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Louisville Magazine has named one of Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger’s own, Vanessa Cantley, as one of Louisville’s top attorneys. The honor was announced in the March 2014 issue of Louisville Magazine.

The award was based on the voting of fellow attorneys in the Louisville area. Ms. Cantley was selected in not one, but two of the magazine’s categories: Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Law. Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger is proud of Ms. Cantley’s recognition and her accomplishments in the arena of representing injured plaintiffs and victims.

In an effort to further educate himself and increase the firm’s knowledge in the area, Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC partner Will Nefzger attended an American Association for Justice seminar on the emerging Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) Litigation. The seminar offered a thorough examination of the history of the drug, the marketing, the science behind the dangerous side effects, the possible causes of action and the potential defenses by the drug makers.

The overarching theme that arises when examining this drug and its history is that the drug makers essentially created the disease now known as low T. While the drug initially gained approval to treat real medical conditions, like hypogonadism, the pharmaceutical industry began a marketing blitz targeting men who did not necessarily have the medical condition, but were experiencing tiredness, grumpiness, loss of sexual drive and other “symptoms.”

The problem is that now studies are showing that the TRT drugs have far more of increased risks than the drug makers have ever warned of, including heart attacks, strokes and severe, life-threatening blood clots. We continue to evaluate and accept these cases.

Several Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC attorneys attended the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Annual Convention held this year in San Francisco. Partners John Bahe, Vanessa Cantley and Will Nefzger all attended. The annual convention offers practicing attorneys continuing legal education, exhibition by legal industry vendors demonstrating their wares that attorneys use to more effectively and efficiently represent clients and business development opportunities.

Probably most importantly, the convention is a gathering of thought leaders in the profession that allows attendees to learn of cutting edge information and techniques and the latest trends in the legal profession. BCCN attorneys are committed to continuing to professionally develop themselves and keep the firm out front in a fast moving profession.

Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger proudly announces that partners Vanessa Cantley and Will Nefzger and Senior Associate Nathan Williams have been informed that they have been selected as Super Lawyers. According to its web site, “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.” More about the selection process can be found here.

Ms. Cantley was named as a “regular” Super Lawyer and Messrs. Nefzger and Williams were named as Rising Stars. All three are honored and humbled by their selection and the recognition of their work and achievements.

We are proud and pleased to announce that Ben Carter Law has moved his practice to our offices on the 6th floor of the Marion E. Taylor Building located at 312 South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. You can find out more about Ben and his practice here.

We are excited to have Ben and his practice in our offices and look forward to working with him. Ben brings a creative and innovative approach to the practice of law that aligns nicely with what we try to do at BCCN. We anticipate working on cases with Ben, exchanging ideas and generally learning from him and his practice.

John A. Bahe Jr., a founding partner of Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the People Advocating Recovery (“PAR”).

PAR works toward a goal of society viewing addiction as a disease without shame, stigma, or discrimination, and is made up of a statewide group of concerned individuals working to eliminate barriers to recovery from addiction. PAR also takes part in the lobbying and legislative process, focusing on laws that affect people recovering from addiction including restoration of voting rights for certain types of non-violent felonies

This year will mark the fourth annual American Association for Justice (AAJ) Churchill Downs Regional Event in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is scheduled to take place May 31 – June 1, 2013. A reception and happy hour will take place on Friday May 31 and is tentatively scheduled for The Silver Dollar. A three hour CLE course will be conducted the following morning at The Brown Hotel, followed by a day at the races at historic Churchill Downs.

It is not necessary to be an AAJ member in order to attend. All lawyers and their guests are welcome. The event is once again planned and coordinated by BCCN partner Will Nefzger and Louisville attorney Tad Thomas.

I am very honored to have been appointed recently to the board of the Louisville Bar Foundation (LBF).

The LBF’s mission is to raise and distribute funds for delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent, for law-related public education, and for improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system.

The LBF was established in 1981 as the charitable giving arm of the Louisville Bar Association. Since then, the LBF has distributed more than $2 million in grants to local organizations and the endowment has increased to $2 million. The Foundation is supported by contributions from attorneys, law firms, and corporations.

This appointment is especially meaningful to me since I served as the student representative to the LBF when I was a second and third year law student at the University of Louisville Law School. My appointment to the LBF Board as a student member came after I founded the nation’s first Student Bar Foundation at the law school, which has been serving as a model to other law schools for the past 10 years.

I look forward to serving on the LBF board and doing my best to help the board fulfill its mission.

Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC is proud to announce the addition of two new associates to the firm. Aaron Bentley is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington and joins BCCN after working for a plaintiff’s firm in Lexington. His concentration has been in the areas of medical malpractice and nursing home litigation, but at BCCN, he will expand his practice to all areas of personal injury. Megan U’Sellis is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law and clerked for BCCN for two years while in law school. She joins the firm again as an associate after spending the last two years serving as a federal clerk to Judge David Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Welcome Aaron and Megan!

This past weekend at the AAJ annual convention, I had the opportunity to spend time with Joel Feldman, a plaintiff’s attorney and partner at Anapol Schwartz in Philadelphia. Joel’s 21-year old daughter, Casey, was killed in 2009 by a distracted driver. Since that time, Joel has worked tirelessly with psychologists and others on developing the perfect presentation to warn people (especially teenagers) about the dangers of distracted driving. You can check out his “End DD” campaign at www.enddd.org.
The End DD campaign has already recruited over 800 trial lawyers who have given the distracted driving presentation to over 41,000 students across the nation. The campaign provides you with the entire presentation, handouts and related materials. It helps train you to make sure you deliver a great presentation, and it will even help you connect with local schools.

The trial lawyers of BCCN are already on board to participate in the End DD campaign in Kentucky, but my goal is to recruit 120 trial lawyer volunteers across the Commonwealth – symbolizing one trial lawyer per county.

If you are interested in partnering with the End DD campaign on this life-saving effort, please visit www.enddd.org and sign up to be a speaker. It only takes a few moments and you can save lives.

On behalf of Joel and his family, and all the other victims of distracted driving, thank you so much for doing what you can to End DD.