First Impression Case


First Impression Case

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W.-Winston-Briggs-Wins-$467,000-VerdictWinston Briggs’ willingness to take on and win difficult cases in hostile jurisdictions is demonstrated in one case where he brought suit and won a substantial jury verdict for the client against a large law firm-in the firm’s own back yard. In that case, Mr. Briggs filed suit against the large law firm on the grounds that the firm had defrauded his client by taking and pursuing a case against the client despite having a conflict of interest.

The case was one of “first impression” in that no one had ever filed a similar lawsuit against a law firm on that basis in Georgia before. Naturally, the Defendant’s law firm fought the case tooth and nail and refused to settle the case without trial. Mr. Briggs tried the case in the law firm’s hometown before its hometown jury. Nonetheless, the jury found in Mr. Briggs’ client’s favor. The jury awarded the client hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensatory damages, over one hundred thousand dollars in attorney’s fees, and assessed punitive damages against the law firm. This case demonstrates Mr. Briggs’ ability to win first impression cases for his clients, even in hostile jurisdictions.

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