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Newsletter – January 2019

Firm Welcomes New Partner Anne Brockland

We are excited to kick-off the new year with some big news. We are pleased to announce Anne Brockland has joined the firm as a new partner. Effective January 1, the firm name officially changed to Casey, Devoti & Brockland, P.C.

Anne Brockland

Anne comes to us with more than 10 years of personal injury trial experience with a special emphasis on medical malpractice. Both her compassion and competitive drive align with our core business values; and we feel she will be a wonderful asset to the firm.

Anne has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including being named both a Rising Star and a Super Lawyer by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine, a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards Rising Star, Best Lawyer – Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation by St. Louis Magazine and, most recently, Influential Appellate Advocate by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

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Matt Devoti Reflects on Most Memorable Case

Matt Devoti

Trial veterans often say that trial lawyers learn more from their losses than their wins. That may be true. But, I think, there are few cases we lose so long as we give our clients our best effort and the opportunity for them to air their grievances to a jury of their peers.

Having said that, there are a handful of cases which have left their mark on me over the past 20 years. To this day I still think of the opportunity that we had representing two young children and their aunts and uncle in a case against the City of Farmington.

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Devoti Secures Verdict for Client Injured in Drunk Driving Crash

Matt Devoti
Drinking and driving settlement

A jury recently awarded a firm client $600,000 for serious injuries he sustained in a car crash in the City of St. Louis. Partner Matthew Devoti tried the case over 4 days in mid-August with Judge Clinton Wright presiding. After deliberation, the jury assessed the man’s damages at $600,000 and assigned the majority of fault for the damages to the driver of the vehicle in which he was a passenger.

In late May 2014, the man was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a one-car crash that happened shortly after leaving a St. Louis nightclub. Earlier in the night, the man and his friend spent time at Felix’s Pizza Pub in Dogtown. After Felix’s closed, the men went to the nightclub, Mike Talayna’s Jukebox Restaurant. Minutes after leaving the second bar, the driver crashed the car at the intersection of Tamm and Manchester Avenues in the City of St. Louis. The driver was taking the firm’s client to his home when the crash happened.

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Matt Casey Continues Work as Lay Director of Youth Soccer

Little Flower Catholic Church
Matt Casey

For the past six years, Partner Matt Casey has served as Lay Director of CYC (Catholic Youth Council) soccer for his parish, Little Flower Catholic Church and School.

Soccer is very popular in St. Louis, especially among catholic schools and churches. Taking on the role of Soccer Director for a parish is a monumental administrative task that includes, recruiting coaches, forming teams, handling registrations, communicating with players and coaches, scheduling practice fields, ordering uniforms, and much more.

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Firm Sponsors Wine Opener / Devoti Serves as Co-Host

Wine Opener Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Matt and Lauren Devoti Wine Opener Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Casey, Devoti & Brockland continued its commitment to the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by sponsoring the 16th Annual Wine Opener fundraiser in September. The event drew a crowd of about 300 people and raised nearly $100,000 for the foundation.

For the fifth consecutive year, Partner Matthew Devoti served as ‘Co-Host’ of the event and was again instrumental in planning the fun-filled evening. Guests gathered on the campus of CBC High School where they sipped samples of over 40 different domestic and international wines, noshed on culinary delights from local eateries, and bid on fabulous auction items.

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Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Night Driving Safety Tips

Night driving

When the sun goes down, extra dangers arise on the road. Dark conditions are not ideal for human eyes. As we age, our ability to see clearly at night deteriorates.

The National Safety Council estimates that a 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see comfortably over a 30-year old driver.

National Safety Council

Limited light can affect depth perception, color perception, contrast sensitivity and peripheral vision. From compromised visibility to impaired drivers, there are plenty of hazards on the road at night. In fact, the NSC estimates that traffic fatalities are three times higher at night than during the day.

