Here are some of the trial and arbitration awards Attorney Reilly has won over the years. These are decisions by judges, juries, and arbitrators, not settlements.
Home Improvement Arbitration Award
This case involved a claim against a home improvement contractor who was hired to renovate a majestic old home. The project ran seriously over budget and time when the relationship between the homeowner and contractor finally disintegrated. Inspections revealed that several elements of the construction were defective. Efforts to reach an amicable solution were unsuccessful and we went to arbitration and won an award over $340,000.00 for the homeowner.
Medical Malpractice Arbitration Award
(names and identifying information withheld pursuant to the parties' confidentiality agreement) After battling in court for many years, the parties agreed to try the case before a private arbitrator. The case involved claims of medical malpractice in connection with a surgery. We were able to prove that the surgeon was not properly prepared for the surgery, that the surgery was attempted improperly, and that the surgeon did not properly follow the patient after the surgery. The patient was left with significant spinal disabilities as a result. The Arbitrator awarded the plaintiff $3,190,000.00 to compensate for those disabilities.
Glow Yoga, LLC v. Greenwich Water Club, LLC
This case arose from a contract whereby Glow Yoga, LLC was to provide Yoga classes at the defendant's club. We were able to show that Glow Yoga, LLC poorly performed its duties and that the parties negotiated and agreed to a termination of their relationship. After that deal was made, Glow Yoga, LLC changed its mind and claimed that it had the right to stay. Glow then sued the Club. We were able to show the Court that Glow had breached the contract, not the Club, and that the parties had entered the termination agreement. Our defense was successful.
The Final Cut, LLC v. Sharkey et al.
In this case, I represented the plaintiff which purchased haircutting salon franchises from the seller, but later found that the financial representations made by the seller were false and incomplete. We offered to settle for the return of the purchase money, but the seller refused. At trial we proved that the seller committed fraud and violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, and won a judgment in excess of $2,300,000.00 which included return of the purchase money, interest, attorneys fees, financial losses incurred while operating the salons, and an extra award of interest because the defendants refused our earlier settlement offer.
Kinard v. Arnow Construction Co. et al.
In this matter, I represented the plaintiff who was driving a Honda Civic and was stopped waiting to make a left turn when a truck driven by the defendant smashed into the rear of her car. She sought medical care from an array of doctors, and was finally diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. The defense refused our offers to settle the case and instead vigorously contested the plaintiff's injuries. The jury awarded the plaintiff over $850,000.00 for her injuries and lost earnings.
Driver v. Terminix et al.
In this case, I represented a man whose car was struck head-on by a Terminix company pickup truck. He suffered a bulging disc in his lumbar (lower) spine. This had a devastating impact on his work and he was forced to sell his small company. The defendants made every effort to discredit his claims, and even hired private investigators to conduct secret surveillance on him and his family. The jury awarded the plaintiff $525,000.00, but because the defendants refused to accept our earlier settlement offer for a lesser amount, interest was added and the award increased to nearly $750,000.00.
Epstein v. Twardy
I represented the plaintiff who was rear-ended by the defendant while driving on Interstate-95. She suffered injuries to her cervical spine (her neck) that left her with permanent pain and limitations on her normal activities. The defense's strategy focused on the "minor" nature of the impact between the vehicles, and tried to discredit her injuries. The jury found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded her $250,000 which was increased to over $370,000 because the defendants refused our early settlement offer.
Greenwich Hills Association v. Rhodes et al.
This case involved a dispute between two neighboring property owners. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant was improperly using and occupying part of the plaintiff's land. I represented the defendant and we asserted a counterclaim which alleged that the defendant (and his predecessors in title) had indeed occupied the disputed land, but had done so for so many years in such an open and obvious manner, and without the plaintiff ever objecting, that the defendants should be permitted by law to maintain their use of that land into the future. I proved these facts and my clients were awarded a judgment under a common law doctrine called "prescriptive easement" which permitted them and their successors in title to continue using the disputed land.
Tuluca v. Bierker, et al.
In this case, I represented the driver of a car which was smashed from behind by a tractor-trailor truck on Interstate-95. The car was demolished, but the defendants still disputed liability and damages. The jury awarded my client over $220,000 to compensate him for his injuries.
Additional reported cases:
Wiener v. Health Net of Connecticut, Inc., 311 Fed. Appx. 438 (2d Cir. 2009);
Pin v. Kramer, 304 Conn. 674 (2012);
Gore v. People's Savings Bank, 235 Conn. 360 (1995);
White v. Irving Byelas Irrevocable Trust, 64 Conn. App. 506 (2001);
Nevers v. Van Zuilen, 47 Conn. App. 46 (1997);
Russo v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Co., 34 Conn. App. 904 (1994).