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case outcomes & Recoveries


  • $100 million (demand) FAMILY OF MURDERED UNITED STATES FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS CORRECTIONAL OFFICER – CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION: At the USP Atwater, on June 20, 2008, United States Federal Correctional Officer Jose Rivera, a US Navy veteran (with two tours in Iraq), was (allegedly) fatally stabbed by two intoxicated maximum-security inmates who were inappropriately housed in the general population. At the time of the murder, Officer Rivera, had no protective gear or stab protective vest – both of which could have saved his young life. (Atwater, California)

  • $100 million (demand) FAMILY OF MURDERED CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL OFFICER – CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION: At the California Institute for Men in Chino, California, on January 10, 2005, California State Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez, a 16-year veteran with the California Department of Corrections and father of six children, was (allegedly) fatally stabbed in the heart by Jon Christopher Blaylock, a 3-strike felon and maximum-security inmate who was inappropriately housed in the general population cell for nearly seven months. At the time of the murder, Gonzalez, along with other 361 correctional officers, was awaiting the issuance of a stab protective vest, which the prison received on September 9, 2004. A personally fitted vest assigned to Gonzalez, and bearing his name, was in a storage warehouse at Chino Prison at the time of his death. (Chino, California)

  • $2,250,000 - Parole Agent (Department of Corrections)

  • $2,000,000 - Huntington Beach Firefighter

  • $1,030,000 – Client (77 years old – Kern County Firefighter’s father-in-law) was driving his vehicle northbound on State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo at the intersection with Dairy Creek Road/Hollister Avenue. Client approached the intersection and came to a complete stop in the left turn pocket. He had a red light. Also at that time, defendant, while in the course and scope of his employment, was traveling southbound on State Route 1 approaching the intersection. The light turned green for client and he commenced turning left. At that same moment, defendant proceeded to enter the intersection from the other side of the intersection on a red light. Defendant failed to yield and his vehicle and Client’s vehicle impacted defendant’s vehicle. Defendants offered $250,000. Defendants settled ($1,030,000.00) after jury was selected and immediately before opening statement. (San Luis Obispo, California)

  • $1,000,000 – Client, Retired Navy Officer, hit by dump truck while riding his bike. Client injured ribs, back & shoulder. Client returned to work.

  • $1,000,000 – Client, Los Angeles County Law Enforcement Officer, rear-ended by another vehicle on remote icy overpass in Kennewick, Washington. Client injured his back – requiring surgeries. Defendant offered 00.00 – matter settled as trial was approaching. (Kennewick, Washington)

  • $950,000 – Client, California Highway Patrol Officer injured in vehicle accident (Riverside, California)

  • $812,500 – defendant food company truck made an illegal left-turn in front of clients resulting in a vehicle accident. Client suffered a fractured heel (Fountain Valley, California)

  • $699,000 - California Correctional Officer injured in vehicle accident

  • $500,000California Correctional Officer suffered partial posterior cruciate ligament tear (knee – no surgery) as a result of vehicle accident (occurred on way to work) (Bakersfield, California)

  • $450,000 – 18 year old niece of California Correctional Officer suffered neck injuries as a result of vehicle accident (El Centro, California)

  • $405,000 - Los Angeles Police Officer (Motorcycle) hit by inattentive driver

  • $300,000Bakersfield Police Officer rear-ended by another vehicle. Client suffered low back injuries (Bakersfield, California)

  • $250,000 - Ventura Police Officer injured by inattentive driver while responding to a call

  • $190,336.92 – wrongful death – decedent, brother of Anaheim Police Officer, killed by a driver who was under the influence at the time of the accident.