Summary of Cases
Among the cases the firm has been involved in:
In Benito, et al, v. Equity Property Management, the Law Offices of Chavez and de Leon, P.A. successfully represented the estates of five men who died in a tragic fire alleged to have been due to the negligence of the defendants in a civil case. The men who perished in the fire left dozens of survivors and another resident of the home that caught fire suffered injuries as well.
In re: M.J. School Service, the Law Offices of Chavez and de Leon, P.A. represented the estates of two passengers and a surviving passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident with a school bus cited for running a red light that resulted in the deaths of two men who each left behind a widow and five children and a severely injured driver. The case resulted in a confidential settlement with the school bus company.
In Owaki v. City of Miami, the firm represented a young man attacked by local law enforcement during the FTAA demonstrations in 2003. Case resulted in a settlement with the City of Miami.
In Echevarria v. City of Miami, et al, the firm successfully represented a forklift operator who was tasered and arrested on the job in an incident arising out of our client being unable to move his forklift on a construction site to let an off-duty officer pass by in his vehicle. Case resulted in a settlement during trial with the City of Miami.
In Vivian Acevedo, et al, v. Blue Lake Mobile Park, Miami Dade County, et al the firm represented over 140 residents of a mobile home park against the owner and the County for actions taken against them while residing in the park. During the course of the representation, the firm secured a temporary injunction against the County in favor of the residents, and the case was ultimately settled with the owner in a confidential settlement. Our work with Jobs with Justice of South Florida led to changes in countywide practices dealing with residents of mobile home parks.
In Estate of Toribio Acevedo v. One Bal Harbour, the firm represented the Estate of Toribio Acevedo, in one of the most significant catastrophic and wrongful death construction accident cases in Miami Dade County. The case was brought against the engineers, developers, contractors, among others of a luxury development in Bal Harbour, Florida. The case resulted in a confidential settlement with all the parties.
In Estate of Rudy Morris v. Miami Dade County, the firm represented the estate of Rudy Morris, a young man killed by an officer with the Miami Dade Police Department, and secured summary judgment against the police department for the wrongful police actions resulting in the death of Mr. Morris.
In A.J. v. City of South Miami, et al, the firm represented a young woman falsely arrested by the City of South Miami Police Department Officers for talking back to them during the investigation of a theft of a basketball. After winning an appeal in the 11th Circuit of Appeals in Atlant,a the matter was settled prior to jury selection for a six-figure amount.
In State of Nebraska, in the Interest of A.L. and D.L., the firm represented a Guatemalan mother in an immigration action to return to the United States to regain custody of her children in an action undertaken by DLA Piper Law Firm that was successfully litigated in the Nebraska Supreme Court, in a landmark decision spelling out the rights of immigrants to raise their children regardless of national origin. Chavez & de Leon, P.A. filed the Amicus brief on behalf of the Government of Guatemala before the Nebraska Supreme Court.
In re: Adoption of C.M.B.R., the firm represented a Guatemalan mother in an immigration action to return to be released from immigration custody in the United States to regain custody of her children in an action undertaken by DLA Piper Law Firm that was successfully litigated in the Missouri Supreme Court in a landmark decision highlights the rights of immigrants and other parents in private adoption proceedings. Chavez & de Leon, P.A. filed the Amicus brief on behalf of the Government of Guatemala before the Missouri Supreme Court.
Day Laborer Case. The firm successfully represented a group of Guatemalan national workers who were detained outside of a Home Depot in Palm Beach, Florida and was able to secure their immediate release and the dismissal of charges against the workers.
Immigrant Medical Repatriation Matter. The firm successfully represented a Guatemalan minor in need of ongoing treatment for leukemia from being discharged from a hospital and being privately deported to Guatemala.
Money Order Fraud Case. The firm represented dozens of immigrants who paid cash for money orders which were worthless and was able to recoup a substantial amount of the monies paid and worked with local police in the investigation of the case.
In State v. P.C., the firm represented a young woman who was accused of felonies involving battery on a police officer, resisting a law enforcement officer with violence, fleeing a police officer, in a case involving an allegation of a woman accused of being involved in a chase with a police officer. Our investigation revealed facts previously unknown to the prosecutor. Ultimately the charges were dismissed.
In re: Chiquita Brands International, Inc. the firm is acting as local counsel for a lawsuit involving allegations of assassination of laborers in Colombia by paramilitary groups affiliated with a multinational corporation.
In D.B. v. Unnamed Company, the firm represented D.B. in a case involving allegations of wrongful discharge based on race. The case was resolved in a confidential settlement.
In Jose B. v. Miami Dade County and Department of Homeland Security, the firm represented an immigrant arrested for a traffic offense and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after being held beyond the 48 hour regulatory period on an “ICE Detainer.” After filing a federal action, the firm secured the freedom of Jose B. and the Miami Dade County Department of Corrections implemented written guidelines to enforce the 48-hour rule.
In Estates of R.R.S., L.R.F., S.R.S.N., and R.R.P. v. Ewing Saunders, et al, the firm represented the families of four young men who were killed in an accident that involved a truck that ran a stop sign on a roadway that was under construction. The matter was resolved in a confidential settlement.
The firm has successfully handled legal matters that have resulted in recouping millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. The firm specializes in the following types of cases:
Criminal Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Overtime, and Wrongful Termination
Cases of special concern to immigrants
Our cases have been highlighted in major news outlets including the New York Times, Univision, Telemundo, The Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, ABC, Boston Globe, Ft. Myers Times Press, Los Angeles Times, Miami New Times, and others.
The firm is the recipient of the ACLU's Greater Miami Chapter Rodney Thaxton Racial Justice Award and has been recognized by the El Centro Comunitario y la Organizacion Guatemalteca Maya Quetzal.
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