• Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. welcomes Chad W. Brigham to the firm

    Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. welcomes its newest attorney to the firm. We are very excited to have Chad as part of our firm.  He adds more value to an already excellent team of attorneys and staff.  Click here to read more about the merger and how our firm can help you. You may contact our team online or call us at 1-800-782-8492.

  • Monsanto’s Roundup Can Cause Cancer?

    Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. represents farmers and landscapers who have used Roundup Weed Killer over the years and are now suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

    Since the 1970s, farmers and landscapers alike have been using Roundup, a product made by agricultural and chemical giant Monsanto. Today, Roundup is one of the most commonly used weed killer’s in the world.

    As reported by Bloomberg News, the New York Times, CBS, and other news outlets, IARC or the International Agency for Research on Cancer (a division of the World Health Organization) found Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, to be “probably carcinogenic.” Probably carcinogenic is defined by IARC as strong evidence that a substance can cause cancer in humans, but at present it is not conclusive. Additionally, lawsuits have been filed across the country alleging that exposure to glyphosate, along with the other chemicals in Roundup, increases the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has caused cancer in farm workers, landscapers, and others exposed to the chemicals. The lawsuits further allege that Monsanto manipulated the research to hide the dangers of Roundup.

    Monsanto denies the allegations and points to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has had internal disagreement over the safety of glyphosate, and has yet to agree with IARC’s findings that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen. However, recently revealed correspondence between the former EPA Deputy Director, Jess Rowland, and Monsanto call into question the EPA’s assessment. According to court documents, Mr. Rowland, who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk of Roundup, allegedly bragged to a company executive that he deserved a medal if he could kill another agency’s investigation into glyphosate. A Monsanto executive wrote, “I doubt EPA and Jess can kill this, but it’s good to know they are going to actually make the effort.” The New York Times recently reported that “The [EPA’s] Office of Research and Development raised some concern about the robustness of an assessment carried out by the agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs, where Mr. Rowland was a senior official at the time, and recommended in December 2015 that it take steps to ‘strengthen’ its ‘human health assessment.’”

    As the battles continue in the courtroom, our attorneys have the experience, resources, and dedication to take on Monsanto, get to the bottom of their failure to disclose, and obtain justice for our clients.

    If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, please contact me, Katie Hubbard, to discuss your situation, at khubbard@ghalaw.com or 1-800-782-8492.

  • GHA’s Excellence in Law

    2016 Excellence in Law Finalists for Firms on the Rise

    Excellence in Law Finalist

    Firms on the Rise Excellence in Law Finalists

    Excellence in law is the standard we strive to achieve each and every day at our firm. Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. was chosen as a finalist by St. Louis Magazine for Firms on the Rise. GHA Law is proud to have been chosen as a finalist for this award. Goldenberg Heller has represented clients in Missouri and Illinois for more than 30 years and have set the bar for excellence.

    Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. has a wide range of practice areas. We represent commercial law clients, personal injury clients, class action clients and mass tort clients. We specialize in estate planning and complex tax matters.

    Our firm is conveniently located in Edwardsville, Illinois and we have an office in St. Louis, Missouri as well. Our focus is to provide excellence in all areas of our practice.

    If you or someone you know needs quality legal representation, please visit our About Us page to explore the many areas where we represent clients. We are happy to serve you and look forward to helping you solve your legal issues.

    You may also contact us at by phone at (800) 782-8492.

  • Katie Hubbard discusses distracted driving with students

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    End distracted driving

    Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. attorney, Katie Hubbard, recently  gave a presentation to over 1,000 students at Granite City High School about the dangers of distracted driving and how they can be empowered to speak up as passengers.   Hubbard spoke to the students with fellow trial lawyers Jessica Hoerman and Jackie Olinger.  End Distracted Driving http://www.enddd.org/ is a national campaign of the Casey Feldman Foundation dedicated to “inspiring individuals and communities to take action to end distracted driving.”

    In 2014, more than 431,000 people nationally were injured in motor vehicle crasheshttp://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html involving distracted drivers.

    Katie represents clients in the personal injury and mass torts area of the law firm. Feel free to contact Katie today at (800) 782-8492 or visit her attorney page to learn more about Katie and her role at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C.

  • John McCracken shares insights with other lawyers

    gha_website_mccracken_9-15-16John McCracken recently presented at a continuing legal education seminar hosted by United States Arbitration & Mediation.  John spoke about the unique circumstances and challenges attorneys face in mediating estate and trust disputes and identified practices that attorneys can employ to overcome them.

    The key topics of John’s presentation included 1) recognizing the range of emotions clients face when litigating estate disputes, 2) the advantages of mediating estate disputes, 3) preparing for mediation, and 4) evaluating the financial and tax consequences of settlement structures.

    John is a partner with the law firm Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. in Edwardsville, Illinois. In addition to his estate and trust litigation practice, he represents clients throughout Southwestern Illinois and Missouri in a wide variety of business and personal litigation and transactional matters.  You may contact John at 618-656-5150.

  • Teri L. Havron Selected to Participate in National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Next Generation Program

    gha_havron_headshotTeri L. Havron of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., was selected to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (“NCBJ”) Next Generation Program. She is one of only forty (40) participants selected by lottery from across the nation to participate in this program.

    To qualify, the candidates must:
    • Have five to ten years of experience practicing law;
    • Devote at least fifty percent of his/her practice to bankruptcy cases;
    • Demonstrate legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law;
    • Display a serious commitment to principles of civility, ethics and professionalism; and
    • Demonstrate commitment to the continued educational development of bankruptcy professionals and to professional activities that will benefit the public, members of the bar and the court system.

