Our latest referral success story starts in Chicago, with the ILN’s 2014 Annual Meeting. As part of our business sessions, our host firm, Arnstein & Lehr, had invited long-time client, Steve Felkowitz, the CEO of Atico International USA, Inc. to participate as the moderator for Bill Daley.

We welcomed Mr. Felkowitz to join us for the opening night’s reception and dinner, which gave him the opportunity to meet a number of ILN members, including Beirne Maynard & Parsons‘ Martin Beirne from Texas. Arnstein & Lehr’s Jeff Shapiro and Whitney Cruz are the national counsel for all product liability litigation in the US involving any of the Atico entities, and Mr. Shapiro was enthusiastic about connecting Mr. Felkowitz with his friends and colleagues in the ILN.

When Atico International USA needed a referral for a lawsuit venued in El Paso, both Mr. Felkowitz and his national counsel knew exactly who to call – Beirne Maynard & Parsons. The case is a product liability lawsuit involving a fan allegedly manufactured by New Atico Int’l Limited Taiwan Branch. The fan is alleged to have been defective, and to have caused a house fire, which resulted in the death of two minor children, and burn injuries to a minor child and an adult. The case is ongoing, and being handled by top ranked litigation firm, Beirne Maynard & Parsons.

Mrs. Cruz shared that

We were able to recommend local counsel with solid litigation experience and skills, a stellar reputation and significant relationships in the locale, all of which have proved to be advantageous to the client."

Mr. Beirne added that

We are absolutely delighted to be of assistance to Atico. Jeff’s introduction of our firm to Steve Felkowitz made all of this happen. Working with Steve, Jeff and Whitney has be a terrific experience for us."

The referral perfectly showcases the importance of relationships in the ILN – both our attorneys’ relationships with their clients, and the relationships among the lawyers of our member firms.