Patton Boggs associate Matthew McGowen earned a victory on September 30 in a dispositive hearing/trial setting for a pro bono client through the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA). Patton Boggs represents a family with a 17-year-old, non-verbal son with autism. A hired respite worker claimed that, while taking care of the son, he injured her by pulling her hair. The respite worker went to the media, internet chat boards, various religious organizations and the medical board of a sibling of our client who is a doctor and launched a campaign claiming the family she worked for is dangerous and others should not work for them. The respite worker sued our client and the sibling doctor for a range of damages alleging fraud, slander, defamation and other causes of action after they tried to defend themselves from the allegations. A number of advocates attempted to resolve the matter for the family with no success. Matthew successfully briefed and argued the case and won a complete defense verdict. Paralegal Karen Lahrman also offered valuable assistance in this victory.