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Kazan Law Earns #1 Ranking Wrongful Death Jury Verdict in California for 2014

Kazan LawKazan Law just made the number one ranking for the highest wrongful death jury verdict amount in California for 2014. We received this prestigious recognition by The Recorder, the nation’s leading legal publication, for its annual Top Verdicts for California issue. We are grateful for this honor and pleased that we are able to achieve top jury verdict awards for our mesothelioma clients and their families. This is especially important to us because of the tragic losses these families must endure.

$11,800,000 Jury Verdict Nets Firm #1 Ranking

An Alameda County, California jury returned an $11,800,00 million verdict in an asbestos wrongful death suit (Emily Bankhead, Tammy Bankhead, and Debbie Bankhead Meiers v. ArvinMeritor, Inc., et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG12632899) against Pneumo Abex LLC on January 15, 2014. Kazan Law Partner David McClain represented the Bankhead family. This follows a January 2011 verdict assessing punitive damages against Pneumo Abex LLC of $9 million along with compensatory damages for Gordon Bankhead’s pain and suffering and for his wife Emily’s suffering as she watched his disease progress and take his life. He died from mesothelioma in 2011 at age 68.

The Recorder – The Authoritative Voice of the Legal Profession

The Recorder is the leading source of key California legal news and information. For over a century, it has provided legal news that California companies and law firms rely on to stay up to date on all vital legal issues. In both its print and digital editions, it focuses on legal developments that are considered significant for litigation and judiciary matters.

The Recorder’s annual California Top Verdicts & Settlements issue is one of their most anticipated issues of the year. This important annual compilation list is based on Verdict Search, a comprehensive database of civil and criminal court cases, jury verdicts, legal judgments and settlements. The Recorder’s list highlights the top verdicts of California law firms from the year that just ended. It will be available on The Recorder’s site for the entire year.

Often rankings in professional publications can be illusory and are based on advertising purchased by a firm to achieve a “ranking” by the publication. Often, the bigger the advertising budget, the higher the ranking. But this is most definitely not the case with The Recorder’s Top Verdicts list. It’s a strict ranking by the numbers.

Kazan Law Ranked #2 in Top California Verdicts of 2013

This is not the first time our asbestos law firm has achieved a high rank in the annual Top California Verdicts list. Last year, we were recognized for having the second highest ranking for a product liability jury verdict in the annual Top Verdicts & Settlements in California list. This victory was the eighth highest among all verdicts awarded in California in 2013.

Kazan Law rated this honor for our June 5, 2013 jury verdict awarding plaintiffs Rose-Marie and Martin Grigg a total of $27,342,500 in damages for Mrs. Grigg’s asbestos-caused mesothelioma. Kazan Law Partner Joseph D. Satterley represented Mr. and Mrs.Grigg in court. We believe verdicts like these are why we’re one of the best asbestos law firms in the country.

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