Case Autopsy #17 – Breaking Down a 177 Million Dollar Verdict w/ Wes Shumate

Published on Mar 15, 2023
Case Autopsy is part of the family of podcasts brought to you by Lawyer Minds. In this podcast, we explore recent verdicts and settlements from around the country to try and distill down the best techniques for you to apply in your cases.

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Christopher J. Finney

Christopher J. Finney received his law degree from St. Louis University. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as an assistant circuit attorney in the Circuit Attorney’s Office in St. Louis. While at the Circuit Attorney’s, Chris handled a variety of …

Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell heads the Columbia, MO office of Thomas Law Offices and concentrates his practice on motor vehicle and medical negligence litigation. He is on the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, is an associate editor …

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In this episode, Mike Campbell and Chris Finney sit down with Wes Shumate of Davis Bethune & Jones to talk about a recent case verdict he and his firm were able to achieve for a sheriff’s deputy who was sexually assaulted in her own hotel room in 2016 while attending a crime scene investigation seminar in downtown St. Louis.

The jury awarded the woman $177 million, including $149 in punitive damages. The court agreed with Wes Shumate that the hotel needed to be held accountable for letting the assault occur. The assaulter was a security guard employed by the hotel who used his master key to enter the victim’s room while she was sleeping.

During the pod, Wes dives deep into the details of the case and how it transpired.