Record $28 Million Verdict for Police Brutality

In 1999, attorney Blake Horwitz won a verdict from a federal jury awarding Joseph Regalado $28 million for debilitating injuries he suffered from Chicago police officers—this was and remains the largest verdict ever obtained against the City of Chicago for police brutality and excessive force. ...

$2.75 Million Settlement for Family of Deceased Inmate

In 2017, The Blake Horwitz Law Firm successfully represented a deceased inmate’s estate in a lawsuit against Lake County, Indiana that settled for $2.75 million. As originally reported by the Chicago Tribune, Gregory Smith suffered a heart attack when he was an inmate in Lake County Jail in ...

$1.8 Million Settlement for Family of Man Who Died in Police Vehicle

In 2002, attorney Blake Horwitz earned a $1.8 million settlement from the City of Chicago for the family of Juan Vega, a man who died while being held in a police van.  As originally reported by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago police officers took Mr. Vega into custody in 2000 for being ...

Arrestee Settles with Maywood for $750,000 After Beating in Police Custody

Attorney Blake Horwitz secured a $750,000 settlement from the Village of Maywood for George Caithamer after he was brutally beaten by another detainee while in custody. As reported by the Riverside Brookfield Landmark, in 2004, Mr. Caithamer found himself in lockup at the Maywood Police ...

Family Settles with the City for $700,000 After Months of Abuse by Corrupt Cops

In 2012, the City of Chicago agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by The Blake Horwitz Law Firm on behalf of a family from Chicago’s South Side that was abused and extorted for nearly a year by four corrupt Chicago police officers. As described by the Chicago Tribune, starting in 2004, a group of ...

Seventh Circuit Grants New Trial for 2014 Excessive Force Incident by Zion Police

On August 24, 2018, The Blake Horwitz Law Firm earned a new trial for Kasey Burton when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court abused its discretion by preventing Ms. Burton from introducing evidence of a previous incident where Zion police officers used excessive force ...

$395k Settlement for People Pepper Sprayed Celebrating Obama’s Election Victory

In 2017, Blake Horwitz obtained a $395k settlement on behalf of many Chicagoans who were celebrating Barack Obama’s election victory in 2008. America had elected its first black president who was also a former Chicago resident and Illinois state senator. As reported by DNAInfo, on Chicago’s ...

The Blake Horwitz Law Firm Reaches $430K Settlement For Excessive Force by Naperville Police Officers

On January 23, 2020, The Blake Horwitz Law Firm reached a $430,000 settlement with the City of Naperville for its client, Fran Reitz—an elected official for the Town of Cicero. The settlement stemmed from an incident where Naperville police officers used excessive force against Ms. Reitz as she ...

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Victim’s Family Seeks Justice for Deadly, Racially Motivated Shooting by Chicago Police Officers in Mount Greenwood

On July 25, 2017, The Blake Horwitz Law Firm filed suit against the City of Chicago and several police officers on behalf of Ashley Phifer and her two children for the deadly shooting of Joshua Beal by two off-duty Chicago police officers.  On November 5, 2016, Mr. Beal and his fiancé, Ms. ...

Kane County Settles Corruption Lawsuit for $50K

In February of 2018, The Blake Horwitz Law Firm earned its clients a $50,000 settlement from Kane County for violating their constitutional rights. As originally reported by the Chicago Tribune, in 2015, then-Sergeant Ronald Hain—who is now the Kane County Sheriff—pulled over three individuals ...