CONTACTS

Tel:(310) 601-7070.


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

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017, 2018
Top 40 under 40 National Black Lawyers
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 the attorney who leads all litigation matters in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. He has been practicing civil rights law for over a decade and is licensed to practice in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern District Courts of California and all Superior Courts 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, Inc., 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 Torrance Police Department, Montebello Police Department, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, and the Anaheim Police Department.

He has successfully lead a trial team that secured a verdict of $1,766,875.95 for clients from the city of Santa Clara in a police misconduct action. He has also secured settlements of $1,600,000.00 and $950,000.00 against the City of Antioch and the County of Alameda, respectively for police misconduct actions. His legalprowess has earned him recognition as one of the top 40 under 40 by the National Black Lawyers in 2016. In addition, he was named to Super Lawyers Magazine’a Rising Star’s List in 2017 and 2018.

Mr. Lacy received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2005. 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

News

Feb 20th 2021

COVID: Los Angeles County Superior Court system struggles with backlog amid pandemic
https://abc7.com/pandemic-courts-los-angeles-county-superior-court/10355111/

Feb 13, 2021 Court TV
Feb. 9, 2021 Court TV
Feb 3, 2021 BET

Jan 26, 2021 Court TV

https://youtu.be/K4wnGS9N2kU

https://youtu.be/vYXkkz4Z14Y

https://youtu.be/cyq6R-8a4oI

https://youtu.be/3CsEmXWKLQA

Jan 18, 2021 KTVU

https://www.ktvu.com/news/attorneys-sue-over-unjustified-fatal-shooting-of-hayward-man-holding-knife

Jan 8, 2021 Meaww

https://meaww.com/what-legal-trouble-will-elizabeth-from-knoxville-capitol-riots-protests-rioters-face-if-detained

JAN-DEC 2020

Dec 25, 2020 ABC 7

https://youtu.be/pUDCA_aH1c8

Dec 17, Jamaica Gleaner

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20201217/family-jamaican-man-files-second-lawsuit-san-diego?utm_source=ground.news&utm_medium=referral

Dec 9, Court TV

https://youtu.be/CxVmMAZCaqI

https://youtu.be/Ep5TsMr9L-M

https://youtu.be/ZVwqHreOED0

https://youtu.be/m7r49hym1Aw

Dec 8, California News-Times

https://californianewstimes.com/family-of-man-who-died-after-encounter-with-chula-vista-police-files-new-suits/72010/

Dec 7, San Diego Union Tribune

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2020-12-07/more-family-member-sue-chula-vista-over-death-of-father-after-struggle-with-police

Dec 7, CBS8

https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/crime/family-of-man-who-died-after-encounter-with-chula-vista-police-files-new-suits/509-50e1b35f-8ec8-4668-8ae9-217314df99ae

Dec 7, KPBS

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/dec/07/family-man-who-died-after-encounter-chula-vista-po/

Nov 27, USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/11/27/johnny-depps-career-kaput-what-his-lawsuit-against-amber-heard/6272640002/

Nov 27, Geek Buzz

https://www.thegeekbuzz.com/the-basement/johnny-depp-should-let-it-go-and-move-on-says-legal-pr-civil-rights-experts/

Nov 25, Court TV

https://youtu.be/oCPje5JiQks

https://youtu.be/L_za51ppikc

https://youtu.be/RLtM5HDwi_A

https://youtu.be/aXVfgkVcFE8

Nov, 10 Law and Crime

https://youtu.be/hxVaClnwnWw

https://youtu.be/x64ZoFuStnY

https://youtu.be/-mPGyh40EQI

https://youtu.be/SAVL6aYuntw

https://youtu.be/ZySFdWiJMX8

https://youtu.be/bSjWkdNLe0U

https://youtu.be/tRpKwQd5KJs

Nov 2, Court TV

https://youtu.be/-OYo22POhMc

https://youtu.be/Elyg2AQadto

https://youtu.be/SegyFa913kE

https://youtu.be/WEm8kJ6FNvU

Oct 22, Court TV

https://youtu.be/LTd_RvRGRC4

https://youtu.be/j_lePfLhhWI

https://youtu.be/c5DqcxjBmus

https://youtu.be/i-XXCP-RF7Q

Oct 19, Daily Journal

https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/360033

Oct 16, Edhat

https://www.edhat.com/news/series-of-lies-ely-family-denounces-da-for-clearing-deputies-in-fatal-shooting

