O.J. Simpson Trials: 1995 & 1996-97 – Civil Trial

Plaintiffs: Fred Goldman, the estate of Ronald Goldman, Sharon Rufo, and the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson
Defendant: Orenthal James Simpson
Plaintiff Claim: Liability for assault and battery and for wrongful deaths
Chief Defense Lawyers: Robert Baker, Phil Baker, Bob Blasier, Daniel Leonard
Chief Lawyers for the Plaintiffs: For Fred Goldman and the estate of Ronald Goldman: Daniel Petrocelli, Peter Gelblum, Tom Lambert, and Ed Medvene; for Sharon Rufo: Michael Brewer and Nick Hornberger; for the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson: John O. Kelly, Paul Callan, Ed Horowitz, and Natasha Roit
Judge: Hiroshi Fujisaki
Place: Santa Monica, California
Dates of Trial: October 17, 1996-February 4, 1997
Verdict: Simpson was found liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman; the Goldman family was awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages (the Simpson family had not sought compensatory damages); each family was awarded $12.5 million in punitive damages

SIGNIFICANCE: The two trials of O.J. Simpson revealed the challenging paradox that the American legal system does not work and then again does work. The criminal trial proved that a celebrity defendant who is served by determined lawyers can get away with murder. The civil trial proved that indisputable facts adding up to a preponderance of evidence can at least bring a modicum of solace to brokenhearted families.

Just before midnight on June 12, 1994, the brutally slashed bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman were found outside Nicole’s condominium at 875 South Bundy Drive in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, California. Nicole was the ex-wife of football hero and TV spokesman Orenthal James Simpson, known as “O.J.” Goldman was a friend of Nicole who worked as a waiter.

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Verdicts & Settlements

  • $33 Million verdict Wrongful death action against O.J. Simpson
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  • $6.8 Million verdict Business fraud & conversion case representing a Russian company
  • $6.5 Million settlement Breach of contract action against multinational corporation resulting in a $6,500,000.00 settlement
  • $5.3 Million verdict Business fraud and breach of contract case
  • $4.7 Million verdict Wrongful death / Fraudulent transfer case representing both American and Ukrainian residents
  • $4.7 Million settlement Liver Transplant case for wrongful death of Saudi Arabian citizen
  • $3.1 Million binding arbitration Personal injury's head on collision
  • $2.0 Million settlement Fraudulent¬†transfer case
  • $2.0 Million settlement Independent Sales Organization for alleged breach of contract claim
  • $1.75 Million settlement Shareholder in connection with corporation shareholder dispute
  • $1.5 Million settlement Fraud and breach of contract case
  • $1.5 Million Judgment Breach of contract and defamation action resulting in default judgment collected
  • $1.3 Million verdict Employment and breach of contract case
  • $1.2 Million verdict Misappropriation of trade secrets and indemnity claim
  • $1.0 Million settlement Employment termination and breach of contract case

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