Founder’s Death Kept From Lawyer Until After Closing Arguments

On the day that Raynes McCarty founder Arthur G. Raynes died, his partner A. Roy DeCaro was scheduled for closing arguments in litigation against a manufacturer of Tylenol, McNeil-PPC for the wrongful death of a one-year-old.

When the call came into the firm at about 8:45a.m. about Mr. Raynes’ death, Gerald A. McHugh Jr. made it a point to keep the news from DeCaro until after closing arguments were finished.

He gave DeCaro a pep talk and sent him on his way.  Accompanying DeCaro and his co-counsel David F. Binder was colleague Martin K. Brigham.

Brigham’s job was to ward off anyone who might offer their condolences to DeCaro while on break from arguments.  He did that through a lunch break, through the defense closing and DeCaro’s rebuttal, McHugh said.

While it was common for colleagues to sit in on trial, DeCaro and Binder were becoming suspicious that Brigham stayed as long as he did.

After the jury deliberated for two hours and came back with a win for DeCaro in the amount of $5 million, Brigham asked Judge Rizzo if he could use his chambers to share the bad news.

McHugh said one of the most interesting things about the turn of events was that Mr. Raynes made his mark in the legal field through pharmaceutical work, and on the day of his death, a colleague won against a major pharmaceutical company.

McHugh said that he later told DeCaro, “This was a tough case. This means that if Art has two more miracles, then he’s a saint.”

–Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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