If the dollar amount was determined several months ago, then they got top dollar or atleast the most that they could expect. It appears that it was settled at about the same time that the Defense began to turn up the heat on Crump and company. O’Mara wouldn’t have gone easy on them for the first few months until they got their deal penned, would he???
IMO, the deal with the HOA would be independent of the criminal trial, at least to the extent that the HOA or insurer wanted to dispose of the headache before the criminal trial was concluded. As far as I know, O'Mara had no involvement in the HOA case. His hands are full with the criminal defense, and whatever action he's facilitated in the defamation suit against NBC.
-- O'Mara wouldn't have gone easy on them for the first few months until they got their deal penned, would he? --
I really don't understand O'Mara's strategy, other than to be low key. He has been very slow to apply the law to his advantage. I don't think he would go easy on Crump for any reason except to wait for evidence to accumulate, and wait for the court to process the requests to depose Crump. That process fully played out as of March 28, and O'Mara was pretty quick to act on the adverse decision. He'd been applying pressure for several months.