Oct 16, Santa Barbara News Press

https://newspress.com/ely-family-attorneys-rebuke-district-attorneys-report/

Oct 16, KEYT

https://keyt.com/news/crime/2020/10/15/ely-family-challenges-santa-barbara-sheriffs-2019-fatal-shooting-in-hope-ranch/

Oct 15, Santa Barbara Independent

https://www.independent.com/2020/10/15/a-series-of-lies-%e2%80%95-ely-family-denounces-da-for-clearing-deputies-in-fatal-shooting/

Oct 15, Noozhawk

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/family_of_actor_ron_ely_responds_santa_barbara_da_office_report

Oct 15, Inside Edition

https://www.insideedition.com/daughters-of-tarzan-actor-ron-ely-say-brother-didnt-kill-their-mom-claim-sheriffs-deputies-coverup

Video: https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/daughters-of-tarzan-star-ron-ely-allege-cop-coverup-62470

Oct 13, Pasadena Now

https://www.pasadenanow.com/main/two-separate-federal-civil-rights-lawsuits-filed-in-case-of-man-fatally-shot-by-pasadena-police/

Sep 14, Court TV

https://youtu.be/6ORbCYJkGaA

https://youtu.be/IsD4x6B6kdk

https://youtu.be/jPZ9Z01NwR4

https://youtu.be/AFnjaQsE18g

July 30, Court TV

https://youtu.be/HA5ZdhY5iow

https://youtu.be/6aQeVTpOwFQ

https://youtu.be/67ZT4G4ri64

https://youtu.be/Q3L8B9n9T8s

July 9, Court TV

https://youtu.be/Z-kFBjHYueQ

https://youtu.be/Kgbmf6bJxVg

https://youtu.be/Hgk9UopRB1g

https://youtu.be/E8mGqjASsZk

July 7, Law and Crime

https://youtu.be/xK9wEjGvqSU

June 26, Law and Crime

https://youtu.be/5_IK9fK8b6c

https://youtu.be/qiwv5wihWDI

https://youtu.be/giHidkX6WHk

June 19, Law and Crime

https://youtu.be/5REaHsHOkGQ

https://youtu.be/1zVodqSZ_AQ

June 17, 2020, Court Tv

https://youtu.be/OFKyPJgSa94

https://youtu.be/H0Ydf_boMAk

https://youtu.be/shniFk5mOVU

https://youtu.be/l1QloRdkzaw

https://youtu.be/cSwBqst8DPw

June 10, 2020 Law and Crime

https://youtu.be/JJRVk80nDYY

https://youtu.be/YpZn2gJRbXo

https://youtu.be/Ar7PFeWwzWQ

June 9, 2020, Court TV

https://youtu.be/U-n81Jk_tfU

https://youtu.be/SsKbuacVYAs

https://youtu.be/YcW1TFGdt7A

https://youtu.be/RGpvYdaFqUg

June 10, 2020, Mercury News

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/10/homeless-woman-injured-by-police-dog-sues-west-covina-6-officers/

June 9, 2020, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

https://www.sgvtribune.com/2020/06/09/homeless-woman-injured-by-police-dog-sues-west-covina-6-officers/

June 5, 2020, Star Tribune

https://www.startribune.com/small-and-mighty-minnesota-human-rights-agency-faces-test-in-police-probe/571059072/

