Our Results Matter

Case results matter, and with hundreds of successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, our results speak for themselves. We have successfully prosecuted cases against companies and other defendants, both large and small. We always represent our clients to the best of our abilities to get them the compensation they deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients over the years and we are not afraid of the courtroom.

$42.3
million

jury verdict

breach of contract

Jury verdict in a breach of contract case.

$13
million

jury verdict

Wrongful Death

Jury verdict in a wrongful death case.

$10.8
million

recovery

Wrongful Death

Hours of service regulations used to tell train companies how long their engineers could work until they were allowed to sleep. Now, those regulations apply to trucking companies. Kenny Cole represented the family of a man who was killed when an 18 wheeler driver fell asleep at the wheel. Kenny developed evidence that the trucking company required its drivers to violate the hours of service regulations. This decision created the deadly situation of sleep deprived employees driving monstrous pieces of machinery on our highways. The company was sacrificing safety for profits. Just before trial, the company paid $10.8 Million and agreed to change its safety procedures.

$10
million

jury verdict

Wrongful Death

Kenny Cole represented a family who lost their loved one to a habitual drunk driver in a high speed head on collision. There was no settlement offer, so Kenny tried the case. The verdict was in favor of Kenny’s clients in the amount of $10 Million.

$6.6
million

settlement

Commercial Fraud

Settlement in a commercial fraud case.

$5.2
million

arbitration award

Fraud / Negligence

Arbitration award for a commercial client in a case involving fraud and negligence.

$4
million

settlement

18-Wheeler Accident

Settlement obtained for our client who was injured in a collision with an 18 wheeler.

$3.8
million

Jury Verdict

Brent represented clients who were hurt as a result of a high-speed, intersection crash. Even though the State Troopers failed to arrest the defendant at the scene for drunk driving, Brent hired the former President of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to be his toxicology expert in the case. Brent was able to convince twelve jurors in Geneva County, Alabama that the defendant was indeed intoxicated at the time of the accident, resulting in a verdict that included millions of dollars in punitive damages. The case was later upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court and helped clarify Alabama law in regard to what constitutes “wantonness” and costs taxable in a civil action.

$3.3
million

settlement

Construction Accident

Safety at construction sites is extremely important, but sometimes the various contractors argue about who should pay for necessary safety precautions. Kenny Cole represented a construction worker who suffered serious head injuries when he fell through a hole in a roof where an air conditioning unit eventually was supposed to sit. The various construction companies were arguing about which one should pay for plywood covers to temporarily protect workers from the holes until the AC units arrived. Defendants paid over $3.3 Million rather than allow Kenny to try the case.

$2
million

recovery

Bicycle v. Car Accident

Pizza companies used to guarantee delivery of their pizzas in 30 minutes or they were free. This corporate marketing scheme encouraged dangerous driving. Kenny Cole represented a lady who was riding her bicycle when a speeding delivery driver ran over her while driving recklessly. Kenny additionally was able to prove the company had 53 drivers in that county on that day and 21 of them either should not have been hired or should have been fired because of all their driving violations and wrecks. Rather than allow Kenny to try to case, the company paid $2 Million to settle. The company no longer guarantees 30 minute deliveries.

$1.8
million

jury verdict

Tornado Property Damage

The April 2011 tornadoes that swept across the State of Alabama caused millions of dollars in property damage. In the wake of the destruction, insurance companies did not want to pay for their insured’s damages. Gary Conchin and Kenny Cole represented the owners a 1,200 unit apartment complex that houses thousands of University of Alabama students. The apartment complex’s insurance company disputed that our client’s damages were caused by the tornado. After four days of presenting evidence to the jury in a Tuscaloosa federal court, Gary and Kenny were able to obtain a jury verdict in the amount of $1,822,000.

$1.48
million

jury verdict

jury verdict

When manufacturers know their products are hazardous, they should change the design to eliminate the hazards. Kenny Cole represented a client who lost parts of his thumb and fingers when a blasting cap spontaneously exploded in his hand. Kenny was able to prove that the use of lead azide and copper in the design of the blasting cap resulted in copper azide forming. This chemical compound is more unstable than nitro glycerin. Kenny also proved the manufacturer had been sued on 8 previous occasions for such spontaneous explosions. The jury awarded $480,000 in compensatory damages, $1 Million in punitive damages, and the manufacturer then ceased using lead azide in the design of its blasting caps.

