Press Release | 04.24.18

Walnut Creek, CALIF., April 24, 2018 – Archer Norris is pleased to report three recent California jury trial victories. Archer Norris’ On Call Trial Counsel Team specializes in high stakes trials—often parachuting in late in the litigation to handle cases on the eve of trial.  The Archer Norris Team members who headed these successful trial efforts were Sharon Collier, Nandor Krause, Kenneth “KC” Ward and Michael Nebenzahl.

“Obtaining not one but three such significant results within a short span is a testament to the hard work and skills of the Archer Norris trial team,” commented Managing Partner Doug Straus. “That two of these cases came to us on the eve of trial and still resulted in favorable outcomes for our clients underscores the strength of the firm’s On Call Trial Counsel.  In an era when many ‘litigators’ rarely, if ever, actually try cases to verdict, Archer Norris has a deep bench of skilled trial lawyers who know how to win in court on those occasions when a resolution short of trial is not possible.” 

An Orange County Defense Verdict
In mid-April, an Orange County jury delivered a defense verdict in a wrongful termination case tried by Walnut Creek partner Sharon Collier. Plaintiff had been fired with very little warning shortly after she returned from maternity leave. Sharon inherited the case from prior counsel on the eve of trial. Sharon persuaded the jury that, although plaintiff might have been treated unfairly, she was not discriminated against for using maternity leave. Thus, the jury took the extraordinary step of delivering a defense verdict for Sharon and coupling it with a formal statement rebuking Sharon’s client for mistreating plaintiff.

A San Diego County Victory
The day after the Orange County verdict, a San Diego County jury delivered a plaintiff’s verdict that may as well have been a defense verdict in a case being tried by Walnut Creek partners KC Ward and Nandor Krause. Plaintiff is a severely disabled young child whose family accused Archer Norris’ client of negligence in performing genetic testing. Plaintiff claimed lifetime medical costs and other damages would equal $29 million. Other defendants had already settled for more than $5 million. Just like Sharon, KC and Nandor parachuted into this case on the eve of trial with no opportunity to influence discovery or even expert selections. The client, the insurer and the defense team were all thrilled when the jury returned a plaintiff’s verdict for $1.25 million—effectively a defense verdict when one takes into account the credits from the earlier settlements. 

A Los Angeles County Directed Verdict
Just prior to these two simultaneous trials, Los Angeles partner Michael Nebenzahl and his team were in jury trial in Van Nuys in a case where Plaintiff was seeking more than a half million dollars from the City of Beverly Hills as a result of an alleged slip-and-fall. After six days of trial but before the case went to the jury, Michael persuaded the trial judge to grant the City a directed verdict—essentially ruling that no reasonable jury could find for the Plaintiff. This is an extremely rare and favorable outcome.

About Archer Norris
A leading California law firm, Archer Norris has 70+ business-savvy litigators and transactional lawyers admitted to practice in 12 states. The firm’s On Call Trial Counsel addresses clients’ critical need for a litigation team that can turn a case around, and handles even the most esoteric case at any stage of litigation.

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Name Title Phone Email V-card
Collier, Sharon Partner 925.930.6600 vcard
Krause, Nandor Partner 925.952.5411 vcard
Nebenzahl, Michael Partner 213.437.4000 vcard
Ward, Kenneth Partner 925.952.5425 vcard