Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers
Public Citizen Award (S.C. Assn. for Justice)
Victims Voice Award (S.C. Jury Trial Foundation)
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (S.C. Bar Assn.)
American Jurisprudence Award For Excellence in Constitutional Law
The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers – Martindale-Hubbell
Select Past Verdicts and Settlements
In the case of McAllister v. S.C. Dept. of Transportation, tried in 2004 before a Spartanburg County Jury, the Jury awarded a total of 15 Million Dollars, a combined award for a wrongful death and a personal injury resulting from the same crash. Gary W. Poliakoff was lead trial attorney. The case concerned a failure by the DOT to maintain a highway safety sign that was required by DOT engineering plans for the intersection, the absence of which led to a horrible collision. In the case we also proved that the S.C. DOT failed to have in place any credible system for keeping record of required signs, or for replacement of same when missing. (A lesser amount was actually paid in settlement while on appeal). It is believed that this award remains the highest Jury Award in the history of Spartanburg County.
In 2004 an investment firm, Carolina Investors, subsidiary of HomeGold, crashed and closed its doors. Over 8,000 investors lost entirely their savings. The Bankruptcy Trustee assembled a team of 7 litigators, including Gary W. Poliakoff, to litigate against any responsible parties, for the purpose of collecting as much as possible for the aggrieved investors. Gary Poliakoff participated in all of the work performed by the team, and specifically was given the task of litigating against the CPA Firm that had approved the financial reports for several years, all of which was highly successful.
In November of 2005 Gary Poliakoff and Ray Mullman tried the case of Clark v. White Oak Manor, in which an 85 year old nursing home patient was given a shot of insulin intended for another patient, resulting in hypoglycemic shock and related problems. The jury awarded $50,000 in actual damages and 1 Million dollars in punitive damages. It is believed that this is the highest jury award in a Nursing Home Neglect case in the history of Spartanburg County. (Note: a lesser amount was received in settlement while on appeal).
In 2011 Gary Poliakoff and Ray Mullman tried a 2-week case before a jury against a medical company. While the jury was deliberating, the defendant significantly increased its offer to settle, and a multi-million dollar settlement was reached. Details cannot be provided, due to a confidentiality agreement.
In March of 2012 Gary Poliakoff was lead attorney in the case of Babb, et al. v. Lee County Landfill SC, LLC (owned by Republic Services). The case was brought on behalf of 3 households, all alleging severe and frequent odors from the landfill, causing diminished quality of life, enjoyment of property, and similar damages. This was a 2-week jury trial tried in U.S. District Court (Federal Court) in Columbia, resulting in a combined award of 2.32 Million. The award was unprecedented for this type of Nuisance in South Carolina, per The State Newspaper. (Note: at time of writing, this case remains on appeal).
Gary was named one of the big three in the Green Fifteen, leading SC conservationists, by The State.
“One of his biggest victories came in 2006 when, representing residents, he helped persuade Spartanburg Co. Council to deny permission to Waste Management Inc. to build a mega-landfill in Sumter Co..
“His victory came over DHEC objections.”
Please feel free to discuss our trial experience, as well as our history of verdicts and settlements, with us.
*Any result achieved on behalf of a client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.
* Prior results should not be interpreted to create expectations in a different matter.
* All cases have differing specific factual and legal circumstances.