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News from Scopelitis: Scopelitis Expands Milwaukee Office

Thomas Gonzalez, Mary Beth Hughes, Margaret M. Krei, Michael  McFarlane

July 31, 2020

Scopelitis Expands Milwaukee Office

Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary recently announced the addition of four new attorneys in its Milwaukee office. The four bring extensive experience in transportation law – one in accident litigation, and the others in workers’ compensation defense – to the national transportation law firm.  

“Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small, family-owned businesses,” said Scopelitis President and Managing Partner Greg Feary. “We need to be as sharp at defending accident and workers’ compensation claims as we are at guiding executive teams through issues critical to their companies’ strategic growth. The new Milwaukee group helps us stay sharp in areas of existing strength,” Feary said, noting the Firm’s robust accident and workers’ compensation defense practices in its Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and Dallas/Fort Worth offices.

Thomas Gonzalez joins the already-established accident defense team in the Firm’s Milwaukee office. Gonzalez brings 20 years of experience in representing motor carriers, brokers, and shippers in all areas of litigation. He has substantial trial experience handling injury claims, including catastrophic losses. In addition to his accident litigation practice, Gonzalez handles cargo claims and broker liability claims. He also advises clients on insurance coverage and risk management issues pertaining to independent contractor and broker/carrier agreements.

Mary Beth Hughes, Michael McFarlane, and Margaret Krei have more than 30 years of collective experience in workers’ compensation defense. They bring a new practice area to the Milwaukee office, serving as another resource for the Scopelitis Firm’s Wisconsin-based transportation clients. The addition of the workers’ compensation group augments the existing employment law practice in Milwaukee led by Steve Stanaszak. Hughes, McFarlane, and Krei work with employers to aggressively defend and resolve workers’ compensation claims. They counsel employers on a variety of issues, including independent contractor status; design and execute creative strategies to prevent litigation and reduce costs; investigate injuries; advise on employment decisions; and negotiate global settlements to help employers proactively protect against claims not covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Scopelitis Partners Jay Starrett and Steve Stanaszak were instrumental in bringing the four new attorneys to the Milwaukee office. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with these attorneys on cases for a number of years,” Starrett said. “Their understanding of how their issues affect both short- and long-term outcomes of business affairs for motor carriers will serve their clients well,” Starrett said. “And their eagerness to jump in and work with our national team of transportation attorneys make them a perfect fit for our Firm.”

Scopelitis is a full-service law firm that serves over 5,000 clients in trucking, transportation, and logistics from its 12 offices nationwide. The Firm’s practice areas include corporate and business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, insurance, labor and employment, business litigation, taxation, motor carrier compliance, accident litigation, and workers’ compensation defense – all within the context of the transportation industry and transportation law. To learn more, please visit the practice area pages for Personal Injury, Property Damage and Cargo Claims and Workers’ Compensation.