Verdicts & Settlements

Social Security Case Outcomes

Nicholas Romer successfully argued that his client was entitled to Social Security Disability benefits with three years of back pay totaling nearly $70,000.

Nicholas Romer successfully argued that his client was entitled to Social Security Disability benefits with 3 1/2 years of back pay totaling over $63,000.

Criminal Case Outcomes

Rick Szymanski successfully obtained a dismissal of assault charges that were brought against a client.

Rick Szymanski successfully negotiated two misdemeanor charges against a client of OWI — Minor with any blood alcohol content and failure to report an accident down to a MIP civil infraction.

Rick Szymanski represented a client charged with felony assault by Strangulation that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.The charges were successfully negotiated to aggravated domestic violence and the client was sentenced to 12 months of probation.

Rick Szymanski represented a client facing a misdemeanor charge of moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function. The charge was dismissed, and the client was able to accept responsibility for a civil infraction.

Rick Szymanski represented a client facing a felony charge of careless discharge of a weapon causing injury or death, and hunting without a license. Those charges were reduced to a misdemeanor attempted careless discharge of a firearm and the client was sentenced to pay fines without jail or probation.

Rick Szymanski successfully negotiated a felony charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute down to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. The client was not sentenced to any probation time.

Jonathan Paasch successfully represented a client who was initially charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) causing a traffic crash. While investigating the traffic crash, officers also located a controlled substance in the vehicle. In defense of the client, Mr. Paasch identified several key issues with the OWI investigation and obtained a reduced charge of impaired driving and a dismissal of the narcotics charge after a successful term of probation.

CASES FILED BY MPM

In 2019, Nicholas Romer successfully negotiated a settlement of $625,000.00 in non-economic damages (pain and suffering) for his client that was injured in a motor vehicle accident. The insurance company initially only offered his client $20,000.00.

Nicholas Romer filed suit against an employer who terminated his client months prior to her pension vesting in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Nicholas successfully settled the case with his client receiving her fully vested pension and the employer paying for his client's lost wages and attorney fees.

Bill McDonald negotiated a policy limits settlement for a McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, PLLC, client seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Bill McDonald negotiated a policy limits settlement in an underinsured motorist claim involving a McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, PLLC, client who was injured in an out-of-state accident. The insurance company involved made no initial settlement offer only to pay its UIM policy limits in advance of trial.

Bill McDonald and Dave Pierangeli prevailed in an insurance coverage dispute resulting in an award of damages, costs and interest in excess of $1,000,000 payable to a McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, PLLC, client. The case involved an out-of-state motor vehicle accident resulting in serious injuries to a former Michigan resident who had moved to Florida. Her carrier initially rejected her claim and refused to pay her medical bills that exceeded $600,000. McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, PLLC, initiated a suit for declaratory relief, culminating with the entry of a judgment in favor of our client.

Dave Pierangeli prevailed in a no-fault priority dispute obtaining a six figure recovery for an insurer represented by McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, PLLC.

Dave Pierangeli negotiated a $75,000 settlement for a McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, PLLC, client injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Bill McDonald negotiated a series of settlements for family members injured in a tragic automobile accident. Settlement payments totaled in excess of over $500,000. The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment obtained by Bill McDonald and Dave Pierangeli in an insurance coverage dispute resulting in an award for McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, PLLC, client in excess of $1.3 million dollars.

CASES DEFENDED BY MPM

David Pierangeli obtained a jury verdict of no cause for action in defense of a first-party no-fault insurance case in Mid-Michigan. Plaintiff's demand was in excess of $50,000.

Bill McDonald defended a first-party PIP action filed in northern Michigan obtaining a jury verdict of no cause for action. Plaintiff's pretrial demand exceeded $300,000.

Bill McDonald obtained a defense verdict in a first-party PIP attendant care claim tried before a jury in the Upper Peninsula.

Bill McDonald obtained a jury verdict of no cause for action defending a personal injury gun shot case filed in West Michigan.

Bill McDonald and Dave Pierangeli successfully obtained the dismissal without payment of a questionable first party PIP attendant care claim filed in Wayne County.

Dave Pierangeli prevailed in a Michigan Court of Appeals matter involving an out-of-state resident's eligibility for and/or entitlement to benefits under a non-Michigan automobile insurance policy.

Dave Pierangeli successfully argued the case of Neal v. Wilkes, before the Michigan Supreme Court in which the Court pronounced a new standard for the application of the Recreational Land Use Act. Dave also prevailed in the Court of Appeals on issues involving the proof required by a dependent to establish paternity when seeking no-fault benefits as well as application of the statue of limitations in UCC cases.

Jim Lohr prevailed in the Court of Appeals on a matter involving insurance coverage. The Court of Appeals decision led to a large settlement on behalf of the client who sustained severe injuries in a slip-and-fall accident.

Jonathan Paasch obtained a directed verdict (dismissal) in a civil suit against a local business where the company was wrongly accused of theft of durable goods. During trial, Jonathan Paasch argued that the plaintiff had not established his case-in-chief and successfully moved the court for a directed verdict, essentially relieving the client of all civil liability.

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