Category: Trial Victories

Apr 18th, 2017

Admitted Liability Commercial Truck Accident

Shareholder Heather Beasley tried an admitted liability commercial truck accident case in which the client’s 22-ton tractor/trailer combination, traveling 56 miles per hour, rear-ended plaintiff’s pickup truck and trailer, traveling 35 miles per hour. Plaintiff alleged an optic nerve injury, causing partial vision loss in his dominant eye, and post-traumatic…

Mar 1st, 2017

Defense verdict obtained in Clackamas County wrongful death case

Shareholders Dan Hasson and Chris Parker obtained a defense verdict for their clients, owners/founders of a non-profit animal sanctuary, following trial held in Oregon City, Oregon, in October 2016. The case involved a workplace fatality, for which the plaintiff estate sought damages exceeding $6 million. Dan and Chris successfully proved…

Jan 10th, 2017

Jury Trial Successfully Proves 75 Percent of Fault Rests With Settled-Out Vehicle Manufacturer

May 2016: Shareholder Christopher Drotzmann, in a four-day jury trial on a single vehicle motor vehicle accident, successfully proved that 75 percent of fault rested with the settled-out vehicle manufacturer for a defective stop lam switch.

Jan 10th, 2017

Four-Day Jury Trial Results in Successful Jury Award

June 2016: Shareholder Christopher Drotzmann received a jury award less than claimed medical expenses in a four-day jury trial in Clark County, Washington, on an admitted liability motor vehicle accident.

Jan 10th, 2017

Jury Enters $1.5 Million Verdict on Fire Loss

June 2016: After a four-day jury trial, shareholder Christopher Drotzmann obtained a defense verdict for the client on a $1.5 million fire loss.

Jan 10th, 2017

Legal Malpractice Case Resolved in Arbitration

December 2016: Shareholder Christopher Drotzmann successfully arbitrated a legal malpractice case involving a commercial lease. The arbitrator awarded less than the pre-lawsuit offer.

Feb 8th, 2016

Plaintiff dismisses firm’s client and agrees to pay client’s cost bill in multi-vehicle accident

The firm’s client was involved in a multi-car collision. Plaintiff sued the firm’s client and three other drivers involved in the collision. While shareholder Chris Drotzmann was preparing for the February 22 trial date, plaintiff opted to settle with the other drivers and dismissed the firm’s client and agreed to…

Feb 8th, 2016

Arbitrator awards less than firm’s client’s pre-lawsuit offer

A property owner sued the firm’s property management company client, contending it breached the management contract in several regards for which it should be disgorged of all earned management fees, pay money damages, and contended the manager’s action constituted Elder Abuse justifying the awarding of trebled damages, pre-judgment interest, attorney…

Jan 26th, 2016

Summary judgment in Warm Springs Tribal court – employment

Shareholders Dan Hasson and Bill Earle succeeded in obtaining summary judgment in favor of their client, a federally-recognized Indian tribe, in a wrongful termination claim brought by a former tribal employee. In obtaining complete dismissal of the plaintiff’s claim, Dan and Bill successfully relied on Warm Springs Tribal Court of…

Dec 22nd, 2015

Warm Springs Tribal Court of Appeals victory–employment.

Shareholder Dan Hasson prevailed in the Warm Springs Tribal Court of Appeals, obtaining a reversal of a trial court judgment against the firm’s client, a federally-recognized Indian Tribe, in a wrongful termination claim brought by a former tribal employee. In obtaining the favorable ruling, Dan successfully argued to the court…

Dec 9th, 2015

Oregon Supreme Court victory – liquor liability

Shareholder Nicole Rhoades, shareholder Dan Hasson, and associate Jonathan Henderson obtained an Oregon Supreme Court affirmance of a trial court ruling granting complete summary judgment in favor of their client on claims brought by two separate plaintiffs arising out of a January 2010 shooting incident. The firm’s client was a…

Sep 15th, 2015

Tried for five days a slip-and-fall case

Shareholder Christopher Drotzmann tried a slip-and-fall case, which resulted in a five-day trial. Plaintiff fell on a public sidewalk and contended it was due to a faulty meter box in the sidewalk. Plaintiff sued the City which was responsible for the maintenance and repair of the meter box and sidewalk,…

Aug 15th, 2015

Tried an admitted liability motor vehicle accident claim

Shareholder Christopher Drotzmann tried an admitted liability motor vehicle accident claim where the plaintiff sought damages of $850,000 and tried (unsuccessfully) to add a claim for $100,000 in punitive damages on the first day of trial. Plaintiff contended she suffered from a permanent injury to her dominant hand in the…

Mar 9th, 2015

Dismissal of plaintiffs’ $425,000 timber trespass claim and plaintiff’s agreeing to pay firm’s clients $21,000 in attorney fees

The firm’s clients were sued for over $425,000 when a neighbor claimed the clients willfully logged 700 trees off of plaintiffs’ property. Shareholder Chris Drotzmann traced the history of the properties’ ownership back to the 1950s. He then established through multiple declarations that a fence line had acted as the…

Jan 3rd, 2015

Defense verdict obtained in Multnomah County premises liability case

Shareholder Dan Hasson obtained a defense verdict for his client, a North Portland recycling center, following a two-day jury trial in Portland, Oregon, in October 2014. The case involved a trip-and-fall injury, for which the plaintiff sought approximately $450,000 in damages. The jury deliberated for half of a day before…

Dec 30th, 2014

Dismissal of $1.5 million personal injury lawsuit

Shareholders Elizabeth Lampson and Chris Parker won a motion for summary judgment in Lane County in favor of their newspaper publisher client. The lawsuit arose out of an accident between the plaintiff, who was riding a bicycle, and a vehicle operated by a carrier retained to deliver the publisher’s newspapers….