Court awards attorneys fees of $1.4 million where client got $183,000
Obviously my trucking litigation practice in Atlanta, Georgia, is in the wrong place or wrong specialty.
This week a federal judge in California ordered Taser, Inc. to pay $1.4 million in attorney fees to the lawyers whose client only collected $183,000.
The family of a man who was Tasered multiple times by police trying to subdue him originally was awarded more than $5 million by a jury verdict, for failure to warn Salinas police of the danger of multiple use of a Taser. However, U.S. District Judge James Ware reduced the verdict to $183,000, striking punitive damages, after finding that the man who was high on methamphetamine was 85 percent negligent in the incident.
I get an agreed percentage of what my clients get. If they get less than we hoped, so do it. If they get nothing, I get no fee. Somehow I think most of my clients would raise some pointed questions if I got paid ten times as much as they do.
Ken Shigley is a trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia who has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale), and is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy,. Mr. Shigley has extensive experience representing parties in trucking and bus accidents, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury cases. Currently he is Secretary of the 40,000 member State Bar of Georgia.