The following is a sampling of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP’s trial results.
In a civil rights and assault and battery case against a city and police officer, plaintiff alleged permanent injuries as a result of an arrest. Plaintiff alleged the officer used excessive force in the course of arresting and transporting her. Plaintiff also alleged her rights were violated at the police station. At trial, Alderman & Hilgers, LLP obtained a defense verdict exonerating the officer and the city from all liability.
In a recent trial, Alderman & Hilgers, LLP obtained a $1.6 million judgment for an RV manufacturer whose vehicles were sold by a dealership that fraudulently kept the profits. Alderman & Hilgers, LLP prevailed on its claim that a personal guaranty signed by the prior owner of the dealership was still valid and enforceable against the prior owner, despite the sale of the dealership to a new owner.
In a trademark and unfair competition case in federal court, the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP represented the inventor of a product against the distributor, who claimed he was entitled to ownership of the product. The inventor prevailed at trial, and following trial, a settlement favorable to the inventor was reached. Because of this, the product is still on the market and the distributor subsequently hired Daniel Alderman to represent him, even though he had been on the opposite side during the unfair competition case.
In a serious personal injury case, plaintiff suffered two ruptured discs and severe emotional trauma superimposed on PTSD from his military service, resulting in multiple suicide attempts. Liability for the accident was undisputed, but plaintiff’s attorney refused to settle on a compromise basis. Alderman & Hilgers, LLP tried the case on behalf of the defendant in a venue known to be favorable to members of the military. Despite this, Alderman & Hilgers, LLP obtained a verdict that was lower than the original evaluation provided to our client and about one third of plaintiff’s last demand prior to trial.
In a case involving a street sweeping company against a large trash company, the trash company had been charging the sweeping vendor for years for removing debris. The sweeping company paid, but later realized they had no contract for the services provided by the trash company and did not need them. The large trash company would not offer a dime in settlement, and their attorney stated that he had not lost a case in eighteen years. At trial, in which the street sweeping company was represented by the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP the jury sided with the street sweeping company, awarding them all of their requested damages against the trash company.
In a case involving a real estate professional who found out that two of his former employees had stolen client files and given them to a business competitor, the business competitor offered no significant settlement. The case proceeded to trial, with the real estate professional represented by the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP. The jury ultimately sided with the real estate professional, awarding substantial monetary damages against the business competitor whose employees had stolen the client files.
At trial, the attorneys for Alderman & Hilgers, LLP represented an individual who had invested $1 million in what appeared to be a legitimate venture. It turned out that the defendant had misrepresented the legitimacy of the investment and the client lost her investment. The verdict for the defrauded client included $1 million in compensatory damages as well as $6 million in punitive damages for the defendant’s fraudulent behavior.
The partners of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP have also reached numerous settlements favorable to their clients. Some notable results include the following:
In a complex FEHA wrongful termination, retaliation, and sexual harassment case involving a potential multi-million dollar exposure, Alderman & Hilgers, LLP negotiated a favorable resolution for a municipal client, despite difficult issues with insurance coverage and workplace complications.
In a case involving a wildfire that destroyed over 850 acres and 19 residences, Alderman & Hilgers, LLP obtained a favorable settlement protecting our client from a very large personal exposure, despite the existence of multiple parties and claims. Alternate theories of how the fire started were vigorously pursued and helped to resolve the case.
In a case involving a serious workers’ compensation claim with a continuous, ongoing injury over ten years, Alderman & Hilgers, LLP represented the owner of the employer company against whom personal liability for the multi-million dollar claim was sought, and no insurance coverage was available. Alderman & Hilgers, LLP was able to obtain a complete dismissal of the action against our client.
In a civil rights case against police officers accused of excessive force, the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP represented both the city and the individual police officers. The case involved the use of a Taser against a suspect involved in a domestic dispute, who attempted to flee the scene when officers confronted him. The officers used the Taser to subdue the suspect, inadvertently striking the suspect in the eye with one of the Taser darts. The suspect, who turned out to be deaf and who lost one eye as a result of the incident, sued the officers and the police department. The attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP were able to negotiate a settlement on favorable terms to the city and the individual police officers during trial.
In a sexual harassment/assault case in which plaintiff had seizures she attributed to the incident, the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP negotiated a settlement favorable to the defendant employer early on in the trial proceedings.
In a case involving an iron worker who fell thirty-five feet and sustained catastrophic injuries, the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP represented the general contractor and settled favorably on the contractor’s behalf after some testimony.
In addition to handling civil litigation matters up to and including trial, the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP have been involved in many types of arbitrations and administrative hearings. Examples include wage and hour claims, uninsured motorist claims, and administrative hearings involving security clearance.
Alderman & Hilgers, LLP believes that the best way to achieve results for their clients is to prepare every case as if it is going to trial, and to do so in as cost-effective and efficient way as possible. Whether or not the case actually proceeds to trial, such preparation is always an advantage in negotiations. Alderman & Hilgers, LLP has also been successful in dismissing cases in their entirety, or reducing them in scope, through motions for summary judgment and other pre-trial motions. The partners have also participated in appeals both in State and Federal Court on a variety of issues. Their experience in handling cases from their inception through trial, and even appeal, have given the attorneys of Alderman & Hilgers, LLP a deep insight into what is important in achieving the desired results for their clients.