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Four Tenured Professors Sue Centenary University for Wrongful Termination


Attorneys for Morris, Downing & Sherred, LLP have filed a civil damages action in the Superior Court of New Jersey (Patterson et al. v. Centenary University at al., SSX-L-00069-21) claiming that Centenary University’s firing of four esteemed tenured professors violated their hard-earned academic tenure rights, rights guaranteed to them by Centenary’s Constitution. The lawsuit also alleges that Centenary and its senior administrators and former Board of Trustees Chairman illegally targeted Patterson and Yoshimine because of their advanced ages and Adamo due to their transgender status.

“It’s no secret that academic tenure has been under attack in American higher education,” said Professor James Patterson, a former departmental chair who also served for years as Centenary’s Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. “This lawsuit is an effort to stem that tide, and hold Centenary, the institution that the four of us devoted our professional lives to, responsible for the commitments it made to each of us.”

The action alleges that Centenary violated its Constitution—which permits the termination of tenured faculty only where the school is facing “financial exigency,” is eliminating an entire academic program or department, for disability reasons, or for performance-based cause—by the surprise firing the four professors while they were grading their students’ final exams in mid-December 2019. The complaint notes that Centenary did not claim that any of these four narrow exceptions applied, and that even if Centenary had justified the terminations under the Constitution, it would have had to have taken many important procedural steps, including consulting with the Faculty Senate about the firings, attempting to redeploy tenured professors to other positions, and otherwise making efforts to protect plaintiffs’ jobs. Centenary ignored all these requirements as the administration and Board of Trustees moved unilaterally to terminate plaintiffs in the final weeks of the Fall semester.

The lawsuit also alleges that Centenary specifically and discriminatorily selected Professors Patterson and Yoshimine, both in their 60s, for termination because of their age, and that Professor Chris Adamo, who is transgender and was highly visible in trans outreach and education efforts on campus, was targeted due to their gender expression, both clear violations of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.

“While Centenary’s conduct in firing our clients is outrageous given the many sacrifices they made to the school over the years, we are even more troubled by the school’s targeting of this particular subset of tenured professors,” said Paul Hunczak, a partner at Morris, Downing & Sherred, LLP.

In addition to the attorneys’ fees and punitive damages available under New Jersey law in discrimination claims, the lawsuit seeks monetary damages to offset at least some of the serious economic and professional injuries plaintiffs have suffered because of Centenary’s violation of their rights. Given the professors’ ages and the difficulty of obtaining tenure at other institutions, especially in the post-Coronavirus climate, plaintiffs anticipate that their economic and professional damages will be substantial.

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Australia Honors STRmix Co-Developer for Outstanding Public Service


The co-developer of STRmix™ – sophisticated forensic software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret – has been awarded the Public Service Medal as part of 2021’s Australia Day Honors.

Dr. Duncan A. Taylor of Forensic Science SA (FSSA) was honored by Australia’s Governor-General, David Hurley, for his role in developing STRmix™ and “for outstanding public service to forensic DNA statistics.” The Australia Day Honors annually recognize and reward positive contributions made by Australian citizens.

Since its introduction in 2012, STRmix™ has been used to interpret DNA evidence in more than 220,000 cases worldwide. That number includes numerous U.S. court cases and more than 80 successful admissibility hearings.

Developed by Dr. Taylor, along with John Buckleton, DSc, FRSNZ, and Jo-Anne Bright of the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), STRmix™ has proven to be highly effective in producing usable, interpretable, and admissible DNA results in a wide range of criminal cases. It has also been instrumental in helping to solve cold cases in which evidence originally was dismissed as inconclusive and in exonerating individuals who have been wrongly associated as the source of crime scene evidence.

“As one of the foremost international experts in forensic DNA statistics, Dr. Taylor … has been vital to achieving appropriate justice outcomes through expert DNA evidence in some of South Australia’s most compelling criminal cases in recent times,” noted Governor-General Hurley in honoring Dr. Taylor.

STRmix™ is currently being used in 59 federal, state, and local forensic laboratories in the U.S., including the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Internationally, all nine state and territory forensic labs in Australia and New Zealand, as well as 14 labs in other countries including England, Scotland, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, and Canada, now use STRmix™.

