05/16/2014 at 02:00 PM EDT
Disgraced former U.S. Senator John Edwards
won a $13 million settlement on Thursday for a 4-year-old boy who suffered brain damage, in his first trial since returning to the practice of law last year.
"I was happy to be back in the courtroom," a beaming Edwards told WNCT
as he left the courthouse in Greenville, North Carolina.
"We fought like crazy for this kid. That's what this case was all about," Edwards said of Kaiden Gaymon, whose family claimed the boy was physically injured and suffered brain damage while being treated at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in 2009 for a respiratory virus.
The last time Edwards, 60, was in court was for his own trial on charges
he used $1 million from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress videographer Rielle Hunter while running for president in 2008. A jury found him not guilty on one count of violating campaign finance laws and a mistrial was declared on the remaining five charges.
Since then the disgraced former presidential candidate has been laying low, caring for his two younger children, Jack, 13, and Emma Claire, 16, whose mom was his late wife, Elizabeth
, and spending time with his daughter with Hunter, Quinn, 6.
Last November, Edwards announced he was opening up a law firm with his old partner, David Kirby, and his eldest daughter, Cate
At the time, Cate, 32, a graduate of Harvard Law School, told The News & Observer
of her dad, "It has always been a dream of mine to work with him. I know my dad really well, we've been through a lot together, and I know in his heart he really, truly cares about his clients and he really, truly cares about the practice of law."