CONTACTS

Tel:510-839-5200


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Civil Rights →
Wrongful Death→
Employment Discrimination→
Personal Injury→

EDUCATION

Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA
Juris Doctor (J.D.), May 2005,

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Speech and Communications, May 2000

AWARDS

International Academy of Trial Lawyers,
Most Outstanding in Litigation, 2005
Rose Elizabeth Bird Award, 2005
2nd Place in National Mock Trial Competition, Northwestern Region, 2005
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship Recipient, 2004
Best Speaker in National Mock Trial Competition,
Northwestern Region, 2004
Diana Richmond Scholarship Recipient, 2004
Dean’s List, 2003

T
HIS IS AMERICA YOU DESERVE JUSTICE
DeWitt M. Lacy is an attorney with the office who heads up all litigation matters in Los Angeles and Southern California. He has been practicing law for seven years and is licensed to practice in California. He is admitted to practice in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern District of California. Mr. Lacy joined the Law Office of John L. Burris in 2011. He handles all aspects of litigation and has significant experience in the areas of Section 1983 Civil Rights litigation, employment discrimination, and personal injury.

Mr. Lacy has successfully prosecuted wrongful death actions and civil rights violations against San Francisco, Vallejo, Santa Clara, Waste Management, and Hayward. Currently, Mr. Lacy is working to assure several families receive justice for the wrongful death of their family members at the hands of the Richmond Police Department, Rialto Police Department, San Diego Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department.

Before joining this office Mr. Lacy enjoyed a private practice in San Francisco California, fighting against the discrimination of an openly gay police officer in Newark, California. In addition,  representing the San Francisco Firefighters Union in a dispute regarding privacy rights of employees; and various criminal defense actions.

Mr. Lacy received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2005. While at GGU, Mr. Lacy was selected to be on the Varsity Mock Trial Team and had the honor of participating in one of the most prestigious advocacy programs in the country. Before his legal practice Mr. Lacy was very active in local and federal political scene, and secured the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee’s endorsement for his local supervisorial campaign in 2010. Mr. Lacy is an avid Laker fan, and during his time away from his practice he enjoys playing /watching basketball and spending time with his family in their home in Los Angeles.

Meet Your Attorney


Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA
    Juris Doctor (J.D.), May 2005,
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA Bachelor of Arts, Speech and Communications, May 2000

Courts Admitted

  • All California State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California

Civic Groups, Volunteer Organizations, & Awards

  • California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • San Francisco African American Democratic Club
    Honors:
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers,
    Most Outstanding in Litigation, 2005
  • Rose Elizabeth Bird Award, 2005
  • 2nd Place in National Mock Trial Competition, Northwestern Region, 2005
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship Recipient, 2004
  • Best Speaker in National Mock Trial Competition,
    Northwestern Region, 2004
  • Diana Richmond Scholarship Recipient, 2004
  • Dean’s List, 2003
    Activities:
  • Black Law Students Association, President 2003 – 2004
  • Mock Trial Competition Team, 2004 – 2005