The Thomas & Means Law Firm

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Hello, I’m Bob Thomas and I do most of our expert witness work. Today, most lawsuits against police involve allegations that the agency has been negligent in some aspect of leadership and/or administration. Our hiring practices and decisions are questioned, training programs and systems challenged and disciplinary practices attacked. To defend you against these claims, someone credible needs to be able to testify persuasively as to contemporary professional standards and whether you met them. We do this. Our work includes:

  • Use of force cases.
  • Vehicle pursuits and emergency driving.
  • Fourth Amendment claims involving detention and arrest, search and seizure.
  • Personnel practices – lawsuits by our own employees.

    Another frequent need for expert witness services arises when we try to get individual defendants, officers and their supervisors at all levels, out of the lawsuit (without need for trial) through a legal concept called “qualified immunity.” An individual defendant may “qualify” for immunity from trial and liability if it can be proved that, even if he or she made a mistake, the mistake was a “reasonable” one that a “reasonably well-trained” officer could have made. This is often called a “good faith” defense though it usually does not depend on ‘faith’, good or bad. Someone credible needs to be able to testify as to what mistakes are “reasonable” and what “reasonable well-trained officers” would and might not know. This is what we do. I do almost all of this work personally but our ABLE team includes experts in virtually every area of law enforcement. Call me if you would like to discuss a case. I can be reached by email or by phone at (704) 895-5694. I’m standing by.

    Randy is available also by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (702) 591-3701.

 

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