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Greenberg Minasian Wins $17 Million Verdict for Client

Angelique Baker wasn’t able to keep her appointment. She stepped off the New Jersey Transit bus with time to spare but her bag string got caught in the door that had closed before she was clear. The accident reconstruction expert hired by Ms. Baker’s attorney showed that the bus dragged her for over 25 feet before she broke loose and slipped under the rear wheels of the bus which drove over her mid-section.

Ms. Baker’s appointment was changed to the Emergency Room and later to Intensive Care as she struggled to survive her extensive injuries including severe hip, leg and arm injuries as well as head trauma.

A Dramatic Change of Plans

At 39 years of age, Angelique was five months into a successful battle against her past addictive behavior. She missed her appointment that fateful day in 2011; her efforts cut short by a door that closed too soon.

On February 21, after a six-week trial, it only took the jury a little over an hour to reject the defense and award  a $17 million verdict to Angelique. Her attorney, William Greenberg commented on behalf of himself and his law partner, Lawrence Minasian:

“We are very pleased with the verdict. The two of us lived with this case since the accident and saw firsthand how devastating the injuries were to Angelique. This verdict reinforces our belief that a person’s past history must not overshadow the devastating injuries and pain with which Angelique continues to suffer. These monies will allow her to get the proper medical care and home care she so desperately needs for the rest of her life.”

Your Share of This Verdict

There is no doubt that Angelique needs and deserves this verdict. If it were you, you would expect the same. However, there are other benefits we all share when a jury does the right thing.

Every transit company in the U.S. should be examining this case and adjusting training procedures to ensure that every driver is properly trained so that this type of accident never happens again.

William S. Greenberg Accepted as a Master Of Court By the Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court

William S. Greenberg has been recently accepted as a Master of the Court by the Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court.

The term, Inn of Court, is not well known in American legal culture, however, the appellation is well known in England where it originates. Inns of Court were English societies, unchartered and unincorporated, that were responsible for legal education dating back to the mid-13th Century.

American Inns of Court were formed in the 1980’s to emulate the English Courts in principle; becoming informal societies intended to improve ethics, skills, and professionalism in the U.S. legal system. Since then, several hundred Inns of Court have been founded. Members include judges, lawyers, law professors, and law students. Each court meets monthly to share a meal and hold discussions on topics related to the intent of each organization.

Inns of Court function as informal mentoring societies; where Masters and Barristers impart their experience and wisdom to other associates and law students.

The Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court, based in Essex County, New Jersey, was formed by the 2007 merger of the William J. Brennan Inn of Court and the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inn of Court. The Inn seeks to promote legal excellence in civil litigation and fidelity to the highest standards of professionalism.

The Inn offers its pupils the guidance of its Masters in monthly presentations on specific areas of practice, supplemented by the opportunity to practice their skills in smaller pupilage groups hosted by some of the pre-eminent firms in the area.

Masters and Barristers enjoy the opportunity to discuss issues in the law in an informal setting with their peers as well as members of the Essex County Judiciary.

The opportunity to discuss law in an informal setting with colleagues one might normally oppose in court is intellectually stimulating and expands an attorney’s perspective.

William Greenberg has been involved at all levels of the court. Each level offers important perspectives and training no matter how experienced the practitioner. As a newly appointed Master, Mr. Greenberg looks forward to the opportunities to share what he has learned with his younger colleagues, while honing his skills in the process.

As a New Jersey personal injury attorney, William Greenberg stays at the forefront of personal injury law. His position as Master exemplifies his commitment to ongoing innovation and improved skill in his field of expertise.