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$540K Defense Verdict Won by Sherman Spitz in Claims From 2003 Inland Empire Grand Prix Fires

(filed under: In The News | March 7, 2012)

CLAREMONT, CA – A final fire was extinguished from the 2003 Grand Prix fires by Berger Kahn partner Sherman M. Spitz on February 23, 2012, winning a defense verdict to clear his client of an alleged $540,000 claim in the Los Angeles Superior Court Pomona in a suit arising from the previously unprecedented $17.5M settlement against the City of Claremont in 2007.

Defense attorney Sherman M. Spitz, 59, of Irvine, says of the case, “I was just doing my job to help protect my client after he had helped to secure a brighter future for 62 residents who tragically lost their homes and many of their personal possessions.”

Eight months after successfully obtaining for the residents the record-breaking settlement in 2007 against the City of Claremont, the attorney received a written notice from two of his clients claiming that he owed them a considerable amount of money pursuant to an alleged compensation agreement for work they performed in connection with the case. Following presentation of the case, the judge rejected this claim and ruled in favor of Mr. Spitz’s client.

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ABOUT BERGER KAHN: Berger Kahn, A Law Corporation, is a California-based law firm with practice areas such as insurance coverage and litigation, business litigation, labor and employment, serious personal injury and wrongful death, and subrogation. The firm has offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

ABOUT SHERMAN M. SPITZ: Sherman M. Spitz is the principal at Berger Kahn’s Orange County office and is one of the most experienced trial attorneys in California having tried more than 90 cases to jury verdict. He has obtained multi-million verdicts and settlements, including a $1.2 million settlement during trial in June 2011 on behalf of a brain injured man, a $6.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in an employment discrimination case, and a $7.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in a wrongful death action in 2008. Mr. Spitz is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and was named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers for 2012. Sherman Spitz Bio.