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									                                      Since 1950      •      Fall 2009        •              •      vol. XXI

New HBO Kevorkian/Fieger Movie
Star-studded cast to depict Fieger and his famous client
   ver wondered who would play you                                           You Don’t
E  in a movie? Attorney Geoffrey Fieger
has found out. Award-winning actor
                                                                         Know Jack
Danny Huston has been cast to play                                       Kevorkian as
Fieger in a biopic about Dr. Jack                                        he builds the
Kevorkian, set to air on HBO next April.                                 infamous
  You Don’t Know Jack also stars Al
Pacino as Kevorkian, Susan Sarandon
                                                                         conducts his
as Janet Good, and John Goodman as
                                                                         first assisted
Neal Nicol.
                                                                         suicide, and
                        The movie is                                     starts a media
                     based on the book                                   frenzy with his

                                                                                                                                            Photo by Abbot Genser/HBO
                     Between the Dying                                   legal battles.
                     and the Dead: Dr.
                                                “In essence the movie realistically
                     Jack Kevorkian's
                                             reflects the facts of our relationship.
                     Life and the Battle
                                             Jack was the unrepentant child who
                     to Legalize
                                             made his way into history,” Fieger said.
                     Euthanasia by Neal
                     Nicol and Harry            Fieger predicts the film will garner
                     Wylie. It is directed   Emmy nominations, including Pacino
                     by Academy              for Best Actor.                                      Al Pacino plays Dr. Jack Kevorkian,
  Award-winning      Award winner                                                                        blue cardigan and all.
                                                Fieger became internationally known
    actor Danny      Barry Levinson
   Huston plays                              as he represented “Dr. Death” in all
                     (Rain Man).
 Attorney Geoffrey                           seven of his trials throughout the 1990s.          his last trial when he lost and went to
 Fieger in the HBO      Huston, son of       Fieger took on Kevorkian’s cause pro               prison for nine years.
  film “You Don’t     Academy Award-         bono, believing that every American
    Know Jack.”       winning director       should have the legal right to die.                 Stay tuned to the Fieger Times for
                      John Huston            Kevorkian chose to represent himself in            more on You Don’t Know Jack.
(African Queen, The Treasure of the
Sierra Madre) and brother of actress
Angelica Huston (The Addams Family,
The Royal Tenenbaums), has appeared
in more than 20 films including X-Men
Origins: Wolverine, Leaving Las Vegas,
The Aviator, The Constant Gardener, 30
Days of Night and Marie Antoinette. He                         From the Lion’s Den
recently portrayed Samuel Adams in the
                                                Today, times are tough. The econ-                  All of us at Fieger Law are dedicated
award-winning HBO miniseries John
                                             omy seems to be inching toward recov-              to help those who have been wronged
Adams. He also co-stars in the upcom-
                                             ery. The automotive industry changes               by corporations, insurance companies
ing epic Robin Hood starring Russell         on an almost daily basis, giving wonder            and government. I am here for you in
Crowe.                                       to what we all stand for here in Detroit.          good times and bad.
  Fieger was hired by HBO to serve as           We are in for change and I believe it             Fieger Law – Not Afraid to Win.
a script consultant and has been work-       is a change for the better. It’s times like
ing with Huston.                             these that I feel proud to carry on the
  “I’ve met with Danny Huston to go          crusade of my parents who were fight-
over his lines as I would have said          ers during another era of change, the
them,” Fieger said. “It was easy.”           Civil Rights era.

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                                    Fieger Law stages
Stephanie Gelow, asst.
Vanessa Kouloumberis, legal asst.

