Individual and Small Business Defense

Trials by Kevin K. Cholakian

Trials by Kevin 2

  1. Tran v. 2000 Senter Road, LLC
    Santa Clara County Case No. 114CV260736
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian and Brian J. Finn

    (April 2017)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Wrongful death case resulting from shooting fatality on defendant landlord client’s commercial business premise.
    • Allegations that defendant landlord was secretly working with tenant in running an afterhours nightclub in the building.
    • Case bifurcated on an alter ego theory against landlord.
    • Plaintiff alleged economic damages in excess of 1,000,000.00 and sought general damages in excess of $4,000,000.00.
    • Plaintiff counsel Top 100 Northern California SuperLawyer.
    • Plaintiff demanded 1 million dollar policy limits for 2 years until 10 days before trial-reduced to CCP 998 offer of $500,000.00.
    • Defense offer CCP 998 of $200,000.00 with indication at MSC up to $300,000.00.
    • The jury out 2 hours, returned a 10-2 defense verdict.
    • Motion for new trial denied, $70,000.00 in costs awarded to defense.
  2. Camarillo v. SVT Logistics, Inc.
    San Joaquin County Superior Court Case No. 39-2014-003 14210-CZU
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian and Arsen Sarapinian

    (April 2016)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Plaintiff was pursuing a brain injury case and seeking a 7-figure recovery.
    • Defendants admitted that Defendant Munoz failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the driver’s side of Plaintiff’s truck, resulting in six inches to one foot of cab intrusion, two torn rotator cuffs and large gash on his temple.
    • Defendants admitted liability, and stipulated that Plaintiff had approximately $75,000.00 in paid medical expenses prior to trial.
    • The disputed issues tried related to the extent of past and future general damages for pain and suffering, and whether Plaintiff in fact sustained a traumatic brain injury with lasting effects.
    • The parties could not settle prior to trial despite two mediations with separate mediators, with Plaintiff making demands of $1.8 million, $1.7 million, and a final CCP 998 demand in the amount of $750,000.00.
    • Defendants served a CCP offer of $300,000.00 just prior to trial, which was not accepted by Plaintiff. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1.1 million in damages.
    • The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $283,487.09.
    • Defendant entitled to court costs as prevailing party, waived in exchange for dismissal of post-verdict motion.
  3. Stadulis v. Chang
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-13-535414
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (March 2015)

    • 2 week Jury Trial.
    • Auto v. Bicyclist.
    • Defendant position was that she had semi merged into the bike lane 100 feet before an intersection where she intended to make a right turn, and therefore when she turned, she had the right of way.
    • Plaintiff position was that she had not merged and combined the merge with the turn and he was in the protected bike lane when the accident occurred.
    • The plaintiff’s law firm was Walkup Melodia in San Francisco.
    • Plaintiff suffered facial injuries, broken teeth and a head injury and his specials approached $75,000.00.
    • Demand at trial was $310,000.00. Defendant served a §998 Offer for $75,000.00.
    • 11-1 defense verdict; Costs of $36,000.00 awarded to Defense.
  4. Ellis v. Berger
    Tuolumne County Superior Court Case No. CV57263
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (December 2014)

    • First civil jury tried in Tuolumne County in 3 years.
    • Truck v. Motorcycle accident.
    • Mr. Cholakian defended the local dentist who drove the truck. The motorcycle was driven by the off duty decorated lieutenant of the Sonora Police department. Our client made a left turn against traffic coming out of a shopping center crossing 2 lanes to get in the opposite direction lanes. We said he was safe in his approach and plaintiff was at fault for speeding up and driving too fast.
    • Plaintiff was badly injured, knocked unconscious for one minute, suffering a brachial plexus shoulder injury and had 2 surgeries, returned to work 10 months later, claimed to be in constant pain.
    • The demand was the policy limits of $500,000.00, which was rejected. Demand subsequently raised to over $1,000,000.00. Defendant served a CCP §998 offer in the amount of $150,000.00, with an indication at MSC of $250,000.00.
    • The jury returned a 12-0 defense verdict.
    • Plaintiff firm was Mardirossian and Associates out of LA.
    • Costs of $40,000.00 awarded to Defense counsel.
  5. Martell v. Ruggerio
    Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG09485652
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian and Brian J. Finn

