Civil Rights Insurance Recovery
Lathrop GPM leads the nation in negotiating settlements to compensate those who have been wrongfully convicted and has secured three of the largest settlements in history for these claims. Our Civil Rights Insurance Recovery practice represents exonerees in §1983 civil rights lawsuits brought against the public entities responsible for their wrongful incarcerations. In addition, the practice represents individuals and their families in other high-dollar cases against public entities such as claims for wrongful jail deaths, school shootings and excessive use of force.
Our team knows that insurance recovery is often the key to helping the wrongfully imprisoned to vindicate their civil and constitutional rights. We partner with the nation’s leading civil rights law firms to aggressively pursue settlements under liability policies insuring public entities. Since our first success in 2004, we have helped litigate numerous wrongful conviction and wrongful death cases, recovering more than $190 million for individuals and their families.
Since 2004, we have helped recover more than $190 million for wrongfully convicted individuals
Lathrop GPM’s deep knowledge in insurance recovery law allows our firm to recover insurance proceeds in civil rights cases where other law firms have failed. Our team members use their decades of knowledge and experience representing corporations against recalcitrant insurance companies to achieve exceptional results for newly exonerated individuals and their loved ones.
In a decision that is sending shockwaves through the insurance industry, our team recently prevailed at the 5th Circuit on behalf of three wrongfully convicted men against multiple insurers on a duty to defend case. The case establishes that insurers cannot utilize common law “coverage theories” (e.g., “first manifestation” or “first exposure” or “continuous trigger” theories) to sidestep the plain language governing their policies. While the win immediately benefits the families of wrongfully convicted men, the implications will help business clients vindicate their rights to insurance proceeds to cover liabilities for other “long-tail claims” including asbestos exposure cases. This win represents the latest demonstration of our ability to apply deep knowledge of insurance principles to create the most desirable outcomes for our insurance recovery clients.
See a summary of our work and results below; links go to news coverage:
- Craig Coley, $21 million, California
- Angel Gonzalez, $9.5 million, Illinois
- Larry Ruffin, Bobby Ray Dixon and Phillip Bivens, $16.5 million recovered, with potential for $4 million additional, Mississippi
- Betty Anne Waters, on behalf of her brother, Kenny Waters, $7.525 million, Massachusetts
- Dennis Maher, $3.1 million, Massachusetts
- The “Englewood Four”, $60.595 million, Illinois
- Jeff Deskovic, $25 million, New York state
- Eleanor Reasonover, $7.5 million, Missouri
- Eric Sarsfield, $2 million, Massachusetts
- Eddie Lowery, $7.5 million, Kansas
- James Alan Gell, $3.9 million, North Carolina
- Marty Tankleff, $3.375 million, New York
- Floyd Brown, $9.325 million, North Carolina
- David Boyce, $2 million, Virginia
- Victoria Herr, $4.75 million, Pennsylvania
- Jason Strong, $9 million, Illinois
- January 23, 2020
- Civil Rights Insurance Recovery Team Featured in The National Law Journal's Litigation Trailblazers IssueSeptember 3, 2019
- June 7, 2019
- June 3, 2019
- May 30, 2019
- William Beck and Michael Abrams Featured in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine on Recovering Financial Restitution for the Wrongfully ConvictedDecember 17, 2018
- August 31, 2018