There is a reason why the EMANUEL LAW GROUP gets frequent referrals from former clients, police officers, medical doctors, paramedics, nurses, and members of the legal community. See our recent results!
Fua v. Yellow Cab
In June of 2015, Todd Emanuel and Deirdre O’Reilly Marblestone received an $8,000,000.00 jury verdict against Yellow Cab in San Francisco. Our client was an unrestrained passenger in a taxi cab. The driver crashed and our client sustained left-sided hemi-paresis and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Yellow Cab claimed it was not responsible because its driver was an independent contractor and our client failed to wear a seat belt. After a six week trial, a San Francisco jury found Yellow Cab liable and awarded our client more than $8,000,000.00.
Doe Plaintiff v. Doe Defendants
$6,000,000 settlement in 2015 for high wage earner whose earning capacity was diminished as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Jane Does v. St. Matthews Episcopal Day School (2018)
$1,260,000 settlement from a school for negligently supervising a teacher who took unauthorized sexually provocative photographs of pre-school girls.
Gadre v. Curry Roots, Inc., B2B Trade Use Company, Inc., et al.
$4,500,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a child, killed by a motorist in Oakridge Shopping Mall in San Jose parking lot in view of the victim’s family.
Dasari v. Athidhi Indian Cuisine
$1,000,000 settlement for a 15-year-old honors student who sustained severe facial burns when an employee of a catering company dropped a chafing dish on the floor and liquid Sterno splashed on to her face.
Hodges v. St. Dorothey’s Rest Assoc., et al.
Confidential settlement for single mother of triplets who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a dangerous condition on the defendant’s property. Top experts were retained in premises liability, rehabilitation medicine, life-care planning, and forensic economics.
Jose Verdusco v. Andy Mar
$415,000 settlement (civil rights/negligence/assault with a deadly weapon) against the county after a bailiff, without any provocation, pointed a firearm at our client’s head, and other county employees attempted to help the bailiff avoid responsibility.
Lucy v. Nanis
$4,000,000 Judgment for severely injured pedestrian severely injured by a reckless motorist. Because the defendant was underinsured, we secured the settlement by a deed of trust to the defendant’s expensive home, and a promissory note.
Doe v. Virginia Cleaners
Our client was a 51-year-old well known musician who went to Samjung Corp. d.b.a. Virginia Cleaners in Berkeley to have a dress altered. During the alteration, the tailor intentionally placed his hand inside our client’s dress and fondled her bare breast. During discovery and investigation, we uncovered that the owner and manager of the business knew this tailor had groped and sexually assaulted several other females on the premises of the business before he victimized our client. Even after our client was sexually assaulted, the corporation did not terminate its dangerous employee. We sued the corporation for negligent hiring, negligent, training, negligent supervision, and negligent retention of the perpetrator. The case resulted in a settlement of $700,000. As part of the settlement, the corporation agreed that the perpetrator will never be permitted to work in the business, and they agree to pay $100,000 in additional damages if it is proven that the tailor is found working there in the future.
Doe v. Okoro
In February of 2016, Mr. Emanuel won a jury verdict in Sacramento County (Doe v. Okoro) for a victim of sexual assault and gender violence. This was yet another victory against a perpetrator who was never even arrested by the police.
Brown v. Shaw Pipeline
$1,125,000 settlement for a foreman injured on a construction site as a result of the negligent operation of a back hoe.
Chan v. Air Unique
Our newest member of the firm, George Ellard, played a pivotal role in obtaining a policy limits settlement for the daughter and widow of one of the Tesla Motor executives who tragically died in a 2010 plane crash.
Sanchez v. Doe Defendants
$6,250,000 settlement.Our client, a 38 year old competitive cyclist sustained catastrophic and permanent brain injuries when he was struck by an SUV. Our lawsuit contained complex claims related to “roadway design” as well as claims of negligence. Though Mr. Sanchez is unlikely to recover sufficiently to ride a bike again, this substantial settlement affords him the best healthcare to maximize his recovery, and financial security for the remainder of his life.
Kelsen v. Farmers Ins. Co.
$863,277 award. Our client, a longtime Farmers Insurance policyholder, suffered head injuries in a motor vehicle accident caused by an underinsured driver. Farmers Insurance attempted to minimize our client’s injury as a simple mild concussion with little or no residual effects. After Farmers delayed our attempts to go to arbitration, we successfully moved to compel Underinsured Motorist Arbitration. After a 2-week Arbitration, our client received the above award. We presently have a BAD FAITH action pending against Farmers Insurance Company for its mishandling of this case.
