Tampa Partner Robin Trupp, serving as lead counsel on the case, recently secured a major veterinary malpractice victory for his client, the owner of a prize-winning show horse, against a well-known veterinarian on the horse show circuit.
A Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Palm Beach County jury found Dr. Haynes Stevens and his company, Equine Services, Ltd., liable for professional negligence (malpractice) for his treatment of Grandeur, a prizewinning horse owned by Arnstein & Lehr’s client, Dawn Fogel. The horse died following a medical misdiagnosis and subsequent negligent treatment by Dr. Stevens. Dr. Stevens practices in Florida, Kentucky and Illinois and is popular on the horse show circuit.
In May 2011, the jury awarded Ms. Fogel damages equivalent to the substantial value of her horse. A former trainer and competitive rider, Mr. Trupp has extensive experience and a specialized practice in equine law, which covers malpractice as well as issues involving the ownership and transfer of horses and interests in horses. He also is a former member of the board of directors for the Pinellas County Horse Show Association, the Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association and the Plant High Rowing Association.