Sean Dormer was just selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2018.
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
Sean’s profile on the Super Lawyers website can be found here.
K.C. Harpring and Sean Dormer obtained a plaintiff’s verdict recently in a trial in Boulder District Court against Mark Gauthier of the Ross-Shannon Law firm.
DHG’s client was injured in a low-speed rear-end car crash, but he also caused a second (high-speed) crash only four months later. Mark Gauthier was retained by Allstate to represent the at-fault driver in the first crash. Mr. Gauthier argued that the second crash caused the majority of DHG’s client’s injuries and requested a complete defense verdict.
Despite a litany of objections by Mr. Gauthier and numerous unfavorable rulings by the court, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $11,990.03. After the addition of interest and costs, the award will be approximately 15 times Allstate’s initial offer of settlement and almost double its final offer before trial.
“We believed in our client and we wanted a much bigger win,” said Sean after the verdict, “but it feels really good to have a jury find for us in the face of so many obstacles. We owe a lot to our co-workers, friends, and family for helping us so much in getting ready.”
Mr. Gauthier and the Ross-Shannon Law firm have decades of experience representing the financial interests of insurance companies and corporations, and have obtained numerous defense verdicts in similar cases.
DHG and the firm’s client are considering whether to appeal the court’s objection rulings, request a new trial, and seek a more full measure of justice.
“The Trial Lawyer’s College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression. In all of its activities, the Trial Lawyer’s College will foster and nourish an open atmosphere of caring for people regardless of their race, age, creed, religion, national origin, physical abilities, gender or sexual orientation.”
– The Trial Lawyer’s College Mission Statement
When I got in my car and headed towards Wyoming at the beginning of September, I didn’t know much about The Trial Lawyer’s College (we call it “TLC”). I knew the mission statement. I knew that some of the best trial lawyers in America call themselves Warriors. But I didn’t know what to expect for myself.
As it turned out, I didn’t know what to expect at TLC because the process is difficult to explain. We started by spending a week getting to know what we call “our real selves.” For the two-and-a-half weeks after that, we sprinkled more intense self-reflection throughout our courses on trial skills. The entire month was devoted to unleashing our creativity – something law school stifles. We took only three days and two evenings off. We spent time among some of the most incredible trial lawyers, communicators, and psychodramatists around.
For me, TLC felt more like the beginning of a lifelong journey than a self-contained class. And as with any journey, I find comfort in starting off with a guide. Here’s my guide – please hold me to it:
- I promise to really listen to the person or people I’m spending time with.
- I promise to do the work it takes to really get to know my clients’ stories before trial.
- I promise to show people what I mean whenever possible, not just tell them.
- I promise to remember that there is no courage without fear. I will not let the fear of embarrassment, rejection, or failure stand in the way of showing my love for others or fighting for what I believe to be right.
- I promise to respond to gifts given to me by paying them forward or giving them back.