Tree-Trimming Business Faced with FMLA Retaliation and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The Client

A small, family-owned tree-trimming business

The Problem

The client was faced with an ongoing FMLA retaliation and disability discrimination lawsuit in Missouri federal court. The client's lead outside attorney withdrew to take another job, and the firm representing the client closed its doors.

The Approach

Shortly after the case arrived at Lewis Rice, Brian Pezza took over the file, reviewed the work done to date, and prepared a strategy. With little time remaining before trial, Brian re-took the plaintiff's deposition, uncovered discrepancies in his story, and used them to discredit his testimony at trial.

The Result

After three days of testimony, it took the jury only 27 minutes of deliberation before it issued a defense verdict on all counts.