From the desk of Barry Stewart Silver, Attorney at Law

Dear Client, and Friends,

Like most of us, I think about the tragic events of September 11,th every day. In milliseconds, my emotions run the gamut of anger, helplessness, sadness, pride and hope.

Hindsight is 20/20. Yes, this tragedy might have been prevented, and we were not as diligent as we should have been. The loss of so many innocent Americans breaks my heart. I estimate that 8,000 children lost a parent that day.

The horrific acts of September 11th run contrary to every American's sense of fairness and justice. Yet our collective response has given me an even deeper pride in the U.S., reminding me why I chose Law as my profession at the age of seven.

Like many, I want to do something. That's why for each new case I take on in 2002; I'm donating 2% of my settlement fees to a relief agency of my client's choosing. The donation will be made in the client's name, and he or she may take the tax deduction. I'm suggesting to all the Bar associations I belong to that my fellow attorneys should do the same. Those kids need our help now.

Our country will survive this terrible event and become even stronger because of it. But we must learn not to take things for granted. Hug your loved ones today and every day.


"Accidents happen." A cliché, yes, but also a fact of life. No matter how you try to avoid accidents - and we've offered you strategies for doing just that in previous newsletters - sometimes accidents happen anyway. Here's what you need to know in order to protect yourself after an accident occurs.


Hosting a holiday party? Perhaps you're wondering what your legal liability is with regards to serving alcohol.

Under Illinois law, hosts are not legally liable to guests - adults or minors - to whom they serve alcohol. Nor are hosts liable to any person who is injured by an inebriated guest. Of course, it is a crime to serve alcohol to anyone under 21, even in your own home.

Our suggestion: whip up your traditional holiday eggnog if that's your pleasure…but always act responsibly when serving your guests.


Triathlon Run-Down…and a Heart-Felt Thank You

Thanks from the heart to all who supported my personal fundraiser for ALS this summer. I'm thrilled to report that more than $6,700 was raised for the Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation.

As you may know, I dedicated my participation in the Lake Geneva Olympic triathlon to my good friend Steve Nardini, who was stricken with ALS - or Lou Gehrig's Disease - three years ago.

As promised, I printed the names of my contributors on the shirt I wore during the biking and running portions of the competition. Later, I had it framed and presented it to Steve, who was thrilled.

Ironically, of the 40 or so triathlons I have competed in over the last 16 years, this was undoubtedly the toughest. The combination of stiff winds and high humidity made for particularly challenging conditions. Was it worth it? You bet! Thanks again.

My specialty is personal injury and worker's compensation issues, and I've built my practice by looking after the best interests of my clients. If I can be of service to you or someone you know, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Barry Stewart Silver
707 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 505
Northbrook, IL. 60062
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