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coffin at funeral, wrongful death

Estate of Sean Billinger v. Helbig, et al.

Practice Area: Police Misconduct
Description: Excessive force, wrongful death




police lights at night

Jenson v. Percichetti, et al.

Practice Area: Police Misconduct
Description: Excessive force, wrongful death

Lawsuit filed in shooting of off-duty Adams County deputy 2 years after death (Fox 31 Denver)

January 18, 2021

Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Widow Sues LaSalle Police Over Killing Of Deputy Jesse Jenson (CBSN Denver)

January 18, 2021

Lawsuit filed against LaSalle police officer who shot dead an Adams County deputy (Denver Post)

January 18, 2021

Widow of off-duty deputy killed by LaSalle officer in 2019 shooting files lawsuit against officer, town (Greeley Tribune)

January 17, 2021


stethoscopeMedina v. Samuels, et al.

Practice Area: Medical indifference
Description: Failure to provide a prisoner proper medical care

Federal court greenlights lawsuit against corrections employees for death of Denver inmate

December 24, 2020





Timmy Henley v. Westminsterpolice officers with tactical gear

Practice Area: Police Misconduct
Description: Excessive force, wrongful death

Lawsuit claims Westminster Police used false narrative to justify shooting (The Denver Channel)

January 8, 2020

Henley’s family sues Colorado officers who killed him (The Ceres Courier)

January 8, 2020

Westminster police said they killed a man because he charged them with a knife. A new lawsuit says that scenario is impossible. (Denver Post)

January 6, 2020



police dog training

Martinez v. Janneiahn (Lafayette PD)

Practice Area: Police Misconduct
Description: K-9 Excessive force


Lafayette police used K9 to attack unconscious man in his underwear, lawsuit says (Denver Post)

November 21, 2019




Brown v. McDermott (Aurora Police dept.)

police car at night with lights onPractice Area: Police Misconduct
Description: Unlawful stop, search and detention


Black Couple Sues Colorado Police for Illegal Search (The North Star)

April 21, 2019

Young black couple sues Aurora police after broken tail light leads to frisks, car search (The Durango Herald)

April 16, 2019



Lazzaro v. Garcia (Buena Vista Police dept.)

police officer arresting man

Practice Area: Police Misconduct
Outcome: Ongoing
Description: Unlawful detention, excessive force


BVPD officer sued for rights violations had previous allegation with Salida PD (The Chaffee County Times)

Jul 18, 2019

Buena Vista Police officer sued over domestic call (The Chaffee County Times)

BV policeman faces lawsuit for allegedly violating man’s rights (The Mountain Mail)

July 11, 2019



Estate of Justin Stieb v. Johnson, et al (Delta County Sheriff’s Dept.)

man in jail, arrested, prisoner abuse

Practice Area: Police Misconduct
Outcome: Settled
Description: Deliberate indifference to inmate medical needs


Justin Stieb: Video Contradicts Official Version of Delta Jail Death (Westword)

August 8, 2017

Lawsuit: Inmate Denied Meds, Had 200 Seizures in Douglas County Jail (Westword)

October 10, 2017

Delta inmate found dead (Montrose)

August 18, 2014



Watlington v. Browne (Colorado Springs Police dept.)

Practice Area: Police Misconduct
Outcome: Ongoing
Description: Excessive force


Colorado Springs cops looking for older white suspect set police dog on young black man, lawsuit say (The Denver Post)

December 13, 2017

Lawsuit accuses Colorado Springs K-9 officer of allowing police dog’s ‘unjustified’ attack (The Gazette)

December 13, 2017



Woodfork v. Wilson, et al (Adams County Police and Sheriff’s Dept.)


xray of hand, police misconduct, excessive forcePractice Area: Constitutional Rights/Police Misconduct
Outcome: Ongoing
Description: First Amendment retaliation/excessive force


A Denver Area Man Gave A Cop The Finger, So The Cop Snapped It In Half, According To Lawsuit (Inquisitr)

December 16, 2017

Suburban Denver deputy snaps man’s middle finger after he flipped lawman off, lawsuit says (The Denver Post)

December 13, 2017

Lawsuit: Officer breaks finger of suspect who flipped him off (9News)

December 13, 2017

Lawsuit: Man’s finger broken for flipping Adams County deputy off (Denver Channel 7)

December 13, 2017

Lawsuit claims man’s middle finger broken after flipping off Adams County deputy (Denver Fox 31 News

December 13, 2017



gun as evidence, police misconduct, excessive force

Anthony Martinez v. Backer, et al (southern ute police dept.)

Practice Area: Police misconduct
Outcome: Ongoing
Description: Police shooting/excessive force


Trial underway for man shot by S. Ute police (The Durango Herald)

July 21, 2013



Valenzuela v. Coleman, et al (denver police dept.)

man in handcuffs, false arrestPractice Area: Police Misconduct
Outcome: Ongoing
Description: Wrongful arrest

Man arrested for forgery at DIA may sue officer involved, judge rules (Colorado Politics)

October 21, 2020

Prison guard suing DIA cops who concluded laundry-damaged driver’s license was fake, arrested him (The Denver Post)

February 14, 2018




Hinman v. Joyce (denver police dept.)

gavel and law booksPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Wrongful detention and wrongful prosecution


Denver Settles Gunman Case For $122,500 (CBS Denver Channel 4)

