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Our key evidence was the motel's own security surveillance video,
which showed the desk clerk giving the alleged rapist the key to our client's room.
handing a key to the front desk clerk asking

Our key evidence was the motel's own secu-

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

for the keycard to be recoded. The motel clerk

rity surveillance video, which showed the

L. Chris Stewart is Managing

is seen recoding the key and giving it back

desk clerk giving the alleged rapist the key

Partner of Stewart, Seay & Felton

to the stranger. After receiving the recoded

to our client's room.

Trial Attorneys, a personal injury

key, the stranger is seen walking in the direc-

No matter the obstacles, justice prevailed

litigation law firm in Atlanta. Stewart focuses

tion of our client's room. At about midnight,

and the jury returned a Camden County record

primarily on cases related to auto/trucking col-

our client called 911 and reported she'd been

verdict. There's no greater pride than knowing

lisions, wrongful death, and premises liability

awakened by a man attacking her in her motel

we received restitution for our client's physi-

with a specialty in sexual assault. He can be

room, raping her right next to where her late

cal and emotional injuries. ●

reached at cstewart@ssfjustice.com.

husband's ashes laid in an urn. The police
came, investigated and took our client for a
medical examination.
The following day the police found the
assailant who claimed our client had invited
him into her room where they continued drinking. This was basically becoming the typical
"he said, she said," with the actions (or inactions) of our victimized client being called into
speculation and eventual blame.
Many people told us this case was not
winnable. In addition, we had several issues
to overcome. Our client at first told police
she invited the stranger in after asking him
to help her with her room key. She was also
very emotional and, at times, confused, leading to conflicting initial statements. Plus, the
police refused to charge the man with rape
because he said he had been invited into our
client's room. The motel denied any liability,
claiming the woman invited the alleged rapist
into her room. The owner of the motel was
from the area and very well known, as were
the motel employees. Also, this venue had
not returned a million-dollar verdict ever in
a personal injury trial.
But we believed our client, and that we
needed to hold the right people responsible.
Once calm, our client denied that she invited
the assailant to her room, which an expert
witness testified is common with victims of
traumatic events, especially those with a high
blood alcohol content. We proved the attack
with testimony of the nurse who conducted
the rape examination, who testified that the
tearing and bruising was consistent with
force. We were also able to prove at trial the
motel was negligent and at fault for failing to
have a written procedure in place regarding
motel keys and failure to train its employees.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Don’t Stop Fighting: Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Record Verdict in Camden County
Amazing Things Happen When Women Get Involved!
AAJ Addresses Top Concerns with Congress
Pro Bono Representation: A Bond Forged between a Naval Officer and Trial Lawyer
3 Tips for Defeating Daubert Motions
Common Issues to Stay on Guard in Cases Involving Tortious Security Officers
The Confusing Question of Causation in Criminal Attack Premises Liability Cases
Technology: Notetaking for the Digital Lawyer
New Lawyers’ Corner: 6 Questions for Verdict
Pope Langdale: Community Investments for a Cause
Case Updates: Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959
Workers’ Comp: Standard of Review — “Any Evidence” Rule
Thank You, Civil Justice PAC Contributors!
GTLA Champion Members
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Intro
Verdict - Summer 2017 - cover1
Verdict - Summer 2017 - cover2
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 3
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 4
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 5
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 6
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 7
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 8
Verdict - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Don’t Stop Fighting: Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Record Verdict in Camden County
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 11
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Amazing Things Happen When Women Get Involved!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - AAJ Addresses Top Concerns with Congress
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Pro Bono Representation: A Bond Forged between a Naval Officer and Trial Lawyer
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 15
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 3 Tips for Defeating Daubert Motions
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 17
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Common Issues to Stay on Guard in Cases Involving Tortious Security Officers
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 19
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 20
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 21
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 22
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 23
Verdict - Summer 2017 - The Confusing Question of Causation in Criminal Attack Premises Liability Cases
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 25
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 26
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 27
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Technology: Notetaking for the Digital Lawyer
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 29
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 30
Verdict - Summer 2017 - New Lawyers’ Corner: 6 Questions for Verdict
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 32
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 33
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Pope Langdale: Community Investments for a Cause
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 35
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Case Updates: Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 37
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Workers’ Comp: Standard of Review — “Any Evidence” Rule
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 39
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Thank You, Civil Justice PAC Contributors!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Welcome New GTLA Members!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Summer 2017 - cover3
Verdict - Summer 2017 - cover4
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