Equity Partner Chris Elliott and Associate Brian Downing Win Multimillion Dollar Verdicts
On July 31, Bachus & Schanker, LLC secured a verdict for Leonard Chanda, who was shot five times in the back by his neighbor, Stephen Barber. The 2011 incident occurred in The Pinery neighborhood in Parker, Colo. Chanda survived, but spent the next month in intensive care, followed by two weeks in rehabilitation to heal from multiple internal injuries, including brain trauma. Chanda filed a civil case to compensate for his injuries, and received a jury verdict of nearly $2.3 million. Bachus & Schanker, LLC attorney Brian Downing tried this case to its successful conclusion.
Less than one week later, the firm won a $1.5 million jury verdict in favor of plaintiff Kenneth Farrell. In May 2012, Farrell was driving on Belleview Avenue when a car driven by 18-year-old Aaron Thane made an illegal U-turn across three lanes of traffic, colliding with Farrell’s vehicle and then into a tree. Thane died at the scene and Farrell suffered serious injuries to his arm, back and neck.
Thane’s family filed a wrongful death suit against Farrell, but the jury overwhelmingly determined that Thane was at fault. Bachus & Schanker, LLC equity partner Chris Elliott represented Farrell in his countersuit, for which he received the $1.5 million verdict.
Bachus & Schanker, LLC provided the resources necessary for both attorneys to ensure that Chanda and Farrell received the justice they deserved.
The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Trial Talk reported on Elliott’s case in the August/September issue and Law Week Colorado’s Tony Flessor interviewed Downing about his case for the September 2, 2014 issue, Barrister’s Best.