Jane Does vs. Day Spas
Over $2,100,000 collected so far. We continue to champion the causes of victims sexually assaulted during massages at high-end day spas. We resolved ten such cases in 2010. We have now collected over $2,100,000 for deserving women who have bravely come forward to hold accountable the perpetrators, as well as the corporations who could prevent this from happening. We have successfully litigated against several local spas and national franchises inclusing Sandra Caron European Spa and Massage Envy. We have been successful during litigation in getting court orders to force the day spas to disclose lists of assailants’ past customers. By calling these customers, we frequently learn that the massage therapists have perpetrated this conduct before, and that the spa management ignored red flags. If this has happened to you, it is essential that you report it!
Doe v. Courtney
$1,000,000 judgment. Our client, a 15-year-old girl, was improperly seduced by the 27-year-old nephew of her adoptive mother. The defendant threatened our client that she would be removed from her adoptive family sent back to foster care if she ever reported his inappropriate sexual conduct. As a result of the statutory rape, Jane Doe suffered traumatic emotional distress and was hospitalized after attempting suicide. We succeeded in obtaining a judgment for $1 million dollars to compensate her.
Ting v. Green Hills Country Club
$800,000 award. Our client, an elderly woman, was waiting to be seated at a restaurant inside a Millbrae country club. A waitress employed by the club negligently bumped into our client and caused our client to hit her head on the ground and lose consciousness. Our elderly client slipped into a coma and died. The defendant country club contended that the parties were mutually at fault for bumping into each other. We recovered money to pay all of the decedent’s medical bills and wrongful death damages for the decedent’s surviving husband and children.
Merrit v. JD Jetting
$1,000,000 award. Our client, a motorcycle rider, was severely injured by a defective product, a carburetor jet kit that contained improper parts. Our client was violently thrown from his motorcycle. The defense claimed our client must have negligently driven the motorcycle and the incident was entirely his own fault. We employed the right motorcycle carburetor expert to support our client’s position that the defective product was the sole cause of the incident. We also obtained critical documents and deposition testimony that showed defendant’s pattern of putting its customers at risk by providing the wrong component parts to customers. This is our most recent significant win in a strict products liability case.
Thorpe v. Santillan
Policy Limits Settlement. Our client was an on duty police officer driving his patrol car. Defendant attempted an illegal left turn and cut in front of the officer. When the officer tried to take evasive action he was struck head-on by a bus.
Munoz v. Wahl
$1,750,000 award. Our client was walking on a sidewalk when she was struck by a BMW. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken femur. The hospital tried to discharge our client prematurely because she was uninsured. We persuaded the hospital not to abandon our client. The defense tried to minimize our client’s injuries, but could not defeat our experts. We collected the $500,000.00 maximum of the defendant’s motor vehicle insurance policy (Fireman’s Fund), and an additional $1,250,000.00 of the defendant’s umbrella policy (Navigators Ins. Co.).
Arams v. CSAA
$1,000,000 award. Our client was struck by an underinsured driver, sustaining multiple cervical disk injuries requiring extensive surgery.
Jane Doe v. Sandra Caron European Spa, Inc.
$500,000 settlement. Jane Doe was sexually assaulted by a massage therapist at a day spa in San Mateo. The corporation hired this massage therapist knowing he had recently been terminated at a nearby spa for allegedly sexually assaulting another woman under substantially similar circumstances. Our client was compensated for severe emotional distress. We presently represent other “Jane Does” who were sexually assaulted at Sandra Caron European Spa, Inc.
McCollins v. Johnson
$575,000 judgment. Our client is a young man who was sitting next to an iron gate when a vehicle suddenly crashed into the gate. The force of the vehicle bent the gate toward our client’s face. A spoke from the top of the gate impaled our client’s left eye. The defendant had a minimal insurance policy. Our investigation revealed defendant’s ownership of two residential properties so we could get a Judgment and pursue, and collect, damages far in excess of the insurance policy. During the course of the litigation, we retained a board certified “ocularist” to make our client a realistic looking prosthetic eye. We also obtained a settlement for our client’s mother on a theory of “bystander liability” because she was a witness to this tragic incident.
Dudum v. Laura’s Beauty Care
$300,000 award. Our client went for a pedicure at a salon. The pedicurist negligently cut our client’s toe and submerged it into a dirty whirpool tub. Our client contracted a severe staph infection (staph aureus) that spread to other areas of his body. Our client was on intravenous antibiotics for several months before the infection was cured. The defense denied liability and hired an infectious disease expert from UCSF to testify that the pedicure was not the source of his staph infection. During our investigation we obtained documents from the State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology proving that the salon had a history of unsanitary conditions and code violations.
Jane Doe v. Dr. John Doe
Confidential settlement. Our client went to a physician to receive collagen injections in her lips. The physician intended to inject a safe anesthetic into our client’s mouth before applying the collagen. However, the physician negligently used a syringe containing BOTOX instead of anesthetic! We have successfully handled a number of cases against registered nurses and others who have severely harmed our patients by misusing lasers, drugs, and syringes.
DISCLAIMER: The case results described in this website were dependent on the facts and circumstances of each of the cases. Your results will differ if based on different facts and circumstances.