Civil Rights Insurance Recovery

Lathrop Gage leads the nation in negotiating settlements to compensate those who have been wrongfully convicted and has secured three of the largest settlements in history for these claims.   Our Civil Rights Insurance Recovery Practice specializes in representing exonerees in §1983 civil rights lawsuits brought against the public entities responsible for their wrongful incarcerations.  In addition, the Practice represents individuals and their families in other high-dollar cases against public entities such as claims for wrongful jail deaths, school shootings, and excessive use of force.

Our team knows that insurance recovery is often the key to helping the wrongfully imprisoned to vindicate their civil and constitutional rights. We partner with the nation’s leading civil rights law firms to aggressively pursue settlements under liability policies insuring public entities. Since our first success in 2004, we have helped litigate numerous wrongful conviction and wrongful death cases, recovering more than $190 million for individuals and their families.

Since 2004, Lathrop Gage has helped recover more than $190 million for wrongfully convicted individuals

Lathrop Gage’s expertise in insurance recovery law allows our firm to recover insurance proceeds in civil rights cases where other law firms have failed. Our team members use their decades of knowledge and experience representing corporations against recalcitrant insurance companies to achieve exceptional results for newly exonerated individuals and their loved ones.

See a summary of our work and results below; links go to news coverage:

Craig Coley

$21 million


Angel Gonzalez

$9.5 million


Larry Ruffin, Bobby Ray Dixon and Phillip Bivens

$16.5 million recovered, with potential for $4 million additional


Betty Anne Waters, on behalf of her brother, Kenny Waters

$7.525 million


Dennis Maher

$3.1 million


The “Englewood Four”

 $60.595 million


Jeff Deskovic

$25 million

New York state

Eleanor Reasonover

$7.5 million


Eric Sarsfields

$2 million


Eddie Lowery

$7.5 million


James Alan Gell

$3.9 million

North Carolina

Marty Tankleff

$3.375 million

New York

Floyd Brown

$9.325 million

North Carolina

David Boyce

$2 million


Victoria Herr

$4.75 million


Jason Strong

$9 million



Areas of Focus