Daily Journal Recognizes Arreola v. City of Pomona et al. as One of the 2014 Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact
In a special issue, Daily Journal recognized the most significant and impressive victories during 2014 to honor exceptional work by litigators. Partner Matthew McNicholas’ case, Arreola v. City of Pomona et al., was selected as a top plaintiffs’ verdict by impact, recognizing his ability to secure verdict in federal court on behalf of Sergio Arreola who was subject to excessive force by the Pomona Police Department.
Mr. Arreola was a probationary Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer when he was arrested for assault and resisting arrest by the Pomona Police Department after claims were made he arrived belligerent to his wife’s traffic accident. Mr. Arreola was fired from the LAPD after the incident.
Mr. McNicholas not only demonstrated that the Pomona officers made false accusations against Mr. Arreola, but successfully negotiated his client’s reinstatement to the LAPD, something that is rarely seen. Mr. Arreola later pursued a lawsuit against the City of Pomona and secured a $700,000 settlement. Mr. McNicholas added that the settlement could have been larger had Mr. Arreola not been reinstated, but getting his job back was the number one priority. “That was actually the most important thing to me, even though it made his lawsuit worth a lot less money,” Mr. McNicholas said.