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It was R. Adam Malone’s first trial. And it was a success. Malone’s foray as lead counsel resulted in a verdict of $760,000 for his clients, an 11-year-old girl and her mother. The child was struck by a truck as she darted into the parking lot of her apartment complex. The Fulton State Court, Georgia, jury awarded Tascena Jennings $85,000 and her daughter Shaatia J’Nai Brown $675,000 earlier this month in Brown v. Letic, No.99-cv-0154307 (Fult. St., June 15, 1999). Winning hefty verdicts runs in Malone’s family. His father, plaintiff’s lawyer Thomas W. “Tommy” Malone, won one of Georgia’s top verdicts — $45.47 million — on behalf of the family of an infant amputee and against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. in 1995. Last year, the senior Malone, along with associate S. Bradley Houck, coaxed a Fulton State Court jury to award $25 million to a stroke victim and against a neurologist and Northside and Cobb Hospitals. In the latest case, the Thomas William Malone firm’s newest lawyer — 27-year-old Adam Malone — was assisted by Houck. The trial followed Adam’s May 26 admission to the bar and June 10 graduation as valedictorian at John Marshall Law School. His law school course requirements had been fulfilled nearly a year ago and Adam had worked in the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, where his father says he tried seven felonies and won seven convictions. His first civil trial came in a suit against Ledic Management, manager of the Park Place Apartments on Fairburn Road in Atlanta, and Atlanta Affordable Housing, owner of the complex where Shaatia Brown’s accident occurred on Feb. 5, 1998. Brown was injured while in the care of an after-school program run by Ledic at the complex, called the “Make a Difference Activity Center.” TOOK TRASH ACROSS ROADWAY That day, during rush hour traffic, the plaintiffs contended, Ledic employees supervising the children had Shaatia and another child take the trash across the roadway to a dumpster. Parked cars blocked Shaatia’s view, and when she ran into the roadway a truck struck her. She suffered two broken legs and had to undergo three surgeries. She was left with scars on her legs and $45,000 in medical bills. The defense contended that the truck driver, who was not sued, was at fault because he was speeding through the parking lot. Tommy Malone says he did not attend the trial until his son’s summation, which he calls “exceptional.” He says Adam borrowed “almost all my analogies” from other closing arguments and incorporated them into his argument. “I asked them to do justice, I knew that they would, and I believe that they did,” says Adam Malone. “A whale of a way to start,” his dad calls it, adding that “I wouldn’t hesitate to turn him loose on anything now.” Defense lawyer Mark E. Robinson of Atlanta’s Thomas, Means, Gillis, Devlin, Robinson & Seay, who tried the case with Earnest Redwine Jr., says he wants to talk to his client before commenting on the case.

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