SETTLEMENT / VERDICT CASES


As illustrated by our body of work, the Law Office of Fred Lichtmacher has maintained the mission of standing up to civil injustice. Fighting for those robbed of fundamental freedoms, we hold accountable any abuse of power victimizing the vulnerable. Please note that previous settlements and verdicts are not a guarantee of future results. This list is not comprehensive and is intended only to provide a sample of our work.

Police Brutality Cases

  • G.A.
    • Arm was broken by an officer when allegedly purchasing a small amount of marijuana
    • $1.2 million settlement
    • Bronx Supreme Court, 2014
  • Shirley Fontañez
    • Orphan whose mother was murdered by cop ex-boyfriend
    • $1.1 million settlement
    • Bronx Supreme Court, 2016
  • Mitchi Cunningham
    • Train passenger was brutally beaten in the face by NYPD officer
    • $1.1 million settlement as the trial began
    • Southern District of New York, 2008
  • J.T.
    • Woman was thrown to the ground by an officer in a non-arrest situation
    • $875,000 settlement
    • Southern District of New York, 2016
  • D.P.
    • Beaten by law enforcement at the hospital after trying to intervene when nurse improperly administered IV on his girlfriend’s son repeatedly
    • $650,000 settlement on eve of trial
    • Bronx Supreme Court, 2016
  • A.M.
    • NYPD Sergeant punches man in the face
    • $570,000 Settlement
    • Bronx Supreme Court, 2016
  • Charon Hayes
    • Man punched in the face by an officer during arrest
    • $540,000 Settlement
    • Southern District of New York, 2013
  • Jack Fuller
    • Musician falsely arrested by NYPD officer who broke his fingers during a Black Lives Matter rally
    • $250,000 settlement as the trial began
    • 2018
  • Tyrell Garcia
    • NYPD officer released police dog onto victim who was attacked and bitten
    • $240,000 settlement
    • Southern District of New York, 2008
  • Naji Benson and Davial Rowe
    • Men kicked and punched by NYPD officers, shown by surveillance footage, resulting in minor injuries
    • $166,000 settlement
    • Southern District of New York, 2013
  • Ivan Benjamin
    • Man punched twice in the face by NYPD officer
    • $155,000 verdict, a separate award of attorney’s fees for the same amount
    • The attorney’s fees allowed the victim of excessive force to retain the entire verdict, awarded to him by the jury, at trial
    • Eastern District of New York, 2017
  • Elijah Johnson
    • Man was beaten with excessive force by Syracuse police
    • Verdict with compensatory and punitive damages
    • Syracuse, 2019
  • A.D. and R.D.
    • Victims of excessive force with minor injuries
    • $100,000 settlement
    • Kings County Supreme Court, 2017

Sexual Harassment Cases

  • Scott Singleton
    • Correctional officer harassed and blackmailed by supervisor
    • $1 million verdict at trial awarded by the jury
    • Victim’s relationship with the mother of his child was compromised on account of this abuse
    • Southern District of New York, 2007
  • Ann Cardenas
    • Female NYPD officer harassed by a supervisor
    • $535,000 settlement
    • Eastern District of New York, 2016
  • A.B.
    • Female NYPD officer harassed by superior
    • $325,000 Verdict plus a separate award of attorney fees
    • Southern District of New York, 2015

Wrongful Arrests and Convictions

  • John Vera
    • Wrongful imprisonment
    • $640,000 verdict at trial
    • Court of Claims, 2010
  • K.F.
    • False arrest
    • $140,000 settlement
    • Southern District of New York, 2012

Employment Discrimination:

  • Linda Murdaugh
    • Black female correctional officer discriminated against by coworker on account of her race and gender
    • $100,000 verdict plus attorney fees at trial
    • Southern District of New York, 2012

Civil Rights Violations:

  • Fernando Franco Lopez
    • Denied medical care in prison
    • $1.15 million verdict at trial
    • Eastern District of New York, 2011
  • Jessica Torres
    • Suffered from unsanitary conditions in prison
    • $327,285 verdict
    • Southern District of New York, 2017
  • Terry Pearson
    • Brutalized by a correctional officer in prison and suffered minor injuries
    • $85,000 verdict
    • Northern District of New York, 2019

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