$1.3
million

recovery

Toxic Exposure

When a crane fell and hit a storage tank, it released vaporous acid into the surrounding neighborhood. Local police officers responded to evacuate everyone, but no one warned them they were walking into a cloud that would instantly burn their lungs. Kenny represented the officers and recovered over $1.3 Million for their pulmonary injuries.

$1.3
million

recovery

Insurance Bad Faith

Recovery in a case involving fraud and bad faith by an insurance company.

$1.25
million

Settlement

Brent Jordan represented a passenger on a motorcycle who suffered serious lower extremity injuries when she was struck by an individual driving an old, “beat up” pickup truck. Looks can be deceiving, however, because Brent’s investigation revealed the truck was owned by one of the largest contractors in North Alabama and that the owner of the company had entrusted the company vehicle to an employee with a revoked drivers’ license. The case was settled following the filing of a lawsuit and the taking of several depositions.

$1.0
million

Settlement

“Did the Plaintiff have his lights on?” That was the question in this serious injury case, handled by Brent Jordan. Brent’s client had been driving his motorcycle on a winding, rural roadway, when the defendant pulled out from an adjoining driveway in the early evening. The resulting impact left our client with head injuries and no memory of the wreck. The Defendant claimed that he didn’t see the motorcycle, because its lights were off. Brent hired an expert to conduct a forensic investigation of the automotive lights of both vehicles. The conclusion? Defendant’s vehicle was the one operating without running lights. This case settled shortly after suit was filed.

$1.0
million

Settlement

Brent Jordan filed suit in this 18-wheeler case that resulted in serious injuries to his client. By carefully measuring and analyzing the skid marks left by the truck and its trailer, Brent and his experts were able to prove not only that the truck driver was speeding at the time of the wreck, but also that the trucker had improperly utilized his trailer hand-brake when attempting to stop his vehicle. Following the filing of a lawsuit and initial discovery, this case was settled at mediation.

$750
thousand

recovery

Defective Product

Recovery in a case involving an eye injury caused by a defective product.

$717
thousand

jury verdict

Automobile Injury

Gary Conchin received a $717,000 jury verdict against State Farm in Madison County, Alabama in an uninsured motorist action. The Plaintiff was a college student at the time of the collision and his injuries prevented him from working. State Farm, however, refused to recognize his serious injuries for years. After a week-long trial, Gary proved the serious injuries to the jury, which then awarded our client $717,000 in damages.

$690
thousand

jury verdict

jury verdict

Kenny Cole’s client received a $690,000 jury verdict against Allstate Insurance Company in Madison County, Alabama, in an underinsured motorist case. The client was a businessman who suffered a burst fracture of the bones in his lower back, and Allstate refused to make a settlement offer. Kenny proved the serious injuries in a 2 day trial and the jury then awarded our client $690,000.

$632
thousand

jury verdict

ATV Injury

A jury recently awarded Gary Conchin’s client $632,000 for injuries and damages suffered in an ATV accident.  Our client was riding in a Polaris ATV as a Polaris salesman drove during a test drive.  The salesman was driving too fast during a turn, and the ATV flipped onto its passenger side, causing serious physical injuries to our client.  The client underwent multiple back surgeries, and will require more in the future.  Our client also owned his own business, but was unable to work due to his injuries which caused substantial lost wages.

$450
thousand

Settlement

Brent Jordan’s client was run off the roadway by a driver who fled the scene of the accident. Our client’s insurance carrier, refused to pay benefits under its uninsured motorist policy for two reasons: first, there was no contact between the two vehicles; and second, because they asserted that our client’s preexisting medical illnesses contributed to the accident. After filing suit, Brent presented such overwhelming evidence in favor of our client that the Circuit Court Judge entered a judgment in our favor, as to all liability issues. Thereafter, the insurance company chose to settle this case rather than have Brent present damages to a jury.

Confidential Settlement

Confidential Settlement

Kenny Cole’s client had part of his arm amputated by a defective machine at a plant on the Tennessee River. The product manufacturer claimed the machine had been altered and blamed the alterations on various maintenance companies and people who worked at the plant. Numerous companies knew about the alterations, but none of them was willing to accept responsibility. All of them wanted to blame the other companies or Kenny’s client. After several years of legal wrangling, Kenny’s client was able to recover a confidential settlement. Kenny and his client hope this settlement convinced the plant to fix the machine and make sure no other workers suffer amputation injuries.

