Attorney Peter K. O'Keefe obtains defendant's verdict in van versus bus lawsuits

2015-06-04 | Peter K. O'Keefe

Category: Auto Accidents

Peter K. O'Keefe

On June 4, 2015, Attorney Peter K. O’Keefe obtained defendant’s verdicts in two lawsuits arising out of an alleged commercial van’s collision with a bus.  The three plaintiffs were passengers on the bus.  They alleged that the van driver drove into the side and/or mirror of the bus causing the bus to suddenly move, throwing the plaintiffs from their seats and causing them to sustain soft tissue injuries.  The bus driver claimed that van driver slammed into his mirror, causing the bus to jerk slightly.  An independent witness claimed that she heard the van’s mirror strike the bus mirror.  The plaintiffs also argued that the bus was moving and that it suddenly stopped in response to the van cutting the bus off.  Liability and damages were vigorously defended.  Each of the plaintiffs had emergency room visits and in excess of $ 6,000 in medical bills.  Despite the fact that the plaintiffs were passengers, the jury did not believe that the plaintiffs established any negligence on the part of the van driver or the bus driver.

The jury returned a defendant’s verdict as to all three plaintiff’s claims after approximately 30 minutes of deliberations.

The firm congratulates Peter on this victory.

As Managing Partner of Jackson O’Keefe, LLP,  Peter K. O’Keefe, has been practicing in Connecticut for 29 years and has commenced over 100 jury trials, with more than 30 jury verdicts (with a success rate in excess above 90%) and has conducted hundreds of depositions.  He was admitted to the Connecticut bar and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 1985, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1987, and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989. Attorney O’Keefe is a 1982 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Suffolk University, with honors, in 1985. Since joining the firm in 1985, Attorney O’Keefe’s practice has concentrated in all areas of litigation, including construction litigation, products liability, medical malpractice, municipal law and insurance defense. He has extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator. Attorney O’Keefe has also presented seminars to insurance claims representatives as part of their continuing education. Attorney O’Keefe is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Jackson O’Keefe, LLP has been practicing in the insurance defense field since the 1950s.  The firm was co-founded by a former Insurance Commissioner for the State of Connecticut. The firm has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating of “AV.”  It is also recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys. Additionally, several of our partners have been peer-reviewed by Thomson Reuters as “Super Lawyers,” qualifying as among the top five percent of practicing attorneys in Connecticut. We are also active participants in Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance, and employ insurance defense best practices in our representation.  We provide a cost-effective approach to claims, including a vigorous trial defense when needed. Our goal is to lower total costs, including indemnity and expenses.  We also know that responsiveness is important, and are committed to exceeding your expectations, with calls getting through quickly and prompt email responses.

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