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Some of the staff at Wesierski & Zurek enjoyed decorating pumpkins this week with succulents.
Wesierski and Zurek is very proud to have obtained three defense verdicts in three different cases over a recent three week period of time.
We continue to bring our best efforts for all our clients at all times.
These cases were tried in three different courts in LA and Orange County and all three featured demands that were quite high.
Wesierski and Zurek LLP is pleased to announce that Tom Wianecki has been selected as the 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Orange County ABOTA. ABOTA is an organization composed of those attorneys from both the plaintiff and defense side that have been selected as members after they have tried at least ten trials to verdict and after a significant vetting.
Chris Wesierski was accorded the same honor in 2015. It is very unusual to have one firm with two members who have won that award and the firm is very proud of that fact.
Wesierski and Zurek LLP has recently won three cases each with a defense verdict in the last three weeks.
Thomas Wianecki And Michelle Prescott Of Wesierski & Zurek LLP Obtain A Defense Verdict For Two Orange County Deputy Sheriffs Accused Of Excess Force And Violating An Inmate’s Civil Rights
On August 23, 2014, an inmate at the Theo Lacy Facility was involved in a physical melee with two Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. The inmate alleged that his right ear was partially severed as result of excessive and unreasonable force. He claimed that he was attacked due to long standing feud with one of the Deputy Sheriffs. The inmate alleged being unnecessarily beaten and kicked in the groin multiple times without cause.
The truth was a polar opposite from the inmate’s allegations. The inmate was observed being given contraband (an unauthorized paper with a message or drugs) from another inmate. Plaintiff refused to give up the contraband on numerous occasions and disregarded multiple instructions to be searched. A physical altercation started with one of the Deputies placed in a chokehold/headlock by the inmate. The companion Deputy and other jail personnel responded. In the altercation, a portion of the plaintiff’s ear was inadvertently torn away, but was later re-attached in a successful grafting operation. The inmate was never kicked in the groin as claimed. He was punched, however, to gain the release of the Deputy from the chokehold. The inmate actively resisted until subdued by other responding Deputies. There was video tape footage for some of the events that took place.
The federal court jury deliberated for 9 hours over 2 days. A unanimous verdict was reached that the conduct of the Deputies was reasonable in light of the facts and circumstances for what occurred.
This is the second successful County of Orange defense verdict Mr. Wianecki has obtained over the past 10 months.
Congratulations to Chris Wesierski who was selected as a Top 50 Super Lawyer in Orange County by the Super Lawyer organization. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year since the awards have been given starting in 2004.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of more than 70 practice areas. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Congratulations to Christopher Wesierski and Christian Counts on being featured as the Daily Journal’s Top Defense Case of the week. The case was a wrongful termination and discrimination case with eight causes of action stemming from the plaintiff’s alleged disability. Although, a difficult case, Chris and Christian were able to seamlessly convince the jury of the unanimous defense verdict. The verdict was reached in less than thirty minutes.
Wesierski & Zurek is proud to congratulate Jennifer Purcell a member of our staff who will be awarded the 2017 Harahan Award in the Orange County region by the Special Olympics. The Michael W. Harahan Award is presented to volunteers with exceptional dedication and performance in their volunteer role(s). Jen is always willing to help out in any way that she can and brings her warm, bubbly personality not just to the field with her athletes, but to work at Wesierski & Zurek.