Benjamin Crump

Benjamin Crump represents clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, taking a place in legal history with his pursuit of justice.

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 marginalized in our country, a calling to which he remains dedicated.

Mr. Crump has broken barriers in several legal organizations, 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 recognized 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 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

Mr. Al-Rasheed 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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Al-Rasheed is highly recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa

Baker Botts LLP:

Baker Botts is a full-service, leading international law firm, recognized 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, organizations 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.

Deeper Understanding. Better Solutions.

Johannes Muchada

Johannes joined the DMH team in July 2002 and was admitted to practise law in September 2002.

Until 2004 Johannes’s area of practice was general civil law.

In 2005, Johannes started to pursue his keen interests in commercial and corporate law in general, drafting and reviewing agreements, tax law, banking and financial services.

He is currently in the final part of his studies for a Masters in Business Administration Degree.

Johannes is also an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe

Dube, Manikai & Hwacha:

The law firm of Dube, Manikai and Hwacha (DMH) opened its doors to clients on 1 June 1998. It currently consists of eight (8) Partners, three (3) Associates and thirty-seven (37) Support Staff. The firm is known for delivering holistic legal solutions, professionally, promptly and in a cost efficient manner. The firm is composed of well known legal personalities within the legal profession and draws freely from a span of over hundred (100) years legal experience that the Partners and their Associates collectively bring to the practice.

The firm offers a wide range boutique of corporate services to mature and emerging markets. This purpose is reflected in the structure, membership and the growth strategies which the firm drives.

DMH has structured and staffed its operations, under a Managing Partner, to meet the demands of contemporary commercial and general practice.

DMH is an international law firm, whose work has spanned the entire globe in terms of activity, with foot-prints in the SADC region, West Africa, East Africa, the UK, USA, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Europe and Russia. The firm is a correspondent of law firms in the United Kingdom, South Africa, United States of America, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi and Botswana.

Paul V. Prestia

New York City Civil Rights Lawyer.

“Civil Rights” refers to the rights you have as a citizen, under the United States Constitution, or the New York State Constitution, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion. In most cases, civil rights violations involve police actions and include the following:

– False Arrest
– Malicious Prosecution
– False Imprisonment
– Police Brutality
– Title 42 USC 1983 Claims
– Title 42 USC 1981 Claims
– Unlawful Stop & Frisk
– Abuse at Rikers Island
– Have spent time in solitary confinement at Rikers Island
– Are the victim of physical abuse at the hands of corrections officers or other inmate at Rikers Island

We have the seminal NYC case dealing with solitary confinement in the matter of  Kalief Browder
The U.S. Attorney for the southern District of New York commenced an investigation into Rikers Island which was complete and made public in 2014. It concluded that there was a ‘pattern of non physical and emotional abuse by corrections officers on inmates’ – particularly those who were held in solitary confinement.

If you were detained at Rikers Island awaiting trial and were subject to abuse at the hands of corrections officers or if you were the victim of inmate on inmate violence- you may have a claim to pursue.

Mr. Prestia is regarded as a pioneer in this area when he exposed the failings of the City of New York and the New York City Department of Corrections in his multi-million dollar lawsuit brought on behalf of Kalief Browder. Kalief was held in solitary confinement as a teenager for over two years and was tortured by corrections officers prior to his case being dismissed by the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office.

Paul Prestia with Candie Hailey, who spent 2 years in solitary while awaiting trial.

Mr. Prestia currently represents Candie Hailey, another solitary survivor, who spent three years in solitary confinement. Her treatment there was so egregious, she attempted suicide over eighty times. Ms. Hailey’s lawsuit is still pending.

You cannot be arrested unless there is a warrant for you arrest or there is probable cause to believe that you committed a crime.  If you have been arrested without a warrant and without probable cause, and your case was subsequently dismissed, your civil rights may have been violated.  You may have a cause of action against the city of NY and NYPD.

You may also have a claim if you are arrested and released prior to seeing a judge without charges being filed against you, or if you were granted an ACD by the court.

If you believe you have been falsely arrested or prosecuted, or if you were physically assaulted by the police, contact our firm for a free initial consultation. We will vigorously pursue your rights in state or federal court.