The Bonderud Law Firm has garnered national and international headline fame for its work on behalf of individuals whose civil rights were violated.

False Arrest & Malicious Prosecution

A false arrest occurs when the police make an arrest without probable cause to believe that a crime had been committed.  The Bonderud Law Firm has litigated false arrest cases throughout Florida, resulting favorable case law development:

  • Jonathan Vanquise Dunn v. City of Boynton Beach, Florida, et al., - - F.Supp.3d - -, case no. 15-81499-civ-MARRA, 2016 WL 3256935 (S.D. Fla.) (Jun. 16, 2016 Order Denying Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss Claims of False Arrest and Rejecting Claim of Qualified Immunity)
  • Peter S. Charlson v. John H. Rutherford, et al., case no. 3:15-cv-724 (M.D. Fla., Jacksonville Division) (Mar. 30, 2016 Order Denying Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss Claims of False Arrest and Rejecting Claim of Qualified Immunity)
  • Angela Levi v. Rick Beseler, et al., case no. 3:14-cv-1520 (M.D. Fla., Jacksonville Division) (May 26, 2015 Order Denying Motions to Dismiss Claims of False Arrest) (May 4, 2016 Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motions for Summary Judgment)

The Firm has successfully litigated false arrest cases, resulting in compensation for the Firm’s clients:

  • Joshua Angel v. John H. Rutherford ($150,000.00 settlement of false arrest claim)
  • Ashley Nicole Chiasson v. Rick Beseler ($67,000.00 settlement of false arrest claim)
  • Anonymous v. John H. Rutherford (37,000.00 settlement of false arrest claim)
  • Angela Levi v. Rick Beseler ($40,000.00 settlement of false arrest claim)
  • Darrell Lee Gabbard v. City of Atlantic Beach, Florida, et al. ($20,000.00 settlement of false arrest claim)

Police Brutality

The Firm also represents individuals who were victims of police brutality.  They include individuals who were beaten until bloody by arresting officers, as well as individuals who were mauled by police dogs.  If you have been the victim of police brutality, contact the Bonderud Law Firm today.

Prison & Jail Inmate Claims

Prison and Jail inmates are at the absolute mercy of correctional officers to survive.  Basic inmate needs, such as food and medicine, are complicated when an inmate has a unique medical condition or disability.  Unfortunately, jail and prison correctional officers are occasionally negligent, or even reckless, concerning such special needs, resulting in unnecessary and avoidable injuries.

  • Nicholas Todd Largen v. The City of Jacksonville, Florida, et al. ($20,000.00 settlement of civil rights claim & ADA claim for failure to provide anti-seizure medication)

Contact The Bonderud Law Firm today for a confidential, free consultation.

Local Government & Municipal Litigation

Although a majority of the Firm’s civil rights clients is comprised of arrestees and inmates, The Bonderud Law Firm also represents clients whose civil rights were violated in other contexts.  For example, in the case of Miata, et al. v. City of Daytona Beach, case no. 6:14-cv-1428, 2015 WL 506287, the Firm represented a group of landlords and tenants in an action against the City of Daytona Beach, after the City enacted a municipal ordinance that imposed extraordinary burdens on residential landlords and empowered the City to enter and inspect rental homes without cause.  After the Firm filed the lawsuit, the City of Daytona Beach promptly enacted a revised ordinance that cured many of the defects identified in the lawsuit.  See “Daytona rental inspection law gets addition”, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Oct. 15, 2014, available at: (“Six weeks after the city was hit with a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging its 2-year-old residential rental inspection program is unconstitutional, city commissioners have OK’d a change to the city code governing that program.  The code now spells out that if property owners or their tenants don’t consent to a city check of the rental unit, then city officials will obtain an inspection warrant from a circuit judge before attempting to get on the property.”).  The Firm also represents clients seeking to enforce their rights under Florida’s broad Public Records laws, including the Public Records Act, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.  Contact The Bonderud Law Firm today for a free consultation.