Carnahan v. Lakeside Union School District

Sam Sherman and Phil Simpler of TencerSherman LLP obtained a complete defense jury verdict in a civil student sexual assault case in Superior Court on May 23, 2017. Plaintiff alleged the director of the after school program at her local elementary school inappropriately touched her during her fourth grade year and that Lakeside Union School District was at fault for negligent hiring, retention and supervision of the program director. Plaintiff claimed $1.4 million dollars in damages.

After three weeks of trial, the jury returned a verdict within a few hours of closing arguments. The jury did not find either the program director or the school district to be at fault and did not award any damages to plaintiff.

Sam Sherman has obtained three complete defense verdicts of the three cases he has taken to trial in the past eight months.