Partner Matthew McNicholas and Senior Lawyer Doug Winter’s $2.75 million, unanimous verdict on behalf of a Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) employee topped the 2018 California TopVerdict list as the largest jury verdict in the Embezzlement category, as well as one of the top 50 largest labor and employment verdicts in the U.S. in 2018.

In the case Meiche v. City of Los Angeles, the firm represented the plaintiff – a member of the LAFD Dive Safety Board who witnessed the destruction of equipment purchased by the Dive Safety Board, misappropriation of grant funds, and improper disposal of equipment in violation of grant restrictions; as a result, the plaintiff was retaliated against for disclosing potential grant fraud and abuse.

TopVerdict recognizes U.S. law firms and attorneys who have obtained one of the highest jury verdicts, court awards or settlements in the nation or an individual state, in a particular area of law and year.