$42.3
Million

Recovery

$42.3 Million recovery in a case involving the pirating of a patented process for satellite TV for over the road truckers. This commercial breach of agreement case was tried in Huntsville state court for two weeks and resulted in the largest verdict of its kind in the history of north Alabama.  This case was handled by Gary V. Conchin and referring attorney Bruce Gordon of Birmingham.  Several Huntsville area engineers and consultants patented the product and joint-ventured its development with two California defendants who tried to manipulate the development and sales.  The jury verdict was for $14.1 million compensatory damages, $28.2 million punitive damages, a total of $42.3 million dollars. The punitive damages award is still the largest commercial punitive damages award in north Alabama.

$2.3
Million

Recovery

$2.3 Million recovery for two claims against a service station/store which sold alcohol to minors, who then wrecked, killing one of the occupants of the car and severely injuring a motorcycle driver on a rural Madison County highway.  The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$13
Million

Jury Verdict

$13 Million wrongful death jury verdict was tried by Gary V. Conchin. This verdict was for the death of a wonderful, educated, promising young lady who was in an automobile accident on Bailey Cove Road.  The at-fault driver recklessly ran a traffic light.  He had dosed on methadone and other drugs.  The jury awarded twice the amount requested by Conchin in closing arguments.  The jury deliberated 90 minutes.

$2.325
Million

Settlement

$2,325,000 settlement for a woman who was severely injured when an 18-wheel tractor and trailer hit her vehicle on a street in Decatur, Alabama.  She sustained neck, and shoulder injuries, including an implanted surgical pain pump to help control neuropathic pain. The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$2.09
Million

Settlement

$2,090,000 settlement for a husband whose wife died as a result of a house fire caused by an exploding kerosene heater.  Investigation proved that the fuel purchased from a grocery store kerosene pump contained a mixture of premium gasoline and kerosene as the result of a delivery mistake into the wrong holding tank.  The wife was severely burned while trying to get out of the home.  She later died as a result of burn injuries. The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$1.5
Million

Jury Verdict

$1.5 million – federal court jury verdict against Charter Communications.  Charter’s truck pulled early from a stop sign and hit a motorcycle driver.  Accident reconstruction showed the driver was driving prudently, within the speed limit.

$2.13
Million

Recovery

$2.13 Million recovery for amputation-type injuries to an arm which occurred at an industrial plant facility in north Alabama.

$1.8
Million

Settlement

$1.8 Million settlement in favor of an apartment complex owner for fire and reconstruction damages.  The insurance company with the fire coverage policy paid an initial amount but would not pay complete rebuild costs.  Our firm’s Gary V. Conchin hired consultants and appraisal experts to prove total loss on the building in question and full replacement costs. Most hazard policies in Alabama offer full replacement costs coverage.  In other words, whatever it costs to replace and return the building to its condition pre-fire or pre-wind hazard event should be paid.

Substantial Confidential Settlement

Substantial confidential settlement involving the drowning of a special needs child that wandered into a pond on the premises of a country club.

Insurance Settlement

Additional policy limits insurance settlement for the parents of the minor child that drowned in a rural pond.  The theory was that the pond constituted an attractive nuisance and there were no fencing or other barriers preventing a neighbor’s child from wandering into the water. Gary V. Conchin handled this claim.

$900
Thousand

Settlement

$900,000 settlement for a Lawrence County couple against their homeowner’s insurance company which underpaid them for the fire damage to their residence and their personal property.  The insurance company also treated them unfairly with regard to alternative dwelling expenses.  There was a provision in the policy providing full and reasonable accommodation while they were unable to move back into the home during the repair process. The settlement was over three times the insurance coverage amount because of the misconduct alleged.  This case was filed and handled to conclusion in Federal Court in the Northern District of Alabama.  Gary V. Conchin handled the case.

$1.010
Million

Settlement

$1,010,000 for the estate of an Alabama attorney who was killed in an automobile accident.  The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$775
Thousand

Settlement

$775,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a passenger.  Case brought against the driver, who recklessly lost control and left the highway, in Madison, Alabama.  The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$750
Thousand

Recovery

$750,000 recovery for claims against a commercial sprayer manufacturer.  The commercial sprayer malfunctioned, allowing caustic material to spray into our client’s eye and causing partial loss of vision.  The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin and Decatur lawyer Greg Reeves

$650
Thousand

Settlement

$650,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a minor. The case involved the purchase and consumption of alcohol by a minor from a convenience store in Lee County, Alabama. The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$1.5
Million

settlement

$1,537,500 settlement in south Alabama versus a Walmart supplier trucking company which ran a red light and struck a vehicle containing a Huntsville resident.  The driver was killed and passengers were injured.  This case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$1.8
Million

Settlement

$1.8 Million settlement involving damage to a Gulf Shores condominium complex from a hurricane.  The insurance carrier had underpaid the claim.  Allegations were breach of contract and bad faith.

