Defense Verdict Obtained in Legal Malpractice CasePosted Wednesday January 25, 2017
PHOENIX, AZ (January 25, 2017) – Jones, Skelton &
Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce Robert Berk and Dillon Steadman recently
obtained a defense verdict in a legal malpractice case. The plaintiff alleged
that the defending attorneys committed malpractice while representing the Plaintiff
in an underlying workers compensation case. The court granted defendants’
motion to split the case into a liability phase and a damage phase.
After an unsuccessful mediation, at which the plaintiff
demanded $1.9 million and the defendants offered $75,000, the liability phase
of the trial took place. After a 5-day trial, the jury was out less than ten
minutes before returning a unanimous defense verdict on liability. As a result
of the verdict, the damage trial was vacated.
has been at Partner at JSH since 1996. For over 30 years, Mr. Berk has
practiced in commercial/contract litigation, professional liability defense and
Steadman focusing his practice on professional liability, bad faith, and
general civil liability. Born and raised in Phoenix, Mr. Steadman moved to
Tucson, where he got his B.S., B.A., and J.D. from the University of Arizona.
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is one of the largest and most experienced
defense trial law firms in Arizona. Having been in business for 34 years, the
firm specializes in trial practice; insurance coverage; defense of
corporations; self-insureds; governmental entities and insurance carriers. For
additional information please call 602.263.1798.