Cindy Tsai joined Loevy & Loevy in the fall of 2008. Ms. Tsai is devoted to defending individuals’ constitutional rights and handles civil rights cases involving wrongful convictions, police brutality, and illegal searches. She also litigates class actions on behalf of people whose rights were violated while detained at various police stations and county jails throughout the country. Ms. Tsai is experienced in all phases of litigation, and has won many motion hearings and successfully obtained favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Tsai graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2007 with dual graduate degrees in law (J.D.) and business administration (M.B.A.). During law school, she served as Executive Editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and represented the school in the regional and national Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. She also served as an officer of the school’s chapter of Phi Delta Phi and the Asian Pacific American Law School Association, and was an active member of the Public Interest Law Society. Prior to law school, Ms. Tsai worked in the advertising industry in Chicago.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2007
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
• J.D. – 2007

Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, Chicago, Illinois
• M.B.A. – 2007

Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Whitman School of Management
Syracuse, New York
• B.S. (magna cum laude) – 2001
• Honors

Wrongful Convictions

• Small v. City of Wilmington, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina) Litigation counsel for Johnny Small, who was wrongfully convicted due to alleged police misconduct and spent nearly three decades for a crime he did not commit. Case settled before trial for $7 million.

• Campbell v. City of Champaign, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois) Litigation counsel for Teshome Campbell, who was wrongfully convicted of murder he did not commit and spent 18 years in prison as a result of alleged police misconduct. Case settled before trial for multiple millions of dollars.

Denial of Medical Care

• Fox v. Barnes, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Trial counsel for Ray Fox in civil rights lawsuit alleging that deliberate indifference by prison officials to Mr. Fox’s medical needs resulted in serious brain injuries. Jury returned a $12 million verdict for Mr. Fox, among the highest recorded deliberate indifference verdicts in U.S. history.

• Awalt v. Callahan, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Trial counsel for estate of a man who allegedly died at a county jail as a result of being wrongfully denied medication and medical treatment during five days of pretrial detention. Case settled following trial for multiple millions of dollars.

• Scott v. Martinez, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana) Litigation counsel for Tamara Scott, who was denied proper medical treatment at Lake County (IN) Jail. Case resulted in a six-figure settlement before trial.

Excessive Force

• Kitchen v. Tegtmeier, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Trial counsel for Samuel Kitchen in a civil rights case involving the defendant officer’s use of excessive force against Mr. Kitchen. Jury returned a $10,000 verdict plus punitive damages for Mr. Kitchen.

• White v. Dart, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois). Litigation counsel for Michael White, who was beaten by correctional officers at the Cook County Jail. Case settled favorably before trial.

• Testa, et al. v. County of Lake, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Litigation counsel for the Testa family in civil rights lawsuit alleging, among other claims, deputies’ unreasonable and unlawful use of the Tazer resulted in serious emotional and physical injuries. Case settled favorably.

Class Actions

• Brown, et al. v. City of Detroit (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan) Class counsel for individuals challenging some of the Detroit Police Department’s detention policies as unconstitutional. Case settled favorably.

• Flood, et al. v. Lake County, Indiana, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana) Class counsel for individuals challenging the conditions of confinement at the Lake County, Indiana Jail. The case settled for $7.2 million for a class exceeding 25,000 individuals.

• Young, et al. v. County of Cook, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Trial and litigation counsel for certified class of 300,000 detainees at Cook County Jail, who were improperly strip searched. Following a liability trial and bellwether damages trials, the case resolved in a $55 million settlement for the class.