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Edward Hugo Spoke at DRI’s 2021 Talc Litigation Seminar.
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The Litigation Counsel of America Presented “Virtual Trials - Real Problems”, a Webinar featuring Edward R. Hugo, Tina Glezakos and Bina Ghanaat on April 8, 2021.
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MEALEY’S LITIGATION REPORT publishes, “A Rush To Justice During A Pandemic” by Edward Hugo, Tina Glezakos and Bina Ghanaat.
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Martindale-Hubbell® Announces Edward Hugo's 2021 AV Preeminent Rating
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Martindale-Hubbell congratulates Edward Hugo for 24 consecutive years of practicing law at the highest level of ethical standards and for his receipt of preeminent peer review.

 


Hugo Parker’s Second Virtual Trial Ends In Mistrial
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Edward Hugo, Bina Ghanaat and Alex Tahari began the firm’s second virtual trial in Alameda County on September 25, 2020. Plaintiff claimed that his Peritoneal Mesothelioma was caused by exposure to Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and automotive brakes. During their case in chief, plaintiff’s counsel moved for m...
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Super Lawyers Magazine Publishes A VIRTUAL DILEMMA - For litigator Edward Hugo, the jury is not out on trials by Zoom: He wants them stopped
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Edward R. Hugo practices civil litigation on the defense side at Hugo Parker in San Francisco. Wilgenbusch v. American Biltrite et. al. was the first California civil case to swear in a jury after the courts shut down in March over concerns about COVID-19.

Note From Juror #12: Your Honor,

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Ed Hugo, Tina Glezakos and Bina Ghanaat’s Commentary, “Trial By Trial And Error” Is Published By HarrisMartin
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As the Alameda County Superior Court presses on with its attempt to conduct the first remote asbestos personal injury trial during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of problems irrevocably violating the parties’ due process rights continue to mount.

Most recently, during a break in the plaintiffs’ cros...
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Ed Hugo Selected as 2020 Northern California Super Lawyer
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Hugo Parker's Edward Hugo has been selected as 2020 Northern California Super Lawyer for the sixteenth consecutive year, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.

 

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Edward R. Hugo, Tina M. Glezakos and Bina Ghanaat’s Commentary, “Civil Jury Trials in the Time of COVID-19” is published in the Daily Journal.
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Civil Jury Trials in the Time of COVID-19

By Edward R. Hugo, Tina M. Glezakos and Bina Ghanaat

A potential juror exercising on an elliptical machine while another potential juror lays in bed, lead trial counsel barred from entering the courtroom, unanswered requests regarding the composition of the...
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Hugo Parker Selects The First Virtual Civil Jury In California
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Over the firm’s strenuous objections in the Trial Court, Court Of Appeal and Supreme Court to selecting a jury via Zoom, Edward Hugo and Tina Glezakos swore the first virtual Civil Jury in California. With a motion for mistrial pending, they were able to favorably settle the case immediately before opening statements. Ne...
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Edward Hugo & Tina Glezakos Co-Chaired: "Trying Civil Cases During A Pandemic" Webinar
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Tips and Tricks to Trying a Civil Case During a Pandemic! Join us at 1:00 EST on August 7 to discuss how to handle voir dire with masks, remote jurors, and other hurdles of trying a case virtually. Hear ...
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Hugo Parker Wins Summary Judgement For Marine Boiler Manufacturer
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Edward Hugo, Charles Park and Daniel Baltes convinced the United States District Court, Northern District of California, that plaintiffs lacked sufficient evidence to establish that decedent “was exposed to any asbestos-containing product manufactured, sold, or supplied by” its client and was awarded summary judgement.

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Lawyers of Distinction Congratulates Edward R. Hugo's 2020 Nomination
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Lawyers of Distinction is the Fastest Growing Legal Organization in the United States. Edward Hugo has been nominated for membership.

 

Lawyers of Distinction Members have been selected based upon a review and vetting process by our Selection Committee.


America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® Welcomes Edward Hugo
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America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® is privileged to honor Edward R. Hugo, an attorney of exceptional talents, by welcoming him to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®, where he joins the ranks of some of the most esteemed civil defense litigators throughout the country.

