Landmark Cases

  • Doe v. Unocal — A seminal international case brought on behalf of Burmese villagers who were allegedly subjected to forced labor and other human rights abuses as a result of a pipeline built by Unocal and its joint venturers. (The pursuit of justice on behalf of this group of Burmese villagers was made into an award-winning documentary, "Total Denial.")
  • South Central Farmers v. City of Los Angeles — A case brought against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of over 300 low-income families in a struggle to preserve a 14-acre urban community garden in South Los Angeles. (The fight to save the garden was made into an Academy Award-nominated documentary, "The Garden.")
  • Martin v. Texaco — A failure-to-promote sex discrimination case was successfully tried and resulted in the largest jury award of its kind at the time.
  • Allison v. City of Long Beach — One of the first sexual harassment and discrimination cases brought on behalf of female police officers to successfully challenge a police department's "code of silence." (This case was made into a TV movie starring Melissa Gilbert, "With Hostile Intent.")


(For more detailed information, please click on the case name.)