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November 2015


Important Court of Appeals Ruling for Physicians
CSETB lawyers Daniel Corbet and Kenneth Willis recently achieved an important victory for a firm client in the Michigan Court of Appeals. In an interlocutory appeal, the Court of Appeals reversed a Wayne County Circuit Court decision denying summary disposition of vicarious liability claims against a hospital client for the alleged malpractice of a co-defendant surgeon. The trial court denied the motion because the plaintiff contacted the surgeon for care after consulting the hospital’s physician referral service.

The Court of Appeals’ decision shows that an independent physician’s hospital staff privileges or physician marketing by a hospital does not necessarily create a reasonable belief in a patient that the physician is an agent of the hospital for purposes of vicarious liability. The firm recommends that its hospital clients aggressively defend vicarious liability claims with trial court motions and, when necessary, with interlocutory appeals.

CSETB Receives Top-Tier Ranking
Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso received a top-tier ranking in the practice area of Medical Malpractice - Defendants in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers®.

The Tier 1 ranking of Corbet, Shaw, Essad & Tucciarone is based on surveys and assessments of clients and lawyers, who were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice areas. The selection process also included Best Lawyers peer- reviews, with lawyers voting on a firm’s expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost- effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

Daniel R. Corbet and Bruce R. Shaw were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
Dan was named to the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Mass Tort Litigation Class Actions – Defendants. Dan is a founding partner of CSETB and the firm’s managing partner. His practice centers on medical negligence, commercial litigation and contractual relations.

Bruce, a founding partner at CSETB, was named to the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants. This is the sixth year Bruce has been named to the list. Bruce concentrates his practice in civil litigation with emphasis in hospital liability, professional negligence claims and alternative dispute resolution.


 

October 2015


Recent Court of Appeals Decision Important to Medical Malpractice Defense
On August 27, 2015, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a Wayne County Circuit Court decision that granted a motion for summary disposition filed by Steve Bonasso. The plaintiff had appealed the trial court’s dismissal of her complaint that was filed one day before the statutory notice period had elapsed. The appeal was defended by Mr. Bonasso and Erika Jost. During the pendency of the appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court in Tyra v Organ Procurement Agency (April 14, 2015) confirmed that a medical malpractice complaint filed during the statutory notice period does not commence an action. Based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Tyra, the Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal.

As this Court of Appeals decision demonstrates, the effect of the Tyra ruling is significant for defendants in medical malpractice actions. The decision emboldens defendants to seek and achieve dismissals of complaints that are filed even one day before the mandatory notice period elapses. Additionally, it highlights the advantage to defendants of filing a response to a notice of intent to sue, thereby lengthening the notice period and creating more opportunity for plaintiffs to make a procedural error potentially fatal to a claim.

Three CSETB founding partners recognized by their peers
Daniel R. Corbet and Kenneth M. Essad were selected as 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers® after being nominated by their peers in the practice area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice.

Super Lawyers magazine annually recognizes excellence in the legal profession using a rigorous, patented, multiphase selection process that evaluates candidates on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. At most, five percent of Michigan attorneys are rated as Super Lawyers®.

Kenneth M. Essad and Bruce R. Shaw were named to DBusiness Magazine’s 2015 list of Top Lawyers, which will appear in the November/December 2015 issue. The Top Lawyer list is based on a peer-review survey of Metro area lawyers.


 

September 2014

 

Three CSETB founding partners have again been named Michigan Super Lawyers®.

 

Michigan Super Lawyers magazine annually recognizes excellence in the legal profession using a rigorous, patented, multiphase selection process that evaluates candidates on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The result is a list of legal talent that can be used as a resource by attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. At most, five percent of Michigan attorneys are rated as a Super Lawyer.®

 

The three Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso partners selected as a 2014 Michigan Super Lawyer® were nominated by their peers in the practice area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice.

 

Daniel R. Corbet

Dan is the firm’s managing partner. His practice centers on medical negligence, commercial litigation and contractual relations.