    (November 2014)

    • 2 week jury trial.
    • Plaintiff was rear-ended at low speed.
    • Defendant admitted liability.
    • Plaintiff alleged brain injury and multiple orthopedic injuries with medical bills in excess of $54,000.00.
    • Jury Verdict: 12-0.
    • Defendant filed a cost bill in the amount of $59,349.62 which was granted.
  6. Sisto v. Les Schwab
    Sacramento County Superior Court Case No. 34-2011-00115694-CU-PA-GDS
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian – Les Schwab

    (September 2014)

    • 2 week jury trial.
    • Plaintiff was driving his pick-up truck in an unincorporated part of Sacramento when he was involved in a collision with a sport utility vehicle.
    • Prior to the crash with Sisto’s vehicle, Hauth had collided with an SUV operated by James Banks.
    • Banks was making a left turn. However, as Banks exited the parking lot, he accelerated toward the turn lane, but his steering failed to respond, causing him to lose control.
    • Banks contended that the steering failed a day after the vehicle had been serviced at Les Schwab for a steering issue.
    • The investigating officer found that the steering was not operating at time Banks attempted the left turn, causing the accident which resulted in a multi-car collision.
    • Sisto was seriously injured by one of the other vehicles.
    • Schwab defended on the grounds that the steering was broken in the accident, not before the accident and Banks was to blame.
    • Jury returned a defense verdict and defense counsel filed a Memorandum of Costs for $25,000.00 which was granted.
  7. Myres v. San Francisco Housing Authority
    San Francisco County Superior Court Case No. CGC-12-519978
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian and Brian J. Finn

    (August 2013)

    • Jury trial brought by the Workers Compensation Director of SFHA for disability discrimination.
    • Mr. Cholakian represented both the Housing Authority and its Executive Director.
    • It was a 3 week jury trial.
    • Claims were based on violating various state and fed statutes. Lowest demand was $300,000.00. No offer, but Defense Counsel recommended to SFHA a $50,000.00 offer.
    • Jury returned a defense verdict on all the discrimination and wrongful termination claims but did award $35,000.00 for emotional distress allegedly for comments made by the Executive director.
    • Plaintiff made a claim for $350,000.00 in attorney’s fees and the trial judge rejected that and reduced their fee claim 75% and awarded $75,000.00, which held up on appeal.
    • Plaintiff was represented by 4 lawyers and 2 law firms.
  8. Seamans v. Palmer Farms
    Madera County Superior Court Case No. MCV057322
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (December 2012)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Plaintiff attempted to pass Defendant’s box truck.
    • As the truck turned left, causing Plaintiff vehicle to roll multiple times and eventually come to rest on its side after being stopped by a tree.
    • Plaintiff claimed she suffered a brain injury and pain to several parts of her body as a result of the crash.
    • Defense argued that that the subject accident was caused by the negligence of Seamans, who had failed to appreciate the fact that the Palmer Farm truck had its turn signal on and had slowed to 4 or 5 mph to complete its left turn into the poultry farm.
    • Jury returned a defense verdict finding no negligence on behalf of Palmer Farm or driver Xiong.
    • Defendant’s served a CCP §998 in the amount of $250,000.00.
  9. Mongeon v. Reedley Trucking, et al.
    Fresno County Superior Court Case No. 10CECG01423-DRF
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (December 2011)

    • Honorable M. Bruce Smith, trial judge.
    • 3 ½ week jury trial—Truck v. Auto accident.
    • Plaintiff attorneys Warren Paboojian (Paboojian and Baradet) and Spencer Lucas- (Panish law firm).
    • Defended small trucking business, Reedley Trucking.
    • Catastrophic Brain Injury claim.
    • Past, future meds 2.4 million.
    • 1 million CCP 998 policy limit demand early in case.
    • Last offer to settle during trial, $850,000.00.
    • CCP offer by defense $200,000.00 prior to trial.
    • Jury presentation by plaintiff — 20 million.
    • Defense verdict 9-3.
    • Jury deliberations lasted 25 minutes.
  10. Hancock v. Juarez Trucking, Grimmway Farms, et al.
    Kern County Superior Court Case No. S-1500.CV-269777DRL
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (October 2011)

