Pre-Eminent Legal Representation For Fiduciaries Of Trusts, At Trial And Beyond
Complex civil and commercial litigation often involves the interests of persons or entities that are not named parties in the immediate dispute, but, nevertheless, must live with the outcome. In those instances, a fiduciary can be appointed by the court to represent those interests.
At Fergus, A Law Office, I have been appointed numerous times by federal courts as the trial lawyer for court-appointed fiduciaries who represent the interests of tens of thousands of individuals. Many of these cases have involved unknown individuals, who, in the future, will be diagnosed with serious, debilitating asbestos-related diseases. These cases, involving complex issues, mountains of data and evidence, and extreme consequences, are illustrative of the services I am prepared to provide to fiduciaries in equally complicated matters.
Capable Management Of Trial Responsibilities
In state and federal court trials that require court-appointed fiduciaries, millions, if not billions, of dollars are often at stake. Documentation is voluminous, and the roster of potential witnesses is lengthy. The ability to digest vast quantities of data, distill the essential information upon which the case will turn, and communicate effectively with major and minor players requires a rare combination of talent, training and experience.
As a lead trial lawyer, I participate in all aspects of trial preparation and presentation of evidence, including:
- Deposing opposing experts
- Preparing key witnesses and experts
- Making effective opening statements
- Cross-examining defense witnesses at trial
- Delivering persuasive closing arguments
- Negotiating favorable settlements
Many of the cases in which I participate settle favorably for the beneficiaries of trusts, which are set up to pay injured victims for decades into the future. In one asbestos-related case, in which I was a key part of the negotiating team, settlements of more than $1.2 billion dollars were reached during trial.
Helping Trusts Keep The Trust After Trial
After the trials are over, my client becomes the representative appointed by the court to serve as the future representative for each of the trusts. These trusts are expected to exist for the next 40 years, so it is important to have continued representation for future claimants. I have played a significant role in the post-trial trusts, including helping set conservative earnings estimates, helping set realistic and conservative payment schedules, and helping protect assets set aside for future claims from specious claims.
At Fergus, A Law Office, I have a proud record of protecting future trust fund claimants in complex civil litigation. To schedule a consultation, call me at 866-256-5487 or contact my office online. From my office in San Francisco, California, I am an attorney who helps clients nationwide.