Fox Galvin’s Michael Downey has been selected as a contract administrative hearing officer by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In addition to conducting hearings and moderating public meetings for the MDNR, Mr. Downey will continue practicing commercial and environmental litigation at Fox Galvin. Mr. Downey also teaches as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law.
John Galvin recently had the opportunity to participate in a two-week mission trip to Africa. John was part of a team of six that conducted training in Christian children’s ministry in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. In order to better assess community needs and develop a program for practical assistance, John remained in Kenya after other team members departed and met with a number of community leaders. The average income in Kenya is $340 U.S., the HIV/AIDS rate is 20%, and only 30% of children attend school. In the Kibera slum in Nairobi, nearly a million people live on 330 acres of land, with no plumbing, no medical care, and 70% unemployment. John is developing a program to provide assistance in these depressed areas.
Fox Galvin recently convinced a federal district judge to dismiss a very serious product liability claim that involved a farm tractor manufactured by Ford. Plaintiff was operating the tractor near a ditch while using a front-end loader attachment on the tractor. One of the tractor’s front wheels either slipped down into the ditch or collapsed the side of the ditch, initiating a rollover that left plaintiff pinned under the tractor for approximately 10 hours, until he was discovered by his wife. The injuries suffered in the rollover ultimately necessitated the amputation of his left arm near the shoulder.
After being retained by Ford/New Holland, Fox Galvin removed the case to federal court, arguing the local dealer had been fraudulently joined as a defendant. John Galvin then inspected the tractor and the scene of the accident and discovered the ditch into which plaintiff had rolled had been filled in and the area completely re-graded. In addition, the tractor had been repaired, and plaintiff had sold the front-end loader he was using at the time of the accident. John discussed this discovery with the defense team, and they decided to develop the record to seek dismissal based on the destruction of evidence. Plaintiffs ultimately made a multimillion-dollar settlement demand.
Mike Downey primarily represents businesses in commercial, environmental, employment, and class action litigation. He also teaches legal ethics at Washington University School of Law, speaks on professional ethics for groups including the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, and the Missouri Society of CPAs, and represents and advises lawyers and accountants in legal and disciplinary matters. Mike graduated first in his class from Washington University School of Law in 1998 and clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, before entering private practice. Mike is licensed in Missouri and Illinois and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Eight Circuits, and U.S. District Courts in Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois. Prior to law school, Mike was the Latin teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
Since beginning at Fox Galvin in September 2003, Richard Korn has represented a wide variety of clients in products liability, medical malpractice, employment, toxic tort, and general commercial litigation matters. In his career, he has worked in both private practice and in a corporate law department, thus providing him with a vast array of litigation experience. Richard graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1995
In 2004, Fox Galvin participated in fundraising efforts for a number of charities:
- Throughout 2004, Fox Galvin sponsored several “Jeans Days” to raise funds for Missouri Baptist Hospital’s Grief Counseling Fund.
- In Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Fox Galvin employees raised and sent contributions to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Fund.
- Employees collected food items and toiletries and shipped six large boxes to the 1140th Engineer Battalion Missouri Army National Guard stationed in Iraq. To show their appreciation, the battalion commander sent back a letter and a flag that was flown over Camp Sapper 2 in the Republic of Iraq on December 13, 2004.
- Fox Galvin employees made contributions to purchase a television, DVD player, and DVDs for the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis.
- A family in the St. Louis metropolitan area was victimized by a house fire. Fox Galvin employees contributed a Christmas tree and decorations, stockings, warm clothing, new bedding, furniture, housewares, and cash to assist the family through their difficult time.
Currently, Fox Galvin is sponsoring a series of “Jeans Days” to aid the tsunami victims. Employees make a contribution to American Red Cross International and in exchange can wear blue jeans to work on the designated days.
Dana W. Tucker has recently been named partner at Fox Galvin. Ms. Tucker joined the firm in 2002. She has over ten years of litigation experience, including medical malpractice, commercial, personal injury, wrongful death, and employment litigation. She has successfully represented plaintiffs against insurance companies and employees against major corporate employers. Currently, Ms. Tucker concentrates on defense work and is defending two of the top hospitals in the country, as well as two major pharmaceutical companies.
Fox Galvin’s founding partners, Ron Fox and John Galvin, have been selected as Missouri Super Lawyers by Law & Politics. Only 5% of lawyers are listed as Super Lawyers after a selection process that involves the mailing of more than 23,000 ballots and evaluation based on the background, experience, peer recognition, and professional achievement of each candidate. Candidates are then peer reviewed by a blue ribbon panel from their practice areas before final selections are made. Mr. Fox was selected for inclusion in the Transportation/Maritime category, and Mr. Galvin is included for his work in Civil Litigation Defense.