Joseph Giacalone recently obtained summary disposition on 4 counts of negligence and gross negligence against clients of the firm, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation and its employee bus driver, related to a 2020 motor vehicle accident. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants were both negligent and grossly negligent in relation to the motor vehicle accident. After several months of discovery, Mr. Giacalone filed a motion for summary disposition asserting that the plaintiffs failed to serve written notice on the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation of an intent to sue for bodily injury damages under MCL 124.419 for either defendant, and that the plaintiffs had failed to meet their burden to show the bus driver’s actions amount to gross negligence, as required under MCL 691.1407. After oral arguments, the judge agreed and dismissed all four counts of negligence and gross negligence with prejudice.
The Shareholders of Vandeveer Garzia are pleased to announce the elevation of the following attorneys to Executive Partners of the firm:
Stephanie L. Arndt
Matthew J. Chapin
Michelle L. Everett and
David Q. Houbeck.
In addition, we are pleased to announce the elevation of Salman Islam to Partner.
Each of these Partners have shown that they are very capable lawyers, proven leaders and are individuals who are a tremendous asset to the firm and the future of the firm. We congratulate each of these Partners on their elevation and look forward to their continued work here at Vandeveer Garzia.
Vandeveer Garzia staff celebrated the holiday at a holiday walk and lunch at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester, Michigan this past week. The group enjoyed an elegant meal in a private dining room, followed by a tour of the 110-room 88,000 square foot mansion, which was beautifully decorated for the holidays, displaying 50 magnificently decorated trees. The event provided a special opportunity for our staff to gather and have some fun together to celebrate another year.