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Risk Management in a High-Profile Tragedy

Payne Stewart, et al. v. Sun Jet Aviation, Florida

Rose Walker represented the aircraft owner and operator, Sun Jet Aviation, in product-liability litigation arising from the crash of a chartered Learjet carrying professional golfer Payne Stewart. Retained as replacement counsel after the case bogged down in protracted litigation, Rose quickly realized that settlement offered the only hope of keeping the client in business and bringing some peace to the family of the victims.

The firm achieved an innovative and novel settlement, preserving substantial insurance assets and averting client bankruptcy in the face of cases with damages and demands far in excess of available insurance and assets.