Civil Rights and Civil Litigation

Broadus v. Hennepin County, Assisted Plaintiff in obtaining $1.5 Million Dollar settlement for six-year-old foster child who died tragically due to alleged indifference of child-welfare workers. (2018)

Rozycki v. Champlin et al., (2017), Obtained directed verdict and money judgment at trial for Plaintiff who was victim of excessive force and warrantless entry.

Shawn Ross v. City of Minneapolis, (2017)   Represented client who was subjected to an unwarranted, videotaped assault by a police officer. Mr. Irlbeck showed a pattern of abuse on the part of the now former officer resulting in the successful negotiation of a $105,000 settlement. The officer was ultimately criminally charged in a subsequent, related matter.

Christopher Lollie v. City of St. Paul, et. al.  Lollie v. Johnson, 2016 WL 447452, -- F. Supp.3d -- (2016). Litigated case for client who was tased and arrested after sitting in a public seating area while black. Case garnered national news attention. After initially ignoring Messrs. Lollie and Irlbeck, the City eventually paid $100,000 on the eve of trial.

Anonymous Plaintiffs v. Ramsey County et al. Mr. Irlbeck represented a group of Plaintiffs whose property and businesses were damaged by a Ramsey County Sheriff’s Deputy who crashed into their office building, which subsequently sustained serious fire and water damage. Irlbeck and the Plaintiffs asserted a constitutional “Takings” claims, along with various state torts, and ultimately negotiated a $792,000 lump sum payment to the Anonymous Plaintiffs for business interruption and personal property damages.

Ronald Rosen and June Trnka v. Sgt. Schmidt et al, CIV. 12-1188 ADM/FLN, 2013 WL 5567447 (D. Minn. Oct. 9, 2013), and 2014 WL 1384084 (D. Minn. Apr. 9, 2014). Obtained orders denying qualified immunity to officers who conducted an unreasonable search and seizure and granting Plaintiff’s motion for directed verdict at trial. Ultimately obtained jury award of $90,000, and attorney fee judgment of $127,964.50.

Anonymous Investment Firm v. Anonymous (2015).  Successfully defended client against $3,000,000  fraud suit filed by former employer. Case dismissed.

Jeremy Axel v. Officer Michael Griffin, CIV. 12-1019 DSD/AJB (D. Minn. 2014). Used Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b) to introduce prior bad act evidence at trial against a defendant police officer on an excessive force claim, and obtained a total judgment, including verdict and attorney fee award, of $270,653.33.

James and Aisha Keten, individually and o.b.o. K.K. v. Minneapolis Police Department et al, CIV. 11-1520 DWF/JSM, 2013 WL 870378 (D. Minn. Mar. 8, 2013). Defeated the City of Minneapolis’s motion seeking qualified immunity for police officers who unreasonably executed search warrant on the clients’ home and shot the clients’ non-threatening dog inches from the family’s pre-school age daughter using a novel Fourth Amendment seizure theory.  Obtained settlement of $225,000, with approval of special terms as to minor-child/Plaintiff by Judge Donovan W. Frank.

Ras Yirehmiel Tafari f.k.a. James LaVance Newbill v. St. Paul Police Department et al, CIV. 12-1987 SRN/JJK (D. Minn. 2013). Obtained settlement of $237,500 on an excessive force claim against police officers who tased Mr. Tafaricausing him to fall down a flight of stairs, and then kicked him in the head, breaking vertebrae in his neck after he ran from officers during a drug bust.

Anthony Clark v. St. Paul Police Department et al, CIV. 10-4131 MJD/JSM (D. Minn. 2012). After representing Mr. Clark pro bono on the criminal case, litigated his excessive force claim against several police officers to a $249,000 settlement where the officers beat Mr. Clark in the head with flashlights, kicked him in the head, and chemically burned him with aerosol subject restraint in a dark alley after Mr. Clark initially ran from officers who sought to detain him inside of a rap concert.

Haflich v. McLeod, CIV 09-161-M-DWM-JCL, 2010 WL 5665043 (D. Mont. Dec. 29, 2010) R&R adopted, CV 09-161-M-DWM-JCL, 2011 WL 320556 (D. Mont. Jan. 21, 2011). Obtained an order denying summary judgment and allowing a Monell claim to proceed to trial, which included the statement that “[Plaintiff] raised genuine issues of material facts, and has identified sufficient evidence on which a reasonable jury could conclude the City of Troy engaged in, or implemented a custom or practice of deliberate indifference to the excessive use of force employed by McLeod in violation of the Fourth Amendment.”


Criminal Defense

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. Felony strangulation charges dismissed at trial. (2018)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous.  Obtained order suppressing firearm evidence gained as fruit of illegal search. Resulted in dismissal of possession charges. (2017)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. Dismissal of felony assault of Peace Officer charges. (2017)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. Client acquitted at trial of all charges related to DWI car accident case.  (2016)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. Achieved dismissal of third degree criminal sexual conduct/rape charges on the eve of trial. (2016)

State of Wisconsin v. Anonymous. Secured dismissal of felony bigamy  sex charge against trans mother. (2016)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. Dismissal of all domestic assault charges  against client. (2016)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. Ineligible person in possession of firearm and obstruction of legal process charges dismissed for constitutional violations. (2015)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. First Degree Narcotic/Drug Possession and Distribution charges dismissed for illegal and unconstitutional search and seizure (2015)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous. All obstruction of legal process and assault on an officer charges dismissed against client. (2014)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous, All drug charges dismissed against client. (2014)

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous, Client acquitted on all charges in felony drunk driving jury trial. (2013).

State of Minnesota v. Anonymous, dismissal of felon in possession of firearm charges for constitutional violations. (2012).