Segal McCambridge Trial Team Wins Michigan Logistics Case


March 30, 2015

The Segal McCambridge team of David Yates (Detroit Shareholder), Eric Conn (Detroit Senior Associate) and Mark Steiner (Detroit Associate) won a verdict for their client, Logistics Insight Corporation, in the case of Daniel Patrick O’Reilly v Logistics Insight Corp., in the Circuit Court for the County of Wayne, Michigan. The verdict came after less than an hour of deliberation by the jury.

The trucking case involved a claim of improper loading by Logistics.  The plaintiff focused on the fact that a supplier (a prior defendant that settled) had utilized improper skids, totes and lids and that Logistics employees should have recognized the error and further secured the cargo when loading the plaintiff’s trailer. The defense focused on the Federal motor carrier safety regulations and the plaintiff’s duty to inspect and secure the load prior to transport. Further, the defense focused on the plaintiff’s failure to use proper methodology when opening the trailer doors upon arrival at the cargo’s destination, causing plaintiff to sustain injuries. 

Plaintiff claimed a left shoulder surgery was causally related to this incident. The defense emphasized three years of prior medical treatment that the plaintiff had on his shoulder prior to the subject accident that had been uncovered during discovery. The plaintiff had denied having any prior shoulder problems.

The jury focused on the defense’s argument that the plaintiff could not be trusted and, further, that the accident could have been prevented but for his failure to follow standards or act reasonably. After rendering their verdict, the jurors indicated that the Segal McCambridge team was well organized, clear in its presentation of evidence and persuasive in the manner in which they cross-examined the plaintiff on the multiple inconsistencies in his testimony.

David Yates is a trial attorney and shareholder who represents national trucking and bus lines and their insurers, hospitals, property owners, retailers and many others. In addition, Mr. Yates has served as national trial and coordinating counsel for several large corporations for over 15 years and in the process has dictated litigation and trial strategy. Mr. Yates has tried dozens of cases in the State and Federal Courts of Michigan and Illinois, where he is licensed to practice. 

Eric Conn is a trial attorney and senior associate that primarily focuses his practice in trucking and transportation litigation, products liability and corporate litigation. Mr. Conn has appeared as lead counsel before the State and Federal Courts in Michigan and Florida where he is licensed to practice and has extensive experience with all aspects of the litigation process.

Mark Steiner is an associate that concentrates his practice on trucking, corporate and products liability litigation. Mr. Steiner has previously worked in-house as an intern for an auto parts supplier. Additionally, he has served as a judicial intern to Judge Helene White of the U.S. Sixth Circuit and Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court.