Stepakoff v. State Department of Corrections

Michael E Withey

Case Conclusion Date:January 1, 2008

Practice Area:Personal Injury

Outcome:$2.25 Million Recovered for Victims of Assault on Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles.

Description: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.