Shannon Ogden, paralegal
Sharon Armstead, paralegal
                                    outdoor ad campaign
BOB GIROUX                                ieger Law TV ads
Stephanie Stipanovich, asst.
Helen Joyner, paralegal               F   took to the street this
                                    summer. For six weeks
Todd Weglarz                        ending Sept. 11, Screen
Rebecca Walsh
Bill McHenry                        Source Media broadcast
Paul Broschay                       Fieger Law ads on a mas-
Arnie Matusz                        sive video screen on the
Victor Valenti
Jeffrey Danzig                      side of Music Hall in
James Harrington IV                 Detroit, located on the cor-
Heather Jefferson                   ner of Brush and Madison
Thomas M. Lizza
Michael Dezsi                       near 36th District Court.
Leon Weiss
Greg Wix                               Approximately 20,000
Michael Ratton                      pedestrians passed the
Jack Beam, of counsel
Barry Fayne, of counsel             Fieger Law message each
                                    day – even more saw it on
Office Manager
Nancy Fisher
                                    their way to see Tigers
                                    games, Lions preseason
Receptionists                       games, and concerts by
Erin                                artists like Kid Rock and
                                    Kenny Chesney.
Mary Wilson                            Screen Source Media
Liza Dodson                         also brought Fieger Law
Laura Bertus
Sandra Ryckman                      commercials to the epi-
Deirdre Bush                        center of the Woodward
Matt Matteson
Dwan Sanders                        Dream Cruise at 13 Mile
                                    and Woodward Aug. 14-
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Jill Brandana
Toni Benedetti                      ads online at
Mary Mergos               
Mary Ann Litteral
Jennifer Witkowski
Marilyn Bockemuehl
Kristine A. Gnagey
Monica Dallo
Cheryl Jann
Vera Botz
Cindy Tavi
Michalene Sowinski
                                    Fieger goes on
Beverly Medley
Laura Owens                         ‘Motor City Hayride’
Jury Consultant
                                         tay tuned to The Motor City Hayride on Sirius Radio for an interview with Geoffrey
Steve Hnat
Courier Supervisor
Anna Trimble
                                      S  Fieger. Fieger was one of the first guests interviewed for the new show, hosted by leg-
                                    endary Detroit musician and producer Don Was.
Georgia Banyai                        The Motor City Hayride is a Detroit-themed program that highlights local heroes, from
Ann Marie Keith                     rocker Mitch Ryder to author Elmore Leonard, in various locales in the Motor City.
Project Mgr.
                                       Was described the show as ‘a unique jambalaya of Detroit civic pride and renegade coun-
Jeff Cope
                                    try music.’
Building Mgr.
Tom Baulch                             "We’ll spin some cool records — some of which come from my personal stash of unre-
Information Systems Mgrs.           leased masters — and interview local notables who are keeping the city interesting and
Rachel Stevens                      vibrant,” Was said.
Eric Donahue
Anthony Cairo                          Was grew up in Oak Park (as did Fieger), and now resides in Los Angeles. He has
Couriers                            released award-winning records as part of Was (Not) Was, and produced an awe-inspiring
Alexis Farion
                                    array of musicians including The Rolling Stones and The Knack (fronted by Geoffrey Fieger’s
Intake Department
Justin Fisher                       brother Doug).
Colette Jenkins
                                      The Motor City Hayride airs on Sirius Radio Channel 63 Outlaw Country on Saturdays at
In Memoriam
Bernard Fieger
                                    10 p.m., with rebroadcasts Sundays at 1 a.m. and Mondays at 10 a.m.
June Fieger
Jeremiah Kenney
Tammy Reiss                                               Fieger, Fieger, Kenney, Johnson & Giroux, P.C. • 248.355.5555 •
Attorneys get a little TLC from Gerry Spence
                                                                                                                     “ The Trial Lawyersto
                                                                                                                     College is dedicated
                                                                                                                     educating lawyers and
                                                                                                                     judges who are committed
                                                                                                                     to obtaining justice for
                                                                                                                     the poor,
                                                                                                                     the injured,
                                                                                                                     the forgotten,

                                                                                              Photo by Leroy Dubre
                                                                                                                     the voiceless,
                                                                                                                     the defenseless and
                                                                                                                     the damned.
                   Gerry Spence, photographed on his Wyoming ranch.
                                                                                                                                            — Gerry Spence

  F    or the third year in a row, attorney
       Geoffrey Fieger spent part of his
summer vacation at the Gerry Spence
                                               win plaintiff civil cases,” Fieger said. “It
                                               essentially involves understanding one’s
                                               own fears and prejudices, and how to
                                                                                                                     directed all the attorneys at Fieger Law
                                                                                                                     to adopt the TLC method in order to be
                                                                                                                     more successful.”
Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois,              crawl into the hide of your opponent.”
                                                                                                                        To that end, Fieger Law attorneys
                                                  TLC uses psychodrama, a form of                                    Paul Broschay and Arnie Matusz
   Spence — known as much for his              group therapy in which participants go                                attended TLC's summer session this
trademark fringed cowboy jacket as his         through role-playing exercises to tap                                 year.
defense of clients like Karen Silkwood,        into their emotions and empathize with
                                                                                                                       Broschay admitted the psychodrama
Imelda Marcos and Geoffrey Fieger              their clients and witnesses.
                                                                                                                     technique was challenging at times.
himself — founded TLC 13 years ago
as a non-profit organization.                                                                                           “It was something I was certainly not
    Its aim is to help plain-                                                                                        used to and that I’d never experienced,
tiff’s attorneys delve into                                                                                          but I’ve already utilized some of the
the emotional aspects of                                                                                             techniques with judges, defense
cases in order to better                                                                                             lawyers and clients,” Broschay said. “I
represent their clients and                                                                                          think it’s made me a better attorney.”
reach out to jurors in a                                                                                                Spence said Fieger shared a valuable
meaningful way.                                                                                                      lesson during his presentation. "Geoffrey
   Classes are held in                                                                                               inspires. That is the product of his great
wooden barns and cab-                                                                                                charisma. One listens and one
ins on Spence’s rural                                                                                                believes," Spence said. "He has shown
200-acre ranch, with                                                                                                 TLC attendees that charisma and pas-
majestic views of the                                                                                                sion have a place in the courtroom.
Wind River Mountains.                                                                                                Rarely, if ever, have lawyers heard the
                                                                                                                     likes of this man. We are tuned to the
   In July, Fieger was                                                                                               intellect, the left brain, and it betrays us
invited to deliver a                                                                                                 before juries. Geoffrey shows us how
                                  Paul Broschay and Arnie Matusz attended the Gerry
keynote presentation to               Spence Trial Lawyers College this summer.                                      the whole brain can work to bring jus-
55 attorneys from across                                                                                             tice. After all, justice is a feeling, isn’t it?"
the country attending the
intense, three-week retreat.                                                                                          For more information, visit
                                                  “The intention is to develop a psy-                      
   “My presentation was about why the          chological framework to understand the
Trial Lawyers College method, devel-           real story in the case. It’s all about sto-
oped by Gerry Spence and his peers, is         rytelling. You must be able to tell a story
the only proven method to consistently         in the courtroom,” Fieger said. “I have

