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American Association for Justice honors the George Floyd Family and Legal Team with Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award.

July 14, 2021

Civil rights attorneys Ben Crump, Antonio Romanucci, L. Chris Stewart, Jeff Storms, Bhavani Raveendran and other co-counsel on behalf of the family of George Floyd together with members of the Floyd family are honored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) with the Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award.

The AAJ Civil Rights Section presents the Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award annually to honor an attorney or a civil rights advocate who has made a noteworthy contribution to the defense of civil rights by bringing, trying, or resolving a suit, or by otherwise protecting or advancing civil liberties, in a way that has had a significant impact in the past year. This year the award was conveyed to the Floyd civil litigation team and family because of their tremendous impact on civil rights in America following the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020. In addition to raising the nation’s awareness and advocating for many victims of police excessive force, the civil litigation team secured a meaningful pre-trial settlement for the family and has been actively involved in discussions about police reform at the federal and state levels.

The award was presented in person today during the AAJ conference in Las Vegas.

The award was conveyed to the family of George Floyd and their legal team including:


Ben Crump 

Adner Marcellin 


Antonio M. Romanucci 

Bhavani Raveendran 

Ian Fallon

Nicolette Ward 


Jeffrey S. Storms  


Chris Stewart  

Justin Miller 

Madeleine Simmons 


Devon M. Jacob 

“The AAJ Civil Rights Section is honored to present the 2021 Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award to the George Floyd trial team and Floyd family to acknowledge the movement created by the trial and its pivotal moment in history. The individual and combined contributions have made a meaningful impact on our country that will bend the arc of civil rights for years to come,” said Tobi Millroad, President of the American Association of Justice.

About Ben Crump Law 

Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and his national network of specialized attorneys have 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. For more, visit or call (800) 935-8111.

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC 

Romanucci & Blandin is a Chicago-based national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from police misconduct, corporate negligence, civil rights actions, medical malpractice, mass torts and class actions. Founded in 1998, the firm is widely recognized for representing plaintiffs in numerous practice areas including: workers’ compensation, pharmaceuticals, civil rights, police misconduct, excessive force, aviation, product liability and premises liability. For more information, please visit or call (312) 458-1000. 

About Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys

Atlanta-based Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys has handled numerous high-profile wrongful death cases involving law enforcement and represents victims of police violence around the country.  Led by L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller, the firm specializes in cases involving civil rights, wrongful death, premises liability and sexual assault.  The firm won the first-ever billion dollar jury verdict involving a rape victim.  For more information visit or call (844) TRIAL-00. 

About Pintas & Mullins

Pintas & Mullins is a national law firm, headquartered in Chicago, which has fought for the rights of the seriously injured for more than 35 years. Its practice areas include representation for the victims of environmental injustice, nursing home abuse of seniors, medical malpractice, dangerous products and drugs, and more. Through its close association with Ben Crump law, Pintas & Mullins is a passionate advocate for those without a voice against powerful interests and bad-acting corporations.  For more information please visit or call (800) 935-8111.

About Jacob Litigation, Inc. 

Jacob Litigation, Inc. is a national civil rights law firm serving persons who have experienced police brutality, and the estates of persons who have been unlawfully killed by law enforcement personnel. Jacob Litigation is owned and operated by Attorney Devon M. Jacob, who is a former police officer and a former Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General. For more information please visit or call (717) 796-7733.

About Newmark Storms Dworak LLC 

Newmark Storms Dworak LLC is one of Minnesota’s premier boutique law firms. The Minneapolis firm regularly handles high-profile civil rights, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse claims. For more information, visit

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