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13th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition Award Winners Announced

Five law students received recognition and cash prizes for their lawyering skills in the 13th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition. Student winners of the April 2, 2013, competition were:

  • John Palfreyman and John Lierman (tie) (1st place - $1,500 each)
  • Omar Vasquez (3rd place - $500)
  • Robson Hauser and Andrew Floyd (4th place - $250 each)

The event is an oral argument competition that emphasizes the presentation of damages evidence in personal injury cases. Student finalists presented mock closing arguments on the issue of how much in damages should be awarded in a civil lawsuit. Local lawyers Gloria Torres, Joe Ezzo, Brian Chas, and Professor Paul Bennet served as jurors for the arguments.

The competition is funded by Richard Grand, a 1958 graduate of the College of Law. Grand began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney and, since 1962 his practice has been limited to representing plaintiffs. On more than 100+ occasions he has obtained either a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million.

In 1972, he received a jury verdict of $3.5 million, at that time the largest in the United States for a single injury. Wry v. Dial, 18 Ariz. App. 503 (1972). In 1972 he founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least 50 personal injury trials and have at least one verdict in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages. In 2002, the University of Arizona Alumni Association Board Of Directors awarded him the University of Arizona’s Professional Achievement Award to Richard Grand. Mr. Grand was only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.


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