Gerry Spence is one of the most renowned trial lawyers in the United States, and has had more multi-million dollar verdicts without an intervening loss than any other lawyer in America.
Spence first gained national attention and is most well known for the Karen Silkwood case. Karen Silkwood was a chemical technician at the Kerr-McGee plutonium production plant, where she became an activist and vocal critic of plant safety. On November 13, 1974, Silkwood died in a fatal one-car crash under mysterious circumstances, after reportedly gathering evidence for her union. Spence represented Silkwood’s father and children, who charged that Kerr-McGee was responsible for exposing Silkwood to dangerous levels of radiation. Spence won a $10,500,000 verdict for the family.
In civil litigation, Spence won a $52,000,000 verdict against McDonald’s Corporation on behalf of a small, family-owned ice cream company. A medical malpractice verdict of over $4,000,000 established a new standard for nursing care in Utah. Spence also earned a $33,500,000 verdict for emotional and punitive damages for his quadriplegic client, after a major insurance company refused to pay on the $50,000 policy. Spence continues to actively practice law, maintaining his longtime law office, now known as the Spence Law Firm, located in Jackson, Wyoming.
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