Only the top 100 qual...
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America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® Announces the Selection of Edward R. Hugo for 2020
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Announcing the selection of Edward R. Hugo among America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® for 2020. Selection to America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identity the nation’s most exceptional litigators for high-value personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liab...
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America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys® Invites Edward Hugo
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Edward R. Hugo was named as one of America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys® for 2020. Selection to America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional White-Collar and General Criminal Defense Attorneys in throughout the nation.

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Edward Hugo is Admitted to the Oregon State Bar
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In order to better serve the firm's clients, Edward Hugo has been admitted to the Oregon State Bar.

 

Mr. Hugo is now admitted to the California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State Bars.


Edward Hugo Achieves Recertification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy
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San Francisco, CA – The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Edward R. Hugo of the law firm, Hugo Parker, LLP has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial and civil practice advocate. The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an...
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Edward Hugo is Admitted to the Washington State Bar
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In order to better serve the firm's clients, Edward Hugo has been admitted to the Washington State Bar.

 

Mr. Hugo is now admitted to the California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington State Bars.


Martindale-Hubbell Congratulates Edward Hugo for 23 Consecutive Years
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Martindale-Hubbell congratulates Edward Hugo for 23 consecutive years of practicing law at the highest level of ethical standards and for his receipt of preeminent peer review.

 


"GENTLEMAN DRIVER" Edward Hugo Profiled by Super Lawyers Magazine.
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Five weekends a year, look for Ed Hugo on the racetrack

On a typical day, you’ll find Ed Hugo at his desk—or the courthouse—defending products liability, toxic tort, and a variety of other mostly civil-side cases.

But for 10 days in October, the San Francisco litigator made other plans: He ...
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A Complete Defense Verdict for HP Partners James Parker and Tommy Remillard After Three-Week Mesothelioma Jury Trial
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After a three week trial, a Los Angeles jury awarded $25 million in a testicular mesothelioma case, but found no liability for Hugo Parker client Brand Insulations, Inc., represented by HP Partners James Parker and Tommy Remillard. Plaintiff Houshang Sabetian, age 85, had worked at oil refineries in Iran between 1959 and 1979 and was a...
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Ed Hugo Selected as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyer
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Hugo Parker's Edward Hugo has been selected as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyer for the fifteenth consecutive year, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.

 

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Hugo Parker Defeats Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Force Defendants to Pay for Deposition Fees & Costs
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The San Francisco Superior Court sided with Hugo Parker and refused to order Defendants to pay for deposition fees and costs associated with depositions noticed by Plaintiffs’ Counsel. Plaintiffs’ counsel took the position that discovery depositions which follow direct examination are a separate portion of the discovery proc...
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HP Obtains First-Ever Trial Court Ruling Requiring The Application Of Iranian Law In An Asbestos Case
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HP secured the first trial court ruling in California requiring the application of Iranian Law in an asbestos case. The ruling dismissed plaintiffs’ claims for strict products liability, joint and several liability and punitive damages.

Plaintiffs alleged that Houshang Sabetian suffered asbestos exposure while...
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2019 Ratings Announced: for the 22nd consecutive year, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Edward R. Hugo with the "Highest Possible Rating In Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards"
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Awarded to Ed Hugo for the 22nd consecutive year, Martindale-Hubbell’s "AV Preeminent Attorney" peer reviewed rating is "the highest rating standard, signifying the greatest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards."

The profile is available here.

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For the 21st consecutive year, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Edward R. Hugo with the “Highest Possible Rating In Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards”
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Awarded to Ed Hugo for the 21st consecutive year in 2018, Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent Attorney” peer reviewed rating is “the highest rating standard, signifying the greatest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.”

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Ed Hugo Selected as 2018 Northern California Super Lawyer
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Hugo Parker's Edward Hugo has been selected as 2018 Northern California Super Lawyer for the fourteenth consecutive year, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.

 

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Martindale-Hubbell Congratulates Edward Hugo for 20 Consecutive Years
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Martindale-Hubbell congratulates Edward Hugo for 20 consecutive years of practicing law at the highest level of ethical standards and for his receipt of preeminent peer review.

