PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM:
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorneys Robert H. Jessup and B. Joan Davis of Raleigh, N.C. have been inducted as lifetime members.The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.
Robby JessupRobby Jessup & Joan Davis Inducted As Lifetime Members of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
The truck driver’s story just didn’t add up, and when our attorneys, Robby Jessup and Joan Davis, began to investigate and ask questions, the whole thing unraveled. NCAJ’s Trial Briefs Magazine reported as follows on their work:
ROBBY JESSUP and JOAN DAVIS of the law firm RDU Injury Law in Raleigh, in association with RUSSELL JOHNSON of the law firm Diener Law in Greenville, obtained a One Million Dollar Settlement in a disputed liability wrongful death case. These attorneys represented the estate of a Mexican immigrant who was killed in a head-on collision with a transfer truck. The truck driver and trucking company initiated the lawsuit by asserting claims against the estate for personal injury and property damage. The estate proceeded to counterclaim for wrongful death.The State Troopers and initial experts who investigated the crash all said that the Mexican immigrant was at fault for causing the wreck and had crossed the center line. In fact, in the incident report, the investigating officer indicated that he suspected alcohol was a factor in the wreck. The family of the decedent reported that he had just left for work, approximately fifteen minutes before the wreck and was sober. The autopsy confirmed that the decedent was not under the influence of alcohol.
After investigating the claims, an eyewitness to the crash was discovered who had called 911 (but had not spoken to law enforcement at the scene). This eyewitness reported that it was the truck driver who crossed the center line and caused the wreck, not the Mexican immigrant.
In discovery, it was found that the truck driver had a revoked driver’s license at the time of the wreck, and had a driving history that disqualified him from employment as a commercial driver. Surveillance videos of the truck driver (taken by the trucking company’s workers comp carrier) also came to light that cast serious doubt on his claimed injuries.
Policy limits for the trucking company of $1,000,000 were paid at mediation with Bill King in April of 2017.
Robby JessupOne Million Dollar Recovery Reported By NCAJ’s Trial Briefs Magazine (Wrongful Death Case)
We are excited to announce that The National Trial Lawyers have selected our very own Robert H. Jessup as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers!
“The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation onlyand is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.” Read More