Jury Awards $3 Million to Taft’s Client

On May 17, a Taft litigation team earned a $3 million jury verdict for its client, including $1.5 million in compensatory damages, another $1.5 million in punitive damages, and an award of attorney’s fees. The case was a partnership dispute involving claims of fraud and tortious interference associated with the ownership of a marine gas station and mobile home park near Indian Lake, Ohio. Taft’s client began the case as the defendant but quickly turned the tables. Taft filed counterclaims, proceeded to win summary judgment on all of the plaintiff’s claims, and then tried our client’s counterclaims to a jury last week. The case was Mike Kern v. Mark Mishler et al., Logan County Case No. CV 23 04 0074.

The team was led by partner Glen McMurry and associate Christopher Wolcott and also included associates Spencer Cowan (Cincinnati), Benjamin Adkins (Columbus), and JP Jarecki (Dayton), and paralegal Holly Hayes (Dayton).

McMurry is a partner in the Dayton office. He has years of experience serving diverse corporations and individuals resolving a wide variety of issues, including complex dispute resolution and compliance with local, state, and federal laws. He also focuses his practice on construction claims, insurance claims/defense, and mergers and acquisitions.

Wolcott is an associate in the Dayton office. He advises clients on business disputes, contract negotiations, and commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Taft, he was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Melissa T. Standridge at the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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