PORTLAND, OR—The D’Amore Law Group, P.C. is proud to announce that the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) awarded Portland attorney Tom D’Amore with its 2020 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his work and $26.4 million dollar verdict in Allison, et al. v. Horizon Transport, Inc. Mr. D’Amore was honored along with co-counsel Steve Brady of the Brady Law Group, at a virtual gala on August 27, 2020.
Mr. D’Amore and Mr. Brady were nominated for their co-representation of a husband, Matthew Allison, and the estate of his wife, Sara Allison, against transportation companies Horizon Transport and Smoot Enterprises and their drivers. In May 2019, an Oregon federal jury returned a record personal injury $26.4 million verdict against the two transportation companies and their drivers for their prolonged bout of “road rage” with one another that caused a head-on accident, killing 30-year-old Mrs. Allison and severely injuring then 27-year-old Mr. Allison.
The jury deliberated for nearly six hours following a nine-day trial and found that the concerted negligence of the defendants caused the fatal June 2016 crash. The jury found that Mr. Allison suffered $600,000 in economic damages and $7 million in noneconomic damages, and his wife’s estate suffered $2.38 million in economic damages and $10 million in noneconomic damages. The jury also found for the Allisons against the transportation companies in the amount of $6.5 million in punitive damages against Smoot and Horizon.