Jury Verdict Victory!

In February, Zupkus & Angell was pleased to secure a verdict in favor of its client in a bodily injury matter filed in Denver District Court. Partners Muliha Khan and Richard Angell tried the case.

We were hired as defense counsel for a national security company contracted to provide security services to a downtown bank. Plaintiff accessed the bank to get to her office in an adjoining building. Plaintiff claimed she suffered injury to her shoulder in attempting to open a door in the bank. Specifically, Plaintiff claimed Defendant failed to unlock the door.

The case proceeded to trial before a jury. Plaintiff presented multiple fact witnesses, as well as seven expert witnesses, including an architect specializing in building code compliance and a psychologist who testified regarding pain management. The defense focused on the issue of causation. Among other strategies, the defenses used the testimony of its one and only expert witness, an orthopedic surgeon, along with simple demonstrative exhibits to argue that the allegedly locked door could have not caused injury to Plaintiff. Ultimately, the jury agreed and returned a verdict in favor of the defense, finding that the Defendant security company was not negligent and thus it was not the cause of any injuries, damages or losses claimed by Plaintiff.

The key to winning the case was to never lose sight of the fact that a jury would determine liability. In light of this, Zupkus & Angell employed various effective trial strategies, including: refraining from over complicating the issues; developing and articulating a strong trial theme; and adjusting defense strategy, if and when necessary, during the course of the trial.