May 23, 2017

Denver settles gunman case for $122,500 (The Gazette)

May 23, 2017

Denver settles trumped-up hitman case for $122,500 (The Denver Post)

May 22, 2017 



Randall v. Clark, et al. (denver police dept.)

black man in handcuffsPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Wrongful arrest


Denver council asked to approve $47,000 payment to settle lawsuit against police officers (The Denver Post)

April 10, 2017

Denver will pay $47,500 to settle a case of mistaken identity for which three police officers were disciplined (Denverite)

April 10, 2017



Reilly v. Johnson, et al. (elbert county sheriff)

black man in jail, false imprisonmentPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Wrongful arrest / Excessive force


Grandmother claims deputies jailed her for stealing own truck; alleges civil rights violations (Denver Channel 7)

November 2, 2016



Valverde v. Denver (police dept.)

police car and handcuffs and radioPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Ongoing
Description: Wrongful shooting / wrongful death


Joseph Valverde Killed by Cop While Trying to Surrender, Attorney Says (Westword)

August 9, 2016

Video: Denver Police named in excessive force lawsuit over deadly shooting (Denver Channel 7)

July 25, 2016

Family of man fatally shot during drug sting sues Denver (The Denver Post

July 26, 2016



Hoglund v. Denver (sheriff dept.)
black man in handcuffs in jail cell

Practice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled after officers were disciplined.
Description: Excessive Force / Deprivation of Bodily Integrity


Lawsuit claims Denver Sheriff Department condoned hazing ritual (The Denver Post)

May 12, 2016



Montoya v. Newman, et al (huerfano county jail

stethoscope on open bookPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Indifference to Medical Necessity


County settles lawsuit for $200K (World Journal Huerfano)

August 6, 2015



Robinson v. City and County of Denver

man talking with lawyer in jailPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Mistaken Identity Arrest


Jailed 12 days, man proves his mistaken arrest by dropping pants in court; $88K settlement proposed (ABA Journal)

January 6, 2015

Denver set to settle another lawsuit over a mistaken arrest (The Denver Post

January 5, 2015 



Lucero v. Putnam, et al. (Denver Police Dept.)

main being arrested against carPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Unlawful arrest, Excessive Force and First Amendment retaliation


Councilwoman Says Denver Can Live With Latest Settlement Involving Police Force (CBS Denver Channel 4)

May 3, 2015

Denver’s excessive force payouts twice as much as Baltimore’s (The Colorado Independent)

May 1, 2015

Denver to pay $50K to woman slammed into wall by cop (Colorado Public Radio)

March 3, 2015

Patricia Lucero Gets $50K After Being Bloodied by Cop Who Wasn’t Disciplined (Westword)

March 3, 2015

Denver to pay $50K to woman slammed into wall by cop (Albuquerque Journal)

March 3, 2015

Federal civil rights lawsuit filed against Denver Police officers (The Denver Post)

August 26, 2014

Woman Claims Excessive Force In Lawsuit Against Denver Police Officers (CBS Denver Channel 4)

August 27, 2014

Independent Police Monitor, Chief Disagree On Force Case (CBS Denver Channel 4)

March 13, 2014



Olive v. Schnurr, Douglas County

alcohol on table during dinnerPractice Area: Civil Rights
Date: Feb 21, 2014
Outcome: Jury verdict, won


Description: A woman reported to police and the media that she had observed a father give his child margarita from a straw at a public restaurant in the Denver Metro Area. Police officers harassed and then arrested the man. A seven-member jury found that the accusations were false and that the man and his family were entitled to significant damages.

Denver police officer wins defamation lawsuit against woman who said he gave alcohol to toddler (Fox News 31 Denver)

Mar 7, 2014

Denver police officer, wife face charges after witness says they gave toddler sips of booze (The Denver Post)

August 30, 2011



Scarlet Ranch v. Steele, et al. (denver police dept.)

night club, civil rightsPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Excessive Force and Destruction of Evidence


Sex Club Files Suit Against DPD (CBS Denver Channel 4)

September 29, 2011

Lawsuit Threatened Over Taped DPD Takedown (CBS Denver Channel 4)

February 8, 2011



Lunn v. Sellers, et al. (denver police dept.)

police officer arresting manPractice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Excessive Force, First Amendment Retaliation


Police brutality: Independent monitor says choke holding Denver cop deserved to be fired (Westword)

May 6, 2011

Denver to pay $80,000 to settle 2 police excessive-force lawsuit (The Denver Post)

June 14, 2011



Hudson v. Marks, et al.

Practice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled
Description: Excessive Force, Malicious Prosecution



Heaney v. Cordova, et al.

Practice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled while on appeal
Description: Excessive Force, Conspiracy, Malicious Prosecution


Federal jury sides with Denver cops in Rockies opening day arrest brutality case (Denver Post)

May 2, 2012

Did One Denver Police Officer Go Too Far? (5280)

September 18, 2009

Bicyclist sues Denver police over alleged beating (Denver Post)

April 6, 2009

Police consultant: ‘No justification for head slam’ (9News)

August 12, 2008

 Videotape shows man beaten by Denver Police (9News)

August 12, 2008

DA drops case against man in clash with cops (Denver Post)

August 11, 2008



Doty v. Jasper, et al.


Practice Area: Civil Rights
Outcome: Settled while on appeal
Description: Deliberate Indifference to Medical Necessity


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