$15.1 Million Judgment in Human Rights Public Interest Litigation
Case transcended international lines when I won a groundbreaking jury verdict against former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda in the murder of two anti-Marcos union activists in Seattle. At the time of the decision in 1989, this was the largest verdict ever in a personal injury suit in Washington State.
Lummi Nation v. Engineering Firm
Native Peoples Law
Jan 01, 2004
$4.25 Million Settlement Awarded to Lummi Indian Nation
I represented the Lummi Indian Nation in a lawsuit against an engineering firm that had uncovered human skeleton’s in a construction site. The crew had found human remains at a known burial ground for the tribe but had not alerted the tribe and the government, as required. After I became involved in the case, I was able to negotiate a settlement that ensured that the ancestral remains were returned. The $4.25 million settlement was shared by more than 1,230 tribal members. With the help of these recovery funds, this once-sacred ground is gradually returning to a pristine condition.
Smith v. Behr Process Corporation
Jan 01, 2002
$200 Million Settlement Awarded to Class
I represented a class of homeowners in a case alleging that Behr Process sealant caused mildew damage to wooden homes and buildings. The class was awarded an amount not greater than $200 million, because the judge in the case ruled that Behr breached an implied warranty and violated the Consumer Protection Act.
Stepakoff v. State Department of Corrections
Jan 01, 2008
$2.25 Million Recovered for Victims of Assault on Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles.
On January 14th of 2008, I successfully negotiated a landmark settlement in the case of Stepakoff et al vs. Washington Department of Corrections. I sued the Department of Corrections after it negligently classified and failed to supervise Buford Furrow, Jr, a member of the Aryan Nation, who had been committed to a mental institution, threatened to kill his ex-wife and was suicidal and liked firearms. Under the not very watchful eye of the DOC, Furrow assembled an arsenal of automatic weapons, drove to Los Angeles, and walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center and opened fire, striking four- to six-year-olds, including Ben Kadish, Joshua Stepakoff and James Zidell and traumatizing Joshua Kadish and Nathan Powers. The settlement followed a heartfelt apology from officials at the DOC and led to the establishment of trust funds for the boys, who are now young adolescents.