(2008-2017) Cleveland, Ohio (Federal District Court)

2/26/2017

In 2008, a Department of Justice federal law enforcement agent became a defendant in multiple federal civil lawsuits alleging constitutional civil rights violations against multiple criminal defendants. These lawsuits accused client of intentionally committing civil rights violations pursuant to a long-term undercover drug operation spanning several months. The allegations included conspiracy with other officers and a confidential informant.

In 2009, the client was indicted by a federal grand jury for civil rights violations is a related to the federal civil lawsuits. In 2010, client was acquitted of all counts by a federal jury pursuant to a five-week trial.

This firm was part of the legal defense team representing Client from 2008 through 2017. Each of the federal civil lawsuits were subsequently dismissed. Client returned to full duty with the agency.

(September 2016) Detroit, MI (MSPB)

9/01/2016

In 2015, a Federal Air Marshal (FAM) with the Department of Homeland Security was proposed to be removed for alleged misconduct. Client through previous counsel, submitted a written response and conducting the oral reply with the deciding official. The agency affirmed the proposed removal and terminated the FAM. Client then retained this firm to appeal the removal to the MSPB (Chicago regional office) challenging the removal. A full trial hearing was conducted with the MSPB. The MSPB REVERSES the agency removal action and rules that no misconduct occurred. Client to return to duty.
Lazar Initial Decision 9-1-2016

(June 2016) Atlanta, GA

6/07/2016

Federal law enforcement employee (Federal Air Marshal) with the US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, receives proposal to be suspended from federal service for alleged misconduct. Pursuant to the written response and oral reply with the deciding official, the agency fully RESCINDED the proposed suspension and client returns to full duty without any discipline.

(March 2016) Southeast Asia

3/04/2016

Federal law enforcement Special Agent (DEA), Department of Justice, receives proposal to be removed from federal service for alleged misconduct. Pursuant to the written response and oral reply with the deciding official, the agency RESCINDED the removal and client receives a very small period of suspension. Client returns to full duty.

(February 2016) Philadelphia, PA

2/01/2016

Federal law enforcement employee with the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, ICE, receives proposal to be removed from federal service for alleged misconduct and revocation of security clearance. Pursuant to several written responses, oral replies and an appeal to the MSPB, the agency RESCINDED the removal and client returns to the agency

(January 2016) Atlanta, GA

1/27/2016

Federal employee with the US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, receives proposal to be removed from federal service for alleged misconduct. Pursuant to the written response and oral reply with the deciding official, the agency RESCINDED the removal and client receives a small period of suspension. Client returns to full duty.

(November 2015) Washington DC

11/27/2015

Federal employee with the Department of Justice, receives proposal to be removed from federal service for alleged misconduct including falsification of government documents. Pursuant to the written response and oral reply with the deciding official, the agency RESCINDED the removal and client receives a small period of suspension. Client returns to full duty.

(October 2015) Andean Region, South America

10/27/2015

Federal law enforcement supervisory Special Agent (DEA), Department of Justice, receives proposal to be removed from federal service for alleged misconduct. Pursuant to the written response and oral reply with the deciding official, the agency RESCINDED the removal and client receives a small period of suspension. Client returns to full duty.

(September 2015) Columbia, South America

9/27/2015

Federal employee with the Department of Justice, receives proposal to be removed from federal service for alleged misconduct including falsification of government documents. Pursuant to the written response and oral reply with the deciding official, the agency RESCINDED the removal and client receives a small period of suspension. Client returns to full duty.

April 2015 MSPB

4/27/2015

In 2014, a Federal Air Marshal (FAM) with the Department of Homeland Security was proposed to be removed for alleged misconduct. Following the submission of a written response and conducting the oral reply with the deciding official, the agency affirmed the proposed removal and terminated the FAM. The removal was appealed to the MSPB (Chicago regional office) challenging the removal. During the litigation process, the agency completely RESCINDED the removal and substituted a letter of reprimand. Client received back pay and was returned to full duty.