LBAC WINS CHALLENGING TRIAL IN DEPUTY-INVOLVED FATAL SHOOTING

On May 3, 2013, Dennis M. Gonzales and a team of associates obtained a defense verdict in Lopez v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC 460074, following an 8-day jury trial in a wrongful death action arising from a fatal deputy-involved shooting. An off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy fatally shot and killed decedent after decedent ignored the deputy’s commands and instead reached into his waistband. Although a subsequent Continue reading

LBAC WINS TASER CASE FOR ORANGE COUNTY

This case arose from a report of suspected battery. When deputies responded to the scene, they found the plaintiff, Joshua Radwan, and his crying girlfriend. The deputies separated Plaintiff and his girlfriend, based upon suspicion of physical abuse. Deputies searched Plaintiff and found a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Deputies searched his vehicles and located three knives. A criminal history check Continue reading

LBAC WINS UNLAWFUL SEARCH/EXCESSIVE FORCE CASE ON DISPOSITIVE MOTION

This unlawful search and excessive force case arose from a neighbor’s early-morning report that a gunshot was heard at Plaintiff’s home. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Plaintiff’s home to ascertain whether anyone had been shot. Based on prior contacts with Plaintiff, the deputies knew that Plaintiff had firearms in her residence. Plaintiff refused to allow the deputies inside. Eventually, the deputies 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