Civil Rights & Personal Injury

In re: Individual 35W Bridge Litigation
Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2010)
Total Settlement $54.2 million

Key member of consortium that obtained settlement on behalf of victims from the Minneapolis 35W bridge collapse

Robinson et al. v. Ramsey County et al.
Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2010)
Total Settlement $15+ million

Achieved landmark success in a class action on behalf of inmates, who contracted TB while at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. One of the most successful prosecutions of a TB outbreak against a correctional facility in United States history.

Taylor v. Minneapolis Golf Club
Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2008)
Total Settlement 8+ million

Wrongful death of six-year old girl who was seriously injured while in the kiddie pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club

Ngo v. Storlie
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007)
Total Settlement $4.5 million

Police shooting case.

Smith v. Gorman et al.
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2013)
Total Settlement: $3.075 Million

Federal civil rights wrongful death action.

Anonymous v. Anonymous
Hennepin County District Court (2011)
Total Settlement $3 million

Represented husband and wife after wife was severely injured in a crash caused by a commercial truck. Wife’s injuries included numerous cervical neck fractures that required two months in a HALO and a multi-level fusion. The commercial truck driver was using his cell phone at the time of the crash.

Yang v. Chadbourne
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2015)
Total Settlement $2,850,000 million

Federal civil rights action stemming from the January 25, 2014 incident where Brooklyn Park probationary police officer Jason Chadbourne panicked and fired his service weapon six times into a snow-covered vehicle was it backed slowly out of its parking space, hitting Shoua Yang three times.  Yang, along with his cousin and friend, were at a banquet hall for a Valentine’s Day party and  decided to leave after a fight broke out.  Chadbourne arrived on the scene and followed the men to determine if they were involved in the fight – they were not.  Chadbourne did not issue any commands to Yang and had no information that Yang had committed any crime.  Yet, Chadbourne positioned himself behind the snow-covered vehicle and fired six times – later claiming the vehicle was speeding in reverse at him – a claim unsupported and refuted by the evidence.  Yang was hit in the back, neck and shoulder and one of the bullets severed his kidney and almost killed him.

Bertrand v. Patten, et al.
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2013)
Total Settlement $2 million

Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) class action settlement.

Kucera v. Jespsersen, et al.
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2014)
Total Settlement $2 million

Federal civil rights wrongful death action regarding the suicide of Kathryn Marie Schneider, a 28-year-old mother, who hanged herself at the Koochiching County Jail.

Barsch v. Siera
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009)
Total Settlement: $695,000

Plaintiff was sexually assaulted by a Hubbard County Deputy.  The Akeley Police Department failed to investigate the matter or even properly report the victim’s allegations.

Goblirsch v. City of Lakeville
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009)
Total Settlement $675,000

Lakeville police officer deployed his TASER on plaintiff as plaintiff stood on his garage roof.  Plaintiff landed head first on the windshield of his vehicle and suffered a traumatic brain injury with loss of taste and smell.

Newbern v. Sloat
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2014)
Total Settlement $185,000

Excessive force used by Robsinsdale police officer on plaintiff, who sustained a concussion.

Regai v. Griffin
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2014)
Total Settlement $140,000

Excessive force and false arrest by Minneapolis Police officer.