News From The Firm
New Staff Member
Amber Gilliland has joined The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, LLC, as a legal intern for the summer of 2020 after completing her second year of law school at the University of Cincinnati.
Attorney Hosts State Trial Lawyers Annual PAC Leadership Breakfast
Attorney Richard Lewis hosted the annual PAC leadership breakfast at the Annual Convention of the Ohio Association for Justice (“OAJ”) held May 2nd in Columbus, Ohio. Lewis is the Chair of OAJ’s Legislative Committee. His special guest was Ohio State Senator, Matt Dolan, of Chagrin Falls.
Senator Dolan’s family owns and operates the Cleveland Indians baseball team. More importantly, for governmental affairs, however, is that Senator Dolan served on the Ohio House Appropriations Committee for three terms and now serves on the Ohio Senate Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committees are perhaps the most important committees in the two chambers of the Ohio Legislature because the Appropriations Committees set the State’s priorities by determining the State’s budget.
The annual breakfast is held in honor of all OAJ members who, by investing in the OAJ PAC, demonstrate their commitment to defend the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury through advocacy at the State House, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.
Christen Finley Elected Judge
LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT
Attorney Christen N. Finley, who has been an associate attorney of The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, Jackson, Ohio, since August 2009, was elected to serve as the first female Judge of the Lawrence County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court, in November 2018. Christen will be sworn in on December 21, 2018, by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy.
Richard Lewis and Suzanna King have been proud to work with Christen and wish her the best as she presides over the cases that come before her as Judge. Christen has been an effective and caring attorney for the clients of The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, who she has represented in the past nine years. Christen will be missed as a member of the legal team at the Lewis firm. Attorney Lewis believes Christen will be a wonderful public servant for the people of Lawrence County as one of their two Common Pleas Judges and he celebrates the fact that she is the first female Judge elected to that Court.
LEWIS NAMED CHAIR OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE BY OAJ
Attorney Richard M. Lewis of Jackson, Ohio was appointed to serve a second year as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Ohio Association of Justice. OAJ, as the association is known, is a statewide organization of trial attorneys. Its Legislative Committee reviews legislation proposed in the Ohio General Assembly which might affect OAJ’s members and their clients. The members of the committee and its chairperson analyze the legislative bills, write position papers on the bills, recommend policy positions about the proposed legislation to OAJ’s leadership, and sometimes provide testimony in the Ohio House and Senate concerning the proposed legislation.
Lewis is a member of the board of trustees of OAJ. OAJ has approximately 1250 attorney members whose law practices involve representing people injured by the negligence of others.
Attorney Lewis has a litigation based law practice serving clients in eight counties in southeastern Ohio on a regular basis. Lewis also represents clients in the federal courts sitting in Columbus and Cincinnati.
Richard M. Lewis has been appointed Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Ohio Association for Justice. The Ohio Association for Justice (“OAJ”) is a statewide organization of attorneys whose core mission is to advance the rights of its members’ clients at the Statehouse and before the Ohio Supreme Court. OAJ is vigilant in monitoring and reacting to proposed legislation that would impact its members’ practices and the legal rights of Ohioans.
The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee is responsible for identifying proposed new legislation expected to affect the clients of the attorneys who are members of OAJ. The Chairperson is responsible for assigning committee members to assist with analyzing the legislation and determining what should be done to support, modify, or oppose the legislation. The Chairperson works closely with the Executive Director of OAJ who is also its point person at the state house. Often times the Chairperson will arrange for attorneys or individuals who would be affected by the legislation to testify before the House or Senate Committee assigned to consider the legislation.
Attorney Lewis looks forward to the opportunities chairing this committee will present him to be personally engaged in the legislative process and most importantly to be of some help to the clients represented by the members of OAJ. Mr. Lewis expects the responsibilities of the position to require a significant amount of his time but he expects to add that time commitment to his current schedule rather than to reduce the time he spends on behalf of his own clients. Attorney Lewis looks forward to the experience and insight he expects to gain from this opportunity.
Attorney Lewis maintains an active regional law firm with offices at 295 Pearl St., Jackson, Ohio. Mr. Lewis is assisted in his law firm by two attorneys, Suzanna King and Christen Finley. The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis regularly practices in the courts of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton and the federal courts sitting in Columbus and Cincinnati.
New York Times Reports On Johnson & Johnson DePuy Orthopedics A.S.R. Hip Implants
On January 22, 2013, the New York Times reported that Johnson & Johnson conducted an analysis in 2011 which estimated its all-metal implant would fail within five years in nearly 40 percent of patients who received it according to newly disclosed court records. At the same time, Johnson & Johnson was performing its analysis, it was publicly playing down similar findings from a British implant registry about the device’s early failure rate.
According to the New York Times article, Johnson & Johnson’s analysis seems to suggest that the implant is likely to fail prematurely over the next four years in thousands more patients who received the hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics division.
About 7,000 lawsuits concerning the A.S.R. hip implant have been consolidated in a federal court in Ohio. About 93,000 patients worldwide received an A.S.R., about one-third of them in the United States.
If you received one of these implants, call The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis at 740-688-2164.
Attorney Richard Lewis will be one of the speakers in Cleveland to provide continuing legal education to other attorneys who attend the Winter Convention of the Ohio Association for Justice on Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16. Lewis’ presentation will be part of the insurance law classes. The convention will be held at the Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square.
Lewis’ law firm regularly provides legal services in Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton Counties and the United States Federal Courts in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. Practicing law with Lewis are attorneys Christen Finley of Lawrence County and Suzanna King of Athens County. Finley works on cases which involve family law including custody, divorce, dissolution, guardianships and probate estate. King works on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury, defective medical devices and drugs, insurance law and civil litigation.