Our Track Record

William LazarusWhen an engineering firm’s trial attorney demanded a new, considerably sweeter contract with his client before he would defend a $965,300 jury verdict on appeal, the firm I.A.E., Inc. hired William Lazarus to defend the City of Lake Station’s effort to overturn the award. In the fall of 2011, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the verdict in IAE’s favor, though it called for recalculation of interest due. (Lake Station v. I.A.E., 956 N.E.2d 86 (Ind.Ct.App. 2011) Lake Station then petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to take the case – a petition that I.A.E. opposed. After review of the briefs, the high court rejected Lake Station’s petition on April 25, 2012. (2012 Ind. Lexis 165) The case now will return to the trial court for determination of the final award and interest due.

In an Illinois personal injury case, Lazarus successfully appealed a summary judgment decision in favor of an insurer that sought to deny coverage. The case now is back in the trial court, where Lazarus and Chicago attorney Brian W. Coffman are seeking a judgment that will enforce coverage for their client Nola Wilson, who sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars of injuries in the crash.

Some of the highlights of Lazarus’ prior successes in law and journalism follow.

Law

Included among his’ many successes at his prior firm Kenneth J. Allen & Associates, Lazarus won his last three appeals with the firm. In Franciose v. Jones, 907 N.E.2d 139 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009), the court upheld a substantial jury verdict on behalf of KJA client Aaron Jones, rejecting defendants’ arguments on presentation of evidence, expert witnesses, and causation.  In Fitzpatrick v. Kenneth J. Allen & Assoc., 913 N.E.2d 255 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009), the court affirmed a large attorney’s fee judgment against an Illinois lawyer who sought to back out of his fee splitting agreement with KJA.  In Van Swol v. ISG Burns Harbor, LLC 910 N.E.2d 1289 (Ind. 2009), the court reversed the trial court’s dismissal of the case on grounds of the worker’s compensation bar. To see Lazarus’ briefs or portions of briefs for KJA in these matters, go to  “Writing Persuasively.”

Lazarus is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and its Amicus Curiae Committee. In 2010, he was honored with an ITLA William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award.  Lazarus has remained a member of the American Association for Justice  since his return to law in 2004. He also is a member of the Appellate Lawyers Association, an organization of Illinois attorneys who regularly practice in state and federal reviewing courts, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association and the South Suburban Bar Association.

Journalism

During 24 years as an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald, the Times of Northwest Indiana, the Alaska Advocate and other daily newspapers, Lazarus won more than thirty state, regional and national awards. To see details concerning many of these honors,  see Journalism Awards.

Van Swol v. ISG Burns Harbor, LLC, 910 N.E.2d 1289