 

Bruce R. Shaw

Bruce concentrates his practice in civil litigation with emphasis in hospital liability and professional negligence claims.

 

Kenneth M. Essad

Ken’s practice is concentrated in medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, family law, automobile negligence and asbestos defense.


 

May 2014

 

Christopher C. Frayer has joined Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso as an associate.

 

Chris graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and was admitted to the bar in 2001. He worked for the Office of the Florida State Attorney General before practicing with firms in Florida and Michigan. Prior to joining Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso, Chris worked for Brown, Jacobson, P.C. in Norwich, Connecticut representing corporate clients, insurance companies and municipalities. His practice at CSETB focuses on civil litigation, concentrating on medical malpractice defense.



September 2013

 

Three founding partners at Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso – Daniel R. Corbet, Bruce R. Shaw and Kenneth M. Essad – have each been named a 2013 Michigan Super Lawyer® in the practice area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice.

Michigan Super Lawyers magazine annually recognizes excellence in the legal profession through these distinctions. Only five percent of Michigan attorneys are chosen each year.

Daniel Corbet is the firmʼs managing partner. His practice centers on medical negligence, commercial litigation and contractual relations. Bruce Shawʼs practice focuses on civil litigation with emphasis in hospital liability and professional negligence claims. Kenneth Essad concentrates his practice in medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, family law, automobile negligence and asbestos defense.


 

September 2013

 

Bruce Shaw has been named one of the “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2013” by DBusiness Magazine. Bruce concentrates his practice in civil litigation with emphasis in hospital liability and professional negligence claims.


 

September 2013

 

Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso is pleased to announce that Sarah Tupica Berard has been promoted to Associate Principal, in recognition of her legal skills, commitment to clients and contributions to the firm. Berard, who earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy, joined the firm in 2009. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice and insurance defense.

In 2012, Berard was selected to serve on the newly-formed Patient and Family Advisory Board (PFAB) at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC). The PFAB is a partnership of patients, family members, healthcare providers and the community that works to ensure the highest quality of patient and family-centered care at UMCCC. Berard was also elected as the PFAB Nominations and Governance Officer. 

In 2010 and 2011, Berard was named a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the practice area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice.


 

August 2013

 

Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso received a top-tier ranking in the practice area of Medical Malpractice - Defendants in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers ®.

 

The “Best Law Firms” rankings, which were announced in August, are based on surveys of clients and lawyers, peer reviews and other information gathered as part of the evaluation process.



May 2013

 

Lawyers For A Cure – a team from Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso – participated in the 22nd Annual Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure to help raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.


November 2012

Bruce Shaw – a founding partner at Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonassso – has been named one of the “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2013” by DBusiness Magazine.

The November/December 2012 issue of DBusiness listed attorneys in 51 specialized practice areas who received the highest ratings for their professional abilities and ethical standards, based on confidential peer reviews. About 900 honorees were selected from more than 21,000 attorneys in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Bruce concentrates his practice in civil litigation with emphasis in hospital liability and professional negligence claims.


Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso was ranked as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the practice area of Medical Malpractice– Defendants by the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers®.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings, which were announced November 1, 2012, are based on surveys of clients and lawyers, peer reviews and other information gathered as part of the evaluation process.


September 2012

Daniel R. Corbet – founding partner of Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso and the firm’s managing partner – and Bruce R. Shaw – also a founding partner of the firm were named 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers® in the practice area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice. Michigan Super Lawyers magazine annually recognizes excellence in the legal profession through these distinctions. Only five percent of Michigan attorneys are chosen each year.

 



September 2012

 

Kenneth M. Essad – founding partner of Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso –
has been named to the Executive Board of the Veteransʼs Outreach Project of Southeast Michigan, Inc. Essad took the lead to incorporate the organization as a 501(c)(3) and will act in a volunteer advisory capacity as Counsel to the Board.

