Voelker Litigation Group Secures $9 Million Jury Verdict in Chicago Women’s Rights Case

UPDATED Sept 28, 2020

CHICAGO, Jan. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the space of just one day, a Chicago jury awarded $1,000,000 in compensatory damages and $8,000,000 in punitive damages to a Chicago woman, in her case against a wealthy Chicago insurance executive, for his egregious conduct. The jury of six men and six women deliberated for one hour before returning a unanimous decision, finding the defendant guilty of one count of sexual assault and four counts of assault and battery against the woman.

The verdict was reached on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Law Division.

The Executive, who owns interests in several Chicagoland insurance companies, was found guilty of multiple transgressions of the rights of a woman with whom he was acquittanced, between October 5, 2015 and March 23, 2016. The charges against the Executive included strangling, physical and verbal violence and non-consensual sexual behavior.

“This is a strong message from the heart of the #metoo movement to defend women against powerful men who feel that because they have wealth, they can act with callous disregard for the laws of humanity and the Republic. It took a jury of 12 people just one hour to determine that one woman’s suffering was worth eight million dollars in remuneration for scars that will last a lifetime. I can only hope that if this example doesn’t at least deter this kind of behavior, it sends a message that if you are a victim with a voice, the public has an ear,” said attorney Daniel J. Voelker. Voelker and Olga S. Dmytriyeva, who represented the victim, and are available for comment.


Appellate Court Opinion

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, issued an opinion September 28, 2020, upholding the original trial but reducing the punitive damages from $8 million to $1 million for a total verdict of $2 million.
Read the entire opinion…


Voelker Litigation Group Wins Trial by Proving Forgery with Expert Witness

Voelker Litigation Group Sales Commission Attorneys won a hotly contested two-day trial in Will County, Illinois for their sales representative client recovering all of the sales commissions the sales representative was owed plus attorney fees.

The Defense claimed that it entered into a hold harmless agreement, releasing all of the sales representative’s claims in this action thus our client should get nothing. The Defendant admitted on cross-examination that, had the sales representative not signed this release, the Defendant would owe the sales representative commissions. The sales representative testified he did not sign the release. The Voelker sales commission lawyer retained a certified forensic document examiner expert witness who testified unequivocally, to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, that the sales representative did not sign the Hold Harmless and Release.

Based on the testimony of the expert witness and the cross examination of the corporate representative, the Court found the release did not apply and awarded commissions and attorney fees pursuant to the Illinois Sales Representative Act 820 ILCS 120/3.

The total recovery in this case was nearly ten times the amount originally offered to the sales representative before trial.

Your results may not always be the same, but this case makes clear Voelker Litigation Group will go to any length to get what our sales representative clients earned.


$26 million award against Fortune 250 manufacturing firm

We are extremely proud to announce that on February 1, 2013, the United States District Court ruled in favor of Voelker Litigation Group’s client and against a giant Fortune 250 manufacturing company, and awarded a judgment in excess of $26,000,000. Daniel J. Voelker has acted as lead counsel in this matter since the suit was filed several years ago. A true success story!