ESTEY BOMBERGER Attorneys Selected as CAOC Award Finalists

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Stephen Estey’s precedent-setting negligent supervision verdict made news headlines throughout California and across the country.

Stephen Estey, founding partner of ESTEY BOMBERGER, has been chosen as one of ten finalists for the Consumer Attorneys of California’s highly sought-after 2010-2011 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award. Estey, along with attorney Don Beck of San Diego, obtained a $30 million verdict handed down by a Santa Clara County, CA jury in August, 2010 (Case No. 106CV070642). The award was obtained on behalf of a boy who suffered more than 500 acts of sexual abuse at the hands of his foster father from 1995 to 1999.

The Santa Clara County foster home where young “John Doe” was placed was monitored by the Giaretto Institute, the defendant in the case. At trial last year, Estey and Beck presented evidence that children in the home had raised allegations of misconduct by the foster father, John Jackson, but that the reports were never properly investigated. Giaretto Institute did not properly train staff members how to investigate abuse, nor did they employ any supervisors with sexual abuse investigation experience. Estey also presented evidence that a simple background check would have disqualified Jackson from being a foster parent, because he had a past history of inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor, among other things. After one day of deliberation the jury found in favor of the victim, and found the institute 75% liable and Jackson 25% liable.

Estey’s precedent-setting negligent supervision verdict made news headlines throughout California and across the country. The case was selected as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2010 by American Lawyer Media’s VerdictSearch, and was the largest single plaintiff sexual abuse verdict in the country in 2010. Estey has been recognized by numerous organizations for his work as an attorney, including having been selected by San Diego Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was also selected to the National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2010 and was selected to the Best Lawyers in America 2012. The San Diego Daily Transcript also named Estey, who has received an AV-rating from Martindale-Hubbell, one of the top 10 plaintiff attorneys in San Diego in 2011.

This year, the Consumer Attorney of the Year winner will be announced at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, at the Consumer Attorneys of California Installation and Awards Dinner on November 12, 2011. For more information about the event or the other finalists, visit

Stephen Estey and the attorneys at ESTEY BOMBERGER have successfully tried numerous cases to jury verdict, obtaining multiple seven and eight figure verdicts. The firm represents individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. For more information about the firm, visit or

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