Howard B. Schoenfeld

One of two contributors to the Police Misconduct Litigation packet for the American Association for Justice.  Over 1,800 pages of documents were submitted.  The PDF below includes the cover letter with the Acknowledgments and nomination for the Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award.

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J. Ken Nunley

Named a Texas Super Lawyer for the tenth consecutive year. In 2012, he presented an article on Pipeline Easements at the 34th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, an article on Avoiding Litigation in Guardianships at the Advanced Elder Law and Advanced Guardianship Law, and an article on Summary Dispositions: Declaratory Judgments & Summary Judgments at the 7th Annual Anatomy of Fiduciary Litigation. Mr. Nunley is an established, successful trial attorney, being certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law since 1989. He is also an active mediator, bringing closure to difficult disputes through mediated settlement. Mr. Nunley has recovered significant judgments in the areas of fiduciary litigation, real property matters and oil & gas. He is licensed to practice by the State Bar of Texas, the Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Mr. Nunley is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, the American Board of Trial Advocates and The National Trial Lawyers.

$100 Million Verdict Awarded to Sunrise Pilot Disabled in Plane Crash

After a two week trial, a Broward County jury returned a $100m verdict in favor of a 31 year old pilot whose plane crashed at North Perry airport on November 10, 2007.

In this tragic accident, the then 25 year old pilot with approximately four hundred (400) hours of flying time was flying banners along the beach in a Piper Pawnee.  He returned to the airport to drop off the banner at the designated northwest quadrant of the airport.  There were two active north/south parallel runways: 36L and 36R.

The air traffic controller gave the pilot an instruction to proceed downwind between the two parallel runways to land on the right runway.  During the attempted landing, the aircraft crashed as the pilot performed the aerial maneuvers required of the instruction.

The Plaintiff survived but with very serious traumatic brain injury and severe cognitive and neurological deficits.  He is permanently disabled and needs constant assistance.

Plaintiff claimed that the instruction was a non-standard landing instruction and not authorized by the FAA which caused his plane to stall and crash.

The air traffic controller claimed that the plane crashed because the pilot did not fly it correctly and/or that it had mechanical problems.

Defendant denied Plaintiff’s claims and liability was highly contested.  Defendant blamed Plaintiff for stalling the aircraft and argued that if Plaintiff was not comfortable with the instruction he had the authority to decline it and ask for another instruction.  Defendant also named Plaintiff’s employer, but the jury did not assess any liability to the employer.

The jury found the air traffic controller 68% responsible and the pilot 32% responsible

The pilot was represented at trial by Hyram M Montero, Esq., Montero Law and Todd S. Payne, Esq., Zebersky/Payne, LLP.

Todd S. Payne is a pilot who brought additional expertise to the Plaintiff’s side.

Kevin Boyle – Panish Shea & Boyle

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT SUMMARY

DATE:  June 2013

CASE:  Symington v. Turtletaub, et al.

TOPIC:  personal injury, automobile v. motorcycle

CASE NO.:  30-2012-00567499

COURT/COUNTY:  Orange

JUDGE:  Hon. Jamao Moberly

MEDIATOR:

SETTLEMENT:  $2,265,000

PLAINTIFF(S) ATTORNEYS:  Thomas Schultz, Andrew Owen (Panish Shea & Boyle); Sean Shamsi (The Shamsi Law Firm)

DEFENDANT(S) ATTORNEYS:  Marc Garber (Halas & Muhar), Cleidin Atanous (Law Offices of Cleidin Z. Antanous)

FACTS:

Plaintiffs were husband and wife.  Husband was lawfully riding his motorcycle to work in the carpool lane of the 405 freeway.  Defendant was unlawfully driving in the carpool lane as a solo driver in front of plaintiff, and as he crossed over the double yellow lines attempting to exit the carpool lane, he steered into plaintiff’s right of way, causing plaintiff to be ejected from his motorcycle.  Husband suffered hip and arm fractures and underwent five separate surgeries.  Because of the severity of his injuries, the husband faced at least one full hip replacement surgery.  Wife also suffered a loss of consortium as a result of the collision.

