Irvine, Calif. (March 12, 2014) – The partners at Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP, a New York and Southern California based full service law firm, announced today that on March 7, 2014, Managing Partner Marc Lazo secured a major defense victory following a two-week premises liability jury trial. This win stands particularly triumphant for the firm because despite a recent trend of Orange County juries awarding large verdicts to personally injured plaintiffs, Mr. Lazo was able to secure a favorable verdict for the defense.
The inciting incident of the case took place at a Holiday Inn in San Clemente, California. The plaintiff, a formal world record-holding swimmer and Ironman competitor, claimed that she suffered life-altering physical injuries from a fall on an allegedly defectively designed walkway in the hotel’s parking garage. The plaintiff claimed she was injured in such a way that her competitive career was forever taken away from her and will prevent her from future record-breaking pursuits. The plaintiff sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in retribution for damages and pain and suffering. Her lawyer, a highly experienced trial attorney and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, retained a safety expert who deemed the walkway unsafe for a variety of reasons, and notwithstanding the fact that defense had no such expert of its own, Mr. Lazo was able to obliterate the expert’s opinions in cross-examination. Ultimately, after just half-day of deliberation, the jury came back with a defense verdict and awarded the plaintiff no damages.
“Through the tenacious work of our team, we are proud to report this recent defense victory,” said Mr. Lazo. “We know that whatever the latest jury trend might be, we at Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP will not back down from seeking justice for our clients, and will continue to strive for precedential setting verdicts and judgments that better our legal community as a whole.”
Leading the firm’s litigation practice out of the Irvine, California office, Mr. Lazo focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, as well as insurance and real estate law. He represents premises owners, non-profit organizations, institutional lenders and brokers, as well as real estate developers and private investors in a wide array of litigation matters, and regularly advises his clients to develop litigation-avoiding strategies in their business operations and capacities.