincerely hope our paths cross again under different circumstances.”
A mediator comment following Michael’s efforts in resolving the case: “Mike … one of the primary reasons the case settled so favorably for the defense was the Plaintiff’s attorney’s respect for you … So, I don’t want to overestimate my role as the mediator. I think it was the threat of a Badowski trial that had more to do with the settlement than any other one item.”