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                 Legal Boxer
Johnson wins $6.1M verdict in crash            in constant pain every day for the rest of          A registered nurse who witnessed the
                                               her life,” Johnson said. “He literally testi-     accident and helped the Zeidans at the
                      partner Ven
  OnofApril 30,a 2009 millionaverdictJohn- a
      son won $6.1
behalf a woman injured in crash with
                                               fied this lady’s life has been ruined.”           scene, testified that Mulhern told her he
                                                                                                 hadn’t seen the red light or the Zeidan’s
Roseville Police officer, which occurred on                                                      car because he had been on his cell
Dec. 28, 2007. Salim Zeidan and his wife,
Suzette Zeidan, were driving home after
exchanging Christmas gifts at the mall
when Lt. Thomas Mulhern ran a red light
                                                “ It proven
                                                     has                                           The case was tried in Macomb
                                                                                                 County Circuit Court before the Honor-
                                                                                                 able Judge Mark Switalski. Within two
and hit the couple’s car as they turned left    that juries in                                   months, the City of Roseville voluntarily
from Utica Road onto 13 Mile. This
occurred despite the light being red for        Macomb                                           paid $5 million rather than appeal.
Mulhern for nearly nine seconds.                County take                                          “I am so proud of this Macomb
                                                                                                 County jury. They ignored the defense
  Mr. Zeidan, 83, spent three days in the
hospital being treated for a fractured ster-
                                                their civil                                      arguments that Mrs. Zeidan was 'get-
                                                                                                 ting old anyway' and 'was not going to
num and kneecap. His wife fared much            liberties very                                   live very much longer'," Johnson said.
worse.                                                                                           "The jury clearly believed that Mulhern
   Mrs. Zeidan, 82, was in the hospital for
10 days, healing from surgery to rebuild a
shattered hip. She then was admitted to a
                                                              ”           Ven Johnson

                                                  Soon after the accident, while in the
                                                                                                 lied on the witness stand and that from
                                                                                                 the time of the accident through the
                                                                                                 time of trial the City of Roseville disre-
nursing home for more care and treat-          hospital and nursing home, Mrs. Zeidan            spected Mrs. Zeidan and the signifi-
ment. After a year of outpatient rehabilita-   also began showing signs of delirium,             cance and permanence of her injuries.
tion, she was diagnosed with hypertrophic      which an expert psychiatrist testified was        It is the Zeidan’s hope as well all of the
bone formation, an agonizing condition         caused by brain damage suffered in the            attorneys at Fieger Law, that this verdict
that causes bones to grow abnormally.          crash.                                            will help other injury victims in Macomb
                                                                                                 County obtain justice more easily since
  “The orthopedic surgeon testified that         “The accident will forever change the           it has been proven that juries in
her bone formation is so bad she will          course of her brain functions,” Johnson           Macomb County take their civil liberties
never walk normally again and she will be      said.                                             very seriously.”

