Our client, a young female college student, was raped on a first date by a man she met in her LDS Institute class. The man had sexually assaulted two other women during the prior six months but prosecutors refused to file criminal charges, claiming it was a "he-said she-said" dispute that could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Our firm handled the civil case, and our client got a judgment for several hundred thousand dollars.

Our clients - four Connecticut men -  spent more than 16 years in prison for a murder they did not commit.  We helped them recover more than $16.8 million in compensation for their wrongful incarceration. It remains one of the largest compensation awards ever related to a non-DNA exoneration.  

  Our client, a teenage boy, was attacked by a group of men who mistook his identity.  Our client sustained serious injuries, including brain damage. The criminal process (not handled by this firm) only got a few hundred dollars in restitution. We handled the civil lawsuit against the defendants who claimed they did not cause the harm. Following trial, our client received a judgment of $7.25 million against two men. 

Our clients placed $1.3 million dollars of retirement funds with a financial planner who guaranteed to invest it in safe, secure investments. Instead, the manager used the money to start a highly-leveraged gold mining operation and all of the investment money was lost.  We obtained a judgment worth more than $1.6 million against multiple defendants.  The defendants filed for bankruptcy, but we were able to ensure that the judgments were not discharged in bankruptcy. 

Our client, an employee of a startup company, was paid in part with company shares.  Years after he was terminated, the company was acquired through merger. Before the merger, the company’s owners had issued several million new shares to themselves to dilute the value of our client’s ownership interest. We filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of our client and other injured minority shareholders.  The trial court dismissed the case on a procedural issue. We appealed to the Utah Supreme Court, which reversed the trial court and articulated a law that will help future victims of corporate leaders who use their positions of authority to cheat minority shareholders.

Our client, an African American husband and father, experienced pervasive racial discrimination. His supervisors and bosses taunted him with references to the KKK, made racial jokes and threats, called him “boy”, “n----”, and “monkey”, and assigned him to menial or dangerous tasks. After a temporary work stoppage, the company rehired the entire staff except for “the black guy.” For years, the defendant denied the claims, insisting they had done nothing wrong, that our client hadn’t really been hurt, and that it would be impossible to prove discrimination. During a civil lawsuit, we helped him obtain a consent decree that awarded $180,000 as a result of the discrimination.

 

Our client was shot while hunting rabbits with a group of men. Another hunter shot our client, but denied responsibility and threatened to sue our client for claiming otherwise. We filed a lawsuit against the shooter for negligence and obtained a substantial settlement.

 

Our client, a female sales representative, received lower compensation than her male counterparts. Her boss made derogatory comments about females in the workplace and suggested she should be a mother instead. We obtained a significant settlement from the company for unfair pay practices.

Our client was a whistleblower who discovered his company was misrepresenting important facts to the federal government in connection with payment requests. He reported the fraud to the company management, but instead of fixing the fraud, they fired our client. We filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging both fraud and unlawful retaliation. The company denied any wrongdoing. We obtained a substantial settlement for our client.

 

Our client was a single mother subjected to pervasive workplace sexual harassment by her boss who made numerous sexual advances despite several demands that he stop. We pursued claims against both the company and the boss. The boss claimed the conduct was consensual and the company claimed it had no knowledge of any wrongful acts. We obtained settlements from both, resulting in a substantial recovery for our client.

Our client was bow hunting with his family. As he walked back to his camp, an arrow pierced his lungs and stopped at the edge of his heart. We helped our clients obtain a six-figure settlement from the insurance company of the man who had carelessly shot the arrow at our client.

 

Our client was a single mother who needed to sell her home quickly and hired a real estate agent. After a few weeks, the agent bought the home at a steep discount after convincing the client the home was undesirable and unlikely to sell otherwise. Within days, the agent listed the house on the market for more than $50,000 above the agent’s purchase price and the house sold quickly. We filed a lawsuit against the agent and the broker claiming breach of fiduciary duty. The agent claimed full disclosure had been made and that our client had committed fraud. We obtained a confidential settlement from the agent and her broker for significantly more than our client would have made had the agent properly listed the house initially.

Our client was bitten by a dog while riding his bike in Millcreek Canyon on a no-bike day. Defendant’s insurance company denied the claim, arguing our client had provoked the dog and had been unlawfully riding his bike. We filed a lawsuit and obtained a five-figure settlement.

 

When a defendant filed bankruptcy to avoid liability for personal injuries, we filed a lawsuit to prevent the debt from being discharged, allowing plaintiff to pursue a multi-million dollar recovery in civil court.

Our client, a young woman, discovered a peep hole in the wall of a tanning salon she visited. After reporting the discovery to the police, an investigation revealed computer and camera cables behind the peephole. The owner denied knowledge of the peephole and cables, and claimed there was no evidence that our client had been illicitly videotaped. The prosecutor refused to press criminal charges based on insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Our firm filed a civil lawsuit against the tanning salon and obtained a five-figure settlement for our client.

 

Our client was a small business that had purchased a million dollar insurance policy to protect it against claims of negligence by its employees. The company was sued for more than a $100,000 by a corporation that claimed our client's employees had damaged its facility. The claim was submitted to the insurance company, which denied the claim, stating it was not covered under the policy. A careful review of the policy showed that virtually nothing was covered and the insurance agent had failed to disclose the inadequacy of such a policy. We filed a lawsuit and got the insurance company to pay the claim, along with our clients' attorney fees.

 

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RESULTS

Naturally, prior success cannot predict any future outcome, but below is a list of results we have achieved for our clients:
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