Morris Polich & Purdy understands the legal environment in which public officials, law enforcement officers, public entities and their special districts operate. We are well versed in the procedural and substantive defenses afforded officials and officers under judicial doctrine and the federal civil rights acts. We are equally versed in those special defenses afforded to governmental entities by, for example, the California Tort Claims Act. We have prevailed in numerous cases based on those doctrines, which include absolute and qualified immunity, sovereign immunity, standing, exhaustion of administrative remedies and the government contractor defense. We have consistently and creatively applied the various judicial and statutory immunities available to governmental clients in order to achieve outright dismissal, or to narrow the issues to position the case for favorable resolution.
Our extensive experience in federal civil rights law encompasses frequent representation of federal and local law enforcement officers, including in civil rights jury trials in both federal and state courts. We have successfully represented numerous federal officials in “Bivens” cases involving claims of excessive force and other misconduct. We also have represented Southern California county sheriff’s departments and individual deputies in similar cases. Our services have included counseling departments and officers regarding the escalation of force, from the use of non-deadly force such as batons and tasers to the use of deadly force when necessary.
We also have represented public entities for over 30 years in such diverse areas as negligent performance of contracts, negligent supervision, assault and battery, false arrest, intentional torts, taking of property, “Monell” doctrine claims, dangerous conditions, violation of ministerial obligations, failure to discharge mandatory duties, and inverse condemnation.
Also, our law firm currently serves as National Plan Counsel for the Legal Defense Plan sponsored by the National Coalition of Public Safety Officers. The NCPSO, a sector of the Communications Workers of America, represents over 16,000 municipal police officers, deputy sheriffs, state police, county and state correctional officers, EMS workers, communications dispatchers, probation officers and fire fighters. Morris Polich & Purdy coordinates on a national level the Legal Defense Plan, which provides legal representation and indemnity to members involved in on-duty incidents giving rise to administrative proceedings, or to claims and suits for which the member’s employing organization is not offering a defense or indemnity.
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Richard is a highly skilled effective appellate lawyer
Very competent and professional attorney. Have known Penelope for several years as we have crossed paths on litigation matters.Read more
Very competent and professional attorney. Have known Penelope for several years as we have crossed paths on litigation matters.
Outstanding attorney. Great to work with. Very knowledgeable. He knows all the angles.Read more
Outstanding attorney. Great to work with. Very knowledgeable. He knows all the angles.Read less
She is one of the best, if not the best, bankruptcy litigation attorneys in town. Her reputation and her work product are well known in the bankruptc...Read more
She is one of the best, if not the best, bankruptcy litigation attorneys in town. Her reputation and her work product are well known in the bankruptcy court.
Mr. Katz has represented my clients for nine years. His area of expertise is Elder Law where he does litigation and trial work. Another talent Mr....Read more
Mr. Katz has represented my clients for nine years. His area of expertise is Elder Law where he does litigation and trial work. Another talent Mr. Katz has honed is in the management of the excellent team he has brought together, a key issue for any client. This enhances the communications and quality of service that is provided. I continue to refer my clients to Mr. Katz in his and his firm's areas of expertise.Read less
NOT ONLY IS HE A GREAT GUY, BUT HE ACTUALLY DOES CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF HIS CLIENTS. BEST DECISION I MADE ALL YEAR. DEFINETLY MONEY WELL SPENTRead more
NOT ONLY IS HE A GREAT GUY, BUT HE ACTUALLY DOES CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF HIS CLIENTS. BEST DECISION I MADE ALL YEAR. DEFINETLY MONEY WELL SPENTRead less
Ms. Deihl provides very professional, competent and personalized service to our business and our clients.Read more
Ms. Deihl provides very professional, competent and personalized service to our business and our clients.Read less
5.0/5.0 on 01/09/12 on 01/09/12
I have worked with several attorneys in the firm for several different areas of law. As General Counsel, I find that this firm manages my cases efficiently and always, w...Read more
5.0/5.0 on 01/06/12 on 01/06/12
My company was well served by Marc Katz and his colleagues at the Morris Polich and Purdy firm working out a difficult but excellent settlement as our defense counsel.Read more
5.0/5.0 on 01/05/12 on 01/05/12
Jeff Belote and Betsy England are outstanding attorneys. I would give them my absolute highest recommendation.Read more
5.0/5.0 on 01/04/12 on 01/04/12
5.0/5.0 on 12/29/11 on 12/29/11
Morris Polich & Purdy provides very personalized, competent service. I always get to speak with the attorney assigned to the case. Reporting is prompt and thorough,...Read more
Morris Polich & Purdy provides very personalized, competent service. I always get to speak with the attorney assigned to the case. Reporting is prompt and thorough, and advice is always accurate. The defense of our largest client is entrusted to Morris Polich & Purdy.
More than just a word, diversity truly matters to us and to our clients. In keeping with our firm culture, we recognize the importance of diversity throughout the firm, to each other and to our clients.