Cases & Awards

We have helped attorneys achieve some of the nation’s largest jury verdicts and record-making settlements for their clients. Our experience includes over 300 cases, with over 95% of outcomes considered successful by the retaining plaintiff or defense attorneys.

For Plaintiff

The Clergy Cases I

Award:

$660 Million

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Retaining Firm:

Ray Boucher
Kiesel Boucher Larson, LLP
Beverly Hills, California

The Clergy Cases I
Francisco Mallo, Individually; Sanford, Individually; Ben D. Individually; Jim Bladrige, Individually; Ernie Baquero, Individually, Plaintiffs,
vs.
Defendant Doe 1; Defendant Doe 2; Defendant Doe 3; Defendant Doe 4; Defendant Doe 5; Defendant Doe 6; Defendant Doe 7; and Does 8 through 1000, inclusive

Superior Court of the State of California
For the County of Los Angeles, Central District

LASC Case No.
BC 305515; BC 307934; BC 308555; BC 307949; BC 304657; BC 286703

Sexual abuse by clergy. Largest settlement against LA Archdiocese.
– Dr. Kliman was the only principal psychiatrist expert and administrative liability witness.

Zoyly v. L.A.U.S.D et al.

Award:

Confidential. "...largest settlement against a school district in the history of the State of California."

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Retaining Firm:

Gordon Phillips
Phillips and Robinson
Santa Ana, CA

S.V., a minor, by and through her Guardian Ad Litem Virginia V.; Jorge B. and Virginia V., as individuals
Vs.
L.A.U.S.D., Rooney, Hubbard, et. al.

Superior Court of the State of California
For the County of Los Angeles

Case No. BC399771

Hatley v. O.K. Boys Ranch

Award:

$118,500,000

Institutional negligence, male rape of male, emotion pain & suffering.

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Retaining Firm:

John Connelly
Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell
Tacoma, WA

Hatley v. O.K. Boys Ranch
Thurston City Superior Court
Case No. 932002243

Does v. Archdiocese of Dallas, Rudy Kos et al.

Award:

$119,600,000

Criminal and civil trial, sexual molestation by priest.

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Retaining Firm:

Windle Turley
Offices of Windle Turley
Dallas, TX

Rev Rudolph Kos & Dallas Catholic Diocese
Dallas, TX Sexual molestation, negligence by employer (Church employing a priest)
Does v.93-05258-G.

Children v. Con Edison & City of N.Y.

Award:

$10,000,000

Loss of parental services; Bereavement.

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Retaining Firm:

Robert Gair
Gair Gair & Conason
New York, NY Loss of parental services.  Two children are orphaned of both parents in restaurant explosion.

Precedent was established for use of psychiatric testimony in cases of loss of parental services. See Conason, R Catastrophic Psychological Damages.

For Defense

People v. Heartland Ministries

Institutional Negligence.  Children removed by the police.

Timothy Belz
Ottsen, Mauze, Leggat & Belz
St. Louis, MO 63105

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Retaining Firm:

Denise J Baker
Assistant Attorney General
Washington, D.C.

People v. Heartland Ministries
Superior Court, Newark, Mo

J.D. a Minor, Through his Next Friend, Bob Doe
Foster Care

District of Columbia, et al.
Denise J. Baker
Assistant Attorney General
Washington D.C.
No. I 03-CV-01789 (GK)

People v. William H. Ayers

Psychiatrist accused of allegedly molesting children.

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Retaining Firm:

Doron Weinberg
Weinberg & Wilder
San Francisco, CA

People v. William H. Ayers
James Doe v Doe Psychiatric Association
San Mateo County Superior
Court

Case # CIV436473

M.F, S.G, A.R, R.S, M.P, S.L, and M.C v County of Santa Barbara

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Retaining Firm:

Michael M. Youngdahl,
Deputy County Counsel
City of Santa Barbara, CA

M.F, S.G, A.R, R.S, M.P, S.L, and M.C v County of Santa Barbara et. Al.

