Notable Cases


notable caseZoological Society of San Diego v. Doe Defendants
Case Conclusion Date: December 7, 2007

Practice Area: Construction / Development

Outcome: Settlement (amount confidential)

Description: The Zoological Society built a state of the art animal hospital at the San Diego Safari Park. Soon after completion, the specialized rubber flooring began to fail, with water and urine pooling underneath, creating a dangerous environment for mold and water-borne illnesses. We brought suit against the primary and sub contractors involved in order to facilitate replacement of the defective flooring.

notable2Mission Valley Village HOA v. Archstone (Class Action)
Case Conclusion Date: June 1, 2011

Practice Area: Class Action

Outcome: Settlement estimated at over $7 million, with the defendant ordered to pay all attorneys fees and costs

Description: The Mission Valley Village Mobilehome Park was a senior-citizen retirement community located in the Mission Gorge area in San Diego. After Archstone, a Fortune 500 company that is renowned nationwide for developing apartment complexes, bought the property and took over operations in 2007, Archstone announced its plan to close the Park and build luxury condominiums. But rather than close the Park and pay the legally-required relocation benefits, Archstone indefinitely put the park closure on hold, then hiked rents park-wide. Residents' home values plummeted and the fixed-income seniors were immediately faced with an uncertain future and dire economic hardships. Tatro & Zamoyski, LLP filed a class action on behalf of all homeowners and residents. After sometimes contentious litigation, we were able to resolve the case and obtain a court-approved settlement valued at over $7 million, but the benefits of the settlement were estimated to potentially reach $13 million for the homeowners and seniors. Peter Zamoyski, who represented the homeowners throughout this litigation, remarked, "This extraordinary settlement agreement came about only after a long series of tough David against Goliath battles. At the end of the day, these senior citizens are standing tall and proud after going toe-to-toe against a Fortune 500 company that seemed to have all the power and financial muscle that one can imagine." Zamoyski added, "This court-approved settlement guarantees residents' legal rights and financial benefits, all of which give the elderly residents of the Park a renewed sense of economic stability and certainty. It provides peace of mind for them and their families knowing that, regardless of the timing of the Park closure or their own personal situations, they have guaranteed, well-known options that can't ever be taken away."

abbitAbbit v. City of San Diego et al.
Case Conclusion Date: December 7, 2010

Practice Area: Litigation

Outcome: $3.6 million settlement on the eve of trial. "We are relieved to have some vindication for the terrible ordeal we endured," said Ernie Abbit, President of the De Anza Cove Homeowners Association.

Description: After the City of San Diego took over operation of the De Anza Cove mobilehome park in Mission Bay in 2003, the City and its hand-picked management and security companies embarked on a series of tactics designed to coerce residents into leaving the park before receiving the relocation benefits the City owes them. We represented 250 individual residents and sued the City, its former management company, and its armed security company for the way they ran De Anza Cove and the things they began doing to residents, like tearing down the park's storage areas, market, playground, and laundry facilities, taking out all the furniture and amenities from the common areas, passing unlawful park rules, towing vehicles without proper notice, and installing klieg lights, barbed wire fencing, and a guard shack at the entrance. The oppressive environment this created drove many residents out of the park.

notable4Glancy v. Thomas (Car Accident--AAA insurance company)
Case Conclusion Date: March 2, 2009

Practice Area: Car / Auto Accident

Outcome:$300,000 policy-limits settlement against AAA

Description:Thomas was driving drunk when her car crossed the double-yellow center divide in the road, slamming her car into the driver's side of my client's car at over 55 mph. My client was fortunate to have survived the crash, but suffered serious personal injuries, including cervical spine and shoulder injuries, leaving her unable to work and in constant pain. We took over the case from another attorney who was inexperienced in personal injury and litigation cases and were able to obtain a policy-limits settlement five times greater than AAA ever offered to the original attorney.

BarackBrack v. Khan

Case Conclusion Date: February 25, 2013

Practice Area: Fraud

Outcome: Plaintiff verdict after trial in the amount of $1,824,642

Description: Antiquities dealer Khan sold my client Joyce Brack bogus antiques under false provenances, claiming they were rare French pieces from the Malcolm Forbes estate. In reality, they were common reproductions of little value.

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De Anza Cove HOA, et al. v. City of San Diego

Case Conclusion Date: January 1, 2014

Practice Area: Land Use / Zoning

Outcome: Judgment pending

Description: The City of San Diego, which owns and operates the De Anza Cove mobilehome park, tried to close the park and evict all the homeowners without adhering to California law which requires the City to help relocate all the people who are going to lose their homes when the park closes. Certified as a class action on behalf of hundreds of homeowners and residents, the case was successfully tried in 2007 and post-trial work is nearly complete. Judgement for the class is anticipated within the next few months.
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Homeowner v. Custom Home Builder

Practice Area: Construction Defect/Fraud

Outcome: Six figure settlement

Description: Represented homeowner against custom builder for material defects, code non-compliance, poor workmanship, and warranty issues.


Planned Development Community v. General Contractor 

Practice Area: Construction Defect

Outcome: Large, confidential settlement

Description: Represented condominium owners in large defect case in nearby desert community for problems related to poor compaction, faulty drainage, flooding, and severe cracking.