At Milestone Consulting, we have the honor and pleasure of working with many of the best trial lawyers in the country. We are highlighting some of these awesome attorneys whose work ethic and success have made them assets to the civil justice system.
Today, we’re featuring Katie A. Hubbard of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. in Illinois. Katie focuses her practice on personal injury litigation, including auto accidents, dangerous drug and medical device litigation, and workers’ compensation. In the defective medical device arena, Katie represents people hurt by Transvaginal Mesh, Granuflo used in dialysis, Mirena, Stryker and Wright Hip Replacements, and IVC Filters. She also represents women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the use of talcum powder products.
A leader in a variety of legal and philanthropic organizations, Katie is active in the United Way of Greater St. Louis as the Chair of the Tri-Cities Area Auxiliary Council. Katie travels to Haiti once a year as part of a mission to bring food, education, and medical care there.
We asked Katie a few questions about her career and the civil justice system, which she answered below.
What is your favorite part about being a trial attorney?
I absolutely love helping my clients through difficult times in their lives and hearing the relief in their voice when they know someone is one their side. Above all of the court battles and work, my clients are the ones who make it worth all the effort.
Trial attorneys can get a bad wrap. What do you think can be done (or is being done) to expel this stereotype?
This is one of the things in life that makes me very sad, because it is a great misconception that people have been unknowingly taught. I think that we as trial lawyers need to continue to raise our voices about the good work we are doing and that our fellow lawyers are doing. We need a concerted effort to meet the general public where they are at with interesting information about access to justice and why it matters to them. I will admit this is easier said than done, but I try to play my small part by sharing with anyone I know that I am proud to be a lawyer for normal people and we help those in need.
What has been one of the greatest challenges you’ve faced as a lawyer?
I have faced all kinds of difficult defense lawyers. But my greatest challenge has been explaining to my clients why a law is not favorable to them or any injured person, and therefore they will not receive just compensation.
What are your future goals?
My big picture goal for the future is to keep fighting for those who face great injustice. I hope that includes growing as a lawyer, going to trial on cases that matter, collaborating with my colleagues to create change, and volunteering my time to help those in poverty. I do quite a bit of volunteer work in Haiti and would like to continue working with those in poverty so they can have a chance at education and freedom to thrive on their own terms. I also want to keep learning guitar and play music any chance I get. 🙂
Tell us about a case that you’ve handled that you consider a success story.
I worked on a case involving a police pursuit of a vehicle that ended in a deadly crash. My client was severely injured but the liability was hard fought by the defendants and we weren’t sure about taking the case on. With possible bias against our clients for where they are from and what they look like, it definitely seemed like an uphill battle. Over the course of the case I really got to know the clients and they are wonderful people. We resolved the case just shy of trial for what I know will help care for my client for most of his life. This is a success to me because I know it gave my clients hope that there are lawyers willing to fight for them when no one else will.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).