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Trials & Arbitrations

Client advocacy is at the core of what we do. LMM’s trial attorneys have tried numerous cases to verdict or award, consistently delivering outstanding results against some of the largest corporations and law firms in the country. LMM’s combined decades of litigation and trial experience informs our fundamental belief that the most favorable outcomes—whether in settlement negotiations, pre-trial, or in front of a jury—are the result of preparing each case to successfully go the distance, if necessary. Our clients understand and rely upon our trial-minded approach in coming to us with their most difficult and consequential legal challenges.

Full Defense Award for Engineering Client in Oregon Arbitration. LMM Partner Steve Litchfield represented a national structural engineering firm in front of a panel of arbitrators for claims arising out of a commercial mixed-use mass timber project in Portland, Oregon. During construction of the project, an adjacent property owner alleged a loss of lateral support to its building as a result of the on-going construction, and specifically alleged that the structural engineer failed to take adequate steps to underpin and support the adjacent structure. The plaintiff sought more than $5,000,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees. After a three-week hearing, during which Steve cross-examined the plaintiff’s structural expert and elicited admissions about the appropriateness of the design, the panel issued a full defense award in favor of Steve’s client.

Engineering Contractor Trial Success. LMM Partner Liam Malone represented a general engineering contractor as a plaintiff in a suit to recover over seven-figures from a supplier that sold his client defective materials, while at the same time pursuing a parallel bad faith action in federal court against the OCIP insurer that denied his client's claim. After settling with the insurer for six-figures, Liam tried the case against the supplier. Liam called the defendant's president as an adverse witness in his case-in-chief, eliciting an admission of liability in front of the jury, resulting in the case settling for over ten times the value of the offer made the week before trial started.

Legal Malpractice Lawsuit Successfully Resolved at Trial. LMM Partner Mike McDonald recently represented a highly experienced attorney against a multimillion-dollar legal malpractice lawsuit. In what was a very challenging case involving admitted liability and significant claimed damages, Mike focused on attacking the plaintiff’s claims in expert discovery, through aggressive pre-trial motions to exclude key evidence and witnesses, and through effective jury selection to posture the case for a remarkably successful resolution on the third day of trial.

Arbitration Award for Civil Engineering Firm. LMM Partner Steve Litchfield represented a civil engineering firm suing for unpaid additional services for a residential development at a major California university. A significant counterclaim was filed against the engineering firm, and after multiple attempts at settlement were unsuccessful, a two-week arbitration went forward. Mr. Litchfield’s client recovered 90% of the fees sought, received a full defense award on the counterclaim, and was deemed the prevailing party, able to recover all of its attorneys’ fees and costs.

Favorable Defense Verdict Against Brain Injury Claim. LMM Partner Mike McDonald was part of the trial team defending a large public entity in a personal injury lawsuit involving an alleged traumatic brain injury sustained in a car accident. In a difficult case involving admitted fault and a multi-million-dollar claim, Mike tailored his opening statement, cross-examination of key witnesses and closing argument to successfully refute the opposing counsel’s damages contentions. The jury agreed with Mike and awarded the exact damages figure that he proposed at closing, which amounted to approximately 1% of Plaintiff’s alleged damages.

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