La Jolla resident Harvey R. Levine was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California at the group’s annual installation and awards dinner held in San Francisco.
He was honored for his work on Strange v. Entercom Communications, which was tried in Sacramento County Superior Court in 2009. Levine represented the teenage son of 28-year old Jennifer Strange who participated in a water-drinking contest sponsored by an Entercom Communications’ Sacramento radio station in which the contestant who could go the longest without urinating or vomiting would win a video game system. Strange returned home after the contest where she died of acute water intoxication.
Ultimately, the husband and children of Strange were awarded $16.57 million by a Sacramento jury, the largest non-economic award in a Northern California wrongful death case. Additionally, the company agreed to change its employee training at its 110 stations nationwide and change its procedures for approving and staging contest.
Levine, a partner with Levine & Miller, has been practicing law for 39 years.