Here are some night driving tips from DMV.org:

  • Get your vision checked regularly. As we age, it is natural to experience vision changes that affect our visibility in low light situations, such as dusk, dawn and nighttime. Some drivers may be able to read street signs clearly during the day, but the cover of darkness may hinder visibility. Get regular check-ups for conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Avoid wearing tinted sunglasses at night, though they may be helpful during dusk and dawn when the sun is still out.
  • Try anti-glare lenses. If you wear glasses, this can reduce strain from exterior lights.
  • Keep headlights clean and bright. Dim bulbs or cloudy covers can reduce visibility.
  • Avert your eyes from oncoming traffic. This will prevent the temporary blindness that comes from your eyes trying to adjust to the bright lights.
  • Keep your windshield clean. Sometimes dust can accumulate on the inside of your windshield that you may not notice during the day. This dust can catch the light from oncoming cars’ headlights and make it difficult for you to see.
  • Dim the lights on your dash. Bright interior lights can hinder your visibility of things outside your vehicle.
  • Never drive impaired. Never get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or any medications that can cause drowsiness.
  • Avoid drowsy driving. As we age, our sleep patterns can change. When you get behind the wheel, make sure you are well rested.
  • Avoid distractions. Distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the primary task of driving. Avoid cell phone use, texting, eating, drinking, talking with passengers, setting navigation and using any in-vehicle technologies.

Firm Anniversary: 1983 Fun Facts

As our 35th year in business draws to an end, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at 1983 – the year Tom Casey started the firm.

The average cost of…

  • a gallon of milk = $1.89
  • a gallon of gas = $1.25
  • a car = $6,116

Average annual income = $12,133

President Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative, which allowed for the development of technology to intercept enemy missiles, which was dubbed ‘Star Wars’.

The world’s most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, was introduced.

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X became the first cell phone sold commercially in 1983. It had a price tag $3,995, which is equivalent to $8,663 today.

After an eleven-year run, the TV series MASH aired its series finale, which became the highest rated TV show in history.

World Series Champions: Baltimore Orioles

Super Bowl Champions: Washington Redskins

NCAA Basketball Champions: NC State coached by Jim Valvano

Wimbledon Champions: John McEnroe / Martina Navratilova

Kentucky Derby Winner: Sunny’s Halo

The Broadway Musical Cats sweeps the Tony Awards

Academy Award for Best Picture: Ghandi

Best Actor: Ben Kingsley for Ghandi

Best Actor: Meryl Streep for Sophie’s Choice

Most popular toys in 1983:

  • Cabbage Patch Dolls
  • Care Bears
  • Nintendo/Super Mario Brothers
  • Swatch Watches

Most popular baby names in 1983:

  • Michael         Jennifer
  • Christopher   Jessica
  • Matthew       Amanda

Law Days in Ste. Genevieve Missouri

As part of our ongoing commitment to assist clients throughout southeastern Missouri, we host monthly ‘law days’ in Ste. Genevieve. Our firm has a large client base from this region of the state and it is our goal to make meeting with them as easy as possible.

Ste. Genevieve

During the designated law days, our attorneys are available to meet with current clients, as well as potential clients. If you or someone you love has been injured by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for things like medical expenses, lost wages from time off work, pain and suffering. Are you unsure if you need to hire a personal injury attorney? Then your best course of action is to have an experienced personal injury attorney review the circumstances of the negligence and resulting injury.

Residents of southeastern Missouri should contact our office to schedule an appointment. We can be reached at (314) 421-0763 or info@caseydevoti.com.

Living Safer Magazine

Each quarter, Casey, Devoti & Brockland publishes our safety magazine called Living Safer. This free magazine is brimming with informative articles on all things safety-related. Our latest issue features America’s Invisible Crime: Child Sex Trafficking. Sign-up to have this free magazine delivered directly to your house or click here to read the electronic version of the magazine.

View our latest issue of Living Safer magazine

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Matt Casey Matt Devoti Anne Brockland

We continually post valuable safety and legal related articles to the Casey, Devoti & Brockland website and social media pages. Click here to view our latest posts. To follow our newsfeeds and legal/safety blog updates, be sure to ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. When you see posts that are interesting to you, remember to ‘like’, ‘share’ or ‘comment on’ the post, so our updates stay in your newsfeed.

Have you been hurt by the negligence of another?

Matt, Matt or Anne will be happy to meet with you for a free initial consultation. We are available to meet at our St. Louis County office, ‘by appointment’ in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri or at a location of your choice.

Email Matthew C. Casey
Matthew C. Casey
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Matthew J. Devoti
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Anne Brockland
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About our Firm

For over 35 years, Casey, Devoti & Brockland has diligently protected the rights of its clients with honesty and integrity. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing first-class, aggressive legal representation. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience representing clients in the following matters: car, train and truck accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, product and premises liability, elder and sexual abuse, Workers’ Compensation and wrongful death. Casey, Devoti & Brockland proudly serves the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

Learn more about Casey, Devoti & Brockland and our rich history of aggressively protecting clients’ rights on our website or through our various social media pages.

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