Gaw | Poe LLP Earns the 37th Largest Verdict in the Nation for 2016

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Gaw | Poe LLP recognized in The National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts list.

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Orange County usually isn't known for awarding big verdicts, but... we were able to turn what otherwise would have been a close call into a slam dunk at trial. -- Mark Poe

Gaw | Poe LLP has been recognized by The National Law Journal for obtaining the 37th largest verdict in the country for 2016. This achievement was recognized in the publication’s Top 100 Verdicts for 2016 list published in its May 2017 edition.

As reflected in its March 30, 2016 verdict, a federal jury awarded Gaw | Poe LLP client Trendsettah USA $44.4 million in its antitrust and breach of contract lawsuit against Swisher International, Inc., the largest cigarillo manufacturer in the country. Following less than 3 hours of deliberation, the jury agreed with Trendsettah that Swisher had deliberately breached the parties’ manufacturing contract in order to stifle the growth of Splitarillos, the Trendsettah-labeled cigarillo, which was becoming a popular challenger to Swisher’s market-leading cigarillo brands. The lawsuit is captioned Trendsettah USA, Inc. v. Swisher International, Inc., No. 8:14-CV-01664-JVS-DFM and is pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

“Orange County usually isn’t known for awarding big verdicts, but with the help of a crack team of trial techs, well-prepared witnesses, and 100% commitment by our firm’s trial team, we were able to turn what otherwise would have been a close call into a slam dunk at trial,” said lead counsel Mark Poe. “We couldn’t be more pleased.”

About Gaw | Poe LLP

Gaw | Poe LLP is a San Francisco Bay Area boutique law firm focusing on business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and appeals. Founders Randolph Gaw and Mark Poe are graduates of Stanford Law School and have practiced extensively with some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world. The firm is experienced at handling disputes on behalf of a wide range of clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies to high net worth individuals. For more information, please visit

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