Young Lawyer Wins $31.5 Million Verdict
Posted by Trialguides Admin on Feb 05, 2010
Truth and love turned out to be a powerful 1-2 combination for trial attorney Nick Rowley. At the age of 32, Rowley has tried 59 cases and seen hundreds of settlements at his offices in California, Minnesota, and Iowa.
In his most recent case, tried with colleagues Alejandro Blanco and Daniel Rodriguez, truth and love meant a $31.5 million verdict for a single plaintiff. The plaintiff, age 16, suffered a brain injury with resulting left-sided hemiparesis (weakness and foot drop). The defendant driver was drunk and admitted liability, but the insurer, Fireman's Fund, refused to payout. For 25 months the insurer would not offer a penny.
After years of battling, the insurer offered to settle the case for policy limits, but Rowley, Blanco & Rodriguez had other ideas. They turned the insurer down, saying "the settle-for-policy-limits-train left the station- we promised we would take you to trial." They marched into a month-long trial knowing that the insurer risked a potential bad faith suit if the plaintiffs won in excess of the $10 million policy limit. The jury returned a more than triple verdict of $31.5 million for the plaintiffs.
Rowley, Blanco & Rodriguez are graduates of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and fans of Rick Friedman and David Ball. They credit their big wins on this case and others to study, dedication, and most importantly, loving their clients. Said Nick, "When talking to juries about money I rely on David Ball on Damages. I have done my best to master that approach, intertwining TLC methods into it. David Ball on Damages is ESSENTIAL for any lawyer trying personal injury cases. To prove liability I look to Rick Friedman's Rules of the Road. To connect with the jury and my client I look to Gerry Spence's Win Your Case. Each of these books are must reads for any trial lawyer representing injured plaintiffs."