Below are examples of verdicts and settlements in cases handled by FRIEDMAN & GILBERT.
February 12, 2015: Gordon Friedman, in State v. Miller, Eighth Appellate District, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, successfully argued for reversal of a jury verdict of guilty for Attempted Aggravated Murder, Attempted Murder and Felonious Assault based upon: (1) inadmissibility of Ohio Evid. R. 404(b) Other Acts; and (2) the inadmissibility of a lay witness testifying as an expert, Ohio Evid. R. 701, 702. Miller’s case was reversed and remanded for a new trial.
November 17, 2014: The firm won a $3 million settlement to the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were killed after a 2012 car chase and shooting in which police officers fired 137 shots at Russell's car. The families will split the amount evenly. Terry Gilbert and Gordon Friedman represented the Estate of Timothy Russell. Read more here.
In 2014, the firm won a $1.3 million settlement for two men who spent 13 years in prison based on false forensic testimony. Read more here.
In 2012, Terry Gilbert won a $900,000 settlement for a correctional officer who was attacked by Cleveland Police Vice Unit members while he was patrolling the perimeter of a women's prison. The former officer, Martin Robinson, received various injuries and continues to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Mr. Gilbert proved that the vice members failed to identify themselves on state property and threatened to shoot Mr. Robinson.
In 2010, Gordon Friedman and Terry Gilbert represented a young man who was shot in the face by a SWAT team in a botched execution of a search warrant. When he heard knocking at the door, he opened the door and was immediately shot. He had no weapon and posed no threat. The lawyers won a settlement of $1.5 million on behalf of the young man. Read more here.
In 2010, Gordon Friedman won a new trial for a man convicted of rape in a federal habeas corpus proceeding in federal court. The case was affirmed by the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. (Vasqez v. Smith)
In 2010, Terry Gilbert won a settlement of $2.65 million on behalf of a man shot and paralyzed during a botched SWAT operation in Hancock County, WV. The man, wanted on a federal drug warrant, was meeting an informant. He fled when the door opened and was shot in the back.
In 2010, Terry Gilbert represented a club owner who was charged with bribing a Cleveland building inspector. The club owner was found not guilty at trial. Read more here.
In 2009, Terry Gilbert settled a lawsuit for over $800,000 where a young man died in August 2006 after a violent struggle with deputies in the Summit County mental-health unit.
In 2008, Terry Gilbert won a $2.5 million verdict in Federal Court on behalf of a police officer who blew the whistle on corruption in a local police department and then was fired in retaliation. (See v. City of Elyria)
In 2008, Gordon Friedman won unanimous not guilty verdicts on behalf of a public school teacher who was charged with twelve counts of attempted rape and molestation on two school children.
In June 2008, Terry Gilbert settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $300,000 against the Campbell, Ohio police department in connection with the arrest and use of force against a man who was intoxicated. (Woodruff v. City of Campbell)
in 2006, Terry Gilbert settled a lawsuit for $400,000 where an elderly man - arrested for interfering with the arrest of his wife for DUI - suffered a stroke in the jail which the jailers ignored and failed to properly treat, causing him to slip into a coma and eventually die. (Mitchell v. Youngstown)
Terry Gilbert won one of the largest police shooting verdicts in Ohio against the City of Cleveland Police Department for $3.1 million. The plaintiff was shot accidentally and was paralyzed when the officer tried to arrest him for running from craps game with his friends on a street corner. (Harris v. City of Cleveland)
In September 2008, Gordon Friedman won an acquittal on behalf of an international consultant charged with theft from a non-profit the consultant helped create.
In 2007, Terry Gilbert won a not guilty verdict in Federal Court on behalf of a woman who was accused of planning to bomb the homes of the local mayor and judge. The prosecution alleged that the plot was motivated by the local authorities pursuing municipal tax violations. (US v. Holin)
Gordon Friedman and Terry Gilbert won an acquittal in a high profile attempted murder charge brought against a former NFL football player who was accused of attacking and knifing the man to whom he sold his dental practice.
Gordon Friedman and Terry Gilbert represented four brothers who were wrongfully accused of attacking a woman in a shopping center parking lot, leaving her for dead. The charges were dropped - exposed as a staged event - and a subsequent malicious prosecution lawsuit was settled in the six figures. (Periandri v. Cuyahoga County)
Gordon Friedman achieved a victory in the 6th Circuit, where the court reversed a life sentence on a rape case because of ineffective assistance of the original defense lawyer.
Note: Settlements and verdicts in all cases depend on various factors and circumstances which are unique to each case. Therefore, past results in cases are not a guarantee or prediction of similar results in future cases which FRIEDMAN & GILBERT and its lawyers may undertake. The cases listed above are only a sample of the cases undertaken by FRIEDMAN & GILBERT attorneys.