Just Verdicts Podcast with Brendan Lupetin
Episode 19
April 23, 2024

$1M Verdict in Pennsylvania’s Fayette County With Tom Crenney and James Tallman

Episode Summary

In Pennsylvania, plaintiff lawyers call Fayette County “Fayette-Nam.” They say jurors are anti-establishment. They say it’s one of the toughest counties in the Commonwealth. They say job one is to get their case out of Fayette County. 

James Tallman and Tom Crenney tried their med mal case in Fayette County. They won.

In this episode of Just Verdicts, James and Tom tell host Brendan Lupetin how they prevailed on behalf of the family of a 35-year-old woman who died after what should have been a routine gallbladder surgery. They recall jitters, such as when their expert witness had to testify via Zoom. Would the wifi work? They share surprises: What did the jury really care about in the defendant doctor’s testimony? They describe how they argued for damages: “the old-fashioned way.”

Tune in to put yourself in a Fayette County courtroom as this med mal team champions for their client.

Episode Preview

  • What they faced in the Pennsylvania county known a “Fayette-Nam”
  • Why “anti-establishment” jurors can be an asset
  • What the jurors cared about 
  • How their expert witness made an impact testifying via Zoom
  • What they revealed about the defense’s expert witness
  • How they framed the loss
  • How they argued for damages


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