 

The Veterans’ Outreach Project supports the 17th Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court in Redford. Based on the successful model of drug courts, Veterans Treatment Courts address challenges unique to our nation’s veterans. These specialized courts route offenders into substance abuse or mental health treatment instead of incarceration and provide social services to help them rehabilitate and readjust.

 



September 2012

 

Sarah Tupica Berard has been selected to serve on the newly-formed Patient and Family Advisory Board (PFAB) at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC). 

The PFAB is a partnership of patients, family members, healthcare providers and the community that works to ensure the highest quality of patient and family-centered care at UMCCC. Berard was also elected as the PFAB Nominations and Governance Officer. 

 


September 2012

Erika Jost has joined Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso as an associate.

Jost graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. As part of her undergraduate program, she studied German language and history at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg. Jost earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 2011. While in law school, Jost served as a board member for the Michigan Law chapter of the American Constitution Society. She also performed transactional work for local small businesses and nonprofit corporations through the Urban Communities Clinic (now the Community and Economic Development Clinic). Upon graduation from law school, Jost clerked for the Honorable Kay Behm, Probate Judge assigned to the Family Division of Circuit Court in Genesee County.

 

Ms. Jost was admitted to the bar in the State of Michigan in 2011. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, concentrating on medical malpractice defense and appellate practice, and family law.


January 2011

Effective January 1, 2011, the name of our firm is Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone & Bonasso, PLLC.


January 2011

In recognition of his talents as an attorney and his contributions to the firm, Steven J. Bonasso has become a name partner of the firm.

Mr. Bonasso earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. He practices primarily in the areas of medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, municipal law (civil rights actions/1983), long-term care litigation, and premises liability.


October 2010

Corbet, Shaw, Essad & Tucciarone was ranked as one of the "Best Law Firms" in the practice area of Medical Malpractice–Defendants by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, in their inaugural law firm ranking.

The Tier 1 ranking of Corbet, Shaw, Essad & Tucciarone is based on surveys of clients and lawyers who were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice areas. Nationally, responses came from every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies. The rankings also reflect more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers, from the most recent Best Lawyers survey.


October 2010

Bruce R. Shaw, a founding partner at Corbet, Shaw, Essad & Tucciarone, was named to DBusiness Magazine's 2010 list of Top Lawyers, which appears in its November/December 2010 issue. The Top Lawyer list is based on a peer-review survey of Metro area lawyers.

Shaw also was selected by peers for the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law. The Best Lawyers list is considered to be the "most respected referral list of attorneys in practice," according to The American Lawyer. Selection is based on a rigorous peer-review survey with more than 25,000 of the nation's top attorneys casting almost 3 million confidential votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties.

Shaw concentrates his practice in civil litigation with emphasis in hospital liability, professional negligence claims and family law. He frequently speaks about developments and trends in health care law and medical liability issues.


October 2010

Sarah Tupica Berard was named a 2010 Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Rising Stars are selected based on peer nominations and independent research of candidates. The list features outstanding young lawyers from around the state.

Tupica focuses her practice on medical malpractice and insurance defense.


June 2010

Kenneth M. Essad, a partner at Corbet, Shaw, Essad & Tucciarone, was asked by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly to serve on the newly created Solutions on Self-Help Task Force.

The SOS Task Force is charged with developing resources for non-lawyers who represent themselves in legal proceedings. This will include an interactive and user-friendly self-help website with centralized, high quality resources in several languages. The overall goal is to close the gaps and duplication in the availability, quality and uniformity of self-help resources available to Michigan residents.

Essad accepted the appointment to help the growing number of Michigan residents who are being turned away from legal aid agencies, which are overwhelmed by the demand for legal help. The SOS Task Force will help provide an effective and accessible alternative for people around the state.


May 2010

Thank you to everyone who supported our team during the 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure® held May 22, 2010. The Corbet, Shaw, Essad & Tucciarone team, Lawyers For A Cure, exceeded its goal by more than 50%, raising a total of $3,822. Proceeds support curing breast cancer — forever.