A new version of STRmix™, STRmix™ Version 2.8, was launched late last year following nearly a year of extensive development and testing. STRmix™ v2.8 features a top-down approach that allows users to set the number of major contributors to a mixed DNA profile in which there is interest, and then obtain the LR only for those contributors. This approach enables users to tackle more complex profiles faster. The new version of STRmix™ also contains improved modelling and memory usage.

The team that created STRmix™ also recently launched two other products: an update of DBLR™, an application used with STRmix™ that allows users to undertake superfast database searches, visualize the value of their DNA mixture evidence, and carry out mixture to mixture matches, now allowing kinship analysis; and FaSTR™ DNA, expert forensic software that rapidly analyzes raw DNA data generated by genetic analyzers and standard profiling kits and assigns a number of contributors (NoC) estimate.

Together, STRmix™, FaSTR™ DNA, and DBLR™ complete the full workflow from analysis to interpretation and database matching. For more information, visit http://www.strmix.com.

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Attorney Ronald L. Hendrix and Attorney Christopher L. Hendrix Named 2021 Elite Lawyers


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“Christopher and I are both honored to receive the Elite Lawyer award. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to our clients who need help resolving a variety of family law matters, especially during these trying times,” Ronald L. Hendrix commented.

Elite Lawyer is a directory and rating service that awards and recognizes attorneys who have displayed a high level of competence in their practice area and received recognition from their peers, community, bar, and committees. It serves as a comprehensive resource for attorneys, and an easy-to-use directory for potential clients who are looking to hire a highly respected lawyer. Only the most outstanding and experienced attorneys receive the Elite Lawyer award through a rigorous selection process.

With more than 30 years of experience as a family lawyer, Ronald is the founder and principal of the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C. He focuses exclusively on divorce and family law issues and is a court-appointed mediator. In addition to his law degree, Ronald holds a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. Ronald is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, and the Will County Bar Association.

Throughout high school and college, Christopher worked with his father at the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C. Christopher earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, his duties expanded, taking on a paralegal role by drafting documents and conducting legal research, all while attending law school at night so he could continue working at the law firm. In 2018, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University and was admitted to the bar the same year. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage Bar Association.

“Christopher and I are both honored to receive the Elite Lawyer award, a prestigious recognition from our peers in the legal community. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to our clients who need help resolving a variety of family law matters, especially during these trying times,” Ronald L. Hendrix commented.

About the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C.

The skilled legal team at the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C. is exclusively focused on family law, providing clients with a comprehensive understanding of Illinois divorce law. With personal attention, they are committed to fully understanding clients’ concerns and goals to find realistic solutions for settling their disputes inside or outside of the courtroom.

To learn more about the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C., visit https://www.hendrixfamilylaw.com/ or call 630-416-7004 to schedule a free consultation.

To learn more about Elite Lawyer, visit https://www.elitelawyer.com/ or call 833-403-5483.

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Criminal Attorney in Austin Jason Katims Provides Complimentary Speeding Ticket Consultations


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Local attorney Jason Katims is offering Austin-area residents speeding ticket consultations to determine whether they should fight their case in court.

One of Katims’ practice areas is representing clients in traffic violation cases. When it comes to speeding, most Texans simply opt to pay a ticket and move on, not realizing that by doing so, they are pleading guilty and taking a conviction on their driving record. An attorney can fight a ticket for a speeding violation and prevent insurance rates from increasing and points from accumulating, potentially adding up to a suspension or loss of license.

Many people are unaware that they are not obligated to pay the fine for a traffic ticket. An attorney can help fight a ticket in or out of court—and many Texans are surprised that the attorney’s fees are less than the fine they might have paid for their ticket.

When potential clients meet with Katims to discuss their cases, he will listen to the circumstances surrounding their situation and give them a detailed explanation of what they can expect should they decide to move forward with having his firm represent them in court, including the process of fighting a ticket and the expenses involved. During these consultations, legal advice is not given, but should a client decide to move forward and hire the firm, work on the case will begin immediately.

