Courtney S. Paterson, an associate attorney in Spicer Rudstrom’s Nashville office, successfully settled a case during mediation for East C.A.N., a local nonprofit that works to find foster homes for lost or stray dogs, as well as educate the public on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

The plaintiff in the case alleged she was bitten by a dog in the East C.A.N. network that was considering adopting. She had taken the dog home to see how he would do with her own dog, and the two animals got into a fight. When she intervened, her hand was damaged. The plaintiff then had to undergo surgery to repair nerve damage.

The nonprofit, represented by Courtney, denied liability and argued that if any liability existed, it was diminished by the plaintiff’s own liability for intervening in a dog fight. The plaintiff had requested nearly $450,000 to settle the claim, but during mediation last week, Courtney was able to settle it for significantly less–$55,000.

An associate with Spicer Rudstrom since 2009, Courtney focuses her practice on automobile liability, insurance coverage litigation, insurance defense litigation, insurance subrogation, premises liability, products liability, and workers’ compensation. She is admitted to practice in all trial and appellate state courts in Tennessee, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.