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November 2017
Partner Sean P. Murray has been recognized by his peers to be featured in the 24th addition of The Best Lawyers in America for his high caliber work in the area of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation. With this distinction, Mr. Murray now ranks among the top five percent of private practice attorneys nationwide, as determined by his peers. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 7.4 million confidential evaluations by other attorneys.

November 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray and Bekkerman is proud to announce that partner Sean P. Murray presented the coveted Thurgood Marshall award to Mr. Eric Whitaker at the U.S. Minority Contractors Association 26th Annual Gala on November 8, 2017. Thurgood Marshall was a legendary and groundbreaking civil rights attorney who went on to become one of the most influential Supreme Court justices in the history of the court. We congratulate Mr. Whitaker on receiving the USMCA’s highest award. TPMB is also proud to continue to sponsor the USMCA’s mission and to be a strategic partner with this great organization.

TPMB partner Gerald J. Bekkerman is proud to announce a $700,000.00 settlement for an over the road courier who was injured while driving in Ohio. While there, he was cut off by a driver towing a trailer park home, causing him to crash into a median. He sustained a fractured ankle which required surgery and has affected his ability to drive. His medical bills were just over $100,00.00. The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Illinois under diversity jurisdiction against an Indiana corporation. The issue of whether Ohio law and Ohio caps on non-economic damages of $350,000.00 applied to this case was disputed, which means this result is even more significant for the client.

Partner Sean Murray is proud to announce that he has obtained a $400,000.00 settlement plus a waiver of a $142,000.00 workers compensation lien for a 52 year old Local 393 Ironworker who injured his shoulder while attempting to move a glass window panel at a jobsite in unstable, muddy ground conditions. Our office alleged that the defendant General Contractor failed to provide safe ground conditions for the ironworkers to perform their work, resulting in our client having to work in unsafe, unstable conditions. Sean Murray and the other partners at Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman have over 75 years of experience in representing hard working men and women injured on the job and have been proud to represent ironworkers who have been injured on the job site due to the negligence of others.


October 2017
TPMB partner Marc Taxman, along with partner Gerald J. Bekkerman and associate Julie Pustilnik, are proud to announce that the office has finalized a $3 million dollar settlement for the estate of a man who died after a tracheostomy tube that was placed inside him became dislodged at a Chicago area hospital. This case involved a 70 year old, retired male ICU patient, who had been hospitalized in a Chicago Area Hospital since March 31, 2012 for acute necrotizing pancreatitis and was in kidney, cardio and respiratory failure. On April 12, 2012  he was given a Tracheotomy tube airway due to the respiratory failure. On April 15, 2012 when a nurse was turning him she claimed that she noticed the tracheostomy tube was broken. The tracheotomy tube became dislodged either because of it being pulled by the ventilator tubing or because it was broken and an airway emergency was called. The patient lost oxygen and suffered an irreparable anoxic brain injury leaving him in a vegetative state. Life support was removed and he died 2 days later on April 18, 2012. The Estate brought claims based on Hospital negligence for losing the airway and not re-establishing it timely and against the “Medical Device Manufacturer” based on a defective Tracheostomy tube. The decedent left his wife, who is now 70 years old, and an adult daughter, who now 35 years old. No wage loss or medical bills. The case settled after a jury trial was commenced and a jury was selected and sworn in.

TPMB partner Marc Taxman is proud to announce a $1,160,000.00 settlement (with a full waiver of the workers compensation lien) for a personal injury case involving an ironworker who was tying rebar in a basement on top of a waterproofing membrane before the concrete pour. The waterproofing membrane got wet and the Plaintiff, an experienced iron worker, slipped and fell and injured his shoulder. He had 2 rotator cuff repair surgeries and has permanent overhead restrictions. The ironworker’s medical bills were $119,000.00 and his lost wages and benefits claim was $190,000.00. This result was achieved after years of hard work by Mr. Taxman on behalf of his client.

Taxman, Pollock, Murray and Bekkerman is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, and Sean Murray have been yet again recognized as Leading Lawyers by the Law Bulletin Media Publishing Company. In addition, partner Gerald Bekkerman and associate Julie Pustilnik have been recognized as Emerging Lawyers. This distinction is peer recognized and awarded to only the top 2% of attorneys in the State of Illinois.


