In 2017 we reached a $325,000 settlement shortly after filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of a former high school student who administrators neglected to separate from her alleged sexual abuser.  Now a college student, the Galileo High School graduate’s complaint alleging that the district failed to enforce a restraining order against a student who groped her repeatedly in the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.  News about this case

Also in 2017 we settled a federal lawsuit on behalf of the estate and family of Yuvette Henderson, brutally shot to death by Emeryville police in 2015.  News about this case

In 2016 we secured a $3.1 million jury verdict for whistleblower Kathleen Carroll against the the state agency she worked for and the individual supervisors she alleged fired her out of retaliation.  Carroll was a staff attorney at the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing who reported sweeping backlogs of potential teacher misconduct, nepotism, and favoritism to the Bureau of State Audits.  The auditor later assigned to the agency called it one of the “worst-run” state agencies she had ever investigated.  News about this case

In 2015 we successfully represented whistleblower Lawana Preston, resulting in a $613,302 jury verdict against the City of Oakland.  She alleged she was fired in retaliation for objecting to a City official’s request that she falsify documents and for complaining that officials improperly negotiated labor contracts and willfully violated union contracts.  News About this case

In 2014 we secured a $1.7 million jury verdict in a personal injury case for Enkbaatar Tsedendorj, who suffered a severe head injury causing permanent deafness after he fell off a roof.  The homeowner had hired an unlicensed contractor to renovate his house; our client alleged that unlicensed contractor gave him dangerous instructions, causing the injury.

In 2013 we settled a discrimination case on behalf of Native American elder, activist, and basketball coach J.C. Eaglesmith.  After protracted litigation, the Plumas County Unified School District and school administrators agreed to pay $850,000 to compensate Mr. Eaglesmith and a supportive colleague for racial and religious harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.  News about this case

In 2010 the firm reached a $3.35 million settlement in a lawsuit by a woman who was forced out of the Fresno’s Fire Department’s training academy.  Michelle Maher sued the Fire Department in 2008, saying fire training academy supervisors asked her personal questions, set her up to fail certain tasks and unfairly graded an exam.  Siegel & Yee continues to fight similar violations in universities and the workplace.  News about this case

Also in 2010 we were proud to represent the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) defending against a suit by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who they had broken away from.  From our perspective, the goal of SEIU’s suit, which sought $25 million, was to completely eliminate NUHW.  Siegel & Yee continues to represent NUHW in certain litigation matters.  News about this case

After the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant by BART police, our firm worked together with the Law Offices of John Burris representing several of Oscar’s loved ones.  They were just steps away from him at the time of the shooting.  They alleged BART police unlawfully detained them with excessive force, and that witnessing the killing of their childhood friend caused deep emotional distress, compounded by taunts and ridicule by BART police while in detention. News about this case

In 2005 we successfully represented UC Berkeley professor Ignacio Chapela, obtaining reinstatement with back pay.  He had been denied tenure in 2003 despite strong support from his departmental peers.  He and his supporters allege the denial was in retaliation for his vocal, influential opposition to a five-year deal struck in 1998 that gave biotech giant Novartis privileged access to UC plant research in exchange for $25 million.  News about this case

In 2004 our firm secured a $766,000 jury verdict for two women who were sexually harassed by the hotel supervisor where they worked between 1999 and 2001.  After an unsuccessful appeal and other feeble attempts to avoid payment by the defendant, we secured a new jury verdict in the amount of $1.3 million in 2009.  News about this case