INJURIES:  Fractures to left Humerus and left hip.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Prior to Panish Shea & Boyle’s engagement, defendants offered $500,000 to settle all claims.  Two months later—after expert discovery—the matter settled for $2,265,000 a week before trial.

PLAINTIFF(S) CONTENTIONS:

  • Defendant’s negligent driving was the sole cause of the collision.
  • Defendant did not have any evidence showing or proving that plaintiff was in any way at fault for the collision.
  • As a result of the collision, husband endured five surgeries and will have to endure life long limitations to his once active lifestyle.
  • As a result of the collision, husband will have to endure at least one additional surgery on his left arm, as well as a full hip replacement coupled with two possible future revision hip replacement surgeries.
  • As a result of the collision, wife suffered serious emotional hardship, lost the companionship of her husband, and had to take on her husband’s duties at home.

DEFENDANT(S) CONTENTION

  • Defendant was only partly at fault for the collision.
  • Plaintiff husband was primarily at fault for the collision.
  • Plaintiff would only need one future hip replacement surgery.
  • Plaintiff would not suffer any future lost earnings or a loss of earnings capacity as a result of the collision.
  • Plaintiff’s future life care plan and past medicals all on lien were excessive.
  • Plaintiff wife’s loss of consortium claim was excessive.

Preston “PJ” Scheiner

November 2012 – IPE’s Trial Preparation from Start to Finish for Paralegals: “Preparing Your Witnesses” and “Effective Use of Evidence”

April 2012 – Nevada Justice Association: “DEFINING “CAPACITY”: Maximizing Economic Damages for Clients Unemployed at the Time of Injury”

April 2012 – Psychology and Sociology of Connecting with Jurors Seminar Speaker:  “Hot Tips on New and Innovative Technologies and Apps, Which Will Dramatically Increase the Effectiveness of Videotape Depositions and Courtroom Presentations”

April 2012 – Mass Torts Made Perfect/Torts Made Perfect Speaker: “The Seven Deadly Sins Most Often Committed by Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Handling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Cases”

March 2012 – FJA Workhorse Seminar Speaker: “Hot Tips on New and Innovative Technologies and Apps, Which Will Dramatically Increase the Effectiveness of Videotape Depositions and Courtroom Presentations”

Lauren D. Fraser

Published first novel, “Trinity,” in November of this year and it has been a best selling young adult book and e-book on Amazon.com.  More information about “Trinity” can be found at www.laurendfraser.com. The sequel to “Trinity,” “Queen Maker” is expected to be available Winter 2013. (depending upon how many trials I have this summer.)

Named as a NJ Super Lawyer Rising Star for the 5th year in a row by NJ Monthly Magazine.

Begun a web log (blog) at www.fullcourtmom.com to chronicle life as a full time trial attorney, novelist and mother.

Cast as “Pickles Crouse,” in the NJ Law Journal production of Irving Berlin’s “Face the Music.”  The all lawyer cast and orchestra will be performing 2 shows this fall, 9/21/13 at the Levoy Theater in Millville, NJ and 10/2/13 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.  Proceeds will benefit the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – NJ.

Patricia Cruz Fragoso

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013

CT Magazine Top Attorneys – Connecticut’s Outstanding Young Lawyers

New England’s Outstanding Young Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40

AVVO Superb Rating 10.0

Elected Member of the House of Delegates for the CT Bar Association

Member of the Board of Governors of the CT Trial Lawyers Association

Member of the Board of Governors of the AAJ

Danbury Bar Association American Dream Award 2013

Matthew Bretz

“Client Distinction Award”, an honor of distinction given to less than 1% of the 900,000 attorneys in the United States and more than 1,000,000 lawyers and law firms globally.  The Client Distinction Award is based on client reviews in the areas of communications ability, responsiveness, quality of service, and value for money.

“AV Preeminent” Rating by Martindale Hubbell for the highest degree of legal ability and professional ethics.  This rating is determined by peer review by other lawyers and judges.

Voted one of the top 2 attorneys in Central and Western Kansas in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Hutchinson News “Readers Choice Award”.

Named a “Super Lawyer” by KC Magazine.