Nick Rowley

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 // From 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Subject: Mild TBI/Loss of Consortium Verdict

3 hr Case Analysis

Biography

Born in Iowa and raised between Iowa and Arizona, Rowley moved out on his own at age 15, working full time ever since. He joined the United States Air Force and was able to work for his undergraduate degree at the age of 19. He started law school at age 20 and continued his service in the Armed Forces as a medic for a total of 6 years. He always had a hard-work and take care of others first mindset and a passion for taking care of, standing up for, and fighting on behalf of those in need.

Rowley had won over $100 million in verdicts and settlements by the young age of 32. By age 40, he won over $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements for injury victims and their families. This was the 6th time that Rowley, age 41, was one of the five finalists for the CAALA award. No one of his age has been a finalist this many times. He will be one of the youngest trial lawyers in history to be presented with the award and certainly is the youngest trial lawyer in history to have the success he has had in the courtroom. He was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in San Diego County in 2012 and was the youngest recipient of that award in history.

Case Analysis Details

“Little v. Singh”

Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, & Rebuttal

Laurence Little, today age 69, sustained a traumatic brain injury and hypoxic event when he was struck by an 18-wheeler that ran a red light in a busy intersection in Bakersfield, California. He was found unconscious and not productively breathing at the scene and bleeding profusely from his forehead, but had a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 15 by the time paramedics responded to the scene. He was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury, and additionally sustained a left AC separation, fractured rib, and collapsed lung.

His wife Susan Little brought a loss of consortium claim for the personality changes Mr. Little suffered as a result of his injuries.

Plaintiffs sought noneconomic damages only, for Mr. Little’s personal injuries and Mrs. Little’s loss of consortium.

Defendants contended that Mr. Little essentially made a full recovery from his “mild, uncomplicated” traumatic brain injury in 90 days, and his ongoing symptoms were due to obsessive-compulsive disorder and being told he had a brain injury by his doctors.

Defendants attempted to introduce surprise sub rosa at the close of evidence, but this was excluded on grounds that it would unduly consume time and mislead the jury.

The jury returned a verdict of $7,000,000 for Mr. Little’s non-economic damages and $3,000,000 for Mrs. Little’s noneconomic damages. This is believed to be a record loss of consortium verdict in Kern County and possibly California.

With costs and prejudgment interest, judgment in the amount of over $13,000,000 is expected to be entered.

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