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The Most Successful Civil Rights Lawyers Discuss the Seismic Shift in Litigation

December 10, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST

CHICAGO, IL – An esteemed panel of nationally recognized civil rights litigators, including the lawyers for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many of the most high-profile civil rights victims in US history, will discuss the latest developments in the law in a Zoom webinar this Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 12:30-2pm ET. The event is coordinated by 360 Advocacy

This unprecedented online conference event – “The Most Successful Civil Rights Lawyers Discuss the Seismic Shift in Litigation”– features a remarkable panel of highly respected attorneys speaking to key issues.

The panel will outline the civil rights litigation landscape, examine how increased public awareness of police misconduct in 2020 has changed the legal terrain, and what these events mean for the future of civil rights litigation and law enforcement.  Panelists include:

  • Attorney Ben Crump, Ben Crump Law, on Institutionalized Racism and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Attorney Bobby DiCello, DiCello Levitt Gutzler, on You Won’t Believe What Police Officers Will Say in a Civil Rights Case
  • Attorney Antonio Romanucci, Romanucci & Blandin, on How One Good Apple Beats the Lies
  • Attorney Frank Amanat, DiCello Levitt Gutzler, on Civil Rights and the Future of Qualified Immunity

Drawing on their years of experience in the courtroom prosecuting police brutality and misconduct cases, and their advocacy on these issues in various other public forums, the panel will:

  • Highlight the areas in which police reform needs to be focused;
  • Illustrate through real-life examples the forces resisting reform and how they drive destructive behavior by officers – on the street and on the witness stand;
  • Discuss the legal and practical problems that make prosecuting a case against a police force difficult and sometimes nearly impossible; 
  • Demonstrate how courageous individuals have changed our society for the better by shedding important light on official wrongdoing; and  
  • Break down the history and evolution of the Qualified Immunity doctrine which can incentivize officer misconduct and offer several meaningful alternatives for reform.

For more details on the event, click here. 

About the Speakers

Through his work, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. 

Antonio Romanucci is a Founding Partner of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of civil rights abuses, police misconduct, negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from corporate negligence, mass torts, and class actions, among other issues. Tony is honored to serve alongside Lead Counsel Ben Crump representing the family of George Floyd in the Minneapolis police misconduct case and others and has been a leader in police misconduct cases in Chicago and nationwide throughout his career. 

Bobby DiCello is a Partner at DiCello Levitt Gutzler, a nationally and internationally recognized law firm which obtains justice for victims of corporate wrongdoing and clients injured by powerful corporations and institutions.  Bobby is proven trial lawyer, with extensive experience advocating for clients in mass tort and class action litigation, who represents victims of police abuse around the country. In 2016, he earned a $22 million jury verdict for an Ohio man subject to police misconduct. 

Frank Amanat is a Partner at DiCello Levitt Gutzler, where he represents victims of fraudulent and illegal conduct, as well as whistleblowers and other plaintiffs, in a wide range of high-impact litigation. A highly decorated litigator with nearly 30 years of experience, Frank spent more than two decades at the Department of Justice, where he specialized in administrative and constitutional law and handled numerous civil rights cases. He recovered billions of dollars from corporate wrongdoers, and received multiple awards and recognitions for his integrity, fairness, courage, and superior commitment to the public good. He was also one of the principal drafters of the regulations implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act, leading the largest and most complex rulemaking initiative ever undertaken in the DOJ. Frank is a highly decorated litigator with nearly 30 years of experience.

About 360 Advocacy

360 Advocacy is a conference provider specializing in plaintiff personal injury and trial skills programs since 2008.  Faculties feature prominent trial lawyers, experts in a broad variety of disciplines, and specialists in related areas, all of whom share their knowledge, insights and skills with attendees.  360’s goal is to provide strategies, information and skills to assist trial lawyers in being more successful for their clients.  For more information please visit or call (719) 578-9645.

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