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Public Safety Officer Termination (2021) – LCW won a termination appeal regarding a sheriff’s deputy who was confronted by a citizen while he was illegally dumping debris. When the situation escalated, the deputy threw a rock at the citizen’s car as she drove away causing approximately $1,600 in damages when the rock cracked the vehicle’s windshield and damaged its side mirror. The hearing officer did not find the deputy’s self-defense argument credible due to his actions and training as a peace officer.
Fire Captain v. City (2023) – Won a motion for summary judgement on a fire captain’s claim for age discrimination and whistleblower retaliation. Convinced the court that the city had legitimate and non-discriminatory reasons for not promoting the captain to battalion chief which had no nexus to the fire captain’s whistleblowing or age.
Fire Captain v. City (2023) – The fire captain’s lawsuit alleged that after he reported to the City’s HR that he believed the department’s executive officers had misused funds for the purchase of firefighting gear, he: 1) was demoted from a volunteer position and replaced by a much younger person; and 2) received substandard evaluations. Following a motion for summary judgement that showed the department took no adverse actions against the captain, the court dismissed the case.