 

 


Edward Hugo Spoke At The 2017 DRI Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium
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Edward Hugo spoke on a "special panel of first-chair asbestos trial attorneys" at the 2017 DRI Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium on November 1st at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium is the one and only place for the nation’s top asbestos defense counsel to exchange the keys t...
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HP Obtains First-Ever Appellate Ruling Requiring Application of Laws of Iran in Asbestos Case
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Applying foreign law in a state court is rare, especially when the law is that of a country that has no current diplomatic relations with the United States. Yet, HP partner Charles Park persuaded the California Court of Appeal to order the application of Iranian law in an asbestos case.

Plaintiffs claimed that for...
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Ed Hugo Selected to the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers List
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HP Founding Partner Edward Hugo has been selected to the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list for the thirteenth consecutive year, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.

 

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Parker Coaches Marin Mock Trial Team
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Hugo Parker partner James Parker was one of the attorney coaches for Redwood High School (Larkspur, CA) Mock Trial Team that successfully competed in the January-February 2017 County Competitions.


James Parker Spoke At ACI's 22nd National Forum In Philadelphia
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James Parker spoke at American Conference Institute’s 22nd National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation on January 12th, 2017 at the Union League in Philadelphia.

Mr. Parker's topic of discussion was Key Updates in Take Home and Bystander Exposure Cases Including New Case Law in CA – Havner and Kesner.

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Happy New Year!
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HUGO PARKER, LLP wishes its clients, friends and colleagues a happy and prosperous 2017.

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HP CONVINCES CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT TO ADOPT SOPHISTICATED INTERMEDIARY DEFENSE
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The California Supreme Court adopted the "sophisticated intermediary" defense in California. HP partner James Parker argued the case before the Court. The case is Webb v. Special Electric (May 23, 2016) 63 Cal.4th 167.

Under the defense, "a [product] supplier may discharge its duty to warn end users abo...
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Ninth Circuit Agrees with Hugo Parker: Not "Every Exposure Counts" and Navy Ships are not "Products"
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In a long-awaited opinion, the Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Naval warships are not "products" for purposes of strict products liability. Plaintiffs’ subsequent petition for en banc review was denied, making the opinion final. Naval vessels were never distributed commercially and therefore fa...
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HP Partner Shaghig Agopian Spoke At ACI’s 21st National Asbestos Forum
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HP Partner Shaghig Agopian spoke at the American Conference Institute’s 21st National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation on June 28th, 2016 at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront in Chicago. Ms. Agopian's topic of discussion was New International Issues Associated With Motions to Apply Foreign Law. The brochure...
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HP Obtains Complete Defense Verdict For Asbestos Broker
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On March 1, 2016, after a four-week jury trial in Stockton, California, James Parker obtained a defense verdict for HP’s client, a broker of raw asbestos (crocidolite) fiber. Plaintiffs asked the jury to award over $2 million in economic damages and an unspecified amount for pain and suffering against HP’s client, the only defendant at th...
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Super Lawyers Congratulates Edward R. Hugo For Excellence In The Practice Of Law
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Edward Hugo has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for the twelfth consecutive year, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.

 

Only 5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.

 

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Harris Martin Cover Features Commentary by Edward Hugo
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In the January 2016 edition of Harris Martin's Columns publication, Edward Hugo's commentary Fear and Loathing In Our Courts: Can Choice of Law be Decided Without Prejudice? A Commentary by Edward R. Hugo of Hugo Parker LLP was featured on the cover.

 

The full commentary is linked here.


Parker Obtains Defense Verdict in Alameda County, California
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After a seven-week trial in Oakland, California, HP Partner James Parker obtained a defense verdict on September 22, 2015 for HP’s client, a supplier of brakes and automotive parts, in a living mesothelioma case. Plaintiffs asked the jury to award over $30 million against HP’s client and four other defendants. Plaintiff Steve Swasey,...
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Edward Hugo Spoke At ACI's 20th National Forum In Philadelphia
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Edward Hugo spoke at American Conference Institute’s 20th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation on January 14th, 2016 at the Union League in Philadelphia.

Mr. Hugo's topic of discussion was New International Issues Associated With Motions to Apply Foreign Law. The brochure is here available to view....
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Edward Hugo Spoke at Perrin's Asbestos Litigation Conference in San Francisco
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Edward Hugo spoke at Perrin Conferences' ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE: A NATIONAL OVERVIEW & OUTLOOK held at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel on September 28-30, 2015.

 

The Perrin National Asbestos Brochure 2015 can be viewed here.

 

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