Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark P. Chalos and John T. Spragens are speaking at the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA, and formerly known as Tennessee Association for Justice) 2017 Annual Convention taking place from June 14-16, 2017 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.
Mr. Chalos and Mr. Spragens are featured together on a panel discussing mass tort and class action updates. Other topics to be covered at the convention include workflow productivity, the Erin Andrews trial, BP oil spill case ethics, and the TTLA Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus, which Lieff Cabraser associate Laura B. Heiman is actively working to create.
TTLA is a professional organization of member attorneys dedicated to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of Tennessee by way of trial by jury; advancing the science of the legal system; supporting advocacy and justice of the public good; and advancing the cause of those who experience personal harm or property damage.
About Mark Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. He has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.
Through jury trials, Mr. Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.
About John Spragens
Mr. Spragens is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office who represents plaintiffs in class action injury, consumer, and whistleblower litigation against corporations that manufacture dangerous and defective products, conspire to fix prices, and misuse taxpayer funds.
A member of the firm’s defective products and personal injury practice groups, he has represented families of deceased smokers in trials in Florida federal court against the tobacco companies for their 50-year conspiracy of misrepresenting the dangers of smoking cigarettes and for intentionally engineering the design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. In 2014, he participated in a tobacco industry trial in which a jury awarded his gravely injured client $27 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
About Laura Heiman
Ms. Heiman is an associate in the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser who represents class action and whistleblower plaintiffs as part of the firm’s defective products, personal injury, and consumer protection practice groups. Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable Jane B. Stranch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Her prior practice includes working as a litigation associate at Morrison and Foerster, LLP, where she focused on representing pro bono clients with civil rights and constitutional claims before the federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.