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Jon Gertler Named Finalist for California Consumer Attorney of the Year

Jon Gertler, a founding partner of Chavez & Gertler, was named a finalist in the 2006 competition for the Consumer Attorney of the Year award following a trial victory in the case ofPietrowski v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The coveted award is annually given by the statewide trial lawyer organization, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). Associate Joe Igelmund was also nominated for his contributions to the victory before and during the trial.

CAOC is comprised of about 3,000 California lawyers who represent consumers, workers, and victims of civil wrongs of all kinds. Its Consumer Attorney of the Year award honors lawyers who have achieved litigation victories that significantly assist consumers, enhance public safety, display skill and determination and advance the cause of civil justice. In the second phase of thePietrowski trial, the railroad told the jury that as a result of the litigation it intended to re-examine the safety of its 10,000 private railroad crossings.