The best time to contact an attorney is immediately after a speeding ticket, but the next best time is now.

About Jason A. Katims, PLLC

Jason A. Katims is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Williamson County Bar Association, the Texas Independent Bar Association, and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He founded the Law Office of Jason A Katims, PLLC in 2018. A Texas native, Katims earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Washington University in 2015.

The Law Office of Jason A. Katims, PLLC is located at 608 W. 12th Street, Austin TX 78701 and can be reached by phone at 512-900-9769 or online at http://www.jasonkatims.com.

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QuantaVerse Launches New Financial Crime Investigation Report to Streamline Level 1 AML Investigations


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“The Level 1 FCIR was designed to make investigations conducted by first-level analysts more efficient,” explained David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse. “We adapted our original FCIR to aggregate only the most elemental information and serve it up to first-level analysts in a clear and l

QuantaVerse, which uses AI and machine learning to automate financial crime identification and investigations, has introduced an additional Financial Crime Investigation Report that addresses the specific needs of Level 1 AML compliance teams. The new report helps reduce the average time spent investigating an alert by over 50 percent.

Level 1 investigators at financial institutions are the first line of defense against money laundering perpetrated by criminals and terrorist financing organizations. They evaluate suspicious cases triggered by transaction monitoring system (TMS) alerts. These first-level investigators manually gather critical information from the Internet and multiple disparate databases and spend, on average, 20 to 90 minutes clearing an alert or attempting to determine if the case requires additional scrutiny.

The QuantaVerse AI-enabled Financial Crime Platform automates the AML investigation process. What the platform discovers is reported to analysts through distinct types of Financial Crime Investigation Reports (FCIRs). The new QuantaVerse Level 1 FCIR enables the speedy clearing or escalation of a case to a senior analyst. The report leads with a high-level summary of the case and includes alerts that triggered the investigation, automatically pulling descriptions of violated rules directly from the TMS. This limits the need for first-level analysts to leave the report to search other databases. The next section of the report provides risk scores related to reputation, monitoring, and intent, as well as overall risk segmentation which delivers an at-a-glance understanding of where risk lies for each entity and what requires consideration.

The final section of the report is a narrative summarizing risks that the entity exhibited along with those for which it was cleared. By articulating what risks have been eliminated along with the rationale for that conclusion, investigators can use these explanations to explain why a case was cleared. Due to the report’s modular architecture, the Level 1 FCIR can be adapted for multiple business lines, including retail, correspondent, and commercial banking.

“The Level 1 FCIR was born out of our clients’ need to make investigations conducted by first-level analysts more efficient,” explained David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse. “We worked tirelessly to adapt our original Financial Crime Investigation Report to aggregate only the most elemental information and serve it up to first-level analysts in a clear and logical report.”

The QuantaVerse family of FCIRs now includes:


  • Level 1 FCIR – helps first-level analysts to speed initial reviews of TMS alert investigations
  • High-Risk Entity Report – assists financial institutions in efficiently conducting periodic entity risk reviews
  • Alert-based FCIR – examines cases that have been triggered by TMS alerts including in-depth analysis of related entities and counterparties and the content required for filing SARs when indicated
  • Entity-based FCIR – analyzes and documents the risk associated with each customer and their counterparties for suspicious activity that a TMS system has failed to discover

QuantaVerse’s Level 1 FCIR is now available customers using the QuantaVerse Financial Crime Platform. To schedule a demo of the offering, please visit: https://quantaverse.net/contact.

About QuantaVerse

QuantaVerse is the leader of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions purpose-built for identifying financial crimes. QuantaVerse utilizes its validated and proven AI Financial Crime Platform to reduce financial crime risk by identifying patterns and discerning anomalies that current approaches and systems regularly miss.  The QuantaVerse solutions have helped customers more efficiently comply with AML (Anti-Money Laundering), KYC (Know Your Customer) and FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) regulations. Most importantly, QuantaVerse is helping to rid organizations of money laundering and other financial crimes that support our greatest global ills – the drug trade, human trafficking, terrorism and political corruption. For more information, contact QuantaVerse at (610) 465-7320 or visit http://www.QuantaVerse.net.

