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Geoff McDonald & Associates gana un acuerdo de $38.2 millones.

Geoff McDonald, fundador y presidente de Geoff McDonald & Associates, pertenece al bufete de abogados responsables por el acuerdo contra Banner Life y la compañía asociada, William Penn Life Insurance de Nueva York. Las dos compañías antes mencionadas son acusadas de incrementar las primas de seguro de las 7,600 pólizas de vida de sus clientes.

El bufete de abogados en Geoff McDonald & Associates, firma especializada en lesiones personales y radicada en Richmond, Virginia, se une a tres otros bufetes que representan a los titulares de las pólizas quienes hayan recibido un comunicado por parte de Banner Life detallando el aumento a su pago mensual de hasta 1,000 porciento. Los clientes de McDonald y su codefensor y socio, Frank H. Hupfl, declararon que su pago mensual incrementó entre $285 USD a $1,860 USD. 

Después de cinco años en litigios, la causa fue resuelta el 20 de mayo junto con el Juez Federal del Distrito Judicial de Maryland en los Estados Unidos de América Richard D. Bennet, con los siguientes acuerdos: 

  • fondo de compensación de $22.5 millones USD concedidos a los tres querellantes y a las 10,000 personas que pertenecen a la demanda colectiva.
  • acuerdo que las compañías de seguro no incrementarán o usaran un precio similar al antes mencionado por cinco años y $18 millones USD en reparaciones equitativas, y no monetarias
  • Suma colectiva  de los  beneficios del acuerdo $40,749,525 USD

Tras cerrar el caso y asegurarse que sus clientes estén satisfechos con los resultados, McDonald explicó, “me gusta pensar que nuestro bufete ha ayudado a diluir la cantidad de fraude y otras acciones deshonestas impartidas por las compañías de seguros”. 

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Blair Thomas

Blair M. Thomas practices as a member of the firm’s Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Departments.  Blair is committed to assisting our clients and the community by providing excellent professional services and thoughtful solutions.  

Blair attended Bucknell University, graduating in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts in both International Relations and Spanish, graduating with honors.  In 2011, she received her Master’s in Foreign Affairs, graduating with honors, from Penn State University. 

After gaining professional experience working for Fidelity National Financial, an investment firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she decided to pursue her law degree.  In 2014, Blair moved to Virginia to attend the University of Richmond School of Law.  

During law school, Blair won the Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition, representing Richmond Law at the 2015-2016 Regional Competition; and served as Publications Editor for the Public Interest Law Review.  She clerked with the Supreme Court of Virginia for the Honorable Cleo E. Powell, and with the Office of the Chief Staff Attorney. Blair is proficient in Spanish and has provided legal translation services to assist the Community Tax Law Project, along with ESL clients with our firm.

In 2017, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.  Upon graduation, Blair was awarded the “Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono and Public Service Award” for her 180+ hours of law-related volunteer service work.   

In 2019, after two years sharpening her litigation skills in civil defense work, Blair made the move to join Geoff and his team to represent injured claimants.  

Blair is licensed to practice in Virginia, and the Eastern District of Virginia in Federal Court.   In practice, Blair remains dedicated to public service, and continues to advocate on behalf of the underrepresented.  

Please reach out to Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., to speak with Blair about help with your personal injury or workers’ compensation claim today.