RECENT SETTLEMENTS

In addition to unsurpassed litigation experience, the attorneys of Kulis Law work hard to get top settlement amounts for their clients.

In the past few years, we have secured some of the top settlement amounts in the fields of police misconduct, prison abuse, excessive force and other civil rights violations.

Below is a partial list of our numerous settlements:

$9,000,000

Gregory E. Kulis and Associates, Ltd. was part of the legal team representing a man wrongfully imprisoned for more than 11 years. After his exoneration through DNA evidence, our client was awarded the single largest settlement amount ever paid to an individual by the City of Chicago up to that time.

$1,000,000

In 2016, a million dollars was obtained by Gregory E. Kulis and Associates for the Estate of a man who police claim tried to run over a tactical officer wanted to detain and question him over a string of robberies. The officer shot through the rear of the vehicle, killing him.

Approximately $650,000 for Wrongful DUI Charges

Fourteen (14) individuals shared $650,000 (varying amounts for each individual) for being wrongfully arrested by the same Chicago police officer and charged with driving under the influence. The Chicago police officer resigned during the pendency of the case. The Chicago Sun Times and Fox 32 News Chicago broke this story.

$1.35 Million for Police Shooting

A jury awarded the family of Kenneth Elrod $1.35 million for his death. Mr. Elrod got into an altercation with off-duty police officers in a local bar. He went home, got two guns, picked up his friend and went looking for one or more of these individuals. Sometime early that morning, one of the off-duty officers shot and killed the plaintiff and his friend. No witnesses other than the officers testified as to what happened in regard to the shooting. Despite the same, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff.

$95,500 Offer of Judgment and $65,000 in Attorneys' Fees and Costs for Pistol Whipping by an Intoxicated Off-Duty Police Officer

A young man and his girlfriend were visiting friends when confronted by an off-duty Chicago police officer on the north side of the city. The off-duty officer pistol whipped the young man and physically choked the young lady with his gun pointed at her mouth. Police were called to the scene, but when the police officer assailant showed his badge to the uniformed officer he was sent to escape into the night. Our law firm located and identified him one week before the statute of limitations was to run.

$950,000

Chicago Police claim they saw a young man holding a gun and took chase. Police allege that after jumping numerous fences, he turned in a manner which made the officer believe he was pulling a gun. The police officer shot once, killing him. A gun was later found along the path they were chasing him.

$220,000

The largest settlement ever obtained against the Rockford Police Department, Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd. represented a man shot several times during an encounter with officers.

$160,000 - Cook County Jail

Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd. represented a Cook County prisoner who suffered a broken jaw after being beaten by prison guards.

$100,000 Settlement - Cook County Sheriffs

Cook County sheriffs entered the wrong house, awaking and beating the plaintiff. The plaintiff, a single dad, has medical damages including cauliflower ear.

$145,000 Settlement

A Cook County jail guard had an altercation with a detainee the day he was going to be released and charged him with battery.

$425,000 Settlement

A detained individual's mother received this settlement after her son died of a staph pneumonia infection.

Unusual Cases:

Illinois Moment of Silence Law Deemed Unconstitutional (Sherman v. School District 216, et al.).

In 2008, the Illinois State Legislature amended the Moment of Silence Law in the State of Illinois, which required all children in public schools to have a moment of silence to pray and/or reflect. Rob Sherman, a renowned atheist, and his daughter, Dawn Sherman, a Buffalo Grove High School student, retained Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd. to challenge the constitutionality of this law. The plaintiff moved for a class action against all school districts in Illinois to prevent this law from going forward, which would project prayer in the public schools. An injunction was entered against the State of Illinois preventing enforcement of this law and thereafter, the Shermans moved for class certification against all public school districts in the State of Illinois, which was granted. Ultimately, Judge Robert Gettleman of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois held that the law was unconstitutional and violated the exclusionary clause of the United States Constitution.

Hazing of Presidential Election Celebrants

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected. In Chicago, many supporters were celebrating in the streets, screaming and yelling as the election results declared Barack Obama president. Numerous Chicago police officers took offense at a black president and used pepper spray in retaliation of the celebration. Racial comments were made while the celebrants were pepper-sprayed. Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd. filed numerous lawsuits against unknown Chicago police officers for violation for these individuals' First Amendment rights and excessive and unlawful use of force under 42 U.S.C. §1983. These lawsuits are still pending.

$100,000 to Sandwich Shop Owner

A Schaumburg sandwich shop owner had a dispute with a customer over a sandwich. Police were called by the customer. The officer who arrived on the scene tried to force his will upon the shop owner. The officer physically attacked and arrested the shop owner claiming he pushed the officer. The shop owner received abrasions to his face and body seeking minimal medical attention and some psychological counseling from the incident. Our firm ultimately reached a settlement of $100,000 for the shop owner for his claim.

$87,000 to a Landlord and Tenants

A Chicago landlord/owner of several single-family rental homes and the tenants sued the City of Chicago for unlawfully entering apartments by using Chicago police authority to unlawfully investigate the landlord. After complaining about these actions, numerous bogus building violations were issued against the landlord. A settlement of $87,000 was reached.