Team Name: Gibson Dunn Pro Bono Team
Team Member Names: Nick Hanna, Lauren Friedman, Danielle Serbin, Kandice Kovac, Mark Dittrich, Matt Sessions, Gail Ross
Honored by: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
A team from the Orange County office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has spent countless hours on a pro bono case representing an accountant in his claims against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Several guards engaged in a pattern of retaliation against him for exercising his First Amendment rights to file administrative grievances, culminating in a brutal assault in the prison law library. The guard who assaulted our client claimed that our client assaulted him and had our client placed-and forgotten-in segregation for the last four months of his sentence. Although prison medical staff stitched up our client’s face after the assault, he received no further medical treatment, despite his serious pain. The case is scheduled to be tried before a jury in July.