Mr. Turner has been with Segal McCambridge since early in his career as an attorney and was elected shareholder at the firm in 2006. He has worked on a variety of cases for dozens of the firm's clients in the areas of asbestos, silica and other toxic tort matters, as well as construction, medical device and commercial litigation.
Mr. Turner prides himself on his hands-on approach to his cases and his dedication to keeping his clients involved and informed on the matters he handles. Mr. Turner has commenced dozens of trials in jurisdictions all around the country, including Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Ohio. Several of those cases have gone to verdict. Mr. Turner has been complimented by opponents, co-defendants and juries alike for his skills as a trial lawyer and he is viewed as a credible and effective "trial threat" by others in the industry.
Mr. Turner is licensed in both Illinois and Missouri and has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous other states. He is a member of the firm's Hiring and Diversity Committees.
- Nolan v. Weil-McLain - Represented Weil-McLain at trial and through appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court in perhaps the most significant decision in Illinois asbestos litigation history, wherein the court specifically overruled those cases that expanded the "Lipke rule" to prevent a defendant at trial from introducing evidence of other exposures to advance a causation defense.
- Jemenko v. Sunrise Medical - Briefed and argued successful motion for summary judgment based on lack of evidence of causation (further upheld on appeal) in products liability matter involving medical device manufacturer.
- Bullen v. Weil-McLain - Obtained defense verdict in mesothelioma case in Nassau County, NY in which plaintiff claimed sole source of asbestos exposure was insulation applied to client's boiler.
- White v. Garlock - Obtained defense verdict in an asbestos trial in McLean County, Illinois in which plaintiff claimed exposure to asbestos-containing gaskets and packing manufactured by defendant.
- Second-chaired mesothelioma trial resulting in defense verdict in favor of client (Wakeland v. Garlock, Anchor Packing Company).
- Appeared as trial counsel at several asbestos trials around the country on behalf of two of firm's national clients.
- Prepared successful brief on behalf of defendant-appellee on appeal of defense verdict in favor of client.
- Chairperson of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Diversity Committee.
University of Notre Dame, B.A. (Psychology/French), 1994, cum laude
DePaul University School of Law, J.D., 1997
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
- "Retrospective Exposure Assessment and Its Application in Toxic Tort Defense Litigation," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 1 (Spring 2004).
- "The Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rule 212(a)(5) Regarding the Admissibility of Discovery Depositions at Trial," Segal McCambridge's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (Winter 2010-2011).
- "Science On Trial: An Analysis Of Alleged Vaccine-Related Autism Claims," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 2 (Spring 2008).
- "Benzene: A Litigation Perspective," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter (Spring 2006) and Harris Martin's Litigation Watch: Benzene (July 2006).
- HB Litigation Conferences' 14th Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference, Amelia Island, FL, "The Nexus Between Ethics and Professionalism in Asbestos Litigation" (upcoming, October 3-4, 2011).
- HB Litigation Conferences' 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation, Chicago, IL, "Equipment, Valve & Component Manufacturers Part 1: Case Law Update" (April 7, 2011).
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2011-2012)
Recent News, Articles & Publications
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