Attorneys Bugos and Lee Successful at Appellate Level


August 24, 2015

Firm Shareholder Kevin Bugos and Associate Attorney Jungmin Lee obtained an Order from the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, upholding the trial court’s dismissal, with prejudice, of all three of Plaintiff’s claims. 

In the case, Gakuba v. Debra Schafer, et a., Plaintiff sought recovery for violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, for common law fraud and for intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Defendants were attorneys previously hired by Plaintiff to represent him in a  criminal defense action.  At the trial level, Bugos and Lee moved for dismissal of counts I and III arguing that the claims were made outside of the time limited by law.  They also moved for dismissal of count II for failure to state a cause of action. The trial court dismissed counts I and III, with prejudice, but allowed count II to be amended.  Bugos and Lee later moved for dismissal of the Amended Complaint which was granted, with prejudice.  On appeal, the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois found no error in the dismissal of the three counts, with prejudice, and the lower court’s rulings were affirmed.

Shareholder Kevin Bugos is a trial attorney skilled at litigating in the areas of employment, professional liability and medical malpractice defense.  Bugos has defended a range of clients during his career,  amongst them professionals including accountants, lawyers, medical providers, architects, engineers and directors and officers.  He also represents clients in the medical industry, including hospitals, physicians, long-term care facilities and nursing homes facing medical malpractice claims. 

Associate Attorney Jungmin Lee is a trial attorney concentrating his practice on the national defense toxic tort, product liability and general litigation matters.  He also has experience as a federal prosecutor having tried several cases to verdict.

Read the full opinion by the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, here.