Experience, Commitment & Results

Facing any legal matter can be difficult and is often very stressful. With the right law firm by your side, you have the opportunity to turn a serious challenge into a positive outcome. Not only does our team have decades of collective legal experience and over 100 combined trials, but we have a strong commitment to our clients that drives our work. The team’s experience and commitment is demonstrated by the Firm’s record of successfully litigating complex civil rights and criminal cases.

Representative Case Examples

Central Park Five – In Re McCray v. City of New York, et al. , 03 Civ. 0735 (S.D.N.Y.)(DB) – Also known as the Central Park Jogger case; a Section 1983 claim for malicious prosecution on behalf of one of the five young men exonerated of any responsibility for the rape and attempted murder of the “Central Park Jogger” in 1989. This case ultimately settled for $12,250,000 for the firm’s client, Mr. Wise.

Hector Ortiz v. The Port Authority of New York, 12 CV 3086 (E.D.N.Y) (RRM) – six figure jury verdict for a man severely beaten by Port Authority Police at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Caraballo-Degnan v. City of Jersey City, et al., U.S.D.C. 2:08-cv-03165 (D.N.J) (WJM). Large settlement obtained for man assaulted by Jersey City Police sustaining fractured skull and other serious injuries.

Simmons v. City of New York, et. al. 15CV3489 (NRB).  Seven figure settlement obtained for a young man badly beaten by guards at the infamous Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York. 

Whitson v. Hanna, 18CV2076, District of Colorado.  Jury Verdict of $8,250,000 after trial.  The Former Sheriff of Sedgwick County was found liable for false imprisonment and excessive force in the form of sexual assault of our client with mental disability.  The jury found that former Sheriff Hanna took our client to his home where he sexually assaulted her.  This verdict was a giant victory for our client who has suffered for many, many years.  

Pro Bono Commitment

Fisher & Byrialsen, PLLC is committed to giving back to the community. As a result the Firm accepts a number of pro bono cases each year. In the past the firm has represented individuals in a variety of criminal cases on a pro bono basis, and currently the Firm is handling a complex exoneration case out of Buffalo, New York involving a false confession to a murder charge on a pro bono basis.