Recent News

HSR Attorneys Negotiate a $1.9 Million Settlement on Behalf of the Family of Jonathan Salcido, a Mentally Ill Young Man Killed by Whittier Police

The case, filed in federal court, was settled June 5, 2019, prior to beginning trial.

Tuesday, June 4, Orange County Board of Supervisors Grant $1.1 Million Settlement in OC Sheriff Deputies' Fatal Shooting and Head Stomping Case. HSR Attorneys Represent Kimberly Zion, Mother of Mentally Ill Victim Connor Zion

In January a federal jury determined that Deputy Michael Higgins used excessive force and awarded $360,000 in damages to Connor's mother, Kimberly Zion. HSR attorney Dan Stormer argued for a larger settlement, and the board, in a 4-0 vote, awarded an additional $740,000, increasing the award to $1.1 million.

HSR Files Lawsuit on Behalf of the Family of Paul Mono, a 65-year-old Blind Man Shot and Killed by Orange County Sheriffs in His Home in a Retirement Community

On February 6, 2018, Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies entered the quiet Laguna Woods Village gated retirement community in broad daylight and surrounded the home of Paul Mono, a sixty-five-year-old blind man, before shooting and killing him in his living room while his wife, Plaintiff Susan Peck, looked on from only a few feet away. Mr. Mono, a syndicated cartoonist whose work had been published in The New York Times and hundreds of other newspapers, had no criminal record and had committed no crime. Mr. Mono was experiencing a mental crisis, in large part due to the loss of his vision. He and his wife had recently purchased a condo in the community and in addition to dealing with his progressive blindness, Mr. Mono was upset with the general contractor's shoddy work. The contractor -- who was listening in on the realtor's cell phone as Mono vented his frustration to her -- called 9-1-1.

HSR Attorney Dan Stormer and Lambda Legal Win $850,000 Settlement on Behalf of Lesbian Teacher Fired for Helping Gay Students

The lawsuit, settled April 18, 2019, on behalf of teacher Julia Frost against the Hesperia Unified School District, also dictates improvement to school policies protecting LGBTQ students and teachers against discrimination.

Landmark Ninth Circuit Ruling in Fazaga v. FBI Permits Courts to Review Unlawful Surveillance of Muslims

Fazaga v. FBI was brought in 2011 by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the Council for American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles (CAIR), and the law firm Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP on behalf of attendees of the Islamic Center of Irvine, a mosque in Orange County.