S. Lee Merritt, Esq.

S. Lee Merritt is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Pennsylvania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Lee directly using the contact details listed above.

Lee is emerging as a leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. A dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney, Merritt runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes and corporate discrimination. As an activist, he has championed police reform and community empowerment. His office has led the way in reform in Texas, a state notorious for its failure to prosecute police officers, advocating for the first murder indictments of officers in the state in over 40 years. In 2017 Merritt was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in the country ages 18 to 45 by‌ The Root. The National Black Caucasus of State Legislators awarded Merritt the prestigious “Nation Builder” award, adding him to an elite list of recipients including President Barrack Obama, Shirley Chisholm and Vernon Jordan.

Mr. Merritt is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, federally in Eastern District of Pennsylvania and US District Court of the Northern District of Texas. Merritt is a Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended law school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Temple University’s James Beasley School of Law. He began his legal career with the Cochran Firm Philadelphia before going into private practice.

In 2018 Mr. Merritt joined McEldrew Young Purtell as of counsel due a strategic commitment to the pursuit of justice. By joining together our team strives to provide the necessary legal expertise wherever and whenever we are needed.

Sarah E. Baron Houy

Sarah Baron Houy is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in South Dakota on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sarah directly using the contact details listed above.

Sarah is a partner in our Sioux Falls office, but she spent her first 11 years of practice in our Rapid City office. Sarah practices in a wide variety of settings, including employment disputes, civil rights cases, general civil litigation, federal criminal defence, and family law. She has significant experience with trial work, mediation’s, arbitration’s, and appellate advocacy. She is a member of the Access to Justice Panel and the Criminal Justice Act Panel, providing pro bono and court-appointed assistance to indigent persons who are involved in civil disputes or have been charged with a federal crime.

Sarah holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (PCBA, 2010-2011) and Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year (PCBA, 2016). She is active in the State Bar and serves on the Labour & Employment Law Committee, the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee, and is co-chair of the Legal Services Committee. She has guest lectured for numerous law-related undergraduate courses and regularly serves as a faculty member for National Business Institute at employment and labour-related legal seminars.

While in law school at Mizzou, Sarah served as a Research Assistant for an endowed, tenured law professor, and she spent most of her free time conducting research on matters related to judicial review, FOIA, National Security Information Classification, Executive Privilege, and the First Amendment. She received numerous awards for her academic accomplishments, including high achievements in Estates and Trusts, Business Organisations, Insurance, and Trial Practice. After law school, Sarah spent a year clerking for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in northeast South Dakota before joining Bangs McCullen. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with family.

Firm Overview:

A proud history. That’s the best way to describe what Bangs McCullen has always been about. That pride carries through our work and into the courtroom. Pride in the roots we have established. Pride in doing the best possible job for our clients. Pride in a firm full of first-rate attorneys with impeccable records and longevity in their service with Bangs McCullen.

The team approach utilised at Bangs McCullen means you will not only get to know your attorney, but also the receptionists, secretaries, runners and paralegals. Strong roots run deep. So does quality support. Like a tightly woven fabric, the philosophy of a team approach speaks volumes about our strength.

Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq.

Michael Lamonsoff is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in New York on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

Michael is the founding partner of MSL (Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff PLLC) in New York, New York. He has earned the nickname of “The Bull” because of his relentless and forceful approach in fighting for his clients’ rights. His passionate “no holds barred” representation has yielded some of the highest settlements and verdicts.

Michael Lamonsoff is renowned for representing clients in some of the highest-profile personal injury, construction accidents and civil rights cases. While the vast majority of cases settle, Mr. Lamonsoff believes in preparing every case for trial.

Education:

Michael Lamonsoff graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Thereafter, he began postgraduate studies program at Columbia University, where he was awarded a meritorious scholarship for his academic achievements. He served in various capacities for student politics and as the editor of the student newspaper. He graduated with dual post-graduate degrees, a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in the field of psychology.

Following his graduation from Columbia, Mr. Lamonsoff attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

During law school, he was selected by the Honourable Justice Simone E. Chrein, Chief Magistrate of the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York, to serve as his Student Law Clerk. Thereafter, he was selected as a Student Law Clerk to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Civil Division, serving under then acting United States Attorney, Rudolph Giuliani. After completing his work with the United States Attorney’s Office, Michael Lamonsoff served as a law clerk, specialising in drafting appeals for an insurance defence firm.

Benjamin Crump

Benjamin Crump is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Florida on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Benjamin directly using the contact details listed above.

His role in the Trayvon Martin, Martin Lee Anderson Boot Camp, Jannie Ligons (State of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw) and Robbie Tolan cases shows a legacy built around the idea that the Constitution applies to everyone, at every level of society.

