Who is attorney Patrick Reilly?

Who is attorney Patrick Reilly?

PARENTS of Gabby Petito have settled a civil lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s parents ahead of a new documentary.

Gabby Petito’s disappearance follows twists and turns in the investigation, including interviews with her parents.

Patrick Reilly represents Gabby Petito's family


Patrick Reilly represents Gabby Petito’s familySource: News for The US Sun

Who is attorney Patrick Reilly?

The civil lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s parents was filed in Sarasota County, Florida by Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, the parents of Gabby Petito.

Attorney Patrick Reilly was born in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

He has been practicing law since 1980 and is licensed in both Florida and Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1977 and then earned a law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

After 33 years at Gross McGinley, LLP, he moved his practice to Venice, Florida and co-founded Trial Lawyers with W. Russell Snyder & Reilly.

According to his biography, he is also president of the southern chapter of the Sarasota County Bar Association and was appointed special law enforcement judge for the city of Venice.

When Reilly is not in court, he often spends time with his wife Malka, three children and five grandchildren.

Why are Gabby Petito’s parents suing laundries?

The Gabby Petito case shocked the nation in 2021.

At the time, she was reported missing after her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, returned home from a cross-country trip without her.

Her body was eventually found, and shortly after, Brian’s as well.

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Gabby’s death was ruled a homicide by strangulation, and it was later revealed that Brian killed her after police found his confession in a notebook.

Brian’s body was found in October 2021 on the Carlton Reservation in Florida after he died of apparent suicide.

After Gabby’s death, her parents filed a civil lawsuit against the laundries, claiming that their silence and their attorney’s comments, even though they allegedly knew Gabby was dead, gave false hope. mystical and causes mental suffering.

On June 30, 2022, a Florida judge denied Laundries’ request to dismiss the civil lawsuit, calling Steven Bertolino’s statement “scandalously objective.”

The statement in question was when Bertolino said, “On behalf of the Laundrie family, we hope that the search for Ms. Petito will be successful and that Ms. Petito will be reunited with her family.”

Gabby Petito's parents are suing Brian Laundrie's parents


Gabby Petito’s parents are suing Brian Laundrie’s parentsCredit: Splash

“Because of the laundries’ statements made by their counsel,” Judge Hunter W Carroll wrote in June (Steven Bertolino). In light of the fact that the particulars of this case are objectively excessive, the Court concludes that Plaintiff (Petitos) has stated the cause of intentional acts of mental distress against laundries.

“If the facts of this case are truly about Laundries’ silence without affirmative action, then the Court will decide this case in Laundries’ favor based on the concept of legal obligation.

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“But they did not keep quiet,” the judge continued.

In February 2024, the Petito and Laundrie families reached a settlement in a lawsuit, Laundries’ attorney said.

The settlement concluded a long-awaited mediation between the two families on Wednesday, according to Bertolino.

“The terms of the resolution are confidential and we look forward to putting this matter behind us,” Bertolino said in a statement.

If no settlement is reached, the case will go to trial in May.

What does Patrick Reilly specialize in?

While practicing in Pennsylvania, Reilly became known for litigating complex civil, commercial and criminal litigation.

According to his biography, he rose to prominence in 2002 for a $2.5 million verdict in Gagliardo v. Connaught Laboratories, Inc., an employment discrimination and violation of the Disabled Americans Act.

In 2015, he received a $1.4 million judgment in Research Systems v. Cold Edge Technologies, a trade secret theft case.

That same year, he also won Mancini v. Northampton County, et al., an employment discrimination and civil rights case, winning a $94,000 judgment, along with $200,000 in attorney fees.

It is unclear whether parts of the subsequent trial will appear in the new ITV documentary.

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The Disappearance of Gabby Petito is available to stream on ITVX on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

The three-part series explores the story of Gabby’s disappearance and death.