Throughout his career, Jeff Grell has both prosecuted and defended a variety of personal injury matters.
Most recently, Jeff settled a claim on behalf of a little girl who suffered third degree burns over two thirds of her body after the dress she was wearing came into contact with a candle and burst into flames. Jeff brought suit against the popular U.S. retailer of children’s clothing who originally sold the dress. The lawsuit alleged that the dress was defectively designed in that it should not have burst into flame upon the slightest contact with a flame as foreseeable as a candle. All parties’ agreed that the girl’s injuries were caused within a matter of seconds after the flame came in contact with the dress. The litigation was venued in Iowa, with the defendant and expert witnesses in California and Oregon. The claim settled on the eve of trial.
Jeff was also a member of the Products Liability Group at his former firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard. In that capacity, Jeff was responsible for defending actions brought against Rollerblade, the in-line skate manufacturer. The firms representation resulted in the now widely accepted principle that users of in-line skates assume the obvious risks of using the product and that the manufacturer’s warnings are adequate. See, e.g, Achatz v. Rollerblade, Inc., 642 N.Y.2d 250 (N.Y. App. Div. 1996).
In Jeff’s first trial, he successfully defended a Minnesota manufacturing company and its employee, who allegedly drove the plaintiff off the road and into a building. The employee claimed that the plaintiff simply drove into the building. Jeff proved at trial that the plaintiff was severely addicted to prescription pain medicine and that she was likely under the influence at the time of the accident. Jeff further established that the plaintiff was a “professional” plaintiff with multiple pending lawsuits that she attempted to conceal during her deposition. The jury denied any recovery to the plaintiff.
Jeff began his legal career as a law clerk at the firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot – a prominent personal injury firm in the Washington, D.C. area.
You won’t find television or radio advertisements promoting the personal injury practice of Grell Feist Prince, but if the firm agrees to take your matter, you will not be one out of a million clients at the firm with a personal injury problem. The attorney you hire will be the attorney who represents you and that attorney will give your claim more personal attention than you will ever get at a big factory firm specializing in personal injury plaintiff or defense work.