Hawaii Agrees to Settle in Case of Gibson Dunn's Partner's Accidental Death
The government of Hawaii has agreed to pay $15.4 million as compensation to the families of Elizabeth Warke Brem and her cousin Paula Ramirez. Brem was a partner at Gibson Dunn and both women died in a hiking accident in December 2006.
The state of Hawaii has already been found to be liable for the women's deaths and a civil trail is also set to begin. The state government wants to have an out-of-court settlement and this offer of $15.4 million if accepted could make it the largest personal injury settlement in the state's history.
The women were hiking near the Opaeka'a Falls in Waialua River State Park when both fell 300 feet off a steep cliff. The families of both women sued the Hawaii government claiming that it was the lack of proper signs and directions that caused their deaths.
Brem was the daughter of a Colombia immigrant and grew up in the Bronx. She went to Yale Law School and then went on to become the first female Hispanic lawyer to become partner at Gibson Dunn in Irvine. She is survived by her husband and two sons.