Lump Sum Alimony; Lottery Winnings; Jury Trial (Husband)
A woman won a $17 Million lottery prize and then married her long-time boyfriend. When the marriage soured after several months, she filed for divorce. Although the winnings were not subject to the husband's claim for "division of property" since she had won the prize before the marriage occurred, the Firm convinced a jury that he was nevertheless entitled to one-half of the winnings as his "lump sum alimony". The verdict was later reported by the press as the highest divorce verdict in the jurisdiction during that year.