Civil Rights Litigation

Valorem brings its experience in the alternative fee arena to its plaintiff's civil rights practice. We have a successful track record of representing wrongfully convicted individuals in post-conviction proceedings and in plaintiff's civil rights practice.  In 2017, Nicole Auerbach and the Valorem team won a $13.9 million jury verdict (plus attorneys' fees) for their wrongfully convicted client, Deon Patrick, whose confession was coerced by Chicago police officers.  In 2018, Nicole was part of the team that settled two civil rights cases for two other individuals convicted with Deon Patrick and whose confessions were also coerced. Valorem also obtained obtained an award for Valorem client Robert Veal, dubbed one of the "Dixmoor 5," when the Illinois State Police settled the claims against it for $40 million and other settlements were obtained. Valorem also obtained a settlement for client Vincent Thames in the "Englewood Five" case.  In 2012, Valorem obtained a $25 million jury verdict (largest wrongful conviction verdict in the U.S.) for a client who was exonerated by the State of Illinois after having been arrested at the age of 13 and imprisoned for 16 years for a murder he did not commit. 

Other cases are currently pending.