At the law office of Keith Short we have 5 rules that all clients must accept before we will agree to represent them.

  1. Never lie.  Lying is the surest way to lose your case.  Get caught lying, exaggerating or omitting information and your case is over.
  2. These cases take a long time.  Be prepared to wait 1, 2 or even 5 years before it’s concluded.  You must be patient.
  3. It’s your case, but we (the firm) are in charge.  We have an obligation to do what’s best for you so we will.  We will talk with you and explain everything, but trust us in the major decisions.
  4. Don’t ask what your case is worth until the end.  We take cases because we believe in you.  Whether your case is worth a thousand or a million dollars, we have the case because we like it and we like you.  We don’t and won’t know what your case is worth until all the evidence is in.  So, asking in the beginning is a bad sign.  Understand that our fates and our fortunes are aligned.  What’s good for you is good for us.
  5. You must cooperate.  You must help us win your case; that means answering interrogatories, attending all of your medical exams, doing depositions, providing information, etc.  If you don’t do your part we cannot win.  An example is below.  It is not our case, but a perfect example of a plaintiff who didn’t help his attorney (himself, he was pro se).  Whether you have a lawyer or not, you have to provide information…you have to work.

In action alleging that defendant terminated plaintiff in retaliation for plaintiff-employee’s statement that he was going to file worker’s compensation claim, Dist. Ct. did not err in finding for defendant on ground that plaintiff failed to prove any damages arising out of defendant’s alleged acts. Dist. Ct. had previously precluded pro se plaintiff from presenting any evidence other than his own testimony (due to plaintiff’s prior failure to respond to any of defendant’s discovery requests, as well as his failure to abide by deadlines to identify exhibits and witnesses), and plaintiff further failed to explain at trial how he determined that he had incurred $133,000 in damages, what he had been paid by defendant, or whether wages he had received from subsequent employers had reduced his claimed damages.  Plata v. Eureka Locker, Inc., No. 16-2030 (May 9, 2017) C.D. Ill. Affirmed




About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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