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Milliman v. County of McHenry July, 2017

Plaintiff alleged that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of association when he was terminated from his employment as a Sheriff’s deputy. Plaintiff’s termination was in response to a finding of unfitness for duty following Plaintiff’s allegations that the former McHenry County Sheriff was engaging in criminal activity, including ticket fixing, bribery, trafficking of illegal aliens, and soliciting the murder of a former judge. Defendants filed a successful motion for summary judgment arguing the McHenry County Sheriff was justified in terminating Plaintiff in reliance on the findings of a licensed clinical psychologist that Plaintiff was not fit for duty. McHenry County was represented by Attorney Jeffrey N. Given.

Adams v. Village of Olympia Fields March, 2017

Plaintiff alleged that two Olympia Fields officers falsely arrested him and used excessive force during the course of an arrest after Plaintiff was involved in an on street confrontation with someone who had accused Plaintiff of stealing lawn chairs from him. Independent witnesses were immediately interviewed, who corroborated the officers' statements that Plaintiff had attempted to grab a hand axe from the front seat of his vehicle after the officers ordered Plaintiff to stay away from his vehicle while they conducted their initial investigation. Threatened with sanctions for filing a frivolous complaint, Plaintiff's counsel withdrew from the case and the Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his claims before Defendants were required to answer the complaint. The Village of Olympia Fields was represented by Attorney John J. Timbo.

Kondrat v. Village of Westchester January, 2017

Plaintiff alleged that he was arrested with the use of excessive force by several Village of Westchester police officers after Plaintiff admittedly led them on a foot chase. The officers were called to Plaintiff's residence to investigate a domestic disturbance, and fled from one of the arresting officers after being placed in handcuffs. Plaintiff alleged that after he was arrested one or more officers kicked him in his torso, fracturing two ribs. Plaintiff made an initial demand of $75,000, but was forced to accept a nuisance value settlement of $1500 before Defendants had to respond to the complaint after two witnesses were located who confirmed that Plaintiff fell over a five foot high fence onto his side during the foot chase. The Village of Westchester was represented by Attorney John J. Timbo.

'Firm Wins Excessive Force Case Involving SWAT Team's Use of a "Flash Bang" Grenade (October 31, 2014)

A federal jury found two members of the Chicago Police Department's SWAT Team did not violate Plaintiff Donna Flournoy's Fourth Amendment rights during the execution of a "high risk" search warrant at the residence of Plaintiff's son, Tony Walker. Plaintiff suffered a massive and permanent blast injury to her knee after rolling on top of a "flash bang" diversionary device tossed inside the residence by one of the Defendants as the SWAT Team was making entry. The Plaintiff asked the jury to assess $3,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages against the officers. The case was presided over by Judge William Hart. Flournoy v. Quinn, 09 C 7159, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

The case was tried by Jim Sotos, John Timbo and Jordan Lejcar.'


Jury Rejects False Arrest and Excessive Claims After Foot Pursuit (February 3, 2011)

A federal jury rejected Willie Livingston's claim that he was falsely arrested after Chicago Police Officers chased him and allegedly threw him into a metal fence. The jury also found the officers not guilty of excessive force in connection with the orbital fracture Mr. Livingston received when he slipped and hit the corner of the fence during the pursuit. The case was presided over by the Honorable Judge Amy St. Eve. Livingston v. McDevitt, No. 09 C 7725, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

The case was tried by an attorney at The Sotos Law Firm, P.C.


Firm Wins Malicious Prosecution Case.

"Cops didn't frame former death row inmate, jury says." Daily Herald, 8/20/09

After a two week trial and nearly five hours of deliberation, a jury concluded that McHenry County Undersheriff Gene Lowery and retired Detectives Beverly Hendle and Christopher Pandre were not guilty of maliciously prosecuting Gary Gauger for the 1993 murders of his parents. Gary Gauger had claimed that his confession to those crimes was coerced during an 18 hour interrogation. Gauger v. Hendle, No. 03 LA 292, Circuit Court of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, McHenry County, Illinois.

This case was tried by Jim Sotos, John Timbo and Jeff Given.

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JAMES SOTOS

The firm is led by James Sotos, who possesses over twenty-five years of experience representing public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. During that time, Jim has distinguished himself as one of a handful of attorneys who has argued two cases in the United States Supreme Court, and he has achieved an enviable rate of success in the arena of Illinois governmental litigation. Jim enjoys Lexis-Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell's preeminent AV peer review rating and has been recognized both as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by "Law and Politics" and the publishers of Chicago Magazine and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Jim also lectures and publishes frequently on government liability and ethics and writes the weekly column "In Federal Courts" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Jeffrey N. Given

Jeff began his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago where he engaged in commercial and constitutional litigation. Jeff left Kirkland to establish a successful entrepreneurial business before returning to the practice of law at the City of Chicago Law Department. Jeff served seven of his ten years at the Law Department as the Chief Assistant responsible for managing all aspects of the City's representation in litigation alleging misconduct by the Chicago Police Department. Jeff graduated cum laude from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington, Indiana in 1983. During law school, Jeff was selected for law review and was awarded the ABA Annual Award for best performances in Land Use and Local Government law courses. Jeff graduated cum laude with distinction in major from Carleton College in 1978 where he earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies.

Caroline Jamieson Golden

Before joining The Sotos Law Firm, Carrie was a partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg where she worked in the commercial litigation department for seven years. She also brings with her valuable experience from internships at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois and for the Honorable Ann C. Williams, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Carrie graduated from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 1992. While in law school, Carrie earned the prestigious position of DePaul Law Review Editor. Carrie's academic excellence in law school earned her membership in the Order of the Coif. She also received American Jurisprudence awards in Procedure and Evidence. Carrie graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Finance.

JOHN J. TIMBO

John has been representing the interests of law enforcement since 1994, when he started as a law clerk with the Office of the Legal Advisor for the Boston Police Department. John is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, after having been accepted as a third year visiting student by Chicago-Kent College of Law. After graduation, John worked with Russell Hartigan & Associates in Chicago where he engaged in municipal, civil rights, and insurance defense, having successfully tried several cases to verdict. After working with two other attorneys from Hartigan & Associates for a short time in a start up firm, John joined Jim Sotos in 2000. John has been a regular presenter on liability risk issues for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police since 2009, and recently lectured on the topic of recent trends in qualified immunity at the Illinois Midwest Police and Security Expo held in Peoria, Illinois in August, 2011. John is also a 1993 graduate of DePaul University College of Commerce, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics.