It helps level the playing field when up against the resources of the billion dollar insurance industry, especially when they fail to pay legitimate claims.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 23, 2011
Ellen Hirshman, a principal with the Cleveland personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of Linton & Hirshman LLC, will be installed as Treasurer of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys on June 24, 2011 at the Club at Key Tower. Guest speaker will be nationally renowned trial lawyer Gerry Spence. Author of “Gunning for Justice,” Spence represented Karen Silkwood in a landmark case that later became a Hollywood movie starring Meryl Streep and Cher.
The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys is the largest professional organization of personal injury and wrongful death trial attorneys in Ohio. It provides continuing legal education, support and resources to its members to help obtain justice for their clients. “It helps level the playing field when up against the resources of the billion dollar insurance industry,” says Ellen Hirshman, “especially when they fail to pay legitimate claims.” The Cleveland Academy also gives back to the community. It is a strong supporter of Youth Challenge- a local charity providing sports and recreational activities to physically disabled children in Northeast Ohio.
Once installed as Treasurer, Ellen will be on track to become the firm’s third President of the 52 year old Academy. Robert F. Linton, Jr. served as President in 1999-2000 and Steve Keefe in 2008-2009. Linton and Hirshman is one of Ohio’s leading personal injury and wrongful death law firms with some of the largest reported verdicts and settlements in the state.
The firm’s leadership roles extend throughout Ohio. Toby Hirshman, another partner in the firm, served as head of the medical malpractice section for the state trial lawyers group known as the Ohio Association for Justice. “More than a million people have died from preventable medical errors over the last decade alone,” says Ellen, citing to a recent study from Consumer’s Union. She says, “The numbers are staggering…but stoppable if we can prevent those responsible from violating simple patient safety rules.”
A well respected trial lawyer for nearly 30 years, Ellen heads up the Woman’s Health Law Center at Linton & Hirshman. She has expertise and sensitivity in the unique medical issues facing women. These include failure to diagnose breast and cervical cancer and birth injuries to newborns. Ellen was also previously appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to the Board of Commissioners on Grievance & Discipline - the board charged with investigating and hearing formal disciplinary charges against lawyers and judges. “Our goal was to prevent harm to Ohio citizens and its system of justice,” she reports. According to the Ohio Supreme Court website, the Board serves as a facilitator and resource for upholding the highest principles of the legal profession. Ellen Hirshman says her newly elected office will give her a platform to continue to uphold those same principles.
About Linton & Hirshman LLC
Linton & Hirshman LLC is considered one of the leading Cleveland personal injury and medical malpractice law firms in Cleveland, Ohio with a proven record of helping people turn their lives around after an injury or death. Linton & Hirshman attorneys have over 90 years of collective experience in representing clients in cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice involving birth injury, brain injury, spinal injury, failure to diagnose, surgical and anesthesia errors, nursing home abuse and negligence, and serious car crash injuries. Three of the attorneys worked as personal injury defense attorneys at some of Cleveland's premier law firms and provide the experience needed to anticipate the tactics insurance companies and defense attorneys are likely to use as they seek to avoid fault and liability.
With diverse experiences and backgrounds, the Cleveland personal injury attorneys at Linton & Hirshman LLC provide each client with the practical knowledge and skill that has made the firm a leader in personal injury advocacy in Cleveland and throughout Ohio.