$1.45
Million

Settlement

$1.45 Million settlement in Colbert County versus Proctor and Gamble involving the death of a worker that was injured when pulled in to a manufacturing machine.  Testimony was that engineers had removed the guards to increase speed of the manufacturing process.

$700
Thousand

Settlement

$700,000 settlement versus a north Alabama construction company which negligently repaired a grocery store premises, allowing a loose part of a concrete block to fall out of the ceiling and strike a grocery store manager in the head and neck.  This was the same premises where attorney Gary V. Conchin previously tried a wrongful death case for a verdict of $5.1 Million dollars against the same construction company.  In that case, a wall fell down during the construction process and the concrete blocks fell on a young man working below.  Both cases were filed in Morgan County.

$552.5
Thousand

Settlement

$552,500 settlement for electrical shock and injuries suffered by an electrician helper when working in the ceiling of a building owned by a Defense contractor in Huntsville.

$325
Thousand

Settlement

$325,000 settlement against a major gasoline distributor for fraud and breach of its supply agreement.  The gasoline distributor tried to squeeze out a husband and wife gas station by building a competing station down the street.  Gary V. Conchin handled this claim.

$162.5
Thousand

Additional Settlement

$162,500 additional settlement against the insurance carrier and product manufacturer of a motorhome refrigerator that caused fire damage to the owners’ storage shed that contained antique cars and other personal property. This settlement involved amounts in addition to the policy limits paid under the hazard insurance policy. Gary V. Conchin handled the case.

$500
Thousand

Settlement

$500,000 settlement against a lawnmower manufacturer for serious injuries suffered by our client due to the lack of adequate braking system or emergency brakes on a riding lawnmower.  It appears that the belt broke while in operation, causing loss of driving control.  The lawnmower plunged down an embankment.  The lawnmower did not have a seatbelt and was not equipped with ROPS (roll over protective system). It also did not have an emergency brake. The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin and Kenny B. Cole.

$5.1
Million

Jury Verdict

$5.1 Million jury verdict in Morgan County -Gulley v. Pearce Construction Company, et al. The deceased young man was a worker holding a ladder up against a concrete block wall.  The wall fell and the 50 lb. blocks fell on the worker.  The wall was defectively constructed without proper reinforcement and rebar.  This was the largest wrongful death verdict in the history of Morgan County.  Gary V. Conchin tried the case.

$2.75
Million

Jury Verdict

$2.75 million jury verdict in Colbert County, Alabama.  The deceased worker was pulled into a large industrial compacting machine.  Guards which would have prevented this death were removed at the request of a Proctor & Gamble engineer.  The worker’s widow was pregnant with the deceased’s first and only child at the time of the incident.

$433
Thousand

Settlement

$433,899 settlement against an insurance company that provided coverage for a restaurant in Auburn, Alabama.  The insurance carrier previously paid a smaller amount but did not pay for all the damages. The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$210
Thousand

Settlement

$210,000 settlement against an insurance carrier that underpaid a husband and wife in New Hope, Alabama for fire and water damage to their home. The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$250
Thousand

Settlement

$250,000 settlement for a Cullman business that sustained tornado damage, including significant roofing damage. Its insurer refused to pay.  Allegations were breach of contract and bad faith.  The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$247.5
Thousand

Recovery

$247,500 recovery for the owners of The Village Corner Restaurant in Hazel Green, Alabama.  A favorite local breakfast and burger joint was totally destroyed during the early morning when a truck ran off the road and then ran through the middle of the restaurant.  Recovery included lost wages for the employees of the restaurant.  The case was handled by Gary V. Conchin.

$162.5
Thousand

Jury Verdict

$162,500 jury verdict versus Intergraph for the owner of a motel which had an exclusive agreement with Intergraph employees.  Intergraph canceled their agreement and moved their traveling customers to another motel, hence Conchin filed suit and tried the case to a jury verdict in Madison County.