Exercising All Options
Mr. Starkey settled an injury case for $150,000 even though there was no insurance coverage for the “at-fault driver.”
Never Give Up
Mr. Starkey litigated a civil case all the way from the United States District Court, through the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and then eventually to the United States Supreme Court. Even though the United States Supreme Court declined to docket the case, Mr. Starkey’s focused and zealous advocacy generated ten (10) banker’s boxes worth of files and the case was fought to its absolute conclusion.
You Must Endure The Fight
A distraught and out of work school system employee hired Mr. Starkey to fight her school board employer in a termination matter. After a year and half of litigating the case her job was won back, she was awarded substantial back pay and the school board had to pay her attorney’s fees.
Wait Before You Pass Judgment
Mr. Starkey represented a former 911 operator who was being maligned and assassinated in the press for purportedly misrouting a 911 call. Prior to Mr. Starkey’s engagement, 100% of the press was against his client, the 911 operator. It was believed and reported that an isolated operator error caused the incident. However, by the conclusion of the case and specifically after Mr. Starkey won a Temporary Restraining Order Hearing; an unemployment appeal; and settled the lawsuit his client filed against the local government, the media and local barber shops changed their reporting and conversations of the matter dramatically. Language such as: “She was a scapegoat; she wasn’t as bad as ‘they’ portrayed her; she was really smart on the witness stand; we now understand how it happened; she was worked too many hours”, etc.
Selection of Counsel Matters
Mr. Starkey represented a Local Government and several of its employees in a wrongful death case after a truck driver and his employer brought the Local Government and a State Agency into the lawsuit. After exhaustive discovery the case was submitted to mediation and after all day mediation the case was settled. Mr. Starkey’s Local Government client was the only Defendant that did not pay any money towards settlement and all of the Local Government employees were dismissed from the lawsuit.
Sometimes Litigation is Necessary
Mr. Starkey filed suit on the behalf of a Local Government against a Title Insurance Company. The case was born out of a transaction initiated by the Local Government’s Housing Department to purchase real property. The attorney who performed the title search on the property missed a security deed. The Local Government submitted a claim with the Title Company and the claim was denied. Mr. Starkey filed suit on behalf of the Local Government in June of 2004 and his client was reimbursed and the case settled by April of 2005.
All Cops Are Not Bad
Mr. Starkey and co-counsel represented Police Officers for a local county. The Plaintiff claimed the use of excessive force. After a four day trial the Jury found the use of appropriate force and each of the Defendants were found not liable. Prior to trial Mr. Starkey accomplished the dismissal of the Local County by filing a dispositive motion.
David & Goliath
Mr. Starkey represented a consumer against a law firm and large finance company in a Judge Trial for violations of bankruptcy automatic stay provisions. Mr. Starkey was the sole lawyer representing the consumer against a total of six lawyers present for the defense. The Judge ruled for my client and awarded substantial damages, punitive damages and attorneys fees and expressed dissatisfaction that my attorneys’ fees were not higher.
Mr. Starkey’s First Trial
Mr. Starkey (who was 27 at time) represented a 19 year old charged with Armed Robbery and facing a mandatory 25 years in prison. It was the first trial of his career as a lawyer. Mr. Starkey had been only practicing one year. He handled the probable cause hearing and over the course of the next year, became intimately familiar with what use to be the Capitol Homes Housing Projects. The prosecutor (Judge now) tried to convince Mr. Starkey to take a deal. Mr. Starkey believed in his client’s innocence, had superior knowledge of the facts. His client was acquitted after a five (5) day trial.