Litigation Chair Marc Lazo Secures Defense Victory in Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP’s Orange County, California Office

Irvine, Calif. (March 12, 2014) – The partners at Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP, a New York and Southern California based full service law firm, announced today that on March 7, 2014, Managing Partner Marc Lazo secured a major defense victory following a two-week premises liability jury trial. This win stands particularly triumphant for the firm because despite a recent trend of Orange County juries awarding large verdicts to personally injured plaintiffs, Mr. Lazo was able to secure a favorable verdict for the defense.

The inciting incident of the case took place at a Holiday Inn in San Clemente, California. The plaintiff, a formal world record-holding swimmer and Ironman competitor, claimed that she suffered life-altering physical injuries from a fall on an allegedly defectively designed walkway in the hotel’s parking garage. The plaintiff claimed she was injured in such a way that her competitive career was forever taken away from her and will prevent her from future record-breaking pursuits. The plaintiff sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in retribution for damages and pain and suffering. Her lawyer, a highly experienced trial attorney and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, retained a safety expert who deemed the walkway unsafe for a variety of reasons, and notwithstanding the fact that defense had no such expert of its own, Mr. Lazo was able to obliterate the expert’s opinions in cross-examination. Ultimately, after just half-day of deliberation, the jury came back with a defense verdict and awarded the plaintiff no damages.

“Through the tenacious work of our team, we are proud to report this recent defense victory,” said Mr. Lazo. “We know that whatever the latest jury trend might be, we at Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP will not back down from seeking justice for our clients, and will continue to strive for precedential setting verdicts and judgments that better our legal community as a whole.”

Leading the firm’s litigation practice out of the Irvine, California office, Mr. Lazo focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, as well as insurance and real estate law. He represents premises owners, non-profit organizations, institutional lenders and brokers, as well as real estate developers and private investors in a wide array of litigation matters, and regularly advises his clients to develop litigation-avoiding strategies in their business operations and capacities.

Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP’s Christopher Palmer Appointed to Bench

Governor Replaces Jay Moody with Firm’s Senior Managing Litigation Partner

Irvine, Calif. (March 21, 2014) – The partners at Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP, New York and Southern California-based full service law firm, announced that just last week Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe appointed the firm’s Senior Managing Litigation Partner Christopher Palmer to the bench as Circuit Judge in the Third Division of the 6th Judicial District, replacing Jay Moody. Mr. Palmer’s appointment will expire on December 31, 2014.

“As a firmly dedicated member of the Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP team, a supporter of proper judicial outcomes in Arkansas and a vested part of the legal industry as a whole, this appointment is a true honor,” said Mr. Palmer. “In this new position, I will exercise my expertise honed through years of experience and also utilize key learnings from the position in my day-to-day endeavors with the firm.”

Mr. Palmer served as Chairman of the State Public Defender Commission and, most recently, received a second appointment to serve as a member of the Jail Standards Review Committee. He specializes in the areas of Criminal Defense and Mortgage Banking/Real Estate Litigation, and holds many industry memberships, including the Pulaski County Bar, Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Henry Woods Inns of Court (serving on the executive committee).

“With the expertise and know-how he brings to the table, Chris continues to prove to be a valuable asset to the Arkansas judicial system, and we couldn’t be happier by the news of his appointment,” says firm Co-founder Matt Browndorf. “Day in and day out, Chris bring a level of skill that has been carefully cultivated, and we look forward to his further success in the industry.”

About Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP
Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP is an international law firm with core offices in New York, California, Washington, D.C. and Arkansas. Focused on the needs of business and finance clients in mergers and acquisitions and business and insurance litigation, Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP is managed by Firm Managing Partner, Matthew C. Browndorf, resident in the New York City office. For more information about the services provided by Wilson Harvey Browndorf LLP, please visit our website at http://whbllp.com/.

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