THE FIERBERG NATIONAL LAW GROUP

The Fierberg National Law Group is a team of lawyers and legal professionals with outstanding academic credentials, legal training, courtroom experience, and a passion for representing clients in the best tradition of the legal practice.  Trial lawyers have long protected legal rights that society most values.

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CONTACT US: 202-351-0510 | 1-877-WASH-DC-1 (toll free)

INFO@TFNLGROUP.COM | Skype: DCLawFirm

1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Offices Also In Denver and Traverse City
Tel: 231-933-0180 | Fax: 231-252-8100

Our lawyers and work are regularly profiled in national media, including CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, NPR, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and others.

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Cornell University Hazing Case

George Desdunes was killed by fraternity hazing by Sigma Alpha Epsilon members and pledges at Cornell University.  His mother’s lawsuit established precedent in New York that enables victims of hazing and their families to hold national fraternities legally responsible for the harm caused by their members and chapters.  SAE and its members spent years fighting the lawsuit, without success.  When the defendants’ final effort to dismiss the matter was rejected by the Court, we obtained a confidential, multi-million dollar settlement for George’s mother.  While it took 5 or so years for Marie to obtain justice, we were with Marie the whole way and defeated the fraternity defendants’ persistent attempts to evade responsibility.

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Virginia Tech Press Conference

Our lawyers negotiated the historic settlement that resulted in settlements valued in excess of $11 Million for the victims and established a foundation in their honor.  Our work was the only successful legal resolution of this tragedy and resulted in economic recoveries, health insurance, counseling and health care treatment, and the establishment of an advocacy organization to carry-on the work and family legacies.

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Kansas State University Title IX Lawsuits

Good Morning America featured our work and clients’ federal lawsuit seeking to compel Kansas State University to investigate, hold disciplinary hearings, and abide by Title IX and state law regarding their allegations of sexual assault at fraternity houses.  “Zero tolerance” policies against sexual assault are meaningless without preventive actions, compelled reforms and punitive enforcement:  Universities must make campus safe, investigate claims of sexual assault, hold fair, lawful hearings, punish perpetrators, and protect and accommodate survivors.

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Nationwide Legal Representation

Across the country and for more than 25 years, we have successfully resolved cases involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death at schools and colleges.  We established this legal specialty.  We also represent survivors of sexual violence in high school/college/university disciplinary hearings, compelling institutions, and those who enable offenders, to abide by the law, pay compensation, enforce codes of conduct, expel rapists, and protect and accommodate survivors.

OUR WORK

We represent families and survivors in federal and state lawsuits involving fraternity death, fraternity rape, hazing injury, hazing death, wrongful death, serious personal injury, sexual assault, and Title IX violations.  For example, on October 12, 2017, Monica Beck obtained a $1.8 Million verdict on behalf of one of our clients in Federal Court against Chad Curtis, a former major league baseball player (now incarcerated) who sexually assaulted four of our clients in high school.  In 2014 we obtained approximately $5 Million in federal court judgments and settlements for young girls improperly videotaped and photographed by their elementary school teacher, enabling them to obtain the quality mental health care they deserve, pay for college, and, for some, purchase homes for themselves and families.  We help survivors of sexual assault in schools achieve justice in school disciplinary hearings, since these proceedings are pivotal in protecting students and their Title IX and educational rights.  As part of our practice focusing on women’s rights, we are defending sexual assault survivors who have been sued by perpetrators for defamation, and filing counterclaims on their behalf to obtain compensation for their injuries.

In this context, we have served as lead counsel in lawsuits, administrative complaints, mediation, and disciplinary proceedings in numerous states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

We have established legal precedent in numerous states (Federal and State courts), created legacies for our clients, and collected tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements against individuals, corporations, fraternities, educational institutions, enablers and con-apologists responsible for harming our clients.  “You and Jon were amazing!  We had them outlawyered today, which gives us a fighting chance of having it acknowledged that our son died from hazing, and that steps will be taken to prevent others from being harmed/killed.  All because of you, Jon and the Team in Michigan and PA!”  Surviving Parent/Client, 2017. 

Our litigation and trial skills also assist our commercial work, advice and litigation on behalf of individuals, for-profit and non-profit organizations and start-ups nationwide:

  • For more than 20 years, we have served as outside general counsel for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (“NACA”), this country’s most progressive, aggressive and successful organization fighting housing discrimination and predatory lending.  NACA has made the American Dream of homeownership possible for thousands of working people, forcing banks to commit billions of dollars to end discrimination.  See www.naca.com
  • We served as lead trial counsel for Rolling Stone LLC and Wenner Media LLC, legendary global media companies defending a $25 Million defamation lawsuit filed against them arising out of an article Rolling Stone published on the subject of sexual assaults at college fraternities.  Our work uncovered numerous legal and factual flaws in the allegations against Rolling Stone, and, as a result, the claims were successfully resolved for a small fraction of the damages sought.  We continue to serve as Rolling Stone’s lead trial counsel in a federal case brought against it in New York by individual members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity who claim they were defamed by the same article.
  • For more than 25 years, we have served as general counsel for the International Titanium Association, an association of American and multi-national businesses operating worldwide.  See www.titanium.org
  • We initiate and defend litigation in Washington, D.C. and Virginia on behalf of Grosvenor Urban Retail, LP, a London-based, global leader in commercial real estate.  See www.grosvenor.com
  • For more than 20 years, we have served as outside general counsel for Fasano Associates, Inc., a D.C.-headquartered diversified underwriting organization serving the life insurance, annuity/structured settlement, life settlement and related industries nationwide.

Our business and transactional advice covers a wide-spectrum of start-up, entity formation, operational, employment, management, leasing, litigation, strategic and governance legal issues.  And, when conflict cannot be circumvented, we have successfully brought, defended and resolved numerous types of commercial claims, as well as investigative and enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies.

Un abogado en nuestro bufete, Jonathon Fazzola, está disponible para hacer consultas en español para los clientes de habla hispana.  We have successfully represented a number of people who struggle to speak and/or understand English.  We have ready access to translators fluent in Arabic, Chinese and Russian.  Igualidad ante la ley根据法律面前人人平等

LEGAL TEAM

DOUG FIERBERG

DOUG FIERBERG

Attorney
CARI SIMON

CARI SIMON

Attorney
MONICA BECK

MONICA BECK

Attorney
JONATHON FAZZOLA

JONATHON FAZZOLA

ATTORNEY
CHRIS DEJONG

CHRIS DEJONG

Paralegal
KAREN RINK

KAREN RINK

Paralegal
Chloe Neely

Chloe Neely

Law Clerk
Taylor Picard

Taylor Picard

Legal Assistant

AFFILIATED TRIAL COUNSEL

AFFILIATED FIRM & COUNSEL

KERRY BRAINARD VERDI

KERRY BRAINARD VERDI

VERDI & OGLETREE
NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKAR

NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKAR

CHAMPION WOMEN

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

MATTHEW T. MISSIAS

MATTHEW T. MISSIAS

CULTIVATED LEARNING

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