Firm and Attorney News
Ben Mathis was elected as the new President of the Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN). Dana Maine was elected to the Board of Directors. PLAN is an invitation only organization of leading law firms from throughout the United States that have significant practices in Directors and Officers, Employment, Cyber & Data breach, Professional Errors and Omissions, Fiduciary, and Financial services/FINRA.
FMG partners Dana Maine and Jeff Grate continued the firm's run of successful trials in 2015 in obtaining a very favorable jury verdict in Fulton Superior Court. The plaintiff contended that a local government was negligent in causing the plaintiff's property to flood resulting in "substantial mold growth" and other significant property damage.
At the conclusion of a five day trial, plaintiff's counsel argued to the jury that they should return a verdict of at least $300,000 dollars, contending that the owners deserved significant compensatory damages from living with the mold growth and the diminished value of the property. While cases of this type have seen significant awards around Georgia and the country, the jury returned a verdict for a small fraction of the damages sought in awarding only $17,500.
Sun Choy, Brian Dempsey, and Kevin Stone recently prevailed in an excessive force case which was brought in federal court. The plaintiff, a charge nurse at a psychiatric hospital, had alleged that police officers forcibly restrained her and used a Taser against her after she refused to allow the officers to execute an arrest warrant for one of her patients. On summary judgment, the federal court accepted the officers’ argument that their use of force was reasonable as a matter of law.
Wayne Melnick was appointed to a three-year term as a Northern District of Georgia representative to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA). Wayne was also appointed as the national vice-chair of the Municipal Law Committee of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).
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