Charleston Injury Attorney
The following is a list of some of the verdicts and settlements obtained
by Mullins McLeod, the founding member of McLeod Law Group, LLC. Each
case is different and we cannot guarantee a specific result for your case.
This list is not intended to describe the quality of our services or to
create an expectation about the results our lawyers can achieve, but is
simply a list of some of the more significant verdicts and settlements
obtained by the firm's founder.
Albert Reeves v. Town of Cottageville and Randall Price-
McLeod Law Group, LLC won a verdict on behalf of the two minor children
of Albert "Bert" Reeves for $97,500,000.00 in the United States
District Court, Charleston Division. The jury deliberated for 4 hours
before returning their unanimous verdict at 7:00 p.m. The lawsuit stemmed
from the fatal shooting of the former Mayor of Cottageville, Bert Reeves,
by a Cottageville police officer, Randall Price, on May 16, 2011. The
defendants argued to the jury that Mr. Reeves attacked the officer and
that the shooting was done in self-defense. McLeod Law Group, however,
was able to prove the municipality was deliberately indifferent in hiring
the police officer who had a checkered past and that basic police protocol
was ignored which led to an unarmed man being shot and killed by the police
officer. This verdict is believed to be the largest contested civil rights
verdict in U.S. history.
Negligent Hiring, Retention and Supervision Case-
Mullins McLeod represented a construction worker who was struck by a drunk
driver while he was working on a highway widening project.. The accident
happened in the early morning hours just after the driver finished work
at a local bar. Because the driver had limited insurance coverage, McLeod
Law Group, LLC focused on the at-fault driver's employer. McLeod Law
Group, LLC maintained the bar was negligent in hiring the driver to manage
its bar operations because the driver had had two prior DUI's. Mullins
McLeod secured a settlement of $4,100,000 on behalf of his client. The
settlement exhausted all of the available insurance coverage.
Estate of Holland v. Chad Wayne Kessing, Sr.-
McLeod Law Group, LLC successfully obtained a verdict in the amount of
$3,500,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit for the Estate of Wanda Malmede
Holland after she was killed in an automobile collision. A vehicle driven
by Chad Kessing, Sr. crossed the center line and hit Mrs. Holland's
Chevy Trailblazer head on killing her. The firm uncovered evidence showing
that Mr. Kessing's driver's license had been revoked on two prior
occasions and that it was unsafe for him to operate a motor vehicle. The
family of Mrs. Holland was pleased with the verdict and felt it would
bring attention to fixing the road and bringing justification for the family.
Trucking Case v. Trucking Company-
Mullins McLeod represented the widow of a gentleman who was killed when
he was hit broad-side by a tractor-trailer. Under the Federal Carrier
Motor Safety Act, trucking companies are only required to have 1 million
dollars of insurance per accident. After extensive discovery, detailed
animations and a thorough exam of the at-fault driver's medical history,
the Trucking Company paid Mullins' client $3,250,000.
Roadway Defect Case v. The City of Chesapeake, Virginia-
The decedent was a passenger in a car that was struck head on by another
vehicle. He suffered life ending injuries. Engineering studies and an
accident reconstruction proved the highway was defective and unreasonably
dangerous. Mullins secured a $2,550,000 settlement for his client.
Toxic Tort Case v. S.C. Centrial RR, CSX Corp., Trademark Corp., and PLM Transp., Inc.-
The Plaintiff was a railroad employee who responded to a chemical spill
when a tank car ruptured in Hartsville, SC. He suffered inhalation injuries
that limited his ability to work day-to-day as a conductor. On the first
day of trial, two of the Defendants settled with the Plaintiff for a significant,
confidential amount. After two weeks of trial, the remaining two Defendants
settled for an additional $2,250,000.
Homeowners v. Elrod Construction and Leo Dowell Interiors-
Mullins McLeod represented the homeowners in their case for breach of contract,
negligent misrepresentation, fraud and construction defects. The case
was tried through binding arbitration. After approximately 45 days of
trial testimony, the arbitrator entered a verdict in favor of the homeowners
Injured Worker v. South Carolina Central Railroad-
Mullins McLeod represented a 58 year old railroad worker who fell from
a locomotive, was injured and could not return to his prior job. After
extensive discovery, expert testimony, Mullins secured a $1,800.000 settlement
on behalf of the injured worker.