    • Honorable James Lampe trial judge.
    • 2 ½ week jury trial—Truck v. Auto accident.
    • Decedent crashed into undercarriage of truck with dual trailers making left turn in fog.
    • Plaintiff CCP 998 Demand – $2 million – (lowered to $1 million at start of trial).
    • Defense CCP 998 Offer – $500,000.00.
    • Defense verdict 12-0; Jury deliberations lasted 20 minutes – said to be shortest 12-0 defense verdict deliberation in Kern County history in a death or catastrophic case.
  11. Rayterry v. Qwok
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CIVMSC10-00085
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (August 2011)

    • 3 week jury trial – Auto vs. Pedestrian accident in crosswalk.
    • Brain injury claim.
    • Plaintiff attorney was 10-time Plaintiff SuperLawyer.
    • Demand at trial – $1.8 million.
    • Defense CCP 998 Offer before trial – $50,000.00.
    • Plaintiff verdict $75,000.00. Plaintiff found 70% contributory negligent – net $22,000.00.
  12. Smith v. San Mateo Housing Authority
    San Mateo Superior Court Case No. CIV486758
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (June 2011)

    • 3 week jury trial – ADA, FEHA claims for failure to accommodate.
    • Catastrophic injury claims—$360,000.00 medical specials—4 level back fusion hospital.
    • Demand at trial—$1.4 million, plus attorney’s fees based on FEHA.
    • Defense CCP 998 Offer 6 months before trial–$50,000.00.
    • Defense Verdict.
    • Plaintiff cost bill judgment of over $100,000.00.
  13. Novak v. Continental Tire, Peralta Auto Repair
    Alameda Superior Court Case No. HG07344892
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (May 2011)

    • 4 week jury trial – Catastrophic injury case resulting from tire blowout.
    • Plaintiff was passenger in vehicle. No contributory negligence defense.
    • Plaintiff’s medical bills in excess of $500,000.00.
    • Defended Peralta Auto Repair – Standard of Care, Product Liability case.
    • Continental Tire also a defendant – their defense was tire was damaged at time of work done by Peralta.
    • Demand $1,000,000.00 CCP 998.
    • Offer $50,000.00.
    • Defense Verdict 12-0back to top
  14. Campbell v. Coates Tire, Schwab, et al.
    Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2009-00035911-CU-PA-GDS
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (April – May 2011)

    • 4 week jury trial – Brain injury, catastrophic injuries, two plaintiffs.
    • Plaintiff Attorney Terry Anderlini.
    • Products liability and negligence claims against Coates for bearing failure causing wheel to fall off and catastrophic injuries to motorcyclists.
    • Plaintiffs not contributorily negligent.
    • Plaintiff medical bills in excess of $1,000,000.00.
    • Plaintiff CCP 998 Demand $3,000,000.00 against Coates.
    • Coates and Schwab (additional insured) combined offer $450,000.00.
    • Defense verdict 12-0. $3,400,000.00 verdict against co-defendant Duane Martin Livestock – owner of trailer that lost the wheel.
    • Cost recovery pursuant to Coates CCP 998 demand – $250,000.00.
  15. Lee v. South Bay Airport Shuttle
    Santa Clara Superior Court Case No. 106-CV-068998
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (February-March 2010)

    • 4 week jury trial—Brain injury.
    • Personal Injury case—Defended South Bay Shuttle Service.
    • Vehicle Accident.
    • 30 Witnesses, 17 doctors testified.
    • Demand 1.4 million.
    • Offer –$150,000.00. (CCP 998)
    • Defense verdict (10-2).
  16. Perdido v. Cruz Plumbing
    Alameda Superior Court Case No. HG05-219147
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (December 2009-January 2010)

    • 4 week jury trial.
    • Plaintiff attorney, Rick Simons, a top 100 Northern California Super Lawyer.
    • Wrongful Death case – Defended Cruz Plumbing.
    • Pedestrian v. Auto case.
    • Demand $1 million; Offer $400,000.00 (CCP 998).
    • Defense verdict (9-3).
  17. Smith v. Rose
    San Mateo Superior Court Case No. CIV-467892
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (October/November/December 2009)