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K Street Group Announces K9 and Tactical Training Academy Offers Security Preparation for World Economic Forum, Davos 2022


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Protecting your most important assets around the globe, 24/7

Apart from 2021, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos event gathers annually every January. An estimated 3,000 individuals from the fields of business, politics, science, and culture attend from 90 different countries. The event in Davos, Switzerland is covered by roughly 500 journalists reporting for domestic and foreign news outlets.

As such, security is both conspicuous and discreet in Davos. Soldiers patrol the streets of the small ski-orientated town and security checks are carried out on personnel, vehicles, and bags on access roads into the area. Snipers are stationed on rooftops; security is noticeably tight within the main Forum as well, known as the Congress Center.

Navigating the day-to-day security mandates, vehicle restrictions, housing scarcity, and credential requirements can be extremely challenging for any U.S. Delegate when it comes to providing executive protection.

The K Street Group with an operational base in Davos has created curriculum specifically for corporate security professionals that are planning to attend the 2022 event with protectees.

Individuals will learn the following over the two-day course:


  •     Introduction to Davos: Emergency contacts, general rules/laws, do’s/don’ts, winter driving conditions, law enforcement role, and culture
  •     Basic language survival skills – 10 keys words to know
  •     Logistics, hotels, restaurants, and medical support
  •     Use of force laws and regulations
  •     Virtual advance assessment
  •     WEF preparation, such as registration of the security team, equipment, vehicle permits, and lodging

Course Dates and Times:

Friday, June 11, 2021, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM/Saturday, June 12, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday, July 9, 2021, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM/Saturday, July 10, 2021, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The two day course costs $1,250.00. Since class size will be limited, early registration is encouraged. If needed, lodging can be arranged for participants of the course.

Contact K Street Group today if interested in securing a seat for this one-of-a-kind training.

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Autism Scholarship Announced by Phoenix Criminal Defense Law Firm


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The Feldman Law Firm, a Phoenix law firm, has announced that the firm will once again be offering a $1,000 scholarship for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism/ASD). The scholarship will be applied toward payment of tuition at a college or at a trade school selected by the winner. Whether you are currently enrolled in school, or if you are currently on an academic break, but anticipate continuing your education in the near future, you may apply for the scholarship.

The aim of the scholarship is to provide an added incentive to those diagnosed with ASD who might otherwise cease their formal educational activities. Tuition assistance, the firm anticipates, will provide this incentive, and thereby help those who apply to move forward with and reach their educational goals.

Anyone with questions about the application, including eligibility, or who would like to learn more about the firm’s scholarship program, should visit our website, which contains the online application, and further information about the process, submission dates, our privacy policy, etc. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2022. The name of the winner will be announced not later than March 4, 2022.

Questions concerning the application and related matters may be directed, by email if possible, to the firm as follows:

Feldman Law Firm

1 E. Washington St., Suite 2240

Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-540-7887

michael@afphoenixcriminalattorney.com

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Greenberg Traurig Continues Courageous Conversations Webinar Series with ‘Taking Action on Criminal Justice Reform’


Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Social Justice Action Academy will continue its “Courageous Conversation” webinar series with a program focused on the social issue of criminal justice reform as it relates to wrongful convictions and rehabilitation of the incarcerated. The goal is to educate and empower the audience with ideas for tangible steps they can take through legal pro bono work and more to create a lasting impact.

The webinar, “Taking Action on Criminal Justice Reform,” will be held Jan. 14, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET. The President/CEO of Unincarcerated Minds, Inc. Bobby Harris; Firm Government Law & Policy Shareholder Karen M. Kennard; and Shareholder and Greenberg Traurig Global Pro Bono Program Chair Caroline Heller will spearhead the discussion. Firm Shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer Nikki Lewis Simon will moderate.

“Criminal justice reform is not just a legal issue, it’s a human rights issue,” Simon said. “It is our hope that through this timely conversation about criminal justice reform – where we will share personal stories as well as information about resources, tools, and services – that people will feel equipped and empowered to take action and make a difference.”