September 2017
Taxman, Polloc, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce that the Illinois Super Lawyers publication has once again recognized many attorneys from the firm as both Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, and Sean Murray were recognized as Super Lawyers, while Gerald J. Bekkerman, Julie Pustilnik, Jim Lynch, and Jon Treshansky were recognized as Rising Stars. All of these lawyers will be featured in Chicago Magazine for this distinction, which is a selective peer nominated selection process, which is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys practicing in Illinois.

TPMB partner Gerald J. Bekkerman, with the help of attorneys Jim Lynch and Jennifer Bekkerman, has secured a $1 million dollar settlement for the estate of an intoxicated man who fell onto the elevated tracks at a CTA train station in Chicago when security failed to identify him and remove him from the stationThe 2014 incident occurred on the Green Line “Pulaksi” stop at 2:00 a.m., a time when the station was supposed to be closed to the public. However, on this date the CTA agent working at the station failed to lower the gate and close the turnstiles, thus allowing the decedent, who was highly intoxicated and trying to take the train to his house, enter the station. After he entered, despite the CTA agent being present, decedent was allowed to roam the platform for 20 minutes while intoxicated and stumbling. Eventually, he got too close to the tracks, slipped and fell, and landed onto the tracks where 30 seconds later he was run over by an overnight cleaning train that sped through the station. This tragic event could have been avoided had the station been properly closed and had he had been escorted out, as required under CTA rules. The decent, unemployed, left behind two small children and an ex-wife.

On Labor Day weekend, Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman was proud to sponsor and participate in the annual Southeast Side Labor Day Parade. This event is an old 10th Ward tradition, which celebrates union pride and solidarity, a true community event. The parade consist of dedicated Unions such as Iron Workers Local 63, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, UFCW Local 881, and IBEW Local 134 to name a few, along with neighborhood schools, local businesses, and non-profits. For years, our firm has dedicated our work to representing men and women of labor from various trades and unions across the Chicago area and Northern Illinois. Our experience and reputation in workers compensation and personal injury work injury cases is well known in the community. We look forward to continuing representing the hard working men and women of labor with their legal needs.


August 2017
TPMB is proud to have entered into a Strategic Partnership with the U.S. Minority Contractors Association. The purpose of USMCA is to provide unique professional, educational, technical and consultive services to both the membership and the community at large. The organization aims to provide the best consultive services possible in the construction, environmental, building maintenance, architectural engineering design, hospitality training and general service industries. It also serves as the advocacy agency for minority contractors and subcontractors in the suburban community. TPMB is proud to associate with such a great organization and proud to assist its members who have legal questions and need legal help. We are looking forward to assisting the USMCA in its advocacy for minority business owners, contractors and subcontractors in the community. In August the firm sponsored the annual Golf Outing and looks forward to a long relationship with this great organization.  

Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce that we have obtained a $1,500,000 settlement on behalf of a Local 63 ironworker that injured his left non-dominant shoulder while moving a 400-600 pound piece of glass on a jobsite. We alleged that his injury occurred because he did not have the proper equipment to move the glass. Our firm has dozens of years of experience representing iron-workers, tradesmen, laborers and all types of construction workers in injury cases. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for men and women in labor and in the trades. We are extremely pleased we could assist this particular ironworker and his family.

Partners Sean Murray and Gerald J. Bekkerman have filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, for a longshoreman who was riding his motorcycle home from work when he was struck and injured by a driver in a Mercedes Benz. The crash caused a horrific leg injury for our client, and eventually led to his being amputated. The defendant, a Florida resident, was found to be at fault after a thorough accident reconstruction and investigation. Our office will now be working to make sure every possible dollar of insurance coverage available can be obtained to compensate our client for his horrific injuries.