    Ms. Havron attended the 90th NCBJ Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on October 26th-29th, where she had access to exclusive learning experiences and networking opportunities.

    The NCBJ is an association of the Bankruptcy Judges of the United States which provides continuing legal education to judges, lawyers and other involved professionals, promotes cooperation among the Bankruptcy Judges, secures a greater degree of quality and uniformity in the administration of the Bankruptcy system and seeks to improve the practice of law in the Bankruptcy Courts of the United States.

    Ms. Havron, an attorney at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. since 2009, concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, real estate transactions, employment law and estate planning. You may contact Teri @ 618-656-5150.

  • Congratulations on 25 years of service

    DeloresGoldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. regularly celebrates staff anniversaries.  On April 15, 2016 we celebrated a milestone anniversary of one of our employees.

    Deloris Christian began her employment with Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. on April 15, 1991.  De works in the accounting department and is a valuable member of the GHA team.

    Congratulations to De and we hope she has enjoyed the last 25 years with the firm. We hope she enjoys the next 25 years with us as well. Cheers!

  • GHA Welcomes Joel Kunin to the law firm

    joelkuninJoel Kunin Joins as Of Counsel at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C.

    January 26, 2016, Edwardsville, IL – Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., one of the most experienced litigation firms in the nation, announced that Joel Kunin has joined the firm in Edwardsville as Of Counsel, effective February 1. Kunin has extensive experience in bankruptcy law, commercial law and debtor and creditor rights law. He joined the firm from the Kunin Law Offices, LLC in Collinsville.

    “We are thrilled that Joel has joined our firm and his experience complements our rapidly growing business and commercial law group, which includes the full-range of business transactions and litigation, including business law, employment law, real estate law, banking law and taxation,” said Mark Goldenberg, founder and managing partner of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C.

    With a team of nearly 20 attorneys, as well as paralegals and support staff, Goldenberg Heller also has the additional resources and support for Kunin’s clients, which span a range of markets and industries in Illinois and Missouri. “The business and commercial law group at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli is committed to helping clients make transactions happen, avoid liability and resolve disputes that inevitably arise, and this was a key factor in my decision to join the firm,” said Kunin.

    Kunin has practiced over five decades with offices in Illinois and Missouri. He earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law and is admitted to the bars of the State of Missouri, State of Illinois, District of Columbia, and United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri. He is a longtime resident of Creve Coeur, Missouri.

    Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli is a full-service law firm serving clients in Illinois and Missouri. The firm’s practice areas include estate planning, residential and commercial real estate transactions, business and commercial litigation, and creditor’s rights. The firm also is well-known in the areas of asbestos litigation, personal injury and pharmaceutical litigation.

  • Do You Have An Asbestos Claim

    For many, the legal system can seem both intimidating and overwhelming. These feelings are only magnified when you or a loved one are struggling with an asbestos-related disease, or mourning the loss of a loved one from an asbestos–related disease. These asbestos-related diseases often strike long after the exposure occurred and the evidence has gone cold, and the victims of these diseases often get them through no fault of their own, sometimes without knowing they were ever exposed. That is why it is so important to work with an experienced, compassionate law firm like Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. that not only understands what you are going through and will support you throughout the process, but can also help you achieve the best possible result as proven by our over 30 years in this field.

    However, before you can begin to find that compassionate, experienced law firm, you first have to know if you or your loved one might have a legal claim. You have probably seen some of the commercials on T.V. about mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure, but you may not know that there are a number of other cancers and respiratory diseases that have also been linked to asbestos exposure. These diseases include, but are not limited to, lung cancer, colon cancer, and asbestosis. I will discuss these diseases in greater detail in later blog posts, but for now it is important to understand that mesothelioma is not the only asbestos-related disease for which you may be able to file a claim. I will also discuss how you or a loved one might have been exposed to asbestos, and whether things like having a history of smoking affects your case.

    In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. if you do have any questions. We are a firm that prides ourselves not only on the results we achieve for our clients, but also the care and compassion we have for those suffering from these terrible diseases. We have been doing this now for over 30 years, and we are only a phone call away for a free consultation.

  • St. Louis Estate Planning Lawyer: 5 Reasons You May Contest a Will

    When dealing with the final wishes of a loved one who has recently passed, it can be difficult to separate emotions from what needs to be done. Fortunately, you can seek the aid of a skilled and empathetic St. Louis estate planning attorney who can act as an objective third party. Additionally, an attorney can help advise you on the possibility of contesting a will, in the event that you believe executing a will would not be in the best interest of the deceased or the friends, family, and/or business partners left behind. Here are five reasons to contest a will that may shed light on your current situation.

    1. In order to be valid, a will must be written, witnessed, and executed in the state where the testator had legal residence (owned property, conducted business, paid taxes, etc.). Each state has different requirements both for legal residency and execution of wills.
    2. Mental Capacity. A will can be declared invalid if a person can prove that the creator of the will was suffering from mental illness, dementia, or was under the influence of a mind-altering substance when enacting their will.
    3. Under most state laws, a person must be at least 18 to create a legally valid will. Some states make exceptions for minors who are married or in the military.
    4. If a person creates a valid will, and then several months later drafts another signed, dated, and witnessed will, the newer document will supersede the older one in a court of law.
    5. A will must be signed in the presence of at least two (more in some states) witnesses. Often, those witnesses must not be named as beneficiaries in the will.

    These are just some of the reasons behind everyday estate disputes. Are you considering the possibility of contesting a relative or partner’s will? A St. Louis estate planning lawyer from Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., can help. Fill out our contact form here to schedule your free legal consultation today.