The Social Justice Action Academy, a key element of the firm’s Social, Racial, Economic Justice Plan, aims to educate on matters of race, justice, and equity; facilitate and encourage conversations about these topics, and drive forward meaningful change consistent with the goals of the action plan.

This webinar follows a recent “Courageous Conversation” hosted by Greenberg Traurig, where Kennard bravely shared her family’s experience with the criminal justice system. Her oldest brother, Tim Cole, was wrongly convicted of a crime and died in prison in 1999, at the age of 39. After DNA testing proved his innocence, Cole became the first person in Texas to receive a posthumous exoneration and posthumous pardon. The Texas exoneration compensation system and the Texas Innocence Commission are named in his honor.

Harris heads Unincarcerated Minds Inc., a non-profit organization that provides returning citizens and citizens from marginalized communities in the Philadelphia area with life sustaining resources. Harry spent 29 years in prison and was sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 15. He was released after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the sentence illegal.

Kennard, based in the firm’s Austin, TX office, focuses her practice on government law, policy and regulatory matters with an emphasis on municipal local government issues. Her experience spans more than two decades and includes positions as City Attorney for a large city and General Counsel for the largest municipal league in the country.

Heller is a shareholder in the Litigation Practice of the firm’s New York office. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and business disputes on a nationwide basis in the fields of professional liability, partnership disputes, securities litigation and entertainment disputes. In her role as Chair of the firm’s Global Pro Bono Program, Heller leads several initiatives addressing the need for access to justice for the most vulnerable of citizens, including children.

Simon, a commercial litigator based in the firm’s Miami office, has more than 21 years of experience as an attorney. In her capacity as Greenberg Traurig’s Chief Diversity Officer, Simon designs and guides strategic initiatives and programs to deepen firmwide diversity and inclusion efforts that further enrich client engagements and community investments. Her role is indicative of, and integral to, Greenberg Traurig’s core values of collaboration and inclusion.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Diversity Initiative: From its inception, Greenberg Traurig has been committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Greenberg Traurig is a uniquely empowering and diverse firm built on a foundation of fairness, equality, and authenticity. Through its Social, Racial, and Economic Justice Action Plan, the firm has committed $5 million over five years to help combat systemic racism and support impoverished communities. In addition, the firm’s efforts have been recognized through its Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification, administered by The Diversity Lab, and by local, national, and global publications and organizations including Chambers and Partners. Web: DRIVES Twitter: @GT_Drives

About Greenberg Traurig’s Pro Bono Program: Greenberg Traurig lawyers across the firm’s offices provide pro bono legal services to the indigent and working poor, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them. The firm focuses its resources on specialized and interrelated issues including civil rights and affirmative action, anti-human trafficking, family law matters, children’s rights, criminal appeals, immigration and political asylum, housing, and homelessness.

About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT), has approximately 2200 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com

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Villani & DeLuca P.C. Attorneys at Law, Rings in the New Year Expanding its Divorce & Family Law Practice in Ocean County, New Jersey


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Jay gained a reputation as being one of the most sought-after attorneys in the Toms River area,” Vince DeLuca said. “We look forward to kicking off 2021 with this addition to our team.

Known for providing experienced, quality legal representation, when the Firm’s opportunity arose to add Jay Turnbach to its lawyers’ team, the decision came with minimal contemplation. Mr. Turnbach brings over 25 years of experience to the Firm and will continue to focus his practice on all family law related matters.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Turnbach was a sole practitioner operating his practice out of his Toms River office just steps from the courthouse. Jay is one of the few Toms River, New Jersey divorce attorneys in the shore region to be certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Jay is a member of both the Ocean County Bar Association, The Family Law Section of the State of New Jersey, and the Ocean County Bar Association Family Law Committee’s past chair.

With the addition of Mr. Turnbach, Villani & DeLuca now boasts the most extensive divorce and family law practice in Ocean County, with five attorneys who devote the entirety of their practice to divorce and family law. The Firm maintains offices in Red Bank, Point Pleasant Beach, Brick Township, and Toms River, New Jersey.

Jay obtained his law degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, and he received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Jay is also a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. Jay also served as a family law clerk to the Honorable Thomas E. O’Brien, J.S.C., and has served as an Early Settlement Panelist in Ocean County family court. Jay is one of the most sought-after divorce mediators in Toms River.