July 2017
Partner Sean P. Murray has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a man who died from choking on a piece of bread while residing at a Community Integrated Living “CILA” facility. CILA facilities are homes for individuals with mental impairments. CILA staff members are expected to supervise and monitor the residents of the homes and make sure they are kept safe. In our case, in addition to having a severe mental impairment, the resident had a history of difficulty swallowing and was on a strict soft diet. We have alleged that the CILA home negligently allowed the resident to eat bread in violation of his diet and failed to appropriately monitor him while eating, leading to his death. The case is currently pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Associate Jim Lynch was recently recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in the Civil Plaintiff Litigation category. This result is a great honor for Jim and reflects the hard work Jim has put in over his career. Jim is an avid trial lawyer, and his years of experience as a defense lawyer prior to joining our firm has given him a unique perspective on how to efficiently litigate cases for maximum value. TPMB congratulates Jim on this well-deserved recognition.


June 2017
TPMB Attorneys Gerald J. Bekkerman and Julie L. Pustilnik recently settled a case for $1,185,000.00 for a woman who sustained significant injuries when she was hit by a delivery truck while walking through a pedestrian crosswalk in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. The woman suffered a head injury resulting in dizziness, vomiting, headaches, jaw pain, reduced cognitive stamina, and cognitive impairment, as well as low back pain, radiculopathy, and disc bulges in her lower back requiring multiple rounds of physical therapy. Her low back pain continued and radiated into her left hip, ultimately leading to a hip labral repair surgery 2 and a half years after the incident. While the Defendant claimed that the hip surgery was unrelated to the collision, Jerry and Julie’s advocacy for their client prevailed, and they were able to secure an outstanding result.  

Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce hiring of Katherine Moorhouse as an associate. Katie brings with her an extensive knowledge regarding medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and other types of injury cases. Known as both a tough litigator and compassionate ally for her clients, Katherine has built a positive reputation due to her record of success and client-friendly approach. Katherine received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law School located in Chicago, Illinois. She began her legal career at a law firm that dealt extensively with medical malpractice and nursing home work, gaining extensive experience in claims against hospitals, nursing home cases and plaintiff’s litigation.  As an active part of the legal community, she holds memberships with the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Women’s Bar Association. Katie is a welcome addition to the team at TPMB.

Partners Sean Murray and Gerald J. Bekkerman have filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois for the wrongful death of a young roofer who fell through a open skylight at a roofing construction project in Waukeegan, IL. The roofer was originally from Tennessee and came to Illinois to work as a subcontractor on the project. Numerous safety violations and OSHA violations have been discovered on the project, and prior to the death of this worker, another worker had fallen through a similar open skylight. The owner of the project, the general contractor, and the roofing company who hired the decedent have been sued by the grieving family of the decedent for their damages under the Wrongful Death and Survival Act.


May 2017
TPMB has been retained by four nurses who were involved in a tragic hostage taking incident at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL on May 13, 2017. The hostage crises and escape of the dangerous criminal was a national news story. A dangerous inmate with a history of multiple felonies who was in jail awaiting trial and potentially a lengthy prison sentence was brought to the hospital after he intentionally ingested a jail issued sandal. While in the hospital, he was unshackled by his guard. The inmate then used that opportunity to attack the guard and take his gun. The inmate left his room and encountered the Delnor nurses and took one of them hostage for several hours, during which time he repeatedly assaulted her. Partner Sean Murray has filed a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the nurses Due Process rights for the actions of the guard and the Kane County Sheriff’s Department in creating a danger by unshackling the inmate and other violations of protocol. A news conference was held on the date of the filing. Further information on this lawsuit can be found in various media articles, including:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-delnor-lawsuit-new-allegations-st-0720-20170720-story.html 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/05/25/delnor-hospital-hostage-nurse-lawsuit-rape/ 

http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170525/attorney-delnor-nurse-was-tortured-raped-during-hostage-situation https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/More-Nurses-Join-Lawsuit-After-Hostage-Situation-at-Suburban-Hospital-425913003.html 

Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce the addition of partner James B. Hardy to the lawfirm. Jim Hardy will be heading the firm’s workers compensation department. Jim has spent his entire legal career helping injured workers and their families.  He has argued vigorously on behalf of his clients before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Cook County Circuit Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court. Jim has practiced exclusively in the field of workers compensation law for over 15 years and has achieved numerous noteworthy results. Jim has been recognized by his peers in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA), where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and was elected to the Officer position of Treasurer in January of 2016.   Notably, Jim is slated to become President of the WCLA in 2019. For more information on Jim, please read his full biography here (link to Jim Hardy bio).


