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David Schultz Wins $6M Judgment for Pro Bono Client in a Civil Wrongful Death Suit; Family Finds Some Justice for 1981 Death of Their Mother

February 2, 2012

Maslon attorney David Schultz offered pro bono representation to the family of Barbara Winn, who died in 1981 of a gunshot wound to the chest during a domestic assault by her boyfriend Aaron Foster. The assault and subsequent gunshot were heard by Barbara's children and neighbors. Foster claimed Winn committed suicide and was not initially charged with the crime.

On February 1, 2012, a Ramsey County judge ruled there was enough evidence to show Foster was civilly liable for Winn's death. Foster was ordered to pay $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

"It was about justice, plain and simple. They know that Aaron Foster murdered their mother, and they wanted some kind of recognition of that fact," shared David in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article that same day. He added "This family's been waiting 30 years for justice, and in that 30 years they've endured an odyssey of truly epic proportions. Today, the court brought that journey to an end. The court gave them the little justice that was available to them."

David Schultz is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Practice Group and focuses his practice on trial and appellate work in healthcare/medical malpractice and medical devices, intellectual property, commercial litigation, and civil and criminal fraud. David served on the Board of the Innocence Project for six years. David's work on the Innocence Project reflects his long-standing passion for fairness in our justice system. (View full bio.)

To view recent media coverage of the matter, go to:

Saint Paul Pioneer Press: Man civilly liable for girlfriend's 1981 death

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Family finds some justice for 1981 death

Fox 9 News: Shooting Victim's Family Gets $6M Judgment after 30 Years


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