Government Liability / Civil Rights
Claims against governmental entities are oftentimes difficult to prove and are always vigorously defended by experienced trial lawyers. Moreover, most public entity claims have pre-suit notice requirements and short statute of limitations. Whether you have been involved in an accident with a MUNI bus or been the victim of excessive force at the hands of a law enforcement officer, you need legal counsel that has experience handling public sector litigation.
Technical Expertise and Trial Experience Make a Difference
The lawyers at DOYLE LAW have extensive experience litigating claims involving governmental entities. The Firm focuses on representing individuals in claims against governmental entities and actors. One of our partners acted as lead trial counsel for an 1100 member law enforcement agency where he handled civil rights, auto accident, and employment matters.
We utilize our extensive experience representing government actors to pinpoint weaknesses in their defenses and achieve superior results for firm clients. The Firm represents individuals against governmental entities and actors in the following types of matters:
- MUNI bus accidents/slip and falls
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sidewalk slip and falls
- Police Misconduct: Excessive Force and False Arrest
- Malicious Prosecution
- First Amendment
- Jail Medical Neglect
- All Constitutional Law Claims
A Proven Track Record of Success
Conal Doyle is one of the very attorneys in the United States that has argued a civil rights case before the United States Supreme Court and obtained a million dollar civil rights jury verdict.
One of the best examples of the Firm’s precedent setting civil rights work is its representation of former immigration detainee Francisco Castaneda and his family. Mr. Castaneda died of penile cancer because state and federal doctors denied him a biopsy to rule out cancer. The Castaneda family brought two lawsuits: one against the State of California and the other against the United States of America.
The Firm obtained a $1.735 million jury verdict against the State, which was more than 170 times the pre-trial offer of $10,000. The Firm then obtained a settlement against the United States for another $1.95 million, which is eight times the $250,000 cap on damages in medical cases that the U.S. argued applied to the case.
Along the way, Conal argued before the United States Supreme Court in Hui v. Castaneda, 130 S.Ct. 1845 (2010), and represented Mr. Castaneda before Congress. The Castaneda cases have been credited with providing a catalyst for the reform of the immigration detention system.
These courtroom successes have been reported in media outlets around the world, including a piece on the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes.” The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association honored Conal Doyle with the 2011 Civil Justice Award for his unprecedented work on behalf of the Castaneda family. And the National Law Journal recognized him as its national “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” for his argument before the Supreme Court in Hui v. Castaneda.
In total, the Firm’s lawyers have handled well over a hundred governmental liability claims and have tried civil rights cases to jury verdict involving various issues of police and/or security misconduct. Conal Doyle has been recognized as an expert on civil rights litigation and has lectured extensively on issues related to civil rights and government misconduct liability. He has lectured at the FBI NAA National Convention, at law schools, and at Continuing Education Seminars on various issues related to civil rights litigation. Mr. Doyle’s article on “Evaluating the Jail Medical Neglect Case” has recently been published in The Forum, a monthly publication of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).