One of the most accomplished civil rights attorneys in the nation, Dale K. Galipo is the founder and principal of The Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo, located in Woodland Hills, California. In 2002, Dale Galipo started to devote nearly all his attention to civil rights cases involving police misconduct. Most of his cases were excessive force cases, but he also handled jail cases, false arrest, denial of medical care and sexual misconduct cases. In 2004, Mr. Galipo started obtaining multi-million-dollar jury verdicts for victims of police misconduct and police abuse. In the last eight years, Mr. Galipo has prevailed in 51 Jury trials and obtained more than 90 seven-figure verdicts and settlements. With twelve published opinions in civil rights cases, Dale Galipo has been selected to the Southern California’s SuperLawyers list for the past eight years.
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The Plaintiffs in this case are A.C., (minor daughter), C.C., S.C., A.C., A.C. (minor sons) and Cheryl Casillas, who was the wife of Casimero Casillas (“Decedent”). On September 7, 2015, fatal officer involved shooting of Decedent in Fresno, California. Decedent was shot and killed inside of his own residence by Trevor Shipman of the Fresno Police Department. Decedent never verbally threatened any of the officers, he never physically injured anyone and he never attempted to physically strike or assault anyone, including the involved officers, prior to the shooting. Further, at the time of the shooting, Shipman had less-than-lethal options on his person such as his taser and Shipman never gave Decedent a verbal warning that deadly force would be used, prior to the shooting. Decedent had meth and alcohol in his system. Decedent was had a metal pipe in his hand at the time of the shooting and the officer claimed that Decedent was going to strike him with the pipe. Decedent spent years in prison, was alleged to have physically beat the mother of his children and there were allegations of infidelity. This incident began with a traffic infraction for failure to wear a seatbelt, Decedent was inside of his own home at the time of the shooting. Decedent never physically injured anyone prior to the shooting, nor did he attempt to do so.
After a five (5) day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiffs for $4.75 million. The jury found that Officer Shipman violated Casimero Casillas’ (“Decedent”) Fourth Amendment rights by using unreasonable force against him, that Shipman was liable for the state law wrongful death claims of battery and negligence, that Decedent’s own negligence was not a cause of his death, and that Decedent did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to Shipman at the time of the shooting. The district court also awarded $480, 527 in statutory attorneys’ fees and $17,992.87 in costs. Accordingly, there is a total of $5,248,519.8 which has been awarded to the Plaintiffs and their attorneys, not including interest.