June 1, Court TV

https://youtu.be/jp_CHYIU9n4

https://youtu.be/ZPSc4TiwETM

May 22, 2020, WitnessLA

https://witnessla.com/op-ed-homeless-people-are-not-punching-bags/

May 12, 2020, Daily Journal

https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357662

May 11, 2020 CourtTV

Using the citizens’ arrest defense in the Ahmaud Arbery case is not fair, and even if it was, you do not get to round up a posse with guns and go hunt someone down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnKNsY2F-oc&list=PLjRkI7G5BU2dAlHnplunhhn9na7WpRWBg&index=4&t=0s

May 11, 2020 CourtTV, 13th Juror segment

Answering a question speculating on a not guilty verdict in the Ahmaud Abery case

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8XFparjxgw&list=PLjRkI7G5BU2dAlHnplunhhn9na7WpRWBg&index=3&t=0s

April 17, CourtTV

Discusses the civil rights ramifications of an inmate who was arrested shortly after being released from prison due to coronavirus concerns.

https://fb.watch/3hHRcJ5L4g/

April 16, Livermore Independent

https://www.independentnews.com/news/santa-rita-jail-confirms-more-covid-19-cases/article_e7b89a0c-7f93-11ea-8017-effa3f2e50e9.html

April 13, 2020, Daily Journal

https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357161

April 6, 2020, Daily Journal

https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357074

March 26, Livermore Independent

https://www.independentnews.com/news/chief-justice-suspends-jury-trials-statewide/article_b14a13cc-6f0f-11ea-b9b6-631d47aad4dc.html

Jan 31, 2020, New York Post

https://nypost.com/video/cop-sued-for-shooting-book-hurling-suspect/

January 29, 2020,NBC 3 KCRA: https://www.kcra.com/article/modesto-police-release-body-cam-video-of-2014-officer-involved-shooting/30709453

January 29, 2020, The Independent (UK): https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/police-bodycam-california-jesse-montelongo-a9308956.html

January 28, 2020, Free Thought Project: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/man-shot-tossing-a-book-police/

January 28, 2020, Modesto Bee: https://www.modbee.com/news/local/article239699258.html

January 28, 2020, Sacramento Bee:

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article239699258.html

January 28, 2020, Univision 19: https://www.univision.com/local/sacramento-kuvs/familia-continua-batalla-legal-por-abuso-de-autoridad-contra-la-policia-de-modesto-video

January 27, 2020, ABC 10: https://www.abc10.com/video/news/local/modesto/modesto-bodycam-release/103-21599aec-86b8-45b2-9975-6c3930543165

2019

Oct. 10, 2019, El Popular News

https://www.elpopularnews.com/news/noticia_local/levantan-acta-demandando-a-bpd-por-exceso-de-fuerza/article_403200fa-eba2-11e9-b623-bb6759e9b804.html

Oct. 9, 2019, Bakersfield.com

https://www.bakersfield.com/news/lawsuit-claims-excessive-use-of-force-during-february-shooting/article_0d25e836-ea01-11e9-92bd-6f23e9ca3180.html

Oct. 8, 2019, KGET

https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/family-of-a-man-left-paralyzed-after-an-officer-involved-shooting-files-lawsuit-against-bakersfield/

https://www.kget.com/telemundo/familia-de-hombre-quien-quedo-paralizado-tras-un-tiroteo-involucrando-a-agentes-de-la-ley-entabla-demanda-contra-la-ciudad/

Oct. 1, 2019, WitnessLA

https://witnessla.com/when-is-a-shooting-necessary/

Sep 26, 2019, Orange County Register

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/09/26/da-clears-officers-in-death-of-bipolar-man-after-violent-struggle/

Aug. 27, 2019, Daily Journal

The Qualified Immunity Dilemma

https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/354052

Aug. 20, 2019, USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/20/california-new-police-use-force-law-significant-change/2068263001/

Aug. 20, 2019, WitnessLA

https://witnessla.com/gov-newsom-signs-historic-bill-to-set-stricter-police-use-of-force-standards/