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John Kassel participates on winning team in American Board of Trial Advocates program

John Kassel participates on winning team in American Board of Trial Advocates program John Kassel of Kassel McVey participated on the winning team in the ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) Masters in Trial Program at the University of South Carolina School of Law on February 3. ABOTA is an organization dedicated to preserving the right to a jury trial. Lawyers from across the state attend the annual ABOTA Masters in Trial Program live or by video conference, and gain Continuing Legal Education credits necessary to maintain their licenses. Each year this program takes an actual legal case and compresses the case into a one-day trial with closed-circuit viewing of the jury deliberation. This year’s case was a medical malpractice case alleging a failure to diagnose an impending heart attack.  →

Kassel McVey adopts new safe driving policy for our employees

Kassel McVey adopts new safe driving policy for our employees  →

Our December 2016 newsletter is online

Kassel McVey’s December 2016 newsletter, On the Plaintiff’s Side, is online with articles about two of our recent cases: How the manufacturer of a production machine failed to install a simple safeguard that could have prevented a serious injury to a worker in a plant in South Carolina; and The award by a jury of a $14 million verdict to the family of a worker who contracted cancer after working with asbestos in the Celanese plant in Spartanburg.  →

Elizabeth Moultrie makes presentation on case management techniques

Elizabeth Moultrie, senior paralegal at Kassel McVey, was invited by the Paralegal Education Institute to make a presentation on October 21, 2016. The seminar, held at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Northeast, was attended by 23 paralegals and one attorney from across South Carolina. Elizabeth discussed successful management of complex cases. The lessons included initial case management, information collection, drafting pleadings, and powerful discovery techniques.  This is the second seminar Elizabeth has been asked to present.    →

Theile McVey elected vice president of the South Carolina Association for Justice

Theile McVey elected vice president of the South Carolina Association for Justice Theile B. McVey of Kassel McVey has been elected this year as vice president of the South Carolina Association for  Justice, the premier organization of plaintiff trial lawyers in the state. The position is a great honor bestowed by her peers, fellow trial lawyers. The position is time intensive, requiring work on legislative priorities, membership and fundraising. In other news… Theile has been invited to speak in New Orleans on Mardi Gras to the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. AND!...Theile has been named a Super Lawyer for South Carolina in the area of personal injury law for 2016.  →

Dawn Michelle Staley receives Appleseed Advocate of the Year award

Dawn Michelle Staley receives Appleseed Advocate of the Year award Dawn Michelle Staley, University of South Carolina head women’s basketball coach, has been awarded the Clementa C. Pinckney Award for Justice from the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center. Coach Staley is one of the most decorated participants in U.S. women’s basketball history and is the founder and president of Innersole, a nonprofit organization in South Carolina that provides athletic gear to children from low-income families and helps them succeed academically. “It was an honor to meet Coach Staley and present her with the Appleseed Advocate of the Year award,” said John Kassel, partner with Kassel McVey and chairman of the board of South Carolina Appleseed.  “She embodies everything this award is about.” Some of our Kassel McVey family with Coach Dawn Staley at the Appleseed award banquet on November 4. From the left, are Hannah Moultrie, Liberty Moultrie, Elizabeth Moultrie, Tim Moultrie, Coach Staley, Wenni Chang, and Amanda Kaminer. During her basketball career, Coach Staley was Goodwill Games Most Valuable Player (1994), earned three Olympic Gold Medals (1996, 2000, and 2004), and received the U.S.A. Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Award (1994, 2004).  She is a seven-time all-star in the National Women’s Basketball Association, and was inducted into the […]  →

Elizabeth Moultrie to co-teach Trial Notebook webinar for paralegals

Elizabeth C. Moultrie, a paralegal with Kassel McVey, will co-teach a webinar called the Paralegal’s Guide to the Ultimate Trial Notebook, on November 13, from 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Eastern Time. The live audio webinar, sponsored by the National Business Institute (NBI), will qualify paralegals for continuing education credits. Many paralegals are familiar with the basic elements, structure and organizational techniques of a trial notebook. This webinar will show you how to create a powerful notebook that truly makes an impact on your attorney, the judge and the jury. The instruction includes preparing, troubleshooting, efficient organizational techniques, and computerized trial notebooks. Ms. Moultrie is a medical malpractice and elder abuse paralegal. She attended the University of South Carolina. She has worked as a personal injury paralegal for more than 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge in trial notebooks and troubleshooting from the courtroom.  She regularly attends trials with the attorneys from Kassel McVey.  →

John Kassel discusses transparency issues at SC Hospital Assn. conference

John Kassel discusses transparency issues at SC Hospital Assn. conference John Kassel participated in a panel discussion August 27 at the SC Hospital Association conference in Columbia discussing transparency issues and medical malpractice. Kassel was the sole plaintiff’s lawyer at a meeting of  hospital administrators, risk managers, claims adjusters and defense lawyers.   Kassel presented the following viewpoint during the panel discussion: The notion of transparency involves allowing for open and frank discussions within the hospital among personnel in order to investigate, without blame, why bad outcomes occurred and how they could have been prevented. The goal is to promote patient safety. If doctors, nurses and staff can talk freely without fear of discipline, then a better understanding of what happened can be achieved. That will enable systems to be designed to avoid repeat instances of the conduct that led to the bad outcomes. Transparency also involves frank discussions outside the hospital with patients and their families. It is this strategy which is often resisted by hospital administrators and defense counsel when medical malpractice is alleged or suspected to have occurred. The typical response to an injury occurring in the hospital is to withhold information from patients and families. The norm is a deny and defend strategy. Transparency seeks to include patients and families in an open […]  →

Kassel McVey seeking medical records in orthopedic injections case

John Kassel of Kassel McVey has been part of a working group of five lawyers representing patients who received serious infections after receiving orthopedic injections at University of South Carolina School of Medicine specialty clinics in 2012.  As reported in The State, at least seven people suffered painful symptoms of mycobacteria that lingered for months after receiving the injections. The patents have brought suit against the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for information the Department has collected about the injections.  The DHEC has refused to turn over the information to the legal group on a timely basis under the state’s freedom of information law.  →