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Rare legal settlements demand officers pay too

Man who spent 27 years in prison exonerated of friend’s murder

Wrongfully convicted man awarded record amount

Alleged police-torture victim tastes freedom

Freed prisoner enjoys ‘first day of the rest of my life’

Ruling Tosses Parts of City Disorderly Conduct Law: Activists Sued After Being Arrested for Leafleting Near Armed Forces Recruiting Booth

Paraplegic claims indicted cops ridiculed him

Family of autistic boy sues city, police board

Man freed by clemency act: ‘I can breathe’

Cop accused of hitting handcuffed teen

Lawsuit claims cops lied about crash that killed 8-year-old

Clout-heavy contractor to pay $12 million in fraud settlement

Man imprisoned for nearly 25 years certified innocent

Exonerated man is taking Burge to court

Cops review time in custody: Ex-suspect’s suit says city police aren’t adhering to 48-hour limit

Glenview police board fires cop accused of lying at trial

Wrongful conviction representation nationwide

Time spent in prison is something that you can never get back, but a dedicated civil rights lawyer can help you pursue justice. Put simply, no firm in the country has more experience or more success than Loevy & Loevy in litigating wrongfully convicted cases.

Our Track Record of Success

In 2012, our firm won one of the largest jury verdicts ever obtained in a wrongful conviction case: $25 million for Thaddeus Jimenez, a young man who spent 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. In 2015, Loevy & Loevy secured the largest individual, pretrial settlement in U.S. history: a $25 million settlement for Juan Rivera, who spent 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Our recent successes in wrongful conviction cases is unique among civil rights law firms in the United States:

  • Jimenez v. City of Chicago – $25 million (trial)
  • Johnson v. Guevara – $21 million (trial)
  • Rivera v. Lake County – $20 million (settlement)
  • White v. McKinley – $14 million (trial)
  • Ayers v. City of Cleveland – $13.2 million (trial)
  • Harden v. Dixmoor – $40 million (settlement for five plaintiffs)
  • Logan v. Burge – $10.25 million (settlement)
  • Caine v. City of Chicago – $10 million (settlement)
  • Dominguez v. Hendley – $9 million (trial)

In fact, of the top wrongful conviction jury verdicts in U.S. history, Loevy & Loevy has won a third of them. Of all jury verdicts awarded to individuals wrongly incarcerated for multiple years, only a small number have ever broken the barrier of $1 million per year of wrongful imprisonment. Our firm has won almost half of these cases.

Our Approach to Wrongful Conviction Cases

Our unparalleled track record of success is thanks to our extensive experience litigating wrongful conviction cases and our specialized knowledge of the wide array of legal doctrines and litigation opportunities in those cases. In addition, Loevy & Loevy invests substantial resources in every case because we know that’s what it takes to win—expert witnesses, investigations, depositions and numerous other essential expenses fall on our shoulders, not on the shoulders of our clients.

When you consider which law firm will represent you in your wrongful conviction case, it is essential that you choose attorneys with experience litigating and winning this specific type of case. You do not want your wrongful conviction case to be one of the first times that your lawyer has ever taken a wrongful conviction case to trial. Even fine lawyers who lack experience in wrongful conviction cases are at a distinct disadvantage.

Put simply, there are few law firms in the country with anywhere near the experience in wrongful conviction cases. No other firm has represented as many wrongful conviction clients. No other firm has as much experience in trials of wrongful conviction cases.

In addition, Loevy & Loevy routinely spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to work up a wrongful conviction case. The firm pays this expense. Loevy & Loevy invests substantial resources in every case because that is what it takes to win. If you are considering other lawyers, you should satisfy yourself that those attorneys have the ability and desire to make that kind of investment in your case.

Because of our tremendous and unprecedented success winning jury trials in wrongful conviction cases, our clients also enjoy the benefit of maximum compensation in wrongful conviction settlements. Wrongful conviction cases tend to be difficult to win, and so defendants normally are unwilling to put money on the table prior to trial, if at all. Because of our success before juries,- however, clients of Loevy & Loevy have a meaningful opportunity to explore settlement in wrongful conviction cases. Recently, for example, our client Juan Rivera received the highest pretrial wrongful conviction settlement in history, a total amount of $20 million. We have had multiple wrongful conviction settlements in excess of $10 million and more than a dozen of at least $1 million.

Experience matters. Results matter. No other firm even comes close to Loevy & Loevy in either respect. With 24 highly qualified lawyers, our firm has been able to help more wrongfully convicted individuals than any other. Each of our wrongful conviction clients receives all of the firm’s resources and energy. We typically spend years of effort, including thousands of attorney hours on each of these cases. Without exception, each of our wrongful conviction cases that ultimately goes to trial will be handled by a trial team led by a Loevy & Loevy lawyer with experience winning eight-figure jury awards.

Most importantly, we are extremely proud of the relationships that we have forged with our wrongful conviction clients. Wrongful conviction cases tend to be extremely emotional, given that the plaintiff has lost so much of his or her life. In preparing these cases for trial, our attorneys work very closely with the people whose lives have been affected by these miscarriages of justice. As a result, we invariably form close bonds with our clients that transcend mere legal relationships and turn into genuine friendships.

For more information on Loevy & Loevy’s experience winning wrongful conviction cases and civil rights cases, visit our Big Wins page.

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Topic: Police Misconduct

Mass Exoneration Highlights Chicago’s Continuing Failure to Discipline Police

It was a stunning achievement. At one stroke, on November 16th, 15 men falsely accused and convicted of serious crimes had their convictions overturned when mounting and overwhelming evidence demonstrated that their police accusers were themselves criminals who engaged in the serious crimes of framing these men. Later that night, seven alleged corrupt cops were… Read More

Indiana Man Exonerated Through State’s First Gubernatorial Pardon Based on Innocence Sues Cops Who Framed Him

Keith Cooper’s case drew national attention as then-Governor Mike Pence pandered to his “alt-right” base by refusing to pardon a wrongfully convicted black man. His successor, Governor Holcomb, pardoned Cooper within four weeks of entering office. November 6, 2017 – Today the first person in Indiana history to win a gubernatorial pardon based upon actual… Read More