LAWRENCE GETS DEFENSE VERDICT IN DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE TO MEDICAL NEEDS CASE

This federal wrongful death case was brought by decedent’s wife and two daughters. Decedent Russell Cotton was 62 years of age at the time of his death at the Santa Barbara County Jail. During the three-week period prior to his death, decedent began behaving bizarrely, threatening members of his family, and having bizarre delusions. During that time period, prior to his final incarceration, he was involuntarily Continue reading

LAWRENCE WINS EXCESSIVE FORCE JURY TRIAL

On October 23, 2009, a federal jury rendered a defense verdict in a police excessive force case entitled Olvera v. Weidenkeller, CV 06-07585. Here, Orange County deputies arrested Plaintiff when they found him smoking methamphetamine in a car with an acquaintance. While handcuffing the male suspect, Plaintiff punched the deputy in the jaw and the deputy pepper sprayed Plaintiff. After placing Plaintiff in handcuffs, Continue reading

GONZALES WINS BACK-TO-BACK JURY TRIALS

In his first three months with LBAC, Dennis Gonzales won back-to-back jury trials. First was a federal civil rights excessive force case entitled Fuller v. County of Orange, et al.. CV 04-6851 SVW (PJwX). Plaintiff claimed that, following his arrest for DUI by the California Highway Patrol, he was beaten by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies while being booked into the Orange County Jail. On April 16, 2009, a federal Continue reading

LBAC WINS HIGH PROFILE “SUICIDE BY COP” WRONGFUL DEATH TRIAL

On January 18, 2007, a Norwalk jury returned a verdict in favor of the City of Downey and two of its police officers in a high profile “suicide by cop” wrongful death case in Martinez v. City of Downey, et. al, Case No. BC 277402. The suit arose from a high-speed vehicle pursuit following an attempt to stop the decedent for suspected driving under the influence. After decedent crashed during the pursuit, officers approached Continue reading

LBAC WINS LONG-RUNNING FAIR HOUSING CASE FOR CITY OF POMONA

On June 29, 2006, LBAC, with David Lawrence as trial counsel, obtained a federal jury defense verdict in a case alleging violations of various fair housing laws under both state and federal law. At the crux of the case was an attempt in the mid to late 1990s by a Pomona City Councilperson to assist an organization of property owners in a drug and crime ridden area of Pomona. The unofficial organization was dubbed “KKAPS” which Continue reading