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LEWIS NAMED CHAIR OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE BY OAJ
Attorney Richard M. Lewis of Jackson, Ohio was appointed to serve a second year as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Ohio Association of Justice. OAJ, as the association is known, is a statewide organization of trial attorneys. Its Legislative Committee reviews legislation proposed in the Ohio General Assembly which might affect OAJ’s members and their clients. The members of the committee and its chairperson analyze the legislative bills, write position papers on the bills, recommend policy positions about the proposed legislation to OAJ’s leadership, and sometimes provide testimony in the Ohio House and Senate concerning the proposed legislation.
Lewis is a member of the board of trustees of OAJ. OAJ has approximately 1250 attorney members whose law practices involve representing people injured by the negligence of others.
Attorney Lewis has a litigation based law practice serving clients in eight counties in southeastern Ohio on a regular basis. Lewis also represents clients in the federal courts sitting in Columbus and Cincinnati.
The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, LLC, has offices at 295 Pearl St., Jackson, Ohio. More information about Lewis and his law firm can be found at the firm’s website: www.richardmlewis.com.
Richard M. Lewis has been appointed Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Ohio Association for Justice. The Ohio Association for Justice (“OAJ”) is a statewide organization of attorneys whose core mission is to advance the rights of its members’ clients at the Statehouse and before the Ohio Supreme Court. OAJ is vigilant in monitoring and reacting to proposed legislation that would impact its members’ practices and the legal rights of Ohioans.
The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee is responsible for identifying proposed new legislation expected to affect the clients of the attorneys who are members of OAJ. The Chairperson is responsible for assigning committee members to assist with analyzing the legislation and determining what should be done to support, modify, or oppose the legislation. The Chairperson works closely with the Executive Director of OAJ who is also its point person at the state house. Often times the Chairperson will arrange for attorneys or individuals who would be affected by the legislation to testify before the House or Senate Committee assigned to consider the legislation.
Attorney Lewis looks forward to the opportunities chairing this committee will present him to be personally engaged in the legislative process and most importantly to be of some help to the clients represented by the members of OAJ. Mr. Lewis expects the responsibilities of the position to require a significant amount of his time but he expects to add that time commitment to his current schedule rather than to reduce the time he spends on behalf of his own clients. Attorney Lewis looks forward to the experience and insight he expects to gain from this opportunity.
Attorney Lewis maintains an active regional law firm with offices at 295 Pearl St., Jackson, Ohio. Mr. Lewis is assisted in his law firm by two attorneys, Suzanna King and Christen Finley. The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, LLC, regularly practices in the courts of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton and the federal courts sitting in Columbus and Cincinnati.
New York Times Reports on Johnson & Johnson DePuy Orthopaedics A.S.R. Hip Implants
On January 22, 2013, the New York Times reported that Johnson & Johnson conducted an analysis in 2011 which estimated its all metal implant would fail within five years in nearly 40 percent of patients who received it according to newly disclosed court records. At the same time Johnson & Johnson was performing its analysis, it was publicly playing down similar findings from a British implant registry about the device’s early failure rate.
According to the New York Times article, Johnson & Johnson’s analysis seems to suggest that the implant is likely to fail prematurely over the next four years in thousands more patients who received the hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics division.
About 7,000 lawsuits concerning the A.S.R. hip implant have been consolidated in a federal court in Ohio. About 93,000 patients worldwide received an A.S.R., about one third of them in the United States.
If you received one of these implants, call The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis at 740-286-0071.
Attorney Richard Lewis will be one of the speakers in Cleveland to provide continuing legal education to other attorneys who attend the Winter Convention of the Ohio Association for Justice on Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16. Lewis’ presentation will be part of the insurance law classes. The convention will be held at the Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square.
Lewis’ law firm regularly provides legal services in Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton Counties and the United States Federal Courts in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. Practicing law with Lewis are Attorneys Christen Finley of Lawrence County and Suzanna King of Athens County. Finley works on cases which involve family law including custody, divorce, dissolution, guardianships and probate estate. King works on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury, defective medical devices and drugs, insurance law, and civil litigation.