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Pedestrians v. Motorist

In Pedestrians v. Motorist (S.F. Sup. Ct.) Doris Cheng and Katherine Connolly were associated as trial counsel to represent a mother and two young children (ages 3 and 5) who were struck by an inattentive driver in a residential San Francisco neighborhood. The defendant was acting in the course and scope of his employment with a real estate company at the time of the injury. Plaintiff and her two children were walking to a local park when they were struck while in a crosswalk adorned with flashing pedestrian warning lights. The mother watched as her 3-year-old son rolled onto the hood of the car and then fell to the ground, striking his head and fracturing his leg. Her 5-year-old daughter was found on the ground with her shoes 10 feet away. The mother thought that both children had been killed and was ultimately diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. The defendant did not dispute liability but sought to minimize the injury to the children retaining neuropsychological experts to testify that the children had no residual injuries. The young son had little recollection of the crash and the daughter had no hesitation about walking past the crash site. Defendants also sought to introduce evidence of the mother’s pre-existing anxiety and depression. Co-counsel Anna Dubrovsky aggressively litigated the case for three years before partnering on the brink of trial with Doris and Katherine. After the Walkup team entered the case, the matter settled on the eve of trial in the amount of $7,000,000.

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