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Tuesday, August 28, 2007


It's just that this victory came about 1 year and 9 months after the trial.

After putting together a string of trial victories spanning a few years, the streak was snapped in November, 2005, when my clients suffered an arguable loss.

Even though I was able to persuade the fact-finder to reject the plaintiff's claim of over half-a-million dollars, the award against my clients of a modest $75,000 still seemed like a loss.

Analyzing the award, I determined it only could have resulted from legal error. Consequently, my clients agreed to have the appellate court take a look at the case. To the clients' credit, they maintained complete confidence in my abilities.

Today, I was vindicated. After last Thursday's oral argument, the court of appeal reversed the judgment in its entirety--unanimously (3-0). The court called the plaintiff's case "a house of cards," collapsing under its own weight. Nice analogy. Feels good to be a lawyer.