                 Legal Lesson
                                 Question: If the owner of a car loans the car         The statute is why I tell my family, friends and
                              to a friend or family member who then causes a           clients to title their cars in the name of the person
                              crash resulting in personal injury to another per-       who will be driving the car regularly, e.g., son,
                              son, can the owner be held liable for the injuries       daughter, spouse. It is also the reason I tell them
                              caused by the crash?                                     not to title any car in more than one name, espe-
                                                                                       cially if the two people are married as it could
                                Answer: Yes. In Michigan, we have a statute
                                                                                       expose all marital assets to collection.
                              commonly referred to as the “Owner’s Liability”
                              statute which imposes liability on an owner of a
                              motor vehicle for any injuries caused by the negli-
      Bob Giroux              gence of a permissive user of the motor vehicle.

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                                                                      What is your favorite journey?
                                                                      Photo safari “with” the lions of the Kenyan Masai Mara
                      Fair and Just                                   What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
                      QUESTIONNAIRE                                   On what occasion do you lie?
                                                                      Only once to my unctuous landlord in Italy, because you don’t
                                                                      want to litigate in Berlusconi’s country
                                                                      Which living person do you most dislike?
                                                                      Dick “Haliburton” Cheney. What we spend in just four months
                                                                      on Cheney’s bloody war in Iraq is more than the total cost of the
                                                                      GM bailout
                                                                      What is your greatest regret?
                                                                      My mom never got to see any of her grandchildren
                                                                      When & where were you the happiest?
                                                                      At the Denver Christmas Party Dec. 9, 1982 when I first saw my
                                                                      wife Renee
                                                                      Which talent would you most like to have?
                                                                      To play piano
                                                                      What is your current state of mind?

                           Jack Beam                                  Optimism v. Mortality
                                                                      If you could change one thing about yourself, what
                                              Of Counsel              would it be?
                                                                      My lack of fluency in a foreign language
   Since 1983 Jack Beam, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney,            What do you consider your greatest achievement?
 along with his partner “Doctor” Doug Raymond, have rep-              My latest book, The God Awful Truth About Heaven
resented children in more than 20 states who are victims of           What is your most treasured possession?
    cerebral palsy and birth injuries caused by hospital and          Our Glen Lake house
    doctor negligence during labor and delivery. Beam first
               teamed with Fieger on a record-setting case            Where would you most like to live?
                                                                      Florence or London
                                        in Washington, Penn.
                                                                      What is your most marked characteristic?
    “Geoffrey’s $31 million jury verdict, including interest, is      Intolerance about intolerance
      the largest recovery in a medical malpractice case in
                                                                      What do you most value in your friends?
                                   Pennsylvania,” Beam said.
     In 2004, Beam was named “Of Counsel” to Fieger Law.
                                                                      Who are your favorite writers?
    Here, the author and attorney muses about his writings,           Will Durant, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens
  unctuous Italian landlords and his greatest hero of fiction.        & Carl Hiaasen
                                                                      Who is your favorite hero of fiction:
What is your favorite color?                                          Jesus
                                                                      Who is your hero in real life:
What is your favorite restaurant?                                     Nine letter winner at WMU; Director of Phys. Ed., Battle Creek
HB on N. Halsted in Chicago                                           Public Schools; U of M School of Public Health grad; Lt. Cmdr.
Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?                               U.S.N. WWII; Big Ten football official; physical therapist to polio
Geoffrey Nels Fieger                                                  victims and my dad, Nick Beam
Where is your favorite place to be?                                   How would you like to die?
Ann Arbor conjuring up those halcyon college days                     Without Alzheimer’s
What is your idea of perfect happiness?                               If you were a speech part, what would you be?
Dinner with Renee, Bjorn & Bianca                                     An Italian verb
Which historical figure do you most identify with?                    If you were a car, what kind would you be?
Thomas Paine                                                          The kind that ex-GM CEO’s could and should have produced
What is your favorite song?                                           If you were food, what kind would you be?
“Every Sperm is Sacred” from Monty Python’s The Meaning of            Pasta
Life is my YouTube favorite                                           If you were an animal, what kind would you be?
Which living person do you most admire?                               My mutt-dog Repo
The moms (and a very few dads) who care for our cerebral palsy        If you were fine art, what form would you take?
clients 24/7                                                          Cinema—preferably one of my screenplays set in Michigan. (Will
Which trait in yourself do you most deplore?                          someone please call Jeff Daniels!)
Environmental hypocrisy                                               What’s your motto?
What trait do you most deplore in others?                             “The only sin is ignorance.” Christopher Marlowe
Religious hypocrisy                                                   What’s your favorite quote about the law?
What’s your greatest extravagance?                                    “If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”
International travel                                                  Charles Dickens

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                GDW: Geoffrey Did What?

    he death of Michael Jackson
T   on June 25, 2009 rocked
music fans around the world.
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger recalls
meeting Jackson in 1998, when
the King of Pop supported
Fieger's bid for Governor. They
were introduced by Jackson friend
Don Barden. “He was taller than I
thought he would be!” Fieger said.

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