Kavanagh Grumley & Gorbold, LLC

Accomplishments

uniform-accomplishments-56675889We are proud of our achievements, both in and out of court, and are pleased to be of service to our clients.  We look forward to adding your case to our list of successes.  Here are just a few of the successes we’ve had in helping our clients meet their goals and a few of the kind and grateful words that our clients have expressed to us.

Successes

  • Settlement obtained for plaintiff/client in an amount exceeding $1.5 million for a trust contest/undue influence/tortious interference with testamentary expectancy case. – December 2016
  • 7th Circuit Appellate Court upholds judgments in favor of KG&G clients in amounts in excess of $2.4 million. – July 2016
  • Judgment entered in favor of KG&G client/Defendant following a bench trial in a dog bite case where Plaintiff made a settlement demand exceeding $300,000 and requested $750,000 in damages at trial. – June 2016
  • Judgment entered in favor of KG&G represented Defendant after bench trial where Plaintiff claimed that Defendant performed utility line installation negligently and caused damage to property. – May 2016
  • Finding of no liability against KG&G represented Defendant in binding arbitration of a premises liability case involving a fall where Plaintiff sought $225,000.00. – April 2016
  • Judgment entered after jury trial in favor of surgeon and professional medical practice where Plaintiff claimed negligent treatment and asked the jury for over $1,000,000 in damages. – October 2015
  • Judgment entered after trial in favor of KG&G’s client, an international company, on claims of forcible entry and detainer, trespass, ejectment.  Monetary damages granted in addition to possession of property.  – August 2015
  • Judgment entered in favor of client land owner after binding arbitration in which Plaintiff claimed in excess of $1,000,000 damages after a fall on client’s property. – June 2015
  • Obtained reversal on appeal of trial court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of Defendants and obtained remand granting trial for Plaintiff client. – July 2014
  • Judgment vacated and case dismissed against disabled client with KG&G’s pro bono representation. – April 2014.
  • Successfully defended on appeal a verdict in favor of Plaintiff client in an action against police department for willful and wanton conduct, where trial court awarded damages in favor of Plaintiff of $449,533.08. (Plaintiff was represented at trial by another law firm, who retained KG&G to represent client on appeal.) – February 2014
  • First District Appellate Court granted our Appeal on behalf of local physician and physician group and reversed the trial Court’s denial of our Motion to Transfer Venue.  Case was then transferred to Will County and more recently dismissed.  –  June 2013
  • Verdict in favor of surgeon and his group, following jury trial alleging medical malpractice against client Defendants. –  May 2013
  • Judgment entered in favor of Defendant client in a jury trial after Plaintiff fell from a ladder, sued the homeowner and claimed over $750,000 in damages.  – April 2012
  • Trial court granted Motion for Directed Finding in favor of client Defendant in garnishment case to collect insurance proceeds.  – March 2012
  • Won summary judgment dismissal, avoiding a lengthy trial against homeowner client, where injured Plaintiff sought substantial damages after being injured in a fall from a utility pole in client’s yard. – December 2010

Accolades

     Honors

  • Ragan Freitag accepts appointment as Will County Board’s chief of staff.  KG&G will miss her, but wishes her well in her new position.  Read More. – January 2017
  • Jeff Archambeault is selected as Director for the Will County Bar Association for a term beginning July 1, 2016.  – April 2016
  • Ragan Freitag is awarded the Young Professional of the Year by the Joliet Area Young Professionals. Read more. – December 2015
  • Ragan Freitag, a KG&G attorney and Will County Board member is chosen and appointed as an Edgar Fellow and joins an elite group of diverse leaders working toward bipartisan forward-thinking solutions to complex civic problems facing Illinois.  Read More. – July 2015
  • Chantal Host is appointed as a Village of Channahon Trustee. Read More. – June 2015
  • Ragan Freitag is named as Chair of the Capital Improvements Committee of the Will County Board. – December 2014

     Client Praise and Gratitude

  • “Thank you so much for seeing this through to the end.  This case was won because of all your skills in putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and your incredible skills in writing all those legal submissions every step of the process …  and I am so grateful.” – Client to Kathy Sons after favorable settlement concluding lengthy litigation  February 2017
  • “Chantal, I just want to Thank You for all your help, all these years. You and your staff are truly a blessing to me and my family. We cannot thank you enough.” – longtime Client December 2016
  • “Ms. Host did an excellent job in our case.  She is a valuable asset to your firm.  She is the reason we chose your firm.” – Client March 2015
  • “Ragan is amazing! She won our petition for removal out of state case for us, and my family is ever so grateful! She’s a genuine person who really cares about her clients and their families.” – Client November 2014
  • “Both you [Emma Vosicky] and Jim [Grumley] practice law the way it should be: with honesty, integrity, and respect.   You both raise this profession to the high standard it deserves and represent the best of what it means to be an attorney. . . . Thank you for the work that both of you do.  [We] appreciate everything that you and Jim have done for us and we are very fortunate that life gave us the opportunity to meet you both.” – Client November 2014
  • “He will be so appreciative of all your hard work, as we are!  Thanks Dick – what a great person and we really appreciate her efforts.  Thank you also, because I know it comes through you!”  – Businesswoman on behalf of referred pro bono client to Richard Kavanagh and Kathy Sons May 2014
  • “Chantal, Thank you so much for all your help and understanding and work on my case.  I have such admiration and respect for my colleagues who put their values before anything else in their job.  Thank you for being the wonderful person you are.” – Fellow attorney and client June 2015
  • “Grumley is awesome!!” – client following trial victory June 2013

Publications/News

  • Kathy Sons provides a response to an attorney inquiry regarding settlement checks in an online discussion group, which response was featured in the February 2017 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal at p. 42. – Feb. 2017
  • Ragan Freitag leads the Will County Board’s effort to combat the heroin epidemic in the county.  Read More.  –  March 4, 2016
  • Chantal Host was the featured speaker at the Will County Bar Association Guardian Ad Litem Series for continuing legal education, providing instruction on recent changes in Illinois law regarding parenting time after divorce. – February 25, 2016
  • Will County Board member Ragan Freitag supports partnership between City of Joliet and Will County to build a new much-needed courthouse in downtown Joliet.  Read More. – August 21, 2015
  • Mike Gahan fights for family whose mother donated body for science and whose remains were never properly disposed and may have instead been sold on the black market. Read More. – August 7, 2015
  • Lawyers helping one another – Illinois State Bar Association’s discussion group listservs provide a mechanism for discussion of legal issues and a resource for information on issues new to a lawyer.  Kathy Sons provided an answer and starting point for research in response to a question posed and that response was featured in the July issue of the Illinois Bar Journal at p. 28-29. – July 2015
  • Ragan Freitag gives back the community and encourages students to do the same. Read More. – April 24, 2015
  • Bryan Kopman represents objector to proposed referendum that the Joliet Electoral Board rejects as being insufficient under law. Read More. – August 28, 2014