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How a Solo Won $4.7 Million

It is a story tailor-made for Hollywood, complete with its setting in Beverly Hills: Solo lawyer takes on four-lawyer defense team to win $4.7 million for grandmother left homeless by the fraud of her former attorney. Before any aspiring screenwriters start work on the script, they should stop by My Shingle for Carolyn Elefant's interview with the solo, Scott P. Schomer of Torrance, Calif.

He tells Elefant that when the grandmother first came to his office, he found her story hard to believe:

"I was shocked that an attorney could have so mistreated his client.  After I reviewed the facts, I was certain that defendants would settle quickly because the allegations ... were so outrageous.  Instead, defendants fought me tooth and nail through the entire procedure."

This was Schomer's second million-plus verdict. What advice does he have for other solos? His best advice, he tells Elefant, is to develop a network of solo lawyers. "By building a good network, you are in essence creating your own virtual law firm."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 23, 2006 at 02:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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