I am a litigation attorney. Some of the cases I've handled include:
- a motorcycle accident case involving a collision with a car that started to take a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle on a curvy road, causing the bike to skid and slide sideways into the car. The injuries included a broken femur and fractures in the facial area, and it settled for $315k.
- a medical malpractice case where the treater left a heat pad on the leg of a child for too long, resulting in burns to the child's lower leg requiring surgery. There was no physical pain involved because the client already had a medical condition preventing sensation in the legs, but she did end up with a scar on her leg as a result of the skin repair surgery for the burn. This one settled for $350k.
- a product liability case involving defective rims on a snowblower wheel assembly that formed little cracks and fractured during tire inflation. The client suffered injuries when the wheel on his machine failed during inflation and sent plastic wheel fragments into his hands and face. This case settled for $300k.
- an auto accident where a pedestrian was knocked over by a slow-moving car in a Costco parking lot. The police accident report blamed both parties, but the client suffered a fracture to her shoulder from her fall to the ground and the case settled for $150k.
- a rear-end auto collision where the client's foot jammed down into the brake pedal when his car was struck from the rear. This one went to trial because the offer from the defendant's insurance company was extremely low, and the jury returned a $60k verdict for pain and suffering.
- a broken locker in the boys room of a high school had a jagged edge that went unrepaired for some time, and when a couple of high school kids were horsing around in the locker room, one of them cut his forearm on the locker resulting in a scar on his arm. This case went to trial (defendant had offered $0) and the jury returned a $30k verdict, reduced to $20k because the jury decided that my client was 1/3 at fault for roughhousing too much in the boys' locker room.
- an appeal in the Connecticut Supreme Court in a product liability case, Rizzuto v. Davidson Ladders, 280 Conn. 225 (2006), in which the client fell off a defective ladder at Home Depot and got injured, but his case got thrown out by the trial court due to lack of proof because Home Depot had disposed of the ladder prematurely. The Supreme Court reversed the trial court and established a new cause of action in Connecticut for spoliation (destruction) of evidence.
- two motorcycle riders were being sued for assaulting (allegedly) another rider. Seven witnesses came to court and testified that the plaintiff had a reputation in the community for untruthfulness, which is admissible testimony under the rules of evidence. The plaintiff was not very credible on the stand and the jury returned a defense verdict for my clients.
B.A., Yale College (1996)
J.D., Columbia Law School (2001)
State of Connecticut, District of Connecticut (2003)
State of New York, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York (2002)