    • 6 week jury trial.
    • Bicycle v. Auto case.
    • Wrongful Death Case—Defended Anthony Rose.
    • 12 experts testified.
    • Plaintiff attorney, Terry O’Reilly, 10-time SuperLawyer.
    • Demand $1.1 million; Offer $150,000.00. (CCP 998)
    • Plaintiff attorney is 5 time Northern California Super Lawyer with prior verdicts of 10 million or more- 5 times.
    • Defense verdict (9-3).
    • Recovered for State Farm $100,000.00 in cost judgment from plaintiff.
  18. Recto, et al. v. Jacinto
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-07-465900
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (June/July 2009)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Landlord/Tenant Discrimination- Defended commercial landlord.
    • Demand $500,000.00; Offer $250,000.00 (CCP 998).
    • Defense verdict (10-2).
    • $100,000.00 legal fee recovery award- Judgment against Plaintiff.
  19. Urena, et al. v. H and H Trucking, et al.
    Kern County Superior Court Case No. S-1500-CV-262189
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (May 2009)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Multi Fatality -Wrongful Death.
    • Vehicle v. Truck case.
    • Demand $1,000,000.00; Offer $200,000.00 (CCP 998).
    • CHP found H and H at fault and cause of accident per report.
    • Defended H and H Trucking – arguing no liability.
    • Defense verdict (12-0).
    • Cost recovery $55,000.00 award- Judgment against Plaintiff.
  20. Calleja v. Nisnisan, et al.
    San Mateo Superior Court Case No. CIV461987
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (August 2008)

    • 1 week jury trial.
    • Serious auto/pedestrian accident- represented motor vehicle defendant.
    • $150,000.00 medical bills – Plaintiffs.
    • Non binding arbitration award for plaintiffs $300,000.00 – Rejected by defense.
    • $150,000.00 policy limit demand; Offer $35,000.00 (CCP 998).
    • Jury Defense verdict (10-2).
    • CCP 998 costs awarded defense.
  21. Carson v. Stidham Trucking
    Glenn County Superior Court Case No. 05-CV-00243
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (April 2007)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Wrongful death—Truck/vehicle accident.
    • Involved complex statistical expert testimony—disputed liability.
    • Plaintiff attorneys – Michael Meadows and Andrew Schwartz (Super Lawyer).
    • $3,000,000.00 Demand, $300,000.00 CCP 998 offer, with indication of up to $500,000.00 to settle.
    • Defense Verdict (9-3), C.C.P. 998 costs of $75,000.00 paid by Plaintiffs to defense carrier.
  22. Dina Safford v. Walter Butler
    Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. C05-01626
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (December 2006)

    • 2 ½ week jury trial.
    • Environmental injury commercial landlord/tenant case.
    • Case was transferred to Cholakian firm for handling two months before trial date.
    • Represented defendant Butler Properties.
    • $250,000.00 demand; $75,000.00 CCP 998 offer.
    • Defense verdict (11-1), C.C.P. 998 costs and attorney’s fees awarded and pursued defense.
    • Suit brought by plaintiff against her attorney for malpractice.
  23. San Francisco Housing Authority v. Boys and Girls Club of Hunter Point
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CUD06-618416
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (July 2006)

    • 1 week Court trial.
    • Represented San Francisco Housing Authority.
    • Highly publicized case seeking re possession of 10,000.00 square foot facility defendants contended was deeded per a prior Executive Director and other contentions.
    • Result- San Francisco Housing Authority prevailing party and awarded possession.
    • Paved the way for a new Boys and Girls Club of America facility to be built by City of San Francisco and State grant money.
  24. Carriage House, John Berry v. Commodore Dining Cruises, Larry and Della Murphy
    Alameda County Superior Court Case NO. RG04141308
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (February – April 2006)

    • 7 week jury trial.
    • $2.5 million fire case, commercial.
    • Case transferred from another firm to Cholakian firm for handling and trial.
    • Three law firms representing plaintiffs and Fireman’s Fund as plaintiff intervenor.
    • Cholakian Firm represented target defendant.
    • $2 million demand; $200,000.00 offer.
    • Defense verdict (12-0).
    • Defense through plaintiffs’ Appeal to Supreme Court; Collected $36,000.00 in costs from plaintiff.
  25. Edward Kitson v. Wilson Yip Maa, et al.
    San Francisco Superior Court Case no. 423824
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (July 2005)