May 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Gerald Bekkerman and associate Julie Pustilnik have just settled a case for a total of $4.8 million dollars for a family of three that sustained significant injuries in an automobile crash on the Kennedy Expressway in 2014. The aggregate result is a combination of a jury verdict and two settlements that were reached during jury selection. The clients, a son, his Mom, and his Aunt, alleged that a driver of a pickup truck cut them off in their car on the highway, forcing them off the road and into a light pole. The defendant alleged that the son rear ended him. The offer on the date of trial was ZERO to the son. Our office was able to secure a settlement of $1.6 million for the aunt (spine fracture, shoulder fracture), and $1.1 million for the mom (spine fracture) during jury selection. After a one week trial, the jury returned a $1.25 million verdict for the son, which our office subsequently resolved for $2.1 million in lieu of a re-trial, bringing the total settlement for this automobile crash to $4.8 million. The TPMB trial team put on a spectacular trial in a difficult case and earned a great result for the clients.

April 2017
TPMB has filed a lawsuit against the owner, general contractor, and subcontractor of a housing complex being built in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago for the death of a construction worker in February of 2017. The construction worker had a brick fall on him from the third floor where employees of other contractors were negligently performing their job. Numerous OSHA safety violations were discovered at the construction site. The family of the decedent has hired the firm to prosecute its case for damages under the Wrongful Death Act, including for their grief and sorrow, loss of companionship and society, and burial expenses.

 TPMB partner Gerald J. Bekkerman was an invited lecturer at the Annual Illinois Trial Lawyers Association “Damages” Seminar which was held on March 31, 2017 in Oak Brook, IL. The seminar attracts hundreds of Plaintiff lawyers from the Chicago area. Gerald’s presentation was called “Addressing and Overcoming Weaknesses with Your Client’s Damages”  Gerald’s shared his experiences and tips on maximizing value on personal injury cases and preparing a case for trial. Gerald, along with partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, and Sean Murray, serves as an elected Manager on the Illinois Trial Lawyers Board of Managers.

TPMB senior associate James P. Lynch presented a continuing legal education seminar to the DuPage County Bar Association Elder Law Section on “The Current State of Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Nursing Home Contracts and Related Negligence Lawsuits.” Jim has many years of experience in the litigation of nursing home negligence lawsuits and shared his wisdom and experiences with members of the DuPage Bar Association.


April 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC associate attorney, Jonathan D. Treshansky recently settled a case against a trucking company for the full insurance policy limits of One Million Dollars. Jon meticulously worked the case up for our 36 year old male client who was rear ended at a stop light by a semi tractor trailer at a low speed. Because there was minimal property damage and more than a month gap in medical treatment, the pre-suit offer was only $15,000. Jon filed suit and patiently waited when conservative treatment failed to relieve our client's back pain and he eventually followed up with a neurosurgeon requiring back surgery. There was no wage loss claim made. The settlement is meant to account for the pain and suffering and loss of normal life experienced by our client, as well as paying for any potential future medical treatment he may need going forward by the injuries causes by the trucking company.

April 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce that Jennifer L. Bekkerman and Lauren Tuckey Murray have joined the firm as of counsel. Here's a little background on these two outstanding lawyers:

Jennifer L. Bekkerman has been practicing for 7 years. She began her career in the litigation department at Winston & Strawn LLP gaining experience that only the highest escholon of lawyers can receive in civil litigation defending corporations in lawsuits and government investigations. Jenny was appointed Deputy Special Prosecutor to assist Mr. Dan Webb in a high profile criminal investigation. Jenny now focuses on strategizing and researching complex issues in our civil cases and assisting with trial strategy and procedure for our attorneys. Jenny is also the founder and Co-Chair of the WBAI "Legally Mom" Initiative.

Lauren Tuckey Murray has been practicing for 6 years. She began her career with a prestigious insurance defense firm and had her first trial right out of the gate. Lauren continued to post impressive results defending multi-million dollar professional negligence, product liability, construction negligence and wrongful death lawsuits in both State and Federal Courts. Lauren was named a Leading Lawyers "Emerging Lawyer" in 2014, '15 and '16 and a "Rising Star" in 2016 and 2017 and she currently serves as a pro bono Child Representative at the CVLS.

