Results

  • In 2018, Mr. Vess tried a fraud case against a leading San Diego architect. The case was settled during the third week of trial for a confidential amount.
  • In 2017, Mr. Vess tried a case against a former court of appeal justice and a private judging company (JAMS). The trial was lost but shined a light on and caused change in the important industry of private judging.
  • In 2015, Mr. Vess sued a law firm on behalf of a San Diego school district, resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • In 2015, Mr. Vess won a jury trial against VIZIO, the television maker.  The jury unanimously awarded more than $2 million in damages.
  • In 2015, Mr. Vess won a jury trial against a California developer, with the jury awarding more than $1.3 million in damages, including punitive damages.
  • In 2014, Mr. Vess and Richard Benes won an appeal, reversing a multi-million dollar judgment against Mr. Vess’s clients. The Court of Appeal not only completely reversed the trial court ruling, it ordered a trial on how much Mr. Vess’s clients were owed on their claims.
  • In 2013, Mr. Vess obtained a confidential settlement in litigation against celebrity divorce lawyer Neal R. Hersh, arising from one on the largest divorce cases Mr. Hersh had ever handled.
  • In 2012, Mr. Vess won a trial against a Texas developer. The court awarded the exact sum Mr. Vess requested, in excess of $1 million. The client in the case was a former adversary whom Mr. Vess had bested in trial some years before.
  • In 2011, Mr. Vess won a jury trial against a national gift card company. Before Mr. Vess entered the case, the defendants were demanding they be paid. The jury unanimously awarded Mr. Vess’s clients even more than Mr. Vess requested, and punitive damages, resulting in a judgment in excess of $1 million.
  • In 2011, Mr. Vess and Dick Semerjian recovered $900,000 for the City of San Diego from contractors who removed debris for homes following the 2007 San Diego Wildfires.
  • In 2009, Mr. Vess won a three-week jury trial against a California developer. The jury voted unanimously to award the maximum amount to Mr. Vess’s client.
  • In 2009, Mr. Vess and Edward Silverman successfully represented the City of San Diego in the California Court of Appeal, which affirmed an order in favor of the City and against one of the nation’s largest law firms.
  • From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Vess and Dan Stanford recovered more than $14 million for the City of San Diego from professionals from around the country who caused or contributed to the City’s pension under-funding crisis. The City hired Mr. Vess to sue an actuary, two auditors, an investment advisor, and three law firms.
  • In 2005, Mr. Vess tried a plaintiffs’ case against a national food manufacturer before a Texas jury, resulting in a $2.2 million settlement for his shareholder clients.
  • In 2004, Mr. Vess won a jury trial against Gateway Computers, resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • In 2004, Mr. Vess obtained a judgment and confidential settlement from a La Jolla-based “architect” later convicted of felony charges stemming from the misrepresentations he made to Mr. Vess’s client.
  • In 2003, Mr. Vess and Mark Mazzarella won a month-long jury trial against one of the world’s largest engineering firms, resulting in a $7.6 million verdict. The next year, Mr. Vess successfully argued the case to the California Court of Appeal, which affirmed the judgment, resulting eventually in a $5.9 million settlement for Mr. Vess’s client.