    • 2 week jury trial.
    • Plaintiff alleged Section 8 discrimination case (FEHA, Unruh Act, SF Police Code).
    • Represented defendant landlords.
    • Lowest demand: $150,000.00; Offer: $45,000.00 (CCP 998).
    • Verdict: $12,500.00.
  26. Peter Wright, et al. v. William Beck
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-04-432935
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (May 2005)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • San Francisco Rent Ordinance/environmental/ mold 5 story commercial building.
    • Represented defendant, owner of a five story historical San Francisco building.
    • $750,000.00 demand; $150,000.00 offer.
    • Defense verdict (12-0).
    • CCP 998 and $90,000.00 attorney’s fees awarded defense.
  27. Kathy Lord King v. Channel Systems, Inc.
    Alameda County Superior Court Case No. 2001-025534
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (January 2005)

    • 2 week jury trial (10-2).
    • Truck v. Auto (consolidated third party and UM jury trial).
    • Admitted liability.
    • Cholakian firm represented State Farm on consolidated UM claim standing in the shoes of the intoxicated UM driver.
    • $250,000.00 policy limits demand, $75,000.00 State Farm offer.
    • Result – $72,000.00 award against State Farm, State Farm was the prevailing party because of 998 offer.
    • Costs awarded to State Farm.
  28. William Daley v. Michael Ping
    Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. DC01416240
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (March 2004)

    • 7 day jury trial.
    • Facts: Burning Dodge Viper loss of control broadsides innocent plaintiff vehicle on freeway. Totals plaintiffs vehicle.
    • Product liability defense against Viper asserted on behalf of defendant Ping defense – Not the drivers fault.
    • Represented defendant, driver/owner of Viper.
    • $50,000.00 demand; $10,000.00 offer.
    • Defense verdict (12-0).
    • Jury out 45 minutes.
  29. Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge v. Lyle Stinson
    San Mateo County Superior Court Case No. 421134
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (June 2003)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Habitability/mold case.
    • Represented defendant Landlord.
    • $100,000.00 demand; $10,000.00 offer.
    • Defense verdict (12-0).
    • $105,000.00 attorney’s fees awarded by the Court and collected against plaintiffs- Returned to defense carrier.
  30. Public Service Mutual Ins. (PMSI) Co. v. George Bourcier dba The Tire Broker
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 314317
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (October 2001)

    • 2 week trial.
    • 2.4 Million dollar downtown San Francisco commercial building fire case.
    • Cholakian firm represented owner of adjoining building where the fire started.
    • Demand: $700,000.00 covered loss by PSMI, Offer: $250,000.00.
    • Defense verdict (12-0).
    • CCP 998 offer fees of $26,000.00 collected from plaintiff PSMI.b
  31. Julie Ramos v. Maria E. Castillo and Helen Lopez
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 301017
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (July 2001)

    • 3 week jury trial.
    • Case transferred from the Ropers Majeski firm to Cholakian firm for handling at trial.
    • Represented defendant.
    • $350,000.00 demand; $100,000.00 offer.
    • Defense verdict (11-1).
    • Attorne’ys fees awarded and partially collected against plaintiff.
    • Plaintiff claimed bankruptcy- Pursued Plaintiff attorney for costs.
  32. Erica Sodos v. Gabriela Ricci
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 305046
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (November 2000)

    • 2 ½ weeks jury trial.
    • Landlord/tenant San Francisco Rent Ordinance case.
    • Represented defendant.
    • $150,000.00 demand; $50,000.00 offer.
    • Defense verdict.
    • $95,000.00 in Attorney’s fees awarded to defense.
  33. State Farm v. Barry Eskanos
    Sutter County Superior Court
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (May 2000)

    • 2 day trial.
    • Represented State Farm in fraud/malpractice case against former State Farm attorney. (Attorney subsequently disbarred. Sister state collection proceedings still pending in Florida).
    • $700,000.00 award against Eskanos.
    • Collection proceedings ongoing in Florida.
  34. Timothy Whitten v. Robert A. Lindskog
    Marin County Superior Court Case No. 75277
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (April 2000)

