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The Bar's Mitzvah Maker

The good works of Donald Hubert

Editor’s Note: As we were going to press, Donald Hubert, 58, died of a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico. Like everyone who met him, we mourn his loss.   On the wall of Donald Hubert’s downtown Chicago office, amidst all the award certificates, photos and newspaper clippings that represent a long, distinguished legal career, hangs a framed poster from the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The poster, which Hubert appropriated from his daughter, reads: “Dobby …

The Storyteller

Eugene Driker on preparation, inspiration and the essence of the case

General Motors was none too happy when global purchasing chief Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua bolted for Volkswagen AG in 1993, allegedly taking other top employees and confidential documents with him. Naturally GM sued. The world’s largest automaker successfully blocked Volkswagen’s attempt to transfer the case to a German court, and in early 1997 achieved a settlement in which VW paid GM $100 million and agreed to purchase $1 billion worth of parts from GM. The reason why VW …

Both Sides Now

Kevin G. Burke moved from defending the big guys to defending those “with the smallest voice”

Not many medical organizations want to talk about Kevin G. Burke these days.   In 2004 alone, Burke, one of the pre-eminent medical malpractice plaintiff’s attorneys in Illinois, won settlements and judgments totaling $89.8 million, including the largest-ever med-mal settlement in an obstetrical case in the state — $35 million for a woman whose baby was born brain-damaged after doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago allegedly failed to perform a Caesarean section in time to …

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