Sexual abuse; Harm to six plaintiffs allegedly caused by psychologist working for the county.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Case No. 1273811

“His work was a key to our reaching a reasonable settlement of all of the plaintiffs’ claims” – M. Youngdahl, Esq.

A.D. through his Adoptive Parents. E.D. and L.D vs. State of Alaska

Child molestation while in foster care.

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Retaining Firm:

Stephanie Galbraith-Moore
Assistant Atty General
Anchorage, AK 99501

 

Plaintiff Attorney Feedback

“Our work together resulted in what was at the time the largest multi-victim child abuse civil award ever obtained — $4,200,000. Kids always open up to you. With juries, you interpret tests and research in terms they can understand. They respond to your great experience and objectivity. Your team’s preparation provides overwhelming proof of damages and of liability. …My cases are for plaintiffs, but I like that your work is 20% for defense, and that you spend 1/3rd time in your psychiatric practice.” Gary Burns, Attorney

Dear Dr. Kliman: As you are aware, our firm has now used your expert services in three cases. In each case, your testimony was superb. We first observed your testimony at a trial conducted by a fellow trial lawyer, Philip Weidner, regarding the death of a father of two young children. In that case, your testimony resulted in the jury awarding the maximum amount for the plaintiffs for loss of consortium for both the spouse and children.” Dennis Maloney, Attorney Law Offices of Dennis Maloney Anchorage, AK

“VICTORY!  …The damages they found were $125,000 pre-trial economic loss, $750,000 post-trial economic loss, $1,025,000 pain and suffering, and $1.5 million for loss of consortium i.e. $500,000 each As reflected be jury verdict, almost half of the case was reflected in the consortium claims. Your diagnosis and prognosis with regard to Marla and the children was especially helpful in this regard, including your attention to detail and the utilization of the videotapes of the analysis sessions. I was especially impressed by your ability to communicate to the jury the realities of the loss of marital and parental services.  In that regard, it has been my experience as a trial attorney that juries often cannot understand why a widow or children who “look good” in front of the jury are in fact subject to lifelong damages and suffering as a result of the tragic loss of a loved one. Your ability to gather the “hard data” with regard to same, namely the psychological testing and the psychiatric interviews on videotape, and further to communicate that in a forthright fashion to a lay jury was extraordinary. The jury was also most impressed by the years of experience and international reputation you brought to the case. …

Further, this should have appropriate consequences for the Trelleborg, Viking, and SI Tech defendants in the future with regard to placing them on clear notice of the dangerous nature of the product and the necessity of taking appropriate remedial measures. … In closing I wish to especially thank you, Dr. Kliman, for the extraordinary effort you expended and the professional approach you utilized in documenting the realities of consortium claims for loss of marital and parental services. Accordingly, I commend you for your assistance in helping me obtain justice, and I hope we have an opportunity to work together again.” Phillip Paul Weidner, Esq. Philip Paul Weidner and Associates Anchorage, AK

Defense Attorney Feedback

“A government entity retained Dr. Kliman to evaluate and write reports summarizing his findings regarding several plaintiffs alleging malpractice against their psychologist.   He and his staff reviewed and summarized thousands of pages of records regarding each plaintiff.   Dr. Kliman then conducted personal evaluations of each plaintiff.  His flexibility in scheduling the examinations was essential.   Dr. Kliman’s reports addressed the significant issues in a clear, thorough and convincing manner.   His work was a key to our reaching a reasonable settlement of all of the plaintiffs’ claims.” Mike Youngdahl, Attorney

“…It is not often that one can overcome the testimony of several experts on the other side, including a court appointed psychiatrist, and pull a victory out of the jaws of defeat…” Max Gutierrez, Esq.

“The matter resolved favorably to our interests. Before we retained your services we were not very optimistic… The medical opinions elicited from plaintiff’s doctors made her case quite formidable; however your findings and sound medical opinion and testimony were largely responsible for tilting the scales of evidence in our favor, thereby avoiding an adverse result.” John C. Sullivan, Esq.

“…Your testing, examination and report facilitated a very favorable settlement of this matter.” Robert A. Ford, Esq.



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