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SherwinWilliamsCompanyvsMotleyRice,LLCJohnJMcConnell,Jr.,EsquireSeptember08~2010
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THEWITNESS:JohnJ.McConnell,
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EXAMINATIONBY
MR.
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Q.
Mr.McCoDDell,where
did
yougotolawschool?
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A.Samelawschoolyouwentto,Mr.Wooley.Case
15
WesternReserveUniversity,You
wereayearahead
16
ofme.
,1.7
Q.Iwantedtoconfirm
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you
knowMr.Lebold19wasalso
in
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Judy
Savageandher
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husband
Jon,herein
Rhode
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Q.
JudgeKateO'Malleywasinourclass?
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A.That'swhyIknowhername,
yup.
2
was
'83.
3
Q.
Okay.1wasclassof'82.
4
A.
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now.
Yup.No,I
5
Q.
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wanttoconfirmsomethings.
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YouresideinRhodeIslandandworkoutofMOlleyRice'sProvidence,RhodeIslandoffice?
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A.
Correct.
7
9
Q.
Anddoyouhaveatitlehere,areyouthemanaging
10
partnerorofficemanager?
11
A.We
dOD'!
reallyhavetitles,
Jim,
butone
12
couldcallmethemanagingmember.Iguesswould13bethec-orrecttitle.We'rean
LLC.
wehave
14
members,
nOI
partners.Thoughattimeswe'll
15
refertoeachotheraspartners,butcallingme
16
themanagerofthisofficewouldnotbean
17
appropriatephrase.
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don'tknow
if
I'veever
1
I
beenbestowedtheactualtitleismypoint.
19
Q.
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i.t
aswe'veseen,so
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don't
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knowhowmanylawyersare
in
thisoffice.
21
(WITNESSCOUNTING)22A.Eightornine,inthatrange,1maybe
23
missingsomebody.
24
Q.AndIjustwanttoagainconfirmsomethings.
25
A.Sure.
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~Q.Youwerefirstadmittedin1983.then?
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A.TotheBar,yes.
3
Q.
Yes.Andwhereareyoucurrentlyadmitted?
4
A.StateofRhodeIsland,Commonwealthof
5
Massachusetts,DistrictofColumbia,Slateof6SouthCarolinaandStateofObiaforstales,and
7
truthbetold,Ican'toffthetopofmyheadtell
8
youtheFederal,exceptFirstandThirdCircuit
9
RhodeIslandDistrictCourt,
n_c_
DistrictCourt,10Mass.DistrictCourt.
There
maybeothers,Jim,
11
I'mnotsure,onFederal,
12
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HaveyourepresentedOhiogovernmentsinnuisance
13
suitsbasedonlead?
14
A.Uh-huh--
yes.
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Q.Andwherehaveyoudonethat?
16
A.Idon'tknow.Icanprovideyouthelist.
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17
cantellyousomethatcome
(0
mind,Currently
18
not,butinthepast,onlead,werepresentedEast
19
Cleveland,Akron,Toledo,Columbus.Thosearetbe
20
onlyonesIcanrememberoffthetopofmybead;
21
theremayhavebeensomeothers.
22
Q.
Havethosecasesbeenresolved?
23
A.Yes.Yes.
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don'tbelieveanyofthemare
24
pending.
25
Q.
Okay.
WhendidyoubeginworkingatMotleyRice?A.L9--well,we'regoingtohavetocometoagreementonterms.Letmegiveyoua
history,
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beganwithafirmcalledBlatt&Fales,8-1-a-I-t
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&
Fales,F-a-I-e-s,in1986,after
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oftheattorneysswitchedourpracticetoMotley
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RiceinIthinkitwas2003,April2003,andso
I
practicedwiththe~tltyMotleyRice,
LIC,
since
14
2003.I'vepracticedwiththesameattorneys
in
IS
various--thesamelocationssince
1986.
16
Q.Gotyou.Ok.ay.Andso
in
2003iswhenyoubecame
17
apartner
in
whatisnowMotleyRice?
l.
8
A.Only
if
wecanagreethat
in
theterm
1.9
partner,we'renotapartnership.
20
MR.WOOLEY:Right.
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13
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A.Werefertoeachotheraslawpartners
22
becausethatseemstobethevernacular.I'ma
:J
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memberofthe
LLC.
24
Q.Doyou
share
in
the
profitsoftbe
firm?
25
A.Yes.
1.
Q.
How
kll1g
haveyoubeeninvolvedinlead
2
litigation?
3
A.
Oh,Idon"know.Sometime
in
tne1990s.1
4
don'tknowexactly,sometimeinthe1990swe
5
beganrepresentingchildrenthatwerelead
6
poisoned,againsttheirlandlords,sometimein
7
the
19905.
8
Q.Howmuchofyourpracticenowinvolveslead
9
ligation?
10
THEWITNESS:Today?
11MR.WOOLEY:Yes.
1.2
A.
None.
B
Q.
How
much,say,from2000to2008,
to
theendof
14
2008?
15A.
Ithink
it
varies.Jim,Earlieroninthat
1.6
periodIdidmoretobacco
work.
Wedidn'tjust-
17
abouttwoyearsearlierenteredasettlement
18
agreementthathadprovisionsthatcarriedout,
19
andIwasoneofthetwopeoplethatdraftedthe
20
settlementagreement,soIhadsomeongoing
i
21
responsibilities.So,atsomepoint,youknow,
it
22
becamefulltime.I'mnatgreatonthedales,but
23
!
hinkthetrialin
2006
probably
it
was
fuji24
timeinthatperiod
in
aroundthere.Probably
25
peteredoffaLittlebitafterthetrial,butthe
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