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Firm Comprised of CUA Law Alumni
Obtains Record-Breaking Verdict

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CUA Law alumnus and Board of Visitors member J. Michael Hannon’s '80 law firm, Hannon Law Group, LLP, is comprised of CUA Law graduates. The firm recently obtained a record-breaking verdict with the help of associates Talon Hurst '14 and Gabriele Ulbig '14.

On August 16, 2018, a District of Columbus Superior Court jury returned a $4.3 million verdict against WMATA in favor of a local pastry chef Joshua Short. Mr. Short was struck by a WMATA bus on Christmas night in 2015.  Critical evidence in the case came from cameras mounted on the bus which captured the impact. A WMATA investigation concluded that the driver failed to pay full attention when making the turn, and the bus was traveling 15 miles per hour at the time of impact, much higher than WMATA standards. Mr. Short will eventually require a fusion of the wrist, which will end his career as a pastry chef.

Hannon stated that the $4.3 million jury verdict is the largest in over ten years in a vehicle case and the fourth largest verdict in all of personal injury cases tried in the Superior Court.

Click here to view the press release from Hannon Law Group, LLP.