Both lawyers are active in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois holding offices, receiving accolades and chairing events and committees.

The resource of insight, collaboration and counsel that these lawyers provide to our firm makes us better, smarter, more prepared and more effective in our representation of our clients' interests.


March 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce the hiring of James P. Lynch as a senior associate attorney. James P. Lynch is a trial lawyer who represents victims and their families in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Prior to joining Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, he practiced commercial litigation at a prominent Chicago law firm, where he defended some of the largest trucking companies, bus operators, and insurance companies in the country against personal injury claims. Jim's experience defending against such personal injury claims gives him valuable insight to maximize his clients' recovery due to the negligence of others.  In the short time period that Jim has represented the injured and their families throughout Illinois, he has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers (2016, 2017) and featured in Chicago Magazine for this distinction, which is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois. During this same time period, Mr. Lynch has recovered millions in the process for injured clients through settlement, mediation and trial.
 
Jim received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007, where he was a recipient of the Corboy Trial Advocacy Fellowship, the CALI Award for the highest grade in Appellate Advocacy, and a member of the Dean's List. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


March 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC partner Brad Pollock believes in giving back to the legal community. On Friday, March 4th Brad was bestowed the honor of being the course instructor selected to give the demonstration Opening Statement at the Keith E. Roberts, Sr. Civil Trial Advocacy Program held at the DuPage County Courthouse. Brad gave the mock opening statement on behalf of an injured Plaintiff. The four week limited enrollment tuition based course is open to licensed attorneys seeking to sharpen their jury trial skills. The program is unique in that the mock trial presentations are presided over by sitting Circuit Court Judges. Lawyers interested in future programs can contact the DuPage County Bar Association for more information.

March 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC partner Gerald J. Bekkerman was honored to be asked to speak at an upcoming seminar being put on by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. The annual “Damages” seminar brings together some of the top attorneys in the field of Plaintiff's personal injury in the State of Illinois and attended by hundreds of attorneys. The seminar is taking place on March 31, 2017 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort. Gerald will present on the topic of “Overcoming weaknesses in your client's damages.”

February 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce the opening of a second office in DuPage County. The new office will be located at 1001 Warrenville Road, Suite 500, in Lisle, IL. The second office will provide the firm's suburban clients easier access to the firm and its lawyers. Our Plaintiff's personal injury law firm handles cases in every county in the Chicagoland area, including DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall, Winnebago, Lake and of course Cook. We are proud to represent victims of negligence and injured people throughout the state and are available for new client appointments at the Lisle office starting February 1, 2017.

February 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a construction worker who was killed at a construction site of a condominium building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on February 4, 2017. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) as well as the Chicago Police is investigating the incident.

Our firm specializes in construction negligence and work injury cases, including wrongful death cases at construction projects. These types of cases require the most experienced and dedicated attorneys. For a listing of just some of our firm's results in previous construction accident and work injury cases, click here.

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February 2017
The law firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock and Sean Murray have been named Illinois Super Lawyers for the year 2017. In addition, partner Gerald Bekkerman, and associates Julie Pustilnik and Jon Treshansky, were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2017. The Super Lawyers recognition comes after a thorough selection and peer review process conducted by lawyers and judges in the State of Illinois. Only 5% of all practicing attorneys are recognized as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5% are recognized as Rising Stars. The TPMB firm is proud of these peer based recognitions for its attorneys.

January 2017
On January 16, 2017 the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ran a feature front page story on the formation of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC. The news story, titled “Old Colleagues Launch New Firm” discusses the history of the partners and their relationships and the motivation for the launch of the new firm.
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January 2017
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC has filed two separate lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Cook County for two seriously injured railroad workers under the F.E.L.A. (Federal Employers Liability Act). This act protects railroad workers who are injured in the course and scope of their employment. The two lawsuits, one against Amtrak, the other against BNSF, stem from the negligence of the railroad in causing the severe and life altering injuries suffered by two hard working rail road workers. For more information on your rights if you are injured while working for the railroad, read our firm's Practice Areas summary of F.E.L.A. and railroad work injuries.



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