Mr. Crump’s passion for advocacy has given him the privilege to fight for justice on behalf of the marginalised in our country, a calling to which he remains dedicated.

Mr. Crump has broken barriers in several legal organisations, serving as the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and the first African-American Chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, and many other groups dedicated to the law and the pursuit of justice.

Mr. Crump is a frequent speaker and author, having been featured in documentaries like NPR’s “How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin,” and BET’s “I Am Trayvon Martin: A Family’s Fight for Justice.” Mr. Crump is also a frequent contributor to Time magazine, discussing many of the civil rights and criminal justice issues African-Americans face today. Mr. Crump will also appear on a television show called “Evidence of Innocence,” which will feature stories about individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned.

He’s received significant recognition for his service in pursuit of civil rights and justice for minorities, being included on prestigious lists like The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He has also received the National Urban League’s Whitney Young Award, AKA’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, and the SCLC’s Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award.

Mr. Crump is heavily involved in his community, having previously endowed scholarships to Florida A&M University, Livingston College, Florida State University, and Bethune Cookman University for minority law students. He also serves as the president and co-founder of MyDad360, a mentoring program for fathers endorsed by Colin Powell and recognised by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. He is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP, and the Urban League.

He previously served as the inaugural Board Chairman of Florida’s Big Bend Fair Housing Center, and also served as General Counsel to the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and sat on the boards of the Innocence Project and the Equal Justice Institute.

Mr. Crump was born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina, and is the oldest of nine siblings and step-siblings. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University. He is a congregation member and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump, is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump, and the guardian of two adopted cousins, Marcus and Chancellor.

Kathleen Zellner

Kathleen Zellner is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kathleen directly using the contact details listed above.

Kathleen has the rare distinction of having won major verdicts in civil and criminal cases. Most trial attorneys only try cases in one area of law. Ms. Zellner has won first degree murder trials, multi-million dollar civil verdicts, criminal and civil appeals, and post-conviction exonerations.

She is the only trial attorney in the United States who has won 5 multi-million dollar record verdicts in the span of 11 months. She currently has the highest civil rights verdict in the United States calculated per months of incarceration, totalling $1 million per month. Additionally, she has the highest false arrest settlement, calculated at $1,550 per minute for a total of $1.4 million for a 90 minute false arrest. There is no other civil rights attorney in the United States who has won larger verdicts when the months of incarceration or the minutes of false arrest are calculated. By monthly comparison, a $21 million verdict for 11 years would be $159,000 per month. Another example is a $9 million verdict for 4 years imprisonment, totals $187,500 per month.

The underlying premise of Zellner’s remarkable success is that she is not just “practicing” law, she is getting unparalleled results. Her ability to win in the courtroom, no matter the type of case, is the result of her creative trial strategies to winning for the victims of injustice.

Firm Overview:

The Law Offices of Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates is based in the Chicago, Illinois, area. Our team of trial lawyers concentrates on winning major civil rights violations, medical malpractice, prisoner abuse, criminal appeals, post-conviction, and habeas actions throughout the United States. We deal decisively and courageously with legal matters that profoundly affect the lives of people from all walks of life.

Mohanned Bin Saud Al-Rasheed

Mohanned Bin Saud Al-Rasheed is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Saudi Arabia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mohanned directly using the contact details listed above.

Mohanned founded the firm in 1993 to provide legal services to Saudi and foreign clients in the fields of civil, commercial, and Shari’a law. His practice encompasses a wide range of transactional work, as well as litigation and arbitration on behalf of Western and Arab clients, which includes some of the Kingdom’s largest businesses. Cases handled by him include investment disputes, real estate transactions, contracting activities, insurance, land and sea transport and television services.

Mohanned Bin Saud Al-Rasheed received his LL.B. from King Saud University in Riyadh in 1990 and upon graduation received his license to practice before the courts and tribunals of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is also a member of the Arabian Arbitration Board in Paris and the Arab Arbitrators Commission in Cairo. Mr. Al-Rasheed is proficient in English, as well as being fluent in his native Arabic.

Firm Overview:

Baker Botts is a full-service, leading international law firm, recognised for our understanding of the industries we serve.

Our firm has a long, distinguished tradition of service to our clients, tracing our history back to the 1840s. During the earliest days of Houston, Baker Botts represented the burgeoning industries of cotton merchants, brokers and railroads.

Today, Baker Botts has offices around the globe. Since the 1840s, we have served leading industries, organisations and individuals, while staying at the forefront of emerging technologies.

We have the experience, the knowledge and the people to solve our clients’ most significant legal challenges. For more than 170 years, we have demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to excellence.

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