It is a sad reality of the legal system that the latent sexism that persists in society infects our profession much more than we are comfortable acknowledging. Yet the surprising lack of established case law concerning attorneys' sexism suggests such misconduct is far too often ignored. When given the opportunity to address a particularly blatant example of such misconduct in a case my law firm is litigating, me and my colleagues took it-both to punish the abusive behavior towards a member of our legal team, and to contribute to the building case law that takes a firm stance against discovery misconduct and sexist behavior. In Joshua Claypole v. County of San Mateo, et al., a federal civil rights action challenging the conditions of confinement and medical treatment of a mentally ill inmate in Monterey County, our co-counsel, Lori Rifkin, was on the receiving end of a sexist attack by our opposing counsel as well as a host of deposition abuses direct at her. We sought court intervention to punish the attorney for the misconduct. In response, the court issued a strongly worded order excoriating the attorney for his sexist remarks and his discovery malfeasance, and ordered us significant sanctions as a result. A copy of the motion filed and the judge's order are attached below. We are confident that our actions in seeking sanctions will set a strong precedent that such behavior by attorneys will not and should not be tolerated by other attorneys and by judges.
Today HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, filed suit on behalf of the family of Charly Keunang, an unarmed man brutally shot and killed by LAPD earlier this year.
Last week, HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott announced the filing of a wrongful death claim against the City of Long Beach and Long Beach Police Department on behalf of Feras Morad's family. Mr. Morad was shot and killed by Long Beach Police on May 27, 2015, a tragedy that could have been avoided.
HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott brought claims today against the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Police Department on behalf of the family of Feras Morad, the unarmed, injured, college student who was brutally shot by Long Beach Police on May 27, 2015. Despite witness accounts that Mr. Morad was not acting violently or aggressively, police opened fire, killing Mr. Morad. "The facts in this case are simple, straightforward, and obscene, said attorney Dan Stormer, "A young man was found bloodied, confused, and unarmed in daylight hours in a calm and peaceful Long Beach neighborhood...Had the police chosen to de-escalate this situation, a promising young man would be alive today."
GQ Magazine recently published a powerful and moving article detailing the life and death of Charly Keunang, an unarmed man brutally shot by LAPD in March. HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia Scott represent Charly's family in the ongoing fight for justice for Charly.
Funeral services were held this past Saturday, May 16, 2015, for Charly Leundeu Keunang, an unarmed homeless man who was shot and killed by LAPD officers in early March. HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott represent Mr. Keunang's family in their lawsuits against the LAPD in connection with the killing. Family, friends, community and church leaders, arrived at the Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to give their final respects to Charly while urging for change to the unfair practices of the LAPD.
Last Thursday, HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, filed a $20 million dollar claim against the LAPD on behalf of Charly Keunang's family. Charly was killed by the LAPD on March 1, 2015. He was homeless, unarmed, and alone, and was shot six times after being confronted by six LAPD officers. The killing was captured on video and seen by millions of people around the world.
HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, initiated legal proceedings against the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD on behalf of the family of Charly Keunang, the unarmed homeless man shot and killed by LAPD officers last month. The March 1, 2015 killing of Mr. Keunang was captured on video and seen by millions of people throughout the United States and around the world. Six heavily armed and highly trained LAPD officers approached Mr. Keunang on a busy street in downtown Los Angeles on a sunny Sunday afternoon. After attacking him with tasers, batons and their fists, they shot him four times in the chest (six times total) as he was held down on the concrete sidewalk. The entire incident took approximately three minutes. In addition to filing a $20 million dollar claim, HSR and Mr. Keunang's family have called on Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to conduct a thorough investigation and bring criminal charges against the officers responsible for the killing.
Following a two-and-a half-year battle, HSR partner Dan Stormer and associate Lincoln Ellis, along with Co-Counsel, reached a $2.45 million settlement with the City of Los Angeles. The payout resolves a class action suit of approximately 300 protestors, journalists, and bystanders who were arrested at the Occupy L.A. encampment at Los Angeles City Hall on November 29, 2011. Following their arrest the protestors were subject to unconstitutional detainee practices, such as being restrained for over six hours without bathroom facilities, food, or water, and held in custody for a longer period of time than is allowed for the misdemeanors they were charged with.
Partner Dan Stormer was recently featured in the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. In the article Mr. Stormer details his work over the past 40 years ranging from his start at the Colorado Rural Legal Services office to arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court to his current battle against the City of Los Angeles. No matter who or what Mr. Stormer is standing up for, the goal remains the same, to "fight[...] for people who need help". To read the full article, click on the link below.