Courtroom Assault Verdict

Steigman v. Sneed-Kimmons, Multnomah County Case No. 1401-00774

Plaintiff was a paralegal for a family law attorney who was representing Defendant’s ex-husband in divorce and child custody matters. In 2012 Plaintiff was with her employer at the Multnomah County Courthouse for a hearing. The lawyers went into chambers to discuss preliminary issues. Defendant then attacked Plaintiff striking her in the face while pinning her to the wall. The court clerk alerted security, and they arrested Defendant. Defendant later entered a plea and was convicted of Assault in the Fourth Degree.

Plaintiff alleged that Defendants’ punch broker her destroyed a permanent bridge in her mouth and broke the teeth that supported the bridge. She claims she needed dental implants and suffered bone loss as a result. She also alleged that she suffered a concussion, soft tissue injuries and psychological injuries that required counseling. Plaintiff sought $54,422.24 in economic damages for medical expenses and wage losses. She sought $216,000 in non-economic damages.

Defendant claimed self-defense.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Marc Zwerling

Defendant appeared Pro Se

Verdict – $41,245.00 

Date – March 25, 2015



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