Daniel C. McElveen v. Maurice L. Robinson-
Mullins McLeod, lead trial attorney in a trial involving the hazing beating
of student Daniel McElveen at Francis Marion University. Mr. McElveen
was severely and repeatedly beaten during the Phi Beta Sigma's fraternity's
"Hell Night". His beatings were so severe that he suffered acute
renal failure. After arguments from both sides, the jury returned a verdict
for $600,000 actual damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages against
defendant Maurice Robinson, who at the time of the incident was an alumnus
of the university and a high ranking alumnus of Phi Beta Sigma and still
an active campus chapter member. The verdict demonstrated that hazing
is an unacceptable practice being carried out in our schools and that
awareness on this issue was raising awareness to this practice.
Roadway Defect Case v. The City of Chesapeake, Virginia-
Mullins McLeod represented the driver of a vehicle who was hit head on
by an opposing driver who had run off the road, overcorrected and entered
his lane of traffic. A thorough investigation of the stretch of road where
this fatality occurred revealed there had been prior complaints against
the City of Chesapeake. A survey and an accident reconstruction demonstrated
the shoulder of the roadway was defective and unreasonably dangerous.
After extensive discovery, the Estate of the driver settled with the City
of Chesapeake for $1,550,000.
In re Graniteville, Civil Action No.: 1:05-00115-MBS
Mullins McLeod served as co-class counsel in this class action lawsuit
that stemmed from what is believed to be the second largest chemical spill
in U.S. History. At roughly 2:40 am on January 6, 2005 two Norfolk Southern
trains collided near an Avondale Mills plant in Graniteville, SC. A freight
car carrying 90 tons of Chlorine ruptured when the two trains collided.
This case was settled for a confidential amount and brought relief to
nearly 3,000 people who suffered damages as a result of the chemical spill.
FELA and Toxic Tort Case v. Norfolk Southern Railway
Mullins McLeod represented a conductor for Norfolk Southern on the "through
train" that collided with an improperly parked train. The Plaintiff
was able to climb out of the locomotive after impact but suffered life-altering
injuries. He was transported to the Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Hospital
in Augusta, Georgia. He eventually recovered and was released to return
home. His exposure to chlorine caused permanent injuries and prevented
him from returning to work. Mullins achieved a significant settlement
on behalf of his client. The terms and the amount of the settlement are
FELA Case v. New Jersey Transit Rail Authority
Mullins McLeod represented a railroad worker who worked for New Jersey
Transit Authority. NJTA is a large commuter railroad that provides service
through the State of New Jersey and into New York City. The RR denied
that anything was wrong with their locomotive and argued that the Plaintiff
was not hurt as a result of the incident. The RR did not make any settlement
offers before the trial began. The case was tried in Bergen County, New
Jersey. After a six week trial, the jury returned a verdict for $1,000,000
before assessing comparative negligence on behalf of the Plaintiff. Mullins
was able to prove the locomotive was defective because it had a malfunctioning
oil ring and the exposure was the proximate cause of his client's injury.
Chemical Spill and Toxic Tort Cases v. South Carolina Central Railroad, et. al.
Mullins McLeod represented numerous residents who lived near the site of
a chemical spill and were evacuated from their homes. After three years
of litigation, the sworn testimony of numerous expert witnesses, extensive
environmental studies including monitoring the quality of the residents'
drinking water, Mullins negotiated a significant, confidential settlement.
The settlement provided relief to nearly 100 victims who lived at or near
the spill site.
1.25 Million Dollar Breach of Contract
McLeod Law Group won a jury verdict on behalf of R.J. Adolfi against National
Dental Systems, which does business as “Dental Smart” for
$1,2500,000.00. This case was tried before a Charleston County jury. The
jury deliberated for little over one hour before returning their unanimous verdict.