Jackson O'Keefe partner Philip R. Dunn, Jr. obtains favorable jury verdict in slip-and-fall case

2013-12-20 | Philip R. Dunn

Category: Personal Injury & Wrongful Death


On December 19, 2013, Jackson O’Keefe partner, Philip R. Dunn, Jr., obtained a defendant’s verdict in the New Britain Superior Court in the matter of Watlington v. Stevenson, Docket No. CV-11-6011572.  The plaintiff alleged that she slipped on a lose board in a kitchen while assisting the defendant’s tenant move a refrigerator.  The defendant leased the entire single family house to the plaintiff’s friend and the tenant assumed minor maintenance responsibilities and had an obligation to notify the defendant of any major maintenance issues.  The defendant denied notice of any defect and further alleged that the plaintiff’s attempt to move a refrigerator with improper equipment and with a significant physical impairment caused her injuries.  The plaintiff claimed $15,000.00 in medical bills and lost wages, and alleged an ongoing issue with her shoulder.  The plaintiff was unable to establish liability and the defendant also argued that she did not establish any injuries connected to this incident.  The defendant offered evidence of three subsequent injuries to the plaintiff’s shoulder that more likely were the cause of her ongoing complaints.  The jury deliberated for 29 minutes before delivering its verdict.

Congratulations to Attorney Dunn on this victory.

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Since joining the firm in 1988, Attorney Dunn has concentrated in the litigation of tort and contract claims, as well as employment litigation involving wrongful discharge, Title VII discrimination actions and age discrimination cases. He has wide experience litigating premises liability claims, including lead paint litigation, and is one of the few attorneys in Connecticut to try a lead paint poisoning case to a defendant’s verdict. Attorney Dunn obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University in 1985 and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Connecticut in 1988. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1988, to the U.S. District Court, District of the Connecticut in 1989, and to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1995. He is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations, as well as the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. Attorney Dunn is frequently asked to act as an arbitrator and fact finder by the Judges of the Hartford and New Britain Superior Courts.

Attorney Dunn has been elected Chairmen of the Town of Farmington   Planning and Zoning Commission.  He previously served as a member and as the Secretary of the Commission for two years.  Attorney Dunn has also served as Farmington’s representative on the Capitol Region Council of Governments Regional Planning Commission.

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