Barry Litt is one of foremost civil rights attorneys in the country. He specializes in civil rights class actions and complex individual civil rights cases. He has been lead or co-lead counsel in four law enforcement related class actions with settlements over $10 Million, and several others with settlements in the mid-seven figures. He has also been lead counsel in several seven figure and one eight figure individual damages case. He has been published on the topic of civil rights class actions, and acknowledged by judges as one of the preeminent civil rights practioners. He has litigated police, jail, housing, employment, disability and general constitutional violations. He has published decisions from jurisdictions around the country. He has been acknowledged by SuperLawyers for the past eleven years in the fields of civil rights and class actions. Below are some of his best known cases. His full resume is here.
Williams v. Block (jail over detention and strip search cases, which settled for $27 Million and resulted in a complete revamp of jail procedures).
Craft v. County of San Bernardino ($25.5 Million settlement for blanket strip searches of persons ordered released from custody; total policy change).
MIWON v. City of LA (MayDay protestors at MacArthur Park attacked by police; case settled for $12,800,000 — the largest protest settlement in the country).
Bynum v. District of Columbia (jail over detentions and blanket strip searches settlement of $12,000,000 against District of Columbia).
Lopez v. Youngblood ($7 Million settlement of strip search case against Kern County)
Barnes v. District of Columbia ($6 Million settlement of strip search case against District of Columbia)
Tipton-Whittingham v. City of LA (injunctive relief and damages case for discrimination/harassment of women officers; approximately $6.5 Million settlement).
McClure v. City of Los Angeles (2004 $22.5 Million verdict for fair housing and equal protection violations for preventing opening of Alzheimer’s homes; settled while on appeal for $20 Million).
Thomas Goldstein v. City of Long Beach et al. (wrongful conviction by failing to disclose critical evidence; total settlement of $8.85 Million including first-of-its-kind recovery from Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office).
Ware v. Brotman Medical Center (1993 $2.5 million verdict against hospital for removal of hospital privileges of black doctor; settled for $1.75 million).
Melgar v. Klee (1988 $1.5 million verdict against Los Angeles Police Department for police shooting; settled for $1.45 million).