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Recent Results

Below are sample trial victories, settlements and appellate victories achieved by the attorneys at Kaupp & Feinberg in the areas of employment law, civil rights and personal injury. These cases are representative of the types of matters we frequently handle at our firm. If you need advice or representation in a similar legal matter, call us at our office in San Francisco or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers.

Trial victories:

Kaupp & Feinberg, working with Ryan Vlasak, won a $1.09M verdict against the California Employment Development Department (EDD) for failing to accommodate an employee and for retaliating against the employee when she reported its failure to accommodate to the EEOC.

In a sexual harassment case, won a $2.5 million verdict for two sexual assaults and hostile work environment.

In a police brutality case, on the trial team that won a verdict against sheriff’s deputies for unconstitutional use of pepper spray against protestors who were passively resisting.

In a tort case, part of trial team that won a verdict against off-duty police officers who beat and robbed two passersby for their take out dinners.

In a FOIA case against the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Central Command, won the release of documents concerning the U.S. military siege on Falluja, Iraq.


Kaupp & Feinberg, working with Ryan Vlasak, secured a $21.4 million settlement for a client who was catastrophically injured in a firm.

$2.1M in a failure to accommodate and retaliation case that was settled while the trial verdict we won was being appealed.

Kaupp & Feinberg, co-counseling with Leslie Levy, resolved a hard-fought case against the FBI for a total settlement of $1.2M in a sexual harassment and retaliation case on behalf of a female Special Agent. Part of the settlement included significant non-monetary provisions that put her career back on track. Leslie Levy co-counseled this case with Kaupp & Feinberg.

For a high-level employee at a large tech company, won a $950,000 settlement for gender-discrimination and retaliation.

Kaupp & Feinberg, working with Leslie Glyer, secured a $850,000 settlement for an employee who was terminated after returning to work from cancer treatment.

In a fire case involving third degree burns and forced relocation from home, obtained $1.6 million settlement.

In a police brutality/excessive force case, obtained a $600,000-plus settlement for unconstitutional use of a police dog causing severe injuries.

In a personal injury case, obtained $330,000 for the wrongful death of a pedestrian.

In a race discrimination case, achieved a $230,000 settlement for a bank executive who alleged wrongful termination because of race discrimination.

In a gender-based hostile work environment case, obtained a $145,000 settlement on behalf of a tenured professor.

In a sexual harassment case, negotiated a $120,000 settlement for a softball player sexually harassed by a coach at her university.

In a disability-discrimination case, obtained a $95,000 settlement for a wrongful termination carried out under the guise of a work force reduction.

In a police misconduct case, obtained $75,000 settlement for unreasonable entry into a home and wrongful arrest by the police.

In a failure to promote case based on race, national origin and retaliation, obtained a $80,000 on behalf of a public employee.

In an over-time and age discrimination case, obtained a $60,000 settlement on behalf of a restaurant worker.

Appellate victories:

Salemi v. Gloria’s Tribeca Inc., 115 A.D.3d 569 (2014): Affirmed largest verdict upheld in New York state courts against an individual employer for discrimination.

Serdans v. New York & Presbyt. Hosp., 112 A.D.3d 449; (2013): Court held that pain and suffering as a result of failure to provide a reasonable accommodation is compensable, as are shifts canceled after complaining about failure to accommodate.

Seymore v. Metson Marine Inc., 193 Cal. App. 4th 64 (2011): Wage and hour case that reversed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment and resulted in a published decision that banned the practice of employers setting two separate weekly schedules in order to avoid premium pay. It also resulted in a finding that the emergency oil spill responders were entitled to additional compensation for hours worked.

Watkins v. Smith, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 5698, (2d Cir. 2014): Won an appeal upholding sanctions against attorneys and successfully had opponent’s appeal designated as frivolous, which resulted in additional sanctions in the forms of attorneys’ fees being awarded for the appeal.

Bustamante v. Mukasey, 531 F.3d 1059 (9th Cir. Ariz. 2008): Immigration case in which the Court held that American citizens have a protected liberty interest in their marriage such that constitutionally adequate procedures must be in place when deciding a non-citizen spouse’s visa application.

Camins v. Gonzales, 500 F.3d 872 (9th Cir. 2007): Court found that a new law could not be applied retroactively to a lawful permanent resident who reasonably relied on the old law when accepting a plea agreement.

This is only a sample of our appellate experience. We have litigated numerous other appeals at the administrative, state and federal levels.

In Poulsen v. U.S. Department of Defendse, Kaupp & Feinberg won the release of FISA materials for the first time in the history of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court when it won the release of the Carter Page FISA materials. The FBI’s Section Chief for the Record/Information Dissemination Section, David M. Hardy stated under oath – “It is wholly unprecedented for the Government to disclose FISA applications at all, whether under the FOIA or otherwise.”

*Disclaimer: These settlements, verdicts and appellate victories do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

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