Representative Cases

 (Names omitted from cases with confidential settlements)

  • $5,378,863.14 jury verdict in high-profile sexual harassment/battery case against central Florida time-share mogul and his companies. Myers v. Central Florida Investments, et al., Case No. 6:04-cv-1542-Orl-28DAB (M.D. Fla. 2008). (verdict later reduced by the judge)
  • $150,000 jury verdict, injunctive relief, substantial fee in ‘glass-ceiling’ gender discrimination case with retaliation and denial of summer assignments. Smith v. University of Florida, Case No. 1:04cv106-SPM/AK (N.D. Fla. 2007).
  • $1,337,164.70 jury verdict, injunctive relief, substantial fee on behalf of four plaintiffs in sexual harassment and retaliation case against private security firm. Co-counseled with EEOC. EEOC v. Associated Security Enforcement, Inc., Case No. 4:04cv391-SPM (N.D. Fla. 2006).
  • $622,000 jury verdict in sexual harassment and retaliation case against chain of dry cleaners. Blackman & Hugley v. W.H. Cleaners, Inc., Case No. 4:05cv137-RH/WCS (N.D. Fla. 2006).
  • $480,000 offer of judgment accepted in gender discrimination, fraud, and breach of contract case by female CEO/President of home builders’ insurance agency. Sturdevant v. Florida Home Builders Association, Inc., Case No. 4:03cv331-SPM/AK (N.D. Fla. 2004).
  • $320,000 confidential settlement in racial harassment and retaliation suit against utility company. Clients were a black worker and a white who stood up for him.
  • $190,000 confidential settlement following modest jury verdict for one of two sexual harassment plaintiffs against health services provider. Employer did not wish to face motion for injunctive relief and appeal by losing plaintiff. Paid both plaintiffs and attorneys.
  • $30,000 verdict plus massive injunctive relief and over $300,000 in fees and costs in race discrimination and retaliation case by black department head in county government. Edwards v. Washington County, Case No. 5:99cv296-SPM (N.D. Fla. 2002).
  • $80,000 confidential settlement with substantial changes in policies and procedures of major construction company in case about racial harassment against black construction supervisor.
  • Confidential settlement against law firm that brought frivolous defamation case against two clients who complained of discrimination on the job. Court awarded us our fees for winning dismissal of this SLAPP suit.
  • Non-monetary case: Florida Supreme Court invalidated statute requiring parental notice for minor’s abortion. North Florida Women’s Health & Counseling Service, Inc. v. State of Florida, 866 So.2d 612 (Fla. 2003).
  • $50,000 settlement for sexual harassment of college student by professor. Southerland v. Tallahassee Community College, Case No. 95-4402 (Cir. Ct. 2d Jud. Cir., Leon County, Fla. 1998).
  • $1,350,000 confidential settlement for whistleblower in-house attorney who opposed fraudulent sales practices in Fortune 100 company.
  • $300,000 confidential settlement of sexual harassment and retaliation suit by female pension fund administrator.
  • $154,575 settlement plus award of tenure for white professor suffering discrimination in predominantly black university. Johns v. Florida A&M University, Case No. 4:01cv491-WS (N.D. Fla. 2003).
  • $220,000 settlement with county sheriff where high ranking officer raped female inmate serving time on a bad check charge. Collins v. Woodham, Case No. 4:99cv483-RH (N.D. Fla. 2000).
  • Random drug-testing policy of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice declared unconstitutional; monetary part of case settled for $150,000. Wenzel v. DJJ & Bankhead Case No. 4:03cv403-RH/WCS (N.D. Fla. 2005).
  • Non-monetary case: powerful legislator caused state agency to threaten citizen who produced ‘Dump Pruitt’ bumper stickers. Court held threats of fines violated First Amendment despite absence of ‘paid political advertisement’ from bumper stickers. Smithers v. Florida Elections Commission, Case No. 96-5705 (Cir. Ct. 2d Jud. Cir., Leon County, Fla. 1998).
  • Confidential settlement of suit by employee of prostitution establishment resulting in only reported opinion on Florida’s civil prostitution statute. Balas v. Ruzzo, 703 So. 2d 1076 (Fla. 5th DCA 1998). Owner later convicted in criminal case.

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