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Christopher Wesierski presents awards at OCBA Masters Division Honoring Legends of the Law

OCBA Masters Division Chair Christopher Wesierski helped present the 2018 Legends of the Law awards during its spring reception at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Justice Raymond J. Ikola, Court of Appeal, and attorney Allan H. Stokke, Corrigan Welbourn Stokke, APLC, were honored as the 2018 Legends of the Law Award recipients by the OCBA Masters Division.

Christopher Wesierski Honored with Men of Character Award

The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America will recognize Christopher Wesierski at its annual Men of Character dinner on Thursday April 19, 2018 at the Irvine Marriott. The Character Award honors excellence in personal character as displayed through positive ethics, high integrity, and community impact. The recipients of the Character Award are selected by former Character Award recipients because of their impact made in the community, which personifies what Scouting stands for – good citizenship and service to others. The honorees are role models for the future leaders of our area – the youth of today. Mr. Wesierski is valued for his contributions to the community and for demonstrating the very values that Scouting strives to develop in our youth.

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Ron Zurek Gains Defense Verdict in Bus Accident Case

Ron’s most recent trial was in a case where 28 people all claimed to have been injured when the tour bus they were riding in was involved in an accident on the freeway.  Ron’s defendant client admitted responsibility for causing the accident, which occurred when she lost control of her car during a panic stop, causing it to veer into the adjacent lane where it struck the bus and forced it to stop suddenly, thereby throwing the bus occupants violently forward so as to allegedly injure them.  All 28 people sought medical care to varying degrees, from the same practitioners. 11 of them ultimately underwent surgical procedures to their necks, backs and knees for the alleged accident injuries.  In total, medical costs for all of them exceeded $1,000,000.  The claims overall totaledmillions of dollars.

Few of the plaintiffs had claimed injury right after the accident.  It was suspected that many if not all of the injury claims were grossly exaggerated and much of the medical care unnecessary, undertaken by unscrupulous doctors.   Minutes before start of the trial 19 of the plaintiffs dropped their cases for nothing, a move made by the plaintiffs to lessen the adverse circumstantial inferences that would otherwise perhaps be drawn from such a large number of claimants.   Trial proceeded forward with 9 plaintiffs, all of them having had surgeries.  A prestigious plaintiff law firm simultaneously substituted into the case for the plaintiffs in order to do the trial.

Ron took a vigorous approach to cross examination of the plaintiffs’ medical witnesses, and to the plaintiffs themselves.  During the lengthy trial Ron chose not to call almost any of the many defense expert witnesses, ultimately calling only two witnesses altogether.   Despite admitted liability for the accident, the jury rendered a verdict indicating that none of the nine plaintiffs had sustained any injury or damages at all, thus a verdict for the defendant resulted.   As the plaintiffs had turned down settlement offers made to them previously, the defendant is allowed to recover litigation costs back from them, totaling well over $100,000.ronald_zurek2

Plaintiff Verdict for Lamborghini Owner

Following his 2017 OC ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year award, Thomas Wianecki receives Plaintiff verdict for Lamborghini owner with help from Michelle Prescott.

Wesierski & Zurek LLP represented the plaintiff, the owner of a 2006 Lamborghini. After getting into an accident in August 2014, our client had his car towed to a “high end” repair facility for the needed repairs. Plaintiff’s insurance company paid $44,500 for these repairs in September 2014.  Sixteen months passed and little to no work was done.  Our client demanded return of the vehicle after 1 year. He was told the car could not be located.  He went to the police to file a report, but was told this was a civil matter.  We then filed a complaint on plaintiff’s behalf.  After filing the lawsuit, the car was located and belatedly released. Our client picked up the car with little repair done. The Plaintiff was lied to and treated with disrespect during the whole ordeal by the facility. Following deliberation, the jury awarded $227,431.85 in damages, plus punitives to the plaintiff.  Thomas Wianecki and Michelle Prescott were the trial attorneys. Congratulations!

Frank D’Oro Obtains Dismissal During Voir Dire on Slip and Fall Case

Frank D’Oro recently obtained a dismissal for waiver of costs during voir dire on a slip and fall case for the defendant. Plaintiff suffered a fall in the defendant’s store and alleged medical expenses of more than $200,000 related to two surgeries and a head injury.  Plaintiff rejected a Statutory Offer of $100,000 early in litigation. As trial approached, Plaintiff made a number of demands, ultimately demanding less than the expired Statutory Offer. The defense team settled on a waiver of costs during voir dire after a successful day of arguing crucial motions in limine excluding a theory of liability based on choice of flooring and excluding evidence of the amount of the medical bills.

 

Christopher P. Wesierski Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County” by Orange Coast Magazine

Christopher P. Wesierski was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County” by Orange Coast Magazine. The selection was based on the following objective factors: verdicts, settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within law firm, bar and/or other professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, education, employment background, and other outstanding achievements.

Terence Carney Obtains Verdict For Ralphs Grocery Store

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Terence P. Carney recently obtained a jury verdict for the exact same amount of money that was originally offered to the plaintiff at the start of trial. The case occurred at a Ralphs supermarket in Los Angeles where the plaintiff, a 41 year old makeup artist, slipped and fell in spilled soda near the self-checkout. Plaintiff alleged injuries to her lower back, right hip and knee and headaches with residuals of dizziness, depression and loss of concentration. The injury to the plaintiff’s lower back was supposedly so severe that it would require a two level fusion. She was seeking a total of $825,000: $35,000 in past medical expenses, $150,000 in future medical expenses, $70,000 for past wage loss, $70,000 for future wage loss and $500,000 for pain and suffering. After a 5 day trial, the jury returned a verdict for $100,000, the exact same amount that had been offered prior to the start of the trial. Congratulations to Mr. Carney!