"Courts and the application of equal justice under
the law protect us all as individuals against the powerful. Without
this, we are at the mercy of big business, big government and big
money. My motivation exists in compassion for our hurt clients
seeking justice, who have been injured by the powerful, the greedy
or the careless."
Bubalo, Managing Partner, is Board Certified in Civil
Trial and Pretrial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy ("NBTA")*. He
is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2009, 2010, 2011 and
2012 and 2013 and profiled in the publication Kentucky's Best
Lawyers (Copyright Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
Mr. Bubalo is qualified by his peers
as AV, the highest possible rating by the legal publisher Martindale-Hubbell. In 2012, he
was again elected to the Kentucky Justice Association's Board of
Governors. He is a member of The
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum . He is admitted to the
bars of the Supreme Courts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the
State of Indiana, to the United States District Courts for the
Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the Northern and
Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Courts of
Appeal for the 6th and 7th Circuits.
Mr. Bubalo was born in Evansville, Indiana, and he graduated
Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Illinois College. He
graduated Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University School of Law,
where he served as an Associate Editor and then Note and
Development Editor for the Indiana Law Review. Following law
school, Mr. Bubalo practiced as an associate with Greenebaum, Doll &
McDonald . He then joined the firm of Ogden, Newell & Welch
Keenan Ogden, PLC) where he became a partner and practiced law
until July 1995 defending physicians in medical malpractice actions
and appearing in complex commercial cases.
In July, 1995, Mr. Bubalo became "Of Counsel" at Ogden, while
primarily serving as Vice President and General Counsel for
Paradigm Insurance Company as well as President of its subsidiary,
Universal Fire and Casualty Company. Working for these companies,
he supervised a network of lawyers in over thirty (30) states
involving both personal injury and corporate cases.
In June, 1999, Mr. Bubalo was invited by Gary Becker to become
Assistant Managing Partner for the Becker Law Office. There, he helped manage the
firm but primarily served as the Lead Trial Attorney, now
representing injured people and small businesses, and routinely
opposing large companies, especially insurance companies.
After Mr. Becker's retirement in 2004, Mr. Bubalo established
his current firm, Bubalo Goode Sales & Bliss, to continue his
personal injury and general trial practice. Mr. Bubalo serves as
the Managing Partner. Attorneys in the firm are admitted to
practice in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Indiana and Tennessee, and
also practice cases in many other states and courts across the
Following are a few examples of cases that Mr. Bubalo has
In Loomis v. St. Mary's Hospital, he was Lead Trial
Attorney, resulting in one of the largest personal injury
verdictsrecorded in the
State of Indiana. Mr. Bubalo sought compensation for a
neurosurgeon who was injured, resulting in Reflex
Sympathetic Dystrophy ("RSD"), also generally known as Complex
Regional Pain Syndrome ("CRPS"). The Judgment for almost
$17,000,000 was unanimously affirmed by the Indiana Court of
Appeals in St. Mary's Medical Center of Evansville, Inc. v.
Loomis, 783 N.E.2d 274 (Ind. App. 2003). View full
opinion of the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Since 1999, Mr. Bubalo frequently has represented people injured
by defective drugs. Some recent cases include his appearance in
October, 2008 as co-counsel in Stribling v. Wyeth,
Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, Docket No.:
BER-L-2352-07 MT. Mr. Bubalo presented technical pharmacological
evidence to the jury, which awarded Mrs. Stribling $3,000,000 for
pain and suffering damages. The jury found that the defendant
Wyeth, "intentionally concealed from the FDA knowledge of the
harmful effects," of its drugs. View
Stribling verdict. Similarly, in early 2009, Mr. Bubalo was
trial counsel in Kohler v. Wyeth, Superior Court of
the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Central Civil West,
Diet Drug Case No. DD 004290. The trial sought damages for a young
lawyer who had taken Wyeth's defective drugs, causing her to suffer
from the progressive and eventually fatal disease, Primary Pulmonary
Hypertension ("PPH"). The trial was broadcast streaming live on
the web via www.courtroomview.com, between 3/4/09 to
4/22/09. A mutual resolution of the case was reached by the parties
and recorded under seal by Judge Mohr shortly after the start of
Defendant Wyeth's proof.
Most recently, Mr. Bubalo obtained a $4,000,000 compensatory
judgment in Margaret Fraser, et al. v. Wyeth, Civil Action No.
3:04CV1373 (JBA). (Link to original news
release.) The verdict was in relation to the
Hormone Therapy ("HT") litigation, alleging that Wyeth drug,
Prempro, caused breast cancer in his client, without adequate
warning. "Ex-Principal Wins $4 Million Verdict
Against Drug Maker," by Christian Nolan,
published online by Connecticut Law Tribune,
Monday, April 30, 2012.
The jury in Fraser found that Wyeth had "misrepresented the
risks and benefits of Prempro," to Mrs. Fraser's physician and
awarded punitive damages as well.
Mr. Bubalo has appeared as a speaker in numerous seminars and
professional settings. Most recently, he appeared before the
Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) regarding settlements in Mass Torts,
presenting recommendations from the Kentucky Supreme Court Mass
Tort and Class Action Litigation Committee. Mr. Bubalo has
appeared and resolved various matters involving aggregate
settlements and mass torts.
Mr. Bubalo's clients are his ultimate concern. View client thank you letter.
He and his wife have one child and are members of Christ Church
United Methodist in Louisville, Kentucky.
*Kentucky law does not certify specialties in legal
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