Overview of our Practice Areas
Our clients aren’t in the business of litigation, so WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI focuses on preventing disputes first. But if litigation becomes necessary, WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI excels because our attorneys approach each case as though it will be tried in the courtroom. This approach permits our attorneys to prepare cases in a way that gives our clients the best opportunity to achieve desired results. Whether it be negotiating a favorable settlement or trying a case to verdict, our attorneys have established a reputation for providing the absolute highest quality of legal services.
Medical Malpractice Defense
Our roots in healthcare law began with medical malpractice defense and expanded to include the full spectrum of legal services to providers in the ever-changing landscape of the healthcare field. WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI is at its best in counseling and litigating in this highly specialized field, with attorneys who are uniquely qualified and experienced in medical malpractice litigation, licensing and medical staff disputes, managed care, risk management, hospital and nursing home administration, transactional advice and business planning, and contract review for all health care providers and institutions across all specialties and professions.
Personal Injury Litigation
Personal injury litigation, ranging from premises liability and products liability to accidents involving autos, boats, and commercial trucking, requires the ability to interact knowledgably with engineers, accident reconstruction experts, biomechanical experts, and medical experts to understand the science that underlies these matters. WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI has a strong network of these professionals to assist in handling injury and death claims involving businesses of all nature and size, as well as commercial and residential property owners, including amusement parks, shopping malls, national retailer establishments, schools, restaurants, hotels, trucking companies, and medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Claims against attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate professionals, insurance brokers and agents, and other licensed professionals have become increasingly common as their actions have come under increased scrutiny. Our success in assisting in representing these professionals stems from our attorneys’ familiarity with the substantive issues they face. WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI approaches cases from a team perspective, joining attorneys and respected experts in the field to work together for our clients’ benefit.
The test of a true litigator is the ability to take any situation — no matter how complex — and make it simple enough for a jury to understand. Commercial litigation is complex. In addition to contract review, drafting, and negotiation, our attorneys litigate cases involving fraud or misrepresentation, defamation, indemnity, unfair competition, liability issues from the purchase or sale of a business, and labor and employment matters.
Careful planning, problem solving, the use of quality contract documents, and sound project management guides our clients to successful completion of their construction projects. But when the need for dispute resolution arises, WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI is skilled and knowledgeable in presenting cases in the courtroom and before arbitration panels, representing private developers, government agencies, architects, engineers, design-build firms, homebuilders, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers involved in construction defects, construction practices, liens, and contract and payment disputes.
Getting it right the first time is how WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI views effective appellate advocacy, and that first opportunity begins at the trial court level. Our appellate attorneys are on the case from the beginning, actively assist trial counsel in preparing for trial to ensure that legal issues are preserved for appeal. Our appellate attorneys are experienced in handling all types of civil and administrative appeals. In addition to acting as lead appellate counsel, our appellate attorneys provide consulting services to other law firms in a broad range of appellate matters, including advising counsel on the intricacies of the appellate rules and procedures and appellate strategy, as well as editing briefs and narrowing legal issues.