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Dec. 2011

Jeffrey N. Catalano Quoted in Lawyers Weekly Article on Use of Social Media in Research re Jurors

Jeffrey N. Catalano, a partner at Todd & Weld LLP, was quoted in an article appearing in the December 26, 2011 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly entitled, “Trial lawyers say no such thing as too much (juror) information.” The article detailed the impact of social media on the background research routinely done by trial attorneys with regard to jurors sitting on their cases. Mr. Catalano was interviewed by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for his expertise in trying cases.

Mr. Catalano, whose trial practice includes medical malpractice and personal injury cases, described a metaphor that he used in a closing argument on behalf of his clients, the family of a teen who died playing basketball. Knowing that one of the jurors had years of experience as an architect, Mr. Catalano told the jury that the situation equated itself to the circumstance “When a building inspector finds a structural flaw, he's not going to sign off on the building until he knows it won't collapse.” The jury returned a verdict of $1.6 Million for the family.