Our Cases In The News

Beck v. Baker et al, 2:14-CV-67

In February 2017, attorneys Margaret Strickland and Mollie McGraw obtained a seven-figure jury verdict against two Las Cruces Police Department officers for excessive force, battery and unlawful arrest. Attorneys Strickland and McGraw represented a married couple in their civil rights case that was tried in U.S. Federal Court in Las Cruces. The federal jury found the defendant officers were liable and awarded $1.6 million.

Murphy et al v. Roger Cox Property Management Co. et al, D-101-CV-2012-00980

Attorney Mollie McGraw became one of the few attorneys in New Mexico to receive an eight-figure jury verdict for the wrongful death of 31-year-old Andrae Davis. Andrae was killed when a bullet pierced the front door of his apartment. At trial, attorney Mollie McGraw successfully argued that condo association's and property management company's failures to conduct background checks and enforce safety rules caused Andrae's untimely death. In March 2015, a Santa Fe jury found the defendants were liable and awarded $12 million.

Pena v. Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. et al., D-307-CV-2011-2932

In April 2013, Attorney Mollie McGraw obtained a favorable jury verdict for her client against a hotel management company and a security company. The client suffered personal physical injuries when he was attacked by security guards and the bar manager at a hotel bar, even though he wasn't involved in the bar fight. Attorney Mollie McGraw brought suit against the security guards, the security company and the hotel's management company.

Johnson v. Sierra County 2:16-CV-11

Attorney Margaret Strickland successfully sued a jail, detention officers and jail administrators for wrongfully holding her client in segregation and failing to protect him from attacks by other inmates. While in segregation, her client was held continually in a small cell with no meaningful human contact and no access to the outdoors. These conditions have been found to violate a person's constitutional right to due process and to constitute cruel and unusual punishment. The abuse left her client with PTSD and physical injuries.

Wallace v. Holguin et al, 2:17-CV-273

Attorney Margaret Strickland successfully sued law enforcement in federal court for unlawfully entering her client's home and arresting her without legal cause and without a warrant. This arrest happened in front of the client's children and husband. Even though there were many officers on scene, not one of them intervened to stop the unlawful actions of their officers.