During his extensive career, Jay has been involved in several complex cases resulting in reported Appellate Division opinions. Always looking to advance the discussion on ever-evolving areas of the law, Mr. Turnbach is an accomplished writer, authoring numerous articles concerning divorce and related topics.

Jay is a life-long resident of the Jersey Shore and is a devoted father of two children. Jay’s passion for the law and commitment to his clients fits well with Villani & DeLuca’s dedication to providing personalized, quality legal representation to each client. In a year that has brought historical challenges, Villani & DeLuca remains committed to serving the community and trusts that Mr. Turnbach, divorce attorney from Toms River, New Jersey, will be a welcome addition to the Firm.

For more information about Villani & DeLuca’s attorneys and services, please visit https://www.villanideluca.com/

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Alan L. Yatvin, Distinguished Civil Rights Lawyer, Joins Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC (GPFF)


Alan Yatvin has long been recognized as one of the leaders in the civil rights and criminal defense bar. We are thrilled to be working with a lawyer of his stature in the legal community.

The partners at GPFF are delighted to announce that Alan L. Yatvin, a preeminent police misconduct and civil rights litigator, has joined Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC (GPFF) as a partner. He will chair the firm’s Civil Rights department – long known for excellence in plaintiff’s civil rights matters.

Alan will continue to concentrate his practice on civil rights litigation, criminal defense in state, federal, and international tribunals, as well as the representation of students with special needs.

With a successful career spanning 37 years, Alan has tried cases ranging from death penalty homicides to complex municipal liability police misconduct cases. He has also briefed and/or argued appellate matters before the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Alan has successfully litigated over 15 police shooting cases, recovering substantial compensation for victims and their families. On three separate occasions, he has also obtained federal jury verdicts against the City of Philadelphia on so-called Monell claims by showing a pattern and practice of police misconduct and the City’s failure to properly train or discipline its officers, placing him among the most successful attorneys in Philadelphia on these challenging claims.

“When my long-standing partner, Howard Popper, decided to retire, I wanted to find a new professional home for my practice. I wanted to join a firm with an impeccable reputation, immense resources, and a substantial practice. Ron and his firm hit all my criteria. Plus, the opportunity to work with Pat Pierce, who I have admired and collaborated with for years, was a great incentive to join the firm. I am thrilled,” said Mr. Yatvin.

Said GPFF Managing Partner Ron Greenblatt, “Alan Yatvin has long been recognized as one of the leaders in the civil rights and criminal defense bar. We are thrilled to be working with a lawyer of his stature in the legal community. His extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania, federal and international courts, coupled with his amazing success in his areas of practice, will greatly benefit our firm and clients. Personally, Alan and I have been friends for over 30 years. I look forward to working with him on a daily basis and getting his input as we work to serve our clients and community.”

In addition to his US clients, Alan also practices at the international criminal courts, where he has represented accused persons before the ICTY and the International Criminal Court (ICC), both in The Hague, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

After graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City in 1983, Alan served as an Assistant Philadelphia and Federal Defender before entering private practice. He was managing partner of Popper & Yatvin from its founding in 1988 through 2020. A frequent lecturer on police misconduct litigation and trial advocacy skills, he is the recipient of the 2012 Thurgood Marshall Criminal Justice Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association, where he has been a member since 1987. The Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) presented Alan with the 2010 Pro Bono Publico Award. Alan has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List every year since 2004. Alan is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Referring to Alan in a special education appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit wrote: “[W]e note that the litigation here was conducted by highly qualified and experienced counsel…” M.R. v. Ridley Sch. Dist., 868 F.3d 218, 230 n.9 (3d Cir. 2017).

Alan was a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association from 2015-2017 and continues to represent special needs students and their parents, with a concentration on the rights of students with diabetes. He is a resident of Philadelphia.

Founded in 1996 as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC has grown into a full-service law firm offering individuals assistance in virtually all areas of criminal, employment, personal injury, civil rights, and family law. The firm has four offices within Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Visit http://www.gpfflaw.com for more information.

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