    • 1 day trial – non suit.
    • Discrimination claim/housing.
    • Represented defendant.
    • $100,000.00 demand; $0 offer.
    • Defense verdict.
  35. Alfonso Helena v. Mark Edward Sackett
    San Francisco Superior Court No. 985582
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (April 1999)

    • 2nd trial after hung jury in first trial (see below).
    • 2 week vehicle v. pedestrian trial.
    • Serious pedestrian injuries. More than $50,000.00 in medical specials.
    • Demand: $60,000.00; CCP 998 Offer: $40,000.00.
    • Defense verdict (9-3).
    • Defense costs of $15,000.00 awarded to defendant.
  36. Alfonso Helena v. Mark Edward Sackett
    San Francisco Superior Court No. 985582
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (December 1998)

    • 2 week jury trial.
    • Pedestrian v. Auto.
    • Represented defendant.
    • $50,000.00 uncontested medical specials.
    • Demand: $100,000.00 policy limit; Offer: $40,000.00.
    • Non binding arbitration (handled by senior associate) award: $120,000.00 (rejected).
    • Trial ended in a hung jury (8 to 4 in favor of plaintiff)(Retired to a Defense Verdict in April 1999).
  37. Gina Hearn v. I. Magnin, Inc.
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 965-697
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (April 1997)

    • 1 week trial.
    • Premises accident.
    • Defense verdict – non suit.
  38. Marie Castillo v. Guerrero Espinoza
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 962-400
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (March 1997)

    • 2 week jury trial.
    • Auto v. Auto – Represented Defendant.
    • $100,000.00 non binding arbitration award – rejected by Defendant.
    • Demand: $85,000.00, CCP 998 Offer: $45,000.00.
    • Defense verdict (12-0).
  39. Tanisia Flemming, et al. v. Charles Adkisson
    San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 918-150
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (1995)

    • 2 week jury trial.
    • Wrongful death fire case.
    • 8 year old plaintiff.
    • Represented defendant, Building owner/landlord.
    • The Honorable James Warren–Trial Judge.
    • Demand: $250,000 policy limits; Offer: $50,000.00.
    • Defense verdict (11-1).
  40. John Steven Crow v. State of California, California Highway Patrol, and CA Dept. of Transportation
    Alameda County Superior Court Case No. 679643-1
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (March 1994)

    • 9 week jury trial
    • Highway patrol v. pedestrian accident – brain injury.
    • Kevin K. Cholakian represented plaintiff, John Crow.
    • Plantiff demand: $1,000,000.00, Offer by State of CA: $300,000.00.
    • $6.5 million plaintiff verdict. Collected against State of California.
    • Largest personal injury award in Alameda County in 20 years by a non-personal injury attorney.
  41. Daly v. Topoian Concrete
    San Francisco Superior Court
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (1992)

    • Catastrophic injury case.
    • Case transferred by State Farm to Kevin Cholakian for handling after $300,000.00 policy “opened” ($300,000.00 policy rejected by prior firm) during handling by another defense firm and defendant became target on a case that had full damages of $2 million. Plaintiff’s lowest demand at beginning of trial: $700,000.00; offer of $300,000.00 policy limits remained on table after Kevin K. Cholakian took over file. Plaintiff accepted $300,000.00, 3 weeks into the trial. (Jurors interviewed after settlement, advised they were going with defense verdict, even though defense had not yet put on its case.)
    • Expert depositions conducted by Mr. Cholakian in Cork, Ireland.
    • Irish experts withdrawn after depositions.
    • The Honorable Michael Hanlon-Trial judge.
    • Trial ended after 3 weeks with plaintiff accepting pre-trial offer.
  42. LSI Logic Corporation v. Ultratech Stepper Corporation, et al.
    Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 671310
    Trial Counsel: Kevin K. Cholakian

    (May 1991)

    • 2 week trial – Kevin K. Cholakian first trial
    • Subrogation – $700,000.00 property damage claim.
    • Kevin K. Cholakian represented plaintiff LSI Logic and its carrier.
    • Offer by defense: $350,000.00. Rejected.
    • Non binding arbitration award of $350,000.00 also rejected.
    • Result: $880,000.00 verdict, plus $150,000.00 in attorney’s fees and 998 costs and interest